L'Atelier Cote d'Or

Posted by Jack | in L'Atelier | on 14 May 2015 | at 10:16 AM | 1768 views

The announcement of a Pete Johnson creation containing Pelo de Oro last year at the IPCPR was akin to seeing a new blockbuster movie teaser.  The hype was heavy and it did create an air of excitement.  Pelo de Oro is a very sought after and incredibly difficult leaf to grow.  susceptible to mold and diseases, most farms avoid growing it if they can cultivate it at all.  In fact, the Sancti Spiritus leaf that Pete uses on the core L'Atelier line is a hybrid of Pelo de Oro and Criollo which is much more hardy.  Pelo de Oro itself is regarded for strength and sweetness - but again, being hard to grow it isn't seen often.  This cigar landed at the Wharf here in... Continue reading »»

 


 

L'Atelier Surrogates Animal Cracker

Posted by Jack | in L'Atelier | on 01 Aug 2013 | at 11:44 AM | 2227 views

Before I start this review, I feel compelled to state that I really dislike the trend of 60 or larger ring gauge cigars.  They are often unwieldy, uncomfortable, hard to smoke, poorly constructed, and overpriced.  They are everywhere too.  Just pick up a Cigars International catalog to see what I mean.  Now, that being said, the selection of the day is something that Pete Johnson and his partners at L'Atelier showcased at the 2013 IPCPR in Las Vegas...the Animal Cracker from the Surrogates line, which is a 60 ring behemoth.  After picking on Seth at Seth's Humidor for not sharing his when they first came out (excellent cheeky replies from him too...great guy), I was able to snag one last weekend from The Market.  I... Continue reading »»

 


 

L'Atelier Surrogates Skull Breaker

Posted by Jack | in L'Atelier | on 08 Jun 2013 | at 8:14 PM | 4362 views

What can you say about a cigar named something insanely violent?  Honestly, I can't say enough.  The Surrogates line from Pete Johnson's new L'Atelier company is an amazing cigar.  This is the fourth one of these I have had and it really is a killer smoke - no pun intended.  Pete worked up the Surrogates line with his friends at New Havana Cigars in Columbus Ohio...which is just up the road from me.  When they first came out they were only available from New Havana's web site but now, thankfully you can pick them up from other online retailers and at local brick and mortars as well.  For tonight's review, I did something rather unprecedented for me.  I paired this cigar with some 20 year... Continue reading »»

 


 

L'Atelier El Suelo Terreno

Posted by Jack | in L'Atelier | on 21 Nov 2012 | at 4:25 PM | 2292 views

My quest for Pete Johnson's cigars has led me to the promised land!  What am I blathering about?  The El Suelo line, which means " The Soil" in Spanish....each monster sized cigar is named for a section of the land...The Terreñ o (" Terrain" ), the Prado, (" Fields" ), and the Campo, (" Country" ).  This line really piqued my interest when I first discovered it online.  The size of each made me wince a little but my mania for anything Pete puts together steeled my resolve to continue onward.  After purchasing one from Serious Cigars, I decided to save it until last of the trio I purchased....check the Trocadero review for the first....Surrogates Skull Breaker review forthcoming at the time of this review. ... Continue reading »»

 


 

L'Atelier Trocadero Cambon

Posted by Jack | in L'Atelier | on 20 Nov 2012 | at 4:36 PM | 1855 views

So....after puffing my way through the amazing L'Atelier LAT54, I was chopping at the bit to try the other offerings in that line.  Within the L'Atelier brand we have the flagship line, the Surrogates line, and two bundled offerings that are easy on the wallet yet (so I have heard) high quality cigars.  This past week, I picked up a trio of these cigars....the El Suelo, Trocadero, and Surrogates brands, specifically.  My first review is the Trocadero Cambon.    Described as the milder option of the set, I decided to fire it up today after a terrific office lunch at the Pub....Bangers and Mash and a pint of Guinness.  So how was this supposedly mild cigar?  Let's see.... Construction: Made at the TACUBA factory in... Continue reading »»

 


 

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