This Surrogates Satin Glove has been highly recommend so I decided to try it out and properly review it. Surrogates is essentially a sub-brand of L’Atelier Imports. The company is ran by Pete and K.C. Johnson, Pete of course is the mastermind of Tatuaje Cigars. This is the latest release from Surrogates that made it’s debut at IPCPR last year.
Brand: L’Atelier Imports
Wrapper: USA Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Nicaragua, Sancti Spíritus
Strength: Medium – Full
Size: Robusto (Petit) 4.5 x 54
Founded by Pete Johnson (Tatuaje) in 2012, this 2013 release highlights how quickly they have ascended the cigar ranks. At first glance you will be enticed by the rich deep chocolate brown wrapper. It has a silky sheen with prominent lines. I really enjoy the simple yet sophisticated band on this cigar. The gold border with gold and silver leaves just sets up nicely against the wrapper. Oh the smells! So sweet with cocoa it’s indulgent. The cold draw is sweet and spicy.
First puffs– Bold spices of white pepper and a raw cocoa mix, it’s a short blast but kicks it off nicely. The draw was a bit tight for my liking, which caused poor smoke production.
First third– Pepper continues it’s dominance but tends to yield a bit more to the creaminess of the cocoa. The draw has loosened up and is producing decent smoke now. The construction is superb as my ash will show, packed to perfection.
Second third– The center of the cigar had to have been dipped in Willy Wonka’s chocolate river, it’s just to damn creamy and delicious. The pepper is all but gone and there is a hint of nuttiness and oak. Draw is great now and is puffing nicely.
Final third– Still moving along nicely. Not really any change in the flavor profile. I did however get a bit more spice hitting me towards the very end.
Overall a fantastic cigar that proves even though L’Atelier Imports is a newer cigar company, through superb construction and carefully planned flavors that pay homage to the Behike, they have crafted a superb cigar. I would highly recommend this cigar for anyone looking to kick back relax after a hard day. The creamy smooth cocoa and spices are sure to melt the day away. Be sure to pick up a few of these cigars as you will most definitely want to smoke more than one.
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