Last year Crowned Heads debuted a cigar called Le Pâtissier, this year the company says it’s debuting Le Pâtissier as a “brand.”

That’s because Le Pâtissier, which was offered last year in a limited production 6 1/2 x 44 size that was only sold to retailers who placed orders at the 2021 PCA Convention & Trade Show, will now be a regular production line, offered in four different vitolas. While the blend will remain the same as the 2021 release, the 6 1/2 x 44 size will not be one of the four regular production vitolas.

  • Le Pâtissier Senadores (6 1/8 x 48) — $11 (Box of 20, $220)
  • Le Pâtissier No. 50 (4 3/8 x 50) — $10.50 (Box of 20, $210)
  • Le Pâtissier Canonazo (5 7/8 x 52) — $11.50 (Box of 20, $230)
  • Le Pâtissier No. 54 (5 3/8 x 54) — $12 (Box of 20, $240)

One other change is the packaging, which—despite the picture above—will now include paper bands instead of a brown ribbon that was used as a foot band for the 6 1/2 x 44 size. In addition, the boxes are a different design compared to the 2021 release.

The blend uses a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper over a binder from Jalapa, Nicaragua and fillers from Costa Rica, as well as the Ometepe and Pueblo Nuevo regions of Nicaragua. It’s said to be inspired by another Crowned Heads release, Le Carême, which uses a different blend and is made at a different factory. Like the original Le Pâtissier, Tabacalera Pichardo will produce the regular production version of the line.

“We knew going into last year’s PCA show that we had something special in the Le Pâtissier blend,” said Jon Huber, co-founder of Crowned Heads, in a press release. “Having said that, dialing that blend down into a 44 ring gauge was a challenge as we could only use lower priming wrappers that would yield a thinner cover leaf. Immediately after the release, we went to work on repurposing the Le Pâtissier blend into a slightly larger ring gauge, and it took the flavor profile and performance to the next level. The result is a Broadleaf (CT) expression that is completely unique to any of our previous forays with that wrapper.”

The Le Pâtissier will ship to stores next month.

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Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I have written about the cigar industry for more than a decade, covering everything from product launches to regulation to M&A. In addition, I handle a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff here at halfwheel. I enjoy playing tennis, watching boxing, falling asleep to the Le Mans 24, wearing sweatshirts year-round and eating gyros. echte liebe.