A familiar-looking cigar from L'Atelier Imports is back on store shelves, but only for a short time. The limited-edition L'Atelier Côte d'Or 2017 (French for "gold coast") has returned for the third year in a row, featuring the same rare tobaccos and small production run as its predecessors. L'Atelier Côte d'Or 2017 started shipping in May and is on store shelves now.
Côte d'Or debuted in 2015 as a 7 inch by 47 ring gauge Churchill, and again last year as a 5 1/2 by 50 cigar called Côte d'Or La Tâche 2016. This year's version has the same blend and dimensions as the original release, and is draped in a dark, Ecuadoran leaf that L'Atelier calls Sancti Spiritus, a hybrid of Criollo and Pelo de Oro tobaccos. The cigar also contains Nicaraguan binder and filler leaf, with a small amount of Pelo de Oro tobacco incorporated into the filler, cultivated on the Garcia family farms in Nicaragua.
Pelo de Oro, which means "hair of gold," is renowned among tobacco aficionados for its strength and sweet flavor, but crop production is considered a large investment for tobacco growers, as the leaf has low yields and is quite prone to disease.
The total production run for Côte d'Or 2017 is 1,000 boxes of 10, or 10,000 cigars total. The cigars are priced at $16 each and available at retailers now.
L'Atelier Côte d'Or 2017 is rolled at the My Father Cigars S.A. factory in Nicaragua.
This article first appeared in the June 6, 2017 issue of Cigar Insider.