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Monday, 24 February 2014

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The L'Atelier LAT56 and the Partagas Benji Homage will be examined up close for this edition of cigar reviews on Puff.com.

L'Atelier LAT56

L’Atelier – Okay.  Unless you’ve been around the world, you’re probably wondering what on earth this means.  Well, it’s French for “the workshop” and it just so happens to be the brand that was founded by Tatuaje’s Pete Johnson and some of his friends.  Based in Miami, L’Atelier gets its cigars from rollers at the My Father Cigars factory in Nicaragua.  The LAT56 is said to be a cigar that offers a complex smoking experience, and that plus the fact that the brand is involved with Pete Johnson intrigued me enough to select it for this review.  With all of that being said, let’s get down to business….

The L'Atelier LAT56 measures 6 ½ x 56.  Other sizes in the line include the 4 3/4 x 52 LAT52 and the 5 5/8 x 54 LAT54.  The cigar has an interior made up of Nicaraguan tobaccos.  Its exterior consists of an Ecuadorian wrapper dubbed Sancti Spiritus, which is a mix of Criollo and Pelo d’Oro tobaccos that is produced by Oliva.  As for its strength, the L'Atelier LAT56 is said to be medium to full-bodied.

The L'Atelier LAT56 has an attractive appearance.  The wrapper is chocolate brown in color and has a smooth look to it.  A few medium-sized veins are visible, and there is a good amount of oil as well.  The cigar feels like it’s packed tight with plenty of tobacco.   A decorative band sits near the head that really stands out against the wrapper.  It features the L’Atelier name and a logo of a tobacco leaf.  The white, black, gold, and silver colors of the band offer a modern and classy look to the cigar.  For the pre-light aroma, I sense a sweet scent, while the flavor is earthy.

After lighting the L'Atelier LAT56, I experience a perfect draw. The ash is solid and gray in color. The burn is nice and slow and there’s plenty of smoke that’s produced. No touch-ups or re-lights are needed at all.  All in all, this is as good of a burn as I could expect.






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