November 29, 2014

Surrogates Satin Glove (7 x 47)

Video review HERE.

Satin Glove is the sixth release for Surrogates and the newest regular production release for L'Atelier Imports. Satin Glove is made at My Father Cigars in Esteli, Nicaragua, and is a Churchill measuring 7" x 47 ring gauge. The cigar is box pressed and comes with a Mexican San Andres wrapper and Nicaraguan fillers and binder.

The cigar is a sharp box press with a lightly oily wrapper. It has a nice feel in the hand; nice density.

The test draw after cutting the cap was firm. It was actually too firm for me. I tried to loosen up the draw by squeezing around the cap. It improved slightly. The initial flavors were of the dark variety. They were a sweet, candy like orange citrus, milk chocolate, coffee, and dry wood. The pepper is a black pepper rated at a 7 1/2. I was a little surprised at how low the pepper was. The cigar is medium bodied and I expect it to move up.

About 1 1/2 inches in the dry wood notes are very prominent. They compete to take over the front position of orange citrus and chocolate notes. The wood notes are very obvious. There are also brown sugar notes. The finish is a toasted cream with a little lingering pepper. The cigar is still medium bodied. 

3 inches in and the burn is almost perfect. I am getting sweet cedar notes now instead of citrus. There are brown sugar and cocoa notes now and the wood is still very prominent. The chocolate is still there in the background and the coffee remains a base. There is a little more lingering pepper on the finish which is now one of cocoa and cream.

With about 2 1/2 inches remaining the cedar is still the main flavor. The wood notes have dropped considerably. The chocolate notes are still around with sweetness but I am not getting the cocoa notes anymore. The coffee is still the base. The finish remains unchanged but there is a lot more lingering black pepper, which is very nice. The cigar is approaching medium to full bodied.

At the end the pepper came out a little more on the front end. You have sweet cedar, chocolate, and brown sugar. The cocoa notes went away and the wood notes are very subtle. The coffee held the base. The pepper on the finish is very nice and probably saved the cigar for me. The cigar is medium to full bodied now. It got there in the final quarter. This has been a nice cigar but it didn't have the finesse that I thought it would. The cigar had the firm draw throughout which I think hurt the flavors. For those of you who like the Surrogate line you may find this cigar to your liking. For me it just didn't quite have the total package.

To try Satin Glove cigars you can purchase them here.

Score: 91

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