Posted by Jack | in L'Atelier | on 20 Nov 2012 | at 4:36 PM | 2670 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 Esteli Nicaragua, the Trocadero is a nice looking and well made cigar as one might expect from that factory full of prodigiously skilled torcedors.  The wrapper is a nice light brown with a nice rustic look - typical of Pete Johnson.
Pre-light Aroma and Draw: Out of the cellophane, I picked up notes of hay, spice, and sweet tobacco.  After clipping I was not at all surprised to find that famous Tatuaje/My Father perfect open draw.
Light and Burn: The Cambon lights up easily and burns with a slightly ragged at times though self-correcting light.  It produces a nice white-gray ash that is somewhat flaky.  Overall a nice performer.
Tasting:  Starting up with that nice Tatuaje spice blast, the flavors eventually mellow to a floral tea with a creamy spice and earth.  As the cigar progressed I picked up dry cedar and cinnamon and cocoa.  The finish is long and quite spicy as well with a creamy woody flavor that is truly excellent.  Towards the end of the cigar it heats up and really packs a punch.  If this is the " milder" offering....I should be frightened of what is to come.  Okay, not really....but this is not a mild cigar.  While this is not a true Tatuaje cigar it really does fit in with that brand quite well.
Value: This cigar cost me a whopping " tree fiddy" ...that's right.  Three dollars and fifty cents.  An absolute steal!
Final Thoughts: Overall, I am impressed.  For a bundled cigar made in the My Father factory these things are excellent.  I plan on picking up a few of these in the near future.  Without a doubt, I highly recommend this cigar.
Wrapper: Habano Ecuador
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Strength: Medium to full
Very nice rustic looking cigar
You don't need a fancy box to enjoy this smoke!
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