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BCP News Brief – Johnson to Debut L’atlier cigars, Rare Beatles Smokes Sold

Pete Johnson of Tatuaje fame has started a new company based out of Miami, Florida, as reported by Cigar Aficionado.com. The new company, L’Atlier Imports, is set to launch with a new cigar also called L’Atlier which will be produced at My Father Cigars in Esteli using a blend of Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos, and an Ecuadorian wrapper leaf. Johnson has described the blend as medium-to-full in body, and will be available in three sizes designed to match the Cuban Cohiba Behike BHK sizes, LAT52 (4 ¾ x 52), LAT54 (5 5/8 x 54), and LAT56 (6 ½ X 56), with each vitola featuring a pigtail cap. The L’Atlier will be offered in boxes of 15, and is set to make its debut at this year’s IPCPR trade show in Orlando.

In other news, a rare set of Beatles cigars  (the rock group, not the cigar-munching menace) were sold this week in London for £600.00 (roughly $950.00). Mitchell Orchant of C.Gars Ltd in London picked up the box of vintage stogies, which are believed to be the only remaining boxed set of Beatles cigars in existence, from an antiques collector in the UK. An inscription on the back of the framed collection indicates that the cigars were originally gifted to Charles Berman for his work on The Beatles second movie, HELP!, that premiered in London on July 29th 1965. The cigars, which were manufactured in the early 60’s, are reportedly Jamaican in origin, and are adorned with bands featuring black-and-white head-shots of the fab four with  blue, green, yellow and red accents. The rare smokes were sold to an un-named collector by Orchant, who fittingly also happens to be the owner of Turmeaus Tobacconists, the only existing cigar store in Liverpool.