L'Atelier Imports debuted in 2012, backed by industry veteran Pete Johnson (of Tatuaje fame), among others. The company takes on a French inspiration, with "L'Atelier" translating to "Workshop." Here, at "the workshop," Johnson has combined his talents with the great García family and their renowned My Father Cigars factory, crafting superb smoking experiences to stand the tests of time.
One year after the company debuted with their self-titled L'Atelier (LAT) cigar, the brand returned with a dark maduro variant, rightfully dubbed L'Atelier Maduro. As with their first release, L'Atelier Maduro incorporated the company's (not so) secret ingredient of Sancti Spíritus, a hybrid leaf that combines Criollo and Pelo de Oro varietals. This special leaf boasts the uniquely flavorful properties of Pelo de Oro in a more hearty, disease-resistant format—giving L'Atelier cigars their signature smooth/complex character.
L'Atelier Maduro boasts a heavy, oily Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, a Nicaraguan Sancti Spíritus binder, and Nicaraguan fillers grown by the García family. The cigars are medium-bodied, focusing on silky smooth flavors of chocolate and vanilla (think Swiss Miss cocoa powder), light cabinet spices, mocha, leather, and a touch of gritty earth.