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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

L'Atelier Surrogates Crystal Baller
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Rich (biggsy16)
92
Cigar Geeks Rating

Pete Johnson & crew were at it again.

Introducing the next project from L'Atelier cigars, Surrogates. Blended by Pete Johnson, and crafted in Don Pepin's My Father factory in Nicaragua, each Surrogate was masterfully created to serve up four unique and completely different experiences. This time around, their goal was simple. To create a new series of cigars, limited-edition in nature, that would be readily available to the consumer without breaking the bank. A winning combination if you ask me. Here's the bottom line: Surrogates deliver the goods as promised.

Each blend is easily distinguished by its....errr....'one of a kind' names and bands. I don't know where they came up with these, but they sure make for a good conversation.

Crystal Baller – Medium to full-bodied. Notes of natural sweetness, spice, cocoa, cedar, and a toasty finish. Featuring: Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan long-fillers, and box-pressed finish.


Length:
5.75
Ring Gauge:
54
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Color:
Colorado Maduro
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Toro

This cigar was enjoyed with water

Pre-Light: 19 Points of 20 Possible

The cigar has a nice double band with cool looking Crystal ball hence the name.The cigar feels nice in the hand not to heavy.There are no noticeable soft spots and the aroma is like something from the sweet side of the spice rack.Cigar is dry with a light chocolate appearance.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

The cigar was fired up with my triple burner and came to life easily.The smoke output was generous and steady.I am a quick smoker unlike Apollo so I smoked this in a little over 70 minutes.I found the pack to be a little loose so the ash did not hold on too long.The ash was a light gray in color.

Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

The draw was a little loose which a actually prefer over sucking a cigar to death.The nice smooth dry wrapper performed well througout the entire cigar.I cut the cap with my big gauge cutter from my buddy Headfirst,the cut was clean and without complication.The construction was everything you expect from Pete Johnson.

Flavor: 33 Points of 35 Possible

First Third,Was a nice creamy profile and not overpowering,no spice noticed by me
Second Third,Noticed a slight profile change to more of a cocoa or even a Baileys taste.
Final Third,Remains really smooth like butter and nothing hasrh about this cigar.

Summary

I do not get a chance very often to try nice cigars like this and would like to thank Apollo for the chance.For around 7.50 US per stick I find this a good value.So in closing if you want a nice smooth desert cigar grab some of these while you can



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