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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!

La Mission by L’Atelier

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Price – $9 (1929) and $11 (2009)
Beverage – Coffee with the 2009 and water with the 1929
Size – 1929 (4 3/4 X 52) and 2009 (6 1/2 X 56)
Strength – Sly/Arnold (3.5/4)
Rating – Rambo (7/10)

Composition:
Wrapper – Mexican San Andres
Binder/Filler – Nicaraguan

I remember the first L’Atelier I smoked back in 2013 while living in Tulsa almost became the first cigar I ever put out prior to completion. That was before I became acquainted with the Satin Glove, Tramp Stamp, and Cote d’Or which lead me to eagerly await the release of the La Mission. Here are my thoughts:

1) Great construction, great burn and draw, although the 2009 required quite a few touch ups.

2) This is a strong cigar, no doubt about it. Veterans should make sure they have some food prior to firing up the La Mission and if you’re a rookie, you might want to keep a garbage can nearby. This is not one of those “good tolerance building” cigars, the La Mission is for when your tolerance levels are already built up.

3) I detected some coffee and chocolate, but overall found it to be a nice earthy smoke.

4) My smoke time on the 1929 was one hour and ten minutes and the 2009 was about one hour and forty-five minutes.

Now to the two questions:

Would I smoke it again? Yes

Would I give it humidor space? Yes

It is sometimes funny how things can workout sometimes. I almost failed my first accounting class, only to become a CPA a few years later. I almost put out my first L’Atelier, only to later find myself become a big fan of the brand. Personally, I enjoyed the 1929 more than the 2009 and that is the vitola I am going to stick with going forward. With that said, this is a good cigar at a good price point and should find itself parked somewhere in your humidor.

Satin Glove by L’Atelier Surrogates

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Price – $9
Beverage – Coca-Cola
Size – Churchill (7 X 47 Box Pressed)
Strength – Demi/Sly (2.5/4)
Rating – Rocky IV (9/10)

Ingredients:
Wrapper – Mexican San Andres
Binder/Filler – Nicaraguan

Over the past few months, so many people have told me that I needed to try the Satin Glove that I have lost count. I finally got around to smoking a couple and here are my thoughts:

1) Flawless construction, draw, and burn.

2) Upper level Demi/lower level Sly on the strength scaled depending on your tolerance. It’s very similar in strength to the new Cote d’Or by L’Atelier.

3) Excellent flavor, with great transitions. The predominant tastes that hit me were chocolate, coffee, and a little spice.

4) My smoke time on average with these cigars is about one hour and twenty minutes.

Now to the two questions:

1) Would I smoke it again? Yes

2) Would I give it humidor space? Yes and I am calling the Satin Glove box worthy

One thing that I continue to learn is that if trusted BOTL/SOTLs are constantly recommending a cigar to smoke, trust them and give it a shot. We may not all have the same taste or like it as much as the person recommending it, but at least you won’t miss out on a potential fantastic cigar. It’s safe to say that I wish I would have tried the Satin Glove far sooner than I have. At under $10/stick with great flavor this cigar is worth seeking out and ensuring yourself a steady supply.