Add one more thing to Federal Cigar’s 94th anniversary celebration this week—the newest from L’Atelier Imports.

The L’Atelier Côte d’Or will soft launch at the New Hampshire retailer this Friday before it ships nationwide in April. Côte d’Or was previewed at last year’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show with rough details described as a soft-pressed churchill, limited and based around pelo de oro tobacco.

Nearly eight months later, all those details remain true.

According to L’Atelier Imports, the García family—of My Father fame—offered the company a small batch of pelo de oro tobacco, a strain that is surrounded in a myriad of folklore. The tobacco was banned in Cuba due to its propensity to mold, but is still grown by a select amount of people around the world—including the Garcías. It’s noted for its golden color—pelo de oro translates into golden hair—and the challenges of growing it.

Côte d’Or is a region located in eastern France that grows pinot noir grapes and is known for also being temperamental, which seemed like a fitting name for the company.

The wrapper is actually the same the company uses on its Selection Spéciale releases: Sancti Spiritus, a hybrid of the aforementioned pelo de oro and criollo seeds. Besides pelo de oro, Côte d’Or uses other Nicaraguan tobaccos for its binder and fillers.

L’Atelier opted for a soft-pressed 7 x 47 churchill size, which is packed into boxes of 10 cigars. The suggested retail price is set at $16 per cigar and Côte d’Or is limited to 2,100 boxes.

Federal Cigar will receive 100 boxes for its 94th anniversary celebration on Friday. In addition, Federal will get soft launches of the Flor de las Antillas Maduro, Tatuaje Verocu No.3, E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2015 and an exclusive release of the Quesada Selección España Churchill.

The L’Atelier Côte d’Or is made at My Father Cigars S.A. in Estelí, Nicaragua.

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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.