In 2015, Crowned Heads came out with “Blood Medicine,” and event-only cigar. Only 6,000 sticks were made and the supply ran out by the end of that year, and there were no plans to make more. Now, after seven years, the company has decided to bring back Crowned Heads Blood Medicine again for designated Crowned Heads retail tobacconist events.
The cigar itself measure 5 x 50 and is new blend featuring Nicaraguan tobaccos. It is rolled at Tabacalera Pichardo, the same factory that makes other Crowned Heads brands like Juarez, Mil Dfas, and Serie E.
The “Blood Medicine” name comes from a three story building located on the corner of Broadway and 4th Avenue in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. That building was originally built as a three-floor pharmacy in 1872 before being converted into a hotel in 1892. The hotel operated until the 1980’s, and in 1988 the building would be purchased and re-opened as Merchants Restaurant. Nashville’s music scene would attract some legendary musicians to stay at The Merchants Hotel over the years, including Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, and Patsy Cline. There are rumors that the building also served as a brothel and a casino over the years. While many legendary tales exist about this historic building, including legends of Civil War ghosts that still wander the halls, evidence of the original pharmacy still exists. On the original exposed brick wall on the third floor of Merchants Restaurant, a portion of the painted words, “Blood Medicine,” remains still visible. Blood Medicine pays homage to the history of Crowned Heads’ home city of Nashville with a unique smoking experience.
Crowne Heads Blood Medicine will have a soft launch on June 3, at a Crowned Heads event hosted by Squire Cigars in Santa Bosa, CA.