Cote d’Or by L’atelier (Review by Abe)

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Price- MSRP $16

Beverage- Pepsi

Size – 7 x 47 Semi-Boxed Pressed Churchill

Strength- (3/4) – Sly

Rating- 6.5 / 10 – (Sabotage/Rambo)

Blend Details:

Wrapper- Sancti Spiritus (Ecuador) — AKA Criollo x Pelo De Oro Hybrid

Binder- Nicaraguan

Filler- Nicaraguan w/ Pelo de Oro

Many people refer to me being a huge Tat guy, and I won’t lie I am! However the L’atelier line, which is the brain child of Pete Johnson, K.C Johnson, Casper Johnson, and Dan Welsh has always been hit or miss in my book. When L’atelier released their ultra premium yet limited offering in the format of a Churchill with the very rare and tasty Pelo de Oro, I was all in. Initially when the cigar came out I was unimpressed however this stick is definitely one that is aging well and is continuing to develop for the better.

The Experience-

As I light and begin my first draw I receive a taste of Cocoa, white pepper and a light hay profile. The oily maduro Sancti Spiritus, the same used in the LAT SS line, is very prominent in this blend. Early last year the notes would have been meatier and almost mesquite. Like the SS, this too has very good mouth feel and the flavors really coat your entire palette. The retro in this cigar has that classic pepin spice, but with added complexity. I’ve had the chance to smoke a pelo de oro purrito and this is spot on, really awakens your nostrils and gives innocent bystanders a beautiful aroma I cant seem to pinpoint. At the half way mark now, and the cocoa remains, but with added earth and natural tobacco sweetness. As the cigar reaches the end not much has changed except for what I consider a slight grassy/ meaty note, with the nicotine strength really having amped up. This cigar is not showing signs of mellowing out. Definitely glad I have sugar in my Pepsi to keep me from getting the sweats.

Construction- Superb

Flavor Notes- Cocoa, Hay, Meat, Oak, White Pepper

Smoke time- 1hour 50 minutes

Now to the two questions:

Would I smoke it again? Yes

Would I give it humidor space? Sitting on almost full box, however I would suggest picking up a few, one to smoke and some to age.

L’atelier’s most pricey cigar, yes. L’atelier’s best offering, not at all. This is where the problem lies with L’ateliers first iteration of Cote d’or, it is somewhat of a disappointing offering. However there are high costs associated with pelo de oro and I think age has made this cigar better, and I will bet a few years from now people will be seeking these out. In 2016 Cote ‘d Or will make a return. I’ve had the chance to smoke a pre release same blend, different primings, and that in my opinion is worth every penny. If you see the 2015’s at a discount, make the jump and give it a try!