The L’Atelier original cigar blend is a doozy, and we’d expect nothing less from Pete Johnson and the My Father cigars team. The L’Atelier brand originally launched as an effort to produce high-quality cigars that were consumer price-conscious. Inevitably, though, what you wind up with at the end of the day when you’re working with José “Don Pepin” Garcia is an outstanding product.
This cigar is at home among the best blends in the market. These are still reasonably priced, however, with most L’Atelier cigars winding up somewhere around eight to ten dollars.
The original L’Atelier cigar was built to showcase a particular kind of tobacco: the leaf known as “spiritus sancti” or “sancti spiritus.” It’s a hybrid of old-school Cuban criollo and pelo d’oro tobacco. Criollo was once the workhorse of the Cuban cigar market, and pelo d’oro was a notoriously fragile leaf with an interesting flavor profile. Together, they’ve been developed into a tobacco varietal that offers highly intriguing aromatic and floral notes that mark it as one best saved for occasions when you need a break from dark earthiness, and want to step out into the light.
Cigar Aficionado gave the L’Atelier original cigar a 93-point rating, so it’s safe to say that it’s a fantastic blend. The Ecuadorian sancti spiritus wrapper mixes quite well with the Nicaraguan binder and filler. The smoking experience is fully satisfying, starting with a traditional pepper kick before progressing into spiritus sancti complexity. The core underneath, thanks to the Nicaraguan tobacco chosen, tends to add a touch of roasted coffee and a hint of dark chocolate into the mix.
The L’Atelier original blend is also available with a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, which shifts the flavor profile into something sweeter and earthier, with a bit of tart stone fruit on the finish.
It’s yet another marvel from Pete Johnson and Don Pepin, and we’ve quickly made room in our humidors for L’Atelier original and a number of other blends under the brand umbrella.
Please browse our selection of L’Atelier original cigars at your leisure.