Crowned Heads Cigar Company produced a limited-edition size extension in their Headley Grange cigar brand back in 2013. The Headley Grange 2013 Limited Edition Drum Stick a 7 ½ x 38 Lancero with a pigtail cap, an appropriate name for this edition since the Headley Grange line was inspired by a beat in a famous Rock song. Fast-forward to 2018, Jon Huber of Crowned Heads has decided to release the Headley Grange Black Lab LE 2018. This year’s release features a similar binder/filler to the original Headley Grange, swapping the Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper for a new Connecticut Habano Maduro leaf. In addition, the cigars have been box-pressed and finalized with an extended (shaggy) foot—a feature that is described as a “first” for Crowned Heads. This year’s blend alteration is being produced at Ernesto Perez-Carrillo’s Tabacalera La Alianza S.A. factory in the Dominican Republic, limited to 1,500 12-count boxes.
As the story has been previously told, the Headley Grange blend was sonically inspired, specifically by the steady, heavy sound of John Bonham’s drums recording at Headley Grange. Headley Grange was the former poorhouse built in 1795 (East Hampshire, England, UK) converted to a recording studio where Led Zeppelin IV was recorded. The Led Zeppelin, “Black Dog,” which like “Stairway to Heaven,” appeared on Led Zeppelin IV, was named after a black Labrador Retriever which was found hanging around Headley Grange during recording.