Like many of your favorite rock albums over the years, L’Atelier (LAT) marks L’Atelier Imports’ first release with a self-titled introduction. The cigars debuted in 2012, marking Pete Johnson’s first venture outside his acclaimed Tatuaje brand.
For L’Atelier, Pete once again teamed with the legendary García family and their My Father Cigars factory in Nicaragua. The concept was simple: create a classic and refined smoking experience that rivals Cuba’s best, all at a price point for the everyman. But L’Atelier didn’t simply want a generic Cuban-esque cigar - No; they set their sights on the crème de la crème—Cohiba Behike….
You’ll notice the three L’Atelier vitolas are named LAT52, LAT54, and LAT56; this denotes the cigar’s ring gauge; These sizes exactly mirror the sizes offered by Cohiba Behike. In addition, each cigar is adorned with a skillfully crafted fan-tail cap to further resemble Behike; But this is basically where the resemblances end since the L’Atelier LAT cigars are built on a solid foundation of Nicaraguan tobaccos, and they are not actually Cuban cigars!
L’Atelier LAT begins with an all-Nicaraguan interior, using tobaccos from the García’s own Nicaraguan-based farms. The cigars are then wrapped in L’Atelier’s signature Sancti Spíritus (Ecuador-grown) wrapper, which is a special hybrid known for its unique, sweet characteristics. Altogether, this is a classic, refined, and ultimately satisfying blend of tobaccos that offers a little something for everyone. Expect a medium to full-bodied cigar with classic flavors of pepper, sweet nuts, cedar, and graham crackers.