For the second time in as many years, Crowned Heads has shipped Angel’s Anvil 2015 to retailers.

As was the case last year, the Angel’s Anvil 2015 is a TAA (Tobacconists’ Association of America) exclusive release limited to just 1,000 boxes of 20 cigars that was rolled at Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr.’s Tabacalera La Alianza S.A. factory in the Dominican Republic.

However, the vitola for this year’s release has been changed from a 7 1/8 x 49 Churchill to a 6 x 52 toro. In addition, the blend is completely different, with the newest incarnation composed of Nicaraguan tobaccos for both the binder and filler covered in an Ecuadorian habano leaf.  According to Crowned Heads co-owner Jon Huber, the blend was inspired by the company’s first limited edition release in 2012, the Four Kicks Mule Kick, and is “a step up in body” compared to last year’s release.

In addition to the size and blend change, there have been significant changes made to the packaging, with this years version sporting different colors in the bands as well as Roman numerals as opposed to the Arabic numerals that were used on last year’s release.

The TAA is a group of approximately 80 retailers located throughout the U.S. who meet once per year. In recent years, manufacturers have made exclusive sizes or even releases available only to TAA members.

According to Huber, Angel’s Anvil 2015 started shipping to retailers on Monday, June 8.

Suggested retail pricing is $10.50 and only 1,000 boxes of 20 cigars were made.

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.