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L’Atelier Cigars by Pete Johnson

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L’Atelier Cigars (“L’Atelier” is French, translating to “the workshop”) are the flagship brand of L’Atelier Imports, a Miami-based cigar company founded by Pete Johnson (maker of Tatuaje), his brother, and a couple of friends.  The cigars are rolled at My Father Cigars in Nicaragua using a blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos cloaked in a special Ecuadorian wrapper known as “Sancti Spiritus,” a Criollo/Pelo d’Oro hybrid grown by the Oliva Factory.  L’Atelier is the first brand to using this wrapper. The blend is 100% Nicaraguan, designed to showcase this very special wrapper the cigars should offer a medium to medium-full experience, with full, complex flavors.

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Taking a good look at the cigar, the wrapper was nice and evenly colored and gave off a rich, pre-light smell.  It produced a fairly full aroma right away and it continued to intensify throughout the smoke.  The flavor was earthy and sweet – rich on the palate but with a spicy finish.

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Overall, L’Atelier had great construction with an incredibly smooth draw that let plenty of smoke come through.  While it is a medium-full body, it delivered a unique combination of flavors that was really enjoyable to smoke.

Myron Gooch Sr.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian / Sancti Spirtus

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: 5 5/8 x 54

Rating: 92

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