Video review HERE.
L'Atelier is French for "the workshop". It is the flagship brand for L'Atelier imports, based in Miami, Florida. It was founded by Pete Johnson, his brother, and some friends. The cigars are rolled in the My Father Factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. They use Nicaraguan tobacco for the filler and binder. The wrapper is Ecuadorian, know as Sancti Speritus and comes from the Oliva Tobacco Company.
The cigar is very well made and feels very dense in the hand. The cap is finished with a pigtail.
After cutting the minimum from the cap the test draw was effortless. The wrapper is oily. The initial flavors were leather, earth, and orange citrus. The pepper was rated at an 8 and it tasted like black pepper. I let the cigar sit for a minute.
About 3/4 inch in the cigar settled down nicely. It is now one of orange citrus and nutmeg in a 50/50 split, followed by leather and earth notes. The finish is a nice toasted cream with lingering pepper. The cigar is medium to full bodied.
2 inches in the nutmeg notes have taken over the citrus notes. There are light cream notes attached to the nutmeg. The leather and earth are very strong and quickly follow the nutmeg and cream. The finish is very satisfying. The cigar is pretty full bodied at this point. The combination of flavors is very nice; nothing harsh about them.
Not a lot transpired from the 2 inch point to the end. There were flashes of richness that tried to get going in the nutmeg but they never really took hold. The lack of richness in this particular cigar does not hurt it at all. The mix of flavors work very well. The cigar is full bodied and full of flavor. Very enjoyable. Do yourself a favor and try these soon!