Crowned Heads has detailed its upcoming limited edition cigar, Azul y Oro. This will be the first Crowned Heads cigar produced by Nicaraguan American Cigars S.A. (NACSA) where other brands like Dunbarton Mi Querida and Dapper Cigars are made.
Back in the Spring of 2011, Jon Huber and Mike Wonder traveled to Nicaragua in search of new manufacturing options for Crowned Heads. Their trip involved visits to factories, warehouses and farms and was mostly organized by Gustavo Cura, known for his ties to Oliva Tobacco Company. As a show of gratitude, Huber and Conder gifted Cura with a bottle of his favorite blended Scotch whisky, known for its iconic blue label. Eleven years later, that bottle has yet to be opened as Cura sees it as a sign of the friendship he formed with the Crowned Heads founders over a decade ago.
Today, Cura heads the NACSA factory located in Estelí, Nicaragua in addition to his role at Oliva Tobacco Company. Cura works alongside Raul Disla, who serves as the master cigar maker and general manager at NACSA. The two worked with Crowned Heads to blend a cigar that’s described as rich, complex and worthy of being the first Crowned Heads release to come out of NACSA. The result is Azul y Oro, a limited edition release of 30,000 cigars with branding inspired by that blue-label bottle of Scotch whisky that was gifted to Cura in 2011. Azul y Oro translates to “blue and gold.”
Azul y Oro is a medium-plus bodied cigar with a blend that consists of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan Jalapa binder, and filler from 3 Nicaraguan regions and the Dominican Republic. The cigar is available in just one size, measuring 6 x 50. Only 2,500 12-count boxes of Azul y Oro are being released with a suggested retail price of $11.95 per cigar. Azul y Oro is expected to begin shipping to retailers at the end of November.
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