For the sixth consecutive year, Crowned Heads will release a new iteration of the fan-favorite Las Calaveras series—Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2019.
The series was first introduced in 2014 and was quick to become one of the most sought-after limited cigars available. Themed around the Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Las Calaveras celebrates the lives of those lost each year. This year’s release is especially significant for Crowned Heads, paying homage to Cano Ozgener (1937–2018), who founded CAO International in 1968. In years past, Las Calaveras’ bands have displayed the initials of four individuals; the Edición Limitada 2019 will show only Ozgener’s (CO).
Many of the founding members of Crowned Heads originally worked for Ozgener at CAO, eventually leaving (after the company was purchased by Scandinavian Tobacco Group in 2007) to form Crowned Heads.
Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2019 is said to be most similar to the fan-favorite blend from 2014, incorporating the same Habano Oscuro wrapper and all-Nicaraguan binder/fillers. Billed as “medium-full to full-bodied,” the EL 2019 is said to be focused on balance, complexity, and finesse.
Each year since 2014, the Las Calaveras design has remained largely unchanged, only altering the overall color scheme of the box and bands. Where 2018’s release showcased the most vibrant appearance to date (lime green), the 2019 look is slightly more subdued, featuring a crimson red layout. In addition, the cigars feature a “Crowned Heads” sub-band for the first time—a design that is now being implemented across the company’s portfolio.
The cigars have been rolled in the same three sizes as in years past (LC46, LC50, LC54), as well as a new 6⅛” x 52 torpedo that is only available to those purchasing the cigars in the four-count sampler format. Total production is limited to 1,700 boxes per size, as well as an additional 2,500 sampler packs (132,400 total cigars for 2019). Prices are listed at $10.50 to $12.95 MSRP, with the cigars scheduled to begin shipping to retailers in June.