Review of L'atelier LAT52 Cigar
By: Gary Manelski
L'atelier is a company and a brand of cigars managed by three relatives and friends of Pete Johnson, but is not a part of Tatuaje. L'atelier cigars were introduced in 2012, and are available in several sizes, including a Robusto (4¾ x 52) named LAT52, which is the subject of this short review. The cigars have a small pig-tail cap, and are made in Nicaragua with a blend of Nicaraguan filler and binder tobaccos, along with unique hybrid Ecuadorian wrappers. Online price is about $36 for a 5-pack.
I found the LAT52 cigar to be medium bodied with somewhat of a sweet and sour start. However, after a few puffs, the sour notes faded and the taste transformed into a semi-sweet and nutty tobacco flavor that was very enjoyable. The cigar had a very good draw, burned evenly, and held a long ash. No relights nor touch-ups were needed during the 40 minutes that it took me to smoke the cigar down to two inches remaining. I rate the L'atelier LAT52 cigar with a solid 4 points on a 5-point scale. At $7 to $8 per stick, these cigars are a decent value in today's cigar market, and definitely worth a try.