Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 4 3/4 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$8 each
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L'Atelier Lat 52 is manufactured by L’Atelier Imports, a company created by Pete Johnson of Tatuaje (although he doesn't participate in operations), his brother K.C. Johnson, Dan Welsh of New Havana Cigars, and Sean “Casper” Johnson. The four (three?) make a formidable team, and their line is getting a lot of attention. The Lat 52 has a Nicaraguan filler and binder in a unique Ecuadorian wrapper known as Sancti Spiritus. The wrapper is made from a hybrid tobacco made by combining Criollo and Pelo de Oro. So this is quite an innovative cigar.
This stogie is very nice to look at with a medium chocolate color wrapper with only a few fine veins and firm, even construction. The band, like the leaf, is simple and sophisticated. The top is closed by a pigtail.
The draw is great, but the burn suffers a bit during the first third. The ash clings very tightly—I swear I smoked half the cigar before it fell off. The burn line was nice and even after the first third was over. I have to knock off another point, though, because the burn was so cool that it was tough to keep the stogie lit.
The flavor profile is very complex. I am getting oak, tea leaves, and spices to start out. I’m not sure what the spices are, but they seem quite unique. There is also something here that reminds me of pastry, and just a hint of cocoa against an earthy backdrop. A nutty flavor emerges in the middle third of the smoke. Flavors from that point forward are pretty consistent. A creamy, earthy undertone permeates the entire smoke from start to finish, and there are also hints of leather and something floral at work.
While the price is nothing to complain about, I wouldn’t have minded if the construction had been a bit more ideal. That said, those were minor issues that barely effect my overall rating for the cigar. It’s still a good value overall.
Overall Rating :
Aside from the initial issues with the burn (and the burn being a little cool), everything about the L'Atelier Lat 52 is enjoyable. The appearance is flawless, and the flavors are complex and intriguing from start to finish.