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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

L'Atelier Surrogates Crystal Baller
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Patrick (pferg)
85
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 Jameson Cask

Pre-Light: 16 Points of 20 Possible

The cigar was soft to the touch and the wrapper was nearly vein free, only a few minor veins. Not a strong aroma but han an earthy and woody smell. The cigar was had an oily feel and the cap cut great with a V cutter.

Light & Burn: 10 Points of 15 Possible

Once lit the cigar burned great, started with very little smoke and the ash held for 1” and probably wouldve held on quite a bit longer. the ash was a light grey color. I did have to relight once in the middle

Construction: 30 Points of 30 Possible

With the soft construction I was thinking it was going to cause issues, but it led to great draw and burn. Never had the ash fall off early and it hang on for 1” no problem and the cap didn’t come off or give any little pieces.


Flavor: 29 Points of 35 Possible

The first draw was bitter but after that it was great mild and smooth smoke with creamy flavors for the first third, the second third was where the cigar got much stronger giving off a spicy/peppery flavor. The last third part was about the same as the second but wasn't quite as strong but stronger than the first. The after taste was mild bitter sweet flavors but nothing overpowering. The amount of smoke was mild in the beginning but the second third the smoke ramped up on the amount of smoke.

Summary

It was a great smoke from start to finish, since Ive never had a L'Atelier cigar before I was quite happy with it and with the great flavors and that this had  quite possibly one of the best construction i have had on a cigar I would definitly concider adding a few of these to my humidor.



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