Normally I don’t fall in love with a cigar right away, but this time it was a little different. It’s been almost exactly two years since the L’Atelier Surrogates were released. As a fan of Pete Johnson it was something I knew I needed to try. I wasn’t let down at all. A beautiful Habano seed Oscuro wrapper from Ecuador triple capped, and closed at the bottom with a shaggy foot. The binder and fillers are a combination of Nicaraguan tobaccos from Jalapa and Esteli.
From the first light you will get a nice blast of black pepper. It does fade down some as you get about a quarter of way into the cigar. You will then begin to pick up some nice leathery notes, and a slight hint of sweetness. I picked up almost a white chocolate type flavors. The cigar produces a nice and even burn with an almost perfect white ash. I would rate the cigar straight medium bodied, but others have tended to lean it closer in the medium-full profile. Cool burning throughout, and produces a lot of smoke. As you move into the final third you will pick up notes of leather, wood, and coffee flavors all while keeping that same sweetness.
I’ve smoked this cigar quite a few times since its release, and I still enjoy it just as much as the first time. It’s one of the few cigars I actually need to keep a box on hand in the humidor at all times. The cigar is offered in a prefect size at 5.25 x 48. Really get a chance to experience all the flavors of the wrapper and binder. With single sticks available for $7.00 and boxes at $125.95 it’s at least worth taking a shot on. Trust me… you won’t be let down.