Fratello Cigars has released The Lunar in collaboration with Steve Altemus, former NASA Deputy Center Director for Johnson Space Center, as part of Fratello’s 10th anniversary celebration.
Altemus’ Intuitive Machines designs and builds lunar landing machines for NASA, including a lander, the Nova-C, scheduled for launch in June.
The Lunar cigar will be released in two blends; one features a Connecticut Shade wrapper, Mexican binder, and Dominican, Nicaragua, and Cameroon filler and the other comes with a Cameroon wrapper, Dominican binder, and Nicaragua and U.S. filler. Both come in a 15-count commemorative packaging to celebrate the Nova-C launch. Retail price per cigar is set at $14 for the Connecticut blend and $15 for the Cameroon blend. The cigars are manufactured at the renowned La Aurora factory in the Dominican Republic.
Fratello will also debut a Limited Edition 18-count Lunar Humidor in June. This humidor, featuring all Dominican Puro with 6-year-old aged tobaccos, will be available in limited quantities to retailers and customers worldwide. Production is limited to 175 humidors with a retail price of $25 per cigar.
“Capturing Intuitive Machines’ spirit of exploration in a brand on Earth is an exciting collaboration,” Altemus said in a press release. “This has been a unique and exciting experience, and Intuitive Machines is proud to be a part of creating a small piece of history.”
The Lunar will have scheduled launches limited to 10 select Fratello retailers, continuing Fratello’s tradition of paying homage to the space program through their NASA-inspired releases, following the success of Navetta and Navetta Inverso blends.