The Sfumato in C Major, Crowned Heads’ PCA 2022 exclusive, has begun arriving at stores.
Last week, Crowned Heads began shipping the cigar, which is offered in a single 6 3/4 x 48 parejo size. The Sfumato in C Major uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut hybrid wrapper, an Ecuadorian Sumatran binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Peru.
It is being made at Tabacalera Pichardo in Estelí, Nicaragua.
The cigar was offered to retailers who placed orders at the 2022 PCA Convention & Trade Show, which took place July 9-12 in Las Vegas. Crowned Heads said it would produce enough cigars to fulfill the orders placed during the trade show, similar to how it offered and sold last year’s Le Pâtissier, which has since gone on to become a regular production line. Crowned Heads produced 2,500 boxes of Sfumato in C Major for 2022.
“Sfumato is somewhat of a departure for us,” said Jon Huber, the company’s co-founder, in a press release when the cigar was announced in June. “I saw where we were heavier in darker wrappers, the medium-to-full lane, and I just wanted something different; I wanted something that would be perfect with a morning cup of coffee or complement an afternoon glass of chilled Rosé. Essentially, the goal was to create a blend with no edges, just a flavor profile that was easily approachable, smooth, and with exquisite balance.”
The name Sfumato comes from a painting technique developed by Leonardo da Vinci. The idea is to soften the area between colors to avoid creating sharp lines. In doing so, it creates an image that is more lifelike because the human eye doesn’t focus on the harsh transition between two colors.