Back for its third year is The Angel’s Anvil (TAA).
It’s Crowned Heads cigar exclusively for members of the Tobacconists’ Association of America (TAA).
This year’s version features a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, Nicaragua binder and Nicaraguan filler. The cigar is a 5 1/2 x 54 box-pressed vitola, the first time The Angel’s Anvil has been box-pressed. Like the first two releases, the cigar is being made at Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr.’s Tabacalera La Alianza S.A. in the Dominican Republic.
— Jon Huber (@TheCrownedHeads) March 16, 2016
The name draws inspiration not only from the organization, but is a story created by Crowned Heads co-owner Jon Huber and his time from working at CAO to starting Crowned Heads.
Legend has it that there was one fallen angel, in particular, who fell to Earth from the heavens, finding himself alone and lost. Unlike other fallen angels who were content to wander the earth in a soulless state of purgatory, this angel became bound and determined to find his way back to Heaven.
The angel soon realized that his only way back would be for him to forge a new set of wings by which he could ascend back to the heavenly skies. He walked the countryside for days and days, until he came upon a blacksmith. The blacksmith gave the angel a hammer and an anvil, and said to him, “With these tools you will forge your new wings. With these wings, you will announce the words, ‘Ascend Word He,‘ and you will find your way home.”
The TAA is an organization of approximately 80 retailers who meet each year to discuss issues facing the cigar industry and also to hold a private trade show with select manufacturers. In recent years, those companies have created special cigars exclusive to members of the TAA.
Huber told halfwheel that production is limited to 1,000 boxes of 20 cigars with a suggested retail price of $10.50. It is expected to begin shipping in May.
The TAA Annual Meeting & Convention begins March 6 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Update (March 6, 2016) — Added pictures of the finalized bands.