Sunday, April 28, 2013

L'Atelier LAT54

Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper type: Equador Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan
Length: 5.6"
Ring: 54
Cost: $8.50

Background Info:  The L'Atelier line is a combination blend from Pete Johnson of Tatuaje and Don Pepin Garcia.  The cigars are made in Esteli, Nicargua, and it is the first cigar produced in the L'Atelier line released last year.

Appearance (0-20):  The LAT54 appears to be a very well put together cigar.  The wrapper leaf is flawless, and has an oily medium-brown wrapper.  From my understanding, this is a hybrid type leaf, and the first of its kind on the market.  The wrapper comes together with a small pigtail on the end, which is a nice touch to the craftsmanship.  The band is fairly simple, yet gives a splash of elegance with gold leaf type of garnishment.
Score: 18

Construction (0-20):  The initial inspection looks good, while the foot seems a bit loose of tobacco.  The LAT54 lit up very easily, and had a very nice burn line to it.  The draw was easy and smooth, and yielded quite a large amount of smoke.  This was somewhat surprising for how light a wrapper it has.  Overall during the smoke, everything went smooth without any issues.

Score: 18

Strength (0-20): Listed as medium-full, it might have just touched that point.  This sat more in the medium range for me, yet had a very enjoyable flavor profile.

Score: 17

Flavor (0-20):  From start to finish, the LAT54 gives a nice variety of flavors.  While not overly rich, they were blended well together.  The main tasting notes were woody, with some sweet vanilla and cream.  The flavors are fairly consistent throughout, giving a sweet balanced experience.  No spice is prevalent, but wasn't needed to produce this solid smoke.

Score: 18

Value (0-20): For $8.50, this is a solid stick.  I generally like a more rich experience in terms of flavor, yet everything was done well here.  This is definitely a stick that should be tried once, and worth the money for a 5-pack if you enjoy it.  Now this is just a personal preference, I would rather have a bit more flavor of something like an Oliva V, LP Undercrown, or another Tatuaje blend.

Score: 17

Additional Notes: Smoked on my deck

Overall (0-100):  While I've seen various reviews, many of which giving some high scores, I didn't see an "amazing" cigar present.  This was a very strong stick, that was very enjoyable and worth multiple smokes.  My personal preference is a stronger and richer cigar, yet this is one of the lighter cigars that I would go back to.  Overall, I was pleased with the first offering from L'Atelier.  I would suggest that you give this one a shot, no matter what your smoking preference is.

Score: 88

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