In 2015, Crowned Heads released the Paniolo Especiale. A cigar inspired by the blend from the Tennessee Waltz cigar, also a Crowned Heads release. While 2015 was slated to be the only release of the Paniolo Especiale, the popularity of the product combined with the looming FDA nonsense has made it a perennial release to the R. Field Wine Co. in Hawaii.
For the 2018 Paniolo Especiale release, Jon Huber says “We wanted to get back a little closer to the roots of the 2015 OR. I’d been a fan of the Super Corona vitola, and rather than simply release the 2015 Broadleaf blend in that size, we opted to riff on that original blend and utilize a San Andres wrapper which gave the flavor profile it’s own unique identity.”
The 2018 Paniolo Especial is being produced at My Father Cigars S.A. in Esteli, Nicaragua. It is a 5.5 x 48 Super Corona, a vitola that was inspired by the Bolivar Super Coronas EL 2014 (Cuba). The Paniolo Especial 2018 features binder and filler leaves from Nicaragua and a San Andres wrapper leaf from Mexico. The cigar will be priced at $8.90 per cigar and available in 12-count boxes. Production is limited to 500 boxes, total.