On the anniversary of the day that Texas declared its independence, Crowed Heads has a present for the state’s 179th birthday—an exclusive cigar.

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Dubbed Yellow Rose, the 6 1/4 x 54 box-pressed torpedo features the same blend as both the Tennessee-exclusive Tennessee Waltz and the Hawaii-exclusive Paniolo Especiale 2015: a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper covering Nicaraguan tobacco in both the binder and filler rolled at My Father Cigars S.A.. Like the Tennessee Waltz, Yellow Rose will be made in small batches depending on production demands.

The marketing materials have this to say:

“The Yellow Rose of Texas” is a traditional folk song that dates back to circa 1836.

The song became popular among Confederate soldiers in the Texas Brigade during the American Civil War. General John Bell Hood introduced it as a marching song to the Army of Tennessee in July 1864. It is in the spirit of this song that Crowned Heads presents, “The Yellow Rose,” a cigar created exclusively for the great state of Texas.

Yellow Rose will be sold exclusivly to retailers in the state of Texas, and will have an MSRP of $9.50, with boxes of 20 selling for $190. It will sport a yellow ribbon around its foot instead of the orange ribbon that was found on the Tennessee Waltz or the teal ribbon on the Paniolo Especiale 2015.

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Crowned Heads co-owner Jon Huber told halfwheel that the company is hoping to ship Yellow Rose to retailers sometime around the “end of this month to early April.”

Brooks Whittington

I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.