In 2015, it was Jericho Hill Shots. In 2016, it was La Imperiosa Minutos. In 2020, it was Juárez Shots XX. For 2023, it will be the Le Carême Pastelitos.

While not an annual tradition, Crowned Heads has regularly released a short cigar as a limited edition extension to one of its existing brands. This March, the Le Carême line will get a 4 x 54 short robusto as a limited edition line extension. Unlike the regular Le Carême, the Pastelitos will be round—instead of box-pressed—and has a pigtail on the cap. The blend uses a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper over an Ecuadorian Sumatra binder and fillers from Nicaragua. It is produced at Tabacalera La Alianza S.A. in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic.

The Le Carême Pastelitos LE 2023 has an MSRP of $12.95 per cigar and is limited to 1,250 boxes of 24 cigars.

“Since 2015, we’ve had a history of releasing limited edition short-format cigars for the cold weather months when a quick but satisfying smoke is necessary,” said Jon Huber, co-founder of Crowned Heads, in a press release. “Le Carême Pastelitos is the latest in this line of limitadas, and they’re as rich and tasty as the pastries they take their name from.

As for Huber’s reference to the pastries, plural, it’s the different parts of the cigar’s name. Le Carême, which was introduced in 2016, is named after the famed French chef Marie-Antoine Carême (1784-1833), who was known for his contributions to grande cuisine, better known today as haute cuisine. Pastelitos are a Cuban puff pastry that can be filled with either sweet or savory filling.

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