Three New L’Atelier Selection Spéciale Scheduled for Early November

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The three new sizes of the L’Atelier Selection Spéciale line that were announced in late August are just about ready to leave the warehouse, and they will be wearing new bands when they hit stores in just under two weeks.

As previously reported on halfwheel, the line is getting the same three sizes found in the L’Atelier core line:

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  • L’Atelier LAT52 Selection Spéciale (4 3/4 x 52) — $8 (Box of 15, $120)
  • L’Atelier LAT54 Selection Spéciale (5 5/8 x 54) — $9 (Box of 15, $135)
  • L’Atelier LAT56 Selection Spéciale (6 1/2 x 56) — $10 (Box of 15, $150)

“After seeing the success of the original three sizes of L’Atelier we decided it was time to offer them in the Selection Speciale series,” Johnson told halfwheel. “The higher priming of Sancti Spiritus really shines on the three original vitolas. We decided after 8 years it was time to revamp the sizes and the bands on both the original and Selection Speciale to accent the new additions.”

That Sancti Spiritus wrapper comes from Ecuador, while the binder and filler are both Nicaraguan. The line is produced at the My Father Cigars S.A. factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

The new sizes are being released as the L’Atelier portfolio is undergoing a bit of a makeover.

In August, Johnson announced that a number of cigars in the L’Atelier and Tatuaje catalogs would be going on hiatus and no longer being produced, including the entire L’Atelier Maduro and Identité lines, along with the L’Atelier Selection Spéciale 38 Special and Selection Spéciale LAT Torpedo.

The LAT Lancero and three of the seven sizes of the La Mission de L’Atelier line are also on hiatus, the 1955 (6 3/4 x 44), 1982 (6 1/8 x 52) and 2003 (6 1/4 x 48). The L’Atelier bands are also getting a refreshed look as the brand continues its evolution.

Johnson said that the majority of orders will begin shipping on Monday, Nov. 9.

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