Crowned Heads’ sophomore release, Headley Grange, is set to receive a limited edition blending twist, with the company today announcing the release of Headley Grange Black Lab LE 2018.
Following the inspiration of the original cigar, which was themed around the “heavy sound of John Bonham’s drums recording at Headley Grange,” Black Lab LE 2018 is based on Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog,” which was recorded on the same album.
As the story has been previously told, the Headley Grange blend was sonically inspired, specifically by the steady, heavy sound of John Bonham’s drums recording at Headley Grange. Headley Grange was the former poorhouse built in 1795 (East Hampshire, England, UK) converted to a recording studio where Led Zeppelin IV was recorded. The Led Zeppelin, “Black Dog,” which like “Stairway to Heaven,” appeared on Led Zeppelin IV, was named after a black Labrador Retriever which was found hanging around Headley Grange during recording.
This year’s release features a similar binder/filler to the original Headley Grange, swapping the Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper for a new Connecticut Habano Maduro leaf. In addition, the cigars have been box-pressed and finalized with an extended (shaggy) foot—a feature that is described as a “first” for Crowned Heads.
Headley Grange Black Lab LE 2018 is not the first limited edition Headley Grange cigar. In 2012, the cigars were first introduced in only a single size (Estupendos), with 1,000 boxes being made. This was followed by the Headley Grange “Drumstick” LE2013 in 2013, which later went on to become one of Crowned Heads’ most popular limited offerings (later re-released in 2017). This year’s blend alteration is being produced at Ernesto Perez-Carrillo’s Tabacalera La Alianza S.A. factory in the Dominican Republic, limited to 1,500 12-count boxes. The cigars are expected to begin shipping in early December, priced at $10.95 (MSRP) per cigar.