Crowned Heads have announced their annual Hawaii-exclusive cigar, “Paniolo Especiale,” will debut on October 7, at a special VIP Dinner Event hosted by Marvin Chang and R. Field Wine Co.
The Paniolo Especiale 2023 is a 5 1/2 x 52 robusto extra cigar, manufactured at TacaNicsa in Esteli, Nicaragua, makers of such Crowned Heads cigars as Mil Días, Juarez, and Blood Medicine. The blend features a Connecticut (Broadleaf) wrapper, Ecuador (Habano binder, and filler tobaccos from three different regions of Nicaragua (Jalapa, Condega, and Ometepe).
As with previous releases, the cigars will be packaged in 10 – count boxes, with a total production limited to 500 boxes (5,000 total cigars), and will carry a suggested retail price of $11.50 per cigar.
“The Paniolo 2023 is a banger-full stop,” commented Crowned Heads co-founder, Jon Huber. “I asked Eradio (Pichardo) and TacaNicsa for a ‘high-octane’ Broadleaf blend, and they delivered in spades. The cigar opens ‘big’ and just goes from there; there’s no let-up with this cigar, and I think fans of heavier, medium-to-full bodied smokes are in for a treat. That being said, what impressed me the most with this blend is that despite its intensity, the cigar retains balance and complexity. It’s got the expected pepper, leather, and earth, but it also has a subtle sweetness from the Jalapa (viso) in the filler; it’s definitely not a one-note composition.”