There will be a fifth version of The Angel’s Anvil.

Later this month, Crowned Heads will show off The Angel’s Anvil 2018, the company’s newest version of its exclusive for retail members of the Tobacconists’ Association of America (TAA).

The Angel’s Anvil 2018 is a 5 1/2 x 52 robusto extra that uses an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan fillers.

“As this is our fifth year of producing our TAA Exclusive cigar, and we have a lot of ties to the Dominican Republic, we wanted to bring something unique and novel, while paying homage to the Dominican Republic,” said Jon Huber, co-founder of Crowned Heads, in a press release. “This will be our first time utilizing an Ecuadorian (Sumatra) wrapper on The Angel’s Anvil, and the colorway of the packaging was certainly inspired by the colors of the Dominican Republic flag.”

Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr.’s Tabacalera La Alianza S.A., located in the Dominican Republic, will once again produce the cigar.

The Angel’s Anvil is based on a story Crowned Heads co-founder Jon Huber wrote:

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.”

Production is limited to 1,000 boxes of 20 cigars with pricing set at $11.50 per cigar. Crowned Heads expects to begin shipping the cigar in May or June.

The TAA is a fairly small group of some of the country’s top tobacconists, about 80 retailers as well as 40 or so manufacturers. The association gathers annually to discuss issues facing the industry and retailers, as well as to have its annual trade show, a unique event that works on a group buying format in order to secure exclusive deals for these generally high-volume merchants.

This year the TAA celebrates its 50th anniversary with the annual meeting kicking off April 29 at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic.

In recent years, many companies have created exclusive cigars for the members. So far, CLE Cigar Co. is the only other company to announce its 2018 TAA release.

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Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I have written about the cigar industry for more than a decade, covering everything from product launches to regulation to M&A. In addition, I handle a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff here at halfwheel. I enjoy playing tennis, watching boxing, falling asleep to the Le Mans 24, wearing sweatshirts year-round and eating gyros. echte liebe.