For the first time, Crowned Heads is veering from its annual TAA release structure, introducing The Lost Angel as a prequel to the acclaimed The Angels Anvil collection, which saw new iterations consecutively since debuting in 2014.
The Angels Anvil was not only a clever way to tie the Tobacconists’ Association of America’s better-known TAA acronym into the cigar’s own title, but it came with a story as well:
Legend has it that there was one fallen angel, in particular, who fell to Earth from the heavens; finding himself alone and lost. Unlike other fallen angels, who were content to wander the earth in a soulless state of purgatory, this angel became bound and determined to find his way back to heaven.
The angel soon realized that his only way back would be to forge a new set of wings, by which he could ascend back to the heavenly skies. He walked the countryside for days and days, until he came upon a blacksmith. The blacksmith gave the angel a hammer and an anvil and said to him, “With these tools you will forge your new wings. With these wings, you will announce the words, ‘Ascend Word He,’ and you will find your way home.”
The Lost Angel acts as a prequel to The Angels Anvil, building onto the story by exploring “the darker side of the story’s protagonist.”
Before the Angel ever meets the blacksmith, before he learns the secret to forging new wings to ascend by, before there ever was an anvil to grip, the Angel first fell.
Unlike the heavens above, the earth can be a dark space, and the spirit of The Lost Angel brand is born from darkness. Lest we never forget though, the tiniest of seeds needs to be submerged in dirt, covered in darkness and it is only then that the seed will struggle to reach the light.
In terms of the cigar itself, The Lost Angel marks Crowned Heads seventh release in the TAA’s Exclusive Series. As with all previous iterations, The Lost Angel has been rolled at Ernesto Perez-Carrillo’s Tabacalera La Alianza factory in the Dominican Republic. A singular 6″ x 52 toro format will be the only size released, featuring an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper over all-Nicaraguan binder and filler ingredients. 1,000 boxes of 20 cigars are set to launch in the May–June timeframe, priced at $11.75 MSRP per cigar.
The TAA has recently revealed the full Exclusive Series collection for 2020, which includes Crowned Heads as one of 15 exclusive offerings for TAA-authorized retailers throughout the country (up from the 12 cigars released in 2019).