When the famed rock band, the Eagles, broke up in 1980, founding member Don Henley commented that the band would play together again “when hell freezes over.” In 1994, the band would reunite and would begin touring in May of that year in support of the “Hell Freezes Over” album which would be released on November 8, 1994.
So it has been with Crowned Heads and large ring gauge cigars, more specifically cigars measuring in with a ring gauge of 60 and over. On record, the Nashville-based cigar company has stated it had zero interest in producing cigars at or above a 60 ring gauge. Now, apparently, hell has once again ‘frozen over,’ as Crowned Heads will debut the Luminosa Gigantes LE 2018 at the upcoming IPCPR 86th Annual Convention and International Trade Show to be held in Las Vegas, July 13-17.
The Luminosa Gigantes is a 6 x 60 vitola in the existing Luminosa blend, and will be limited to a total of 2,000 (12-count) boxes, i.e., 24,000 total cigars. “The decision to release a 6 x 60 cigar was not an easy one,” stated Crowned Heads co-founder, Jon Huber. “Personally, I prefer smaller ring gauge vitolas, and tend to lean towards traditional petit coronas, coronas, and corona gordas, as my sweet spot has always been in the 42-48 ring gauge range. That said, the Luminosa Gigante LE is more about Crowned Heads responding to a market demand than our personal preference of cigars and vitolas. We owe so much of what we do to those that have supported us over the past 7 years, and this is our way of saying, ‘we are listening.”
Luminosa Gigantes LE 2018 is manufactured at Tabacalera La Alianza, S.A., Santiago, Dominican Republic, under the supervision of industry icon, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo. Perez Carrillo is widely regarded as the Godfather of large ring-gauge-cigars, dating back to his 1997-98 release of the La Gloria Cubana Serie R.
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