Crowned Heads has officially delayed the release of The Lost Angel, the cigar that was to be its 2020 contribution to the Tobacconists’ Association of America Exclusive Series Program, and it’s for a familiar reason: the COVID-19 pandemic.

The cigar was to be the first release from Crowned Heads for the TAA that did not use The Angel’s Anvil name. Rather, The Lost Angel was described as being the prequel to that line, which has been released annually since 2014.

According to the company, The Angel’s Anvil story is about a wingless angel who finds a blacksmith to provide him with a hammer and anvil in order to create new wings. That was meant to serve as a parallel to the story of Jon Huber, Crowned Heads co-founder. Huber had who worked at CAO until it formally merged into General Cigar Co., then he went on to become a co-founder of Crowned Heads, and shortly thereafter began working with Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr. on the company’s first cigars.

When The Lost Angel was announced in March, Huber said that the release “explores the darker side of the story’s protagonist.” Specifically, before the angel meets the blacksmith and regains his wings, the angel needed to fall from heaven.

As for the cigar itself, it was slated to be a 6 x 52 toro that used an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan fillers, with production to be handled by EP Carrillo’s Tabacalera La Alianza S.A. in the Dominican Republic. Just 1,000 boxes of 25 cigars were planned, with pricing set at $11.75, before taxes.

Now, the cigar is on hold until the TAA’s 2021 meeting, which is scheduled for April 11-15. That’s assuming it happens, Huber noted.

Patrick Lagreid

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