October 1, 2014
The Surrogates brand is a brand that always intrigued me, and if you look at Surrogates as a part of L'Atelier Imports, it is really a brand within a brand. The brand was originally made for New Havana Cigars, owned by Dan Welsh in Columbus, Ohio, and he is one of the four players in L'Atelier. It started out with the Bone Crusher and Skull Breaker, but with the establishment of L'Atelier, they added Crystal Baller and Tramp Stamp in 2012 and in 2013 they added the Animal Cracker. The concept behind the brand is to release cigars that smoke like limited releases, but are regular production and affordable. This year marked their latest release, the Satin Glove. Each release has had a unique name, the meanings of which are only really known by the four L'Atelier members, and that keeps things fun and entertaining to the consumers who wish to know every little detail. The brand itself was a brand that never really spoke to me, that is until they released the Crystal Baller, and I am interested to see how this new release, Satin Glove, does to keep my interest in the brand and look forward to future releases.
September 30, 2014
I am going to be honest to you and say that I do not know how well the Cruzado line does for Dion and Illusione Cigars. I don't see the numbers, so I can't prove anything, but I imagine that it is at the bottom of the regular production lines in terms of demand. I think Rotchildes is number one right now, followed by Original Documents or Epernay, but I don't think Cruzado is as high as it should be. The guys who have smoked the line truly appreciate it, but for some reason most smokers just know about Epernay and Original Documents. I think that stems from the fact that Cigar Aficionado has rated those brands more than his other brands, but once again I don't know all the facts. From my experience though, this is probably one of the most underrated lines on the market, not just the Illusione portfolio. I have always enjoyed the line, I love the Marios, Dantes and Domenicos Extra, and I have a lot of them aging in my humidor, but the line really saw greatness when he released the Marelas Supremas last year.
September 29, 2014
I love cigars and I love listening to Jay-Z, but the question of do I listen to Jay-Z when I smoke cigars is answered with an easy no. He is more what I listen to when I am working out and running. When it comes to the smokes, I am more of a Indie-Folk guy, but then again brother Logan calls me a total hipster. What I will say about Jay-Z and cigars is that he had possibly one of the best pieces in Cigar Aficionado that I have ever read and that he is a passionate cigar smoker. He smokes some great sticks, and when you see him smoking cigars, you can see the bands and know he knows what's up. When it was announced that he would be working with General Cigars to create a new cigar, the Cohiba Comador, I felt that the cigar was a marketing ploy to get sales, but I was still curious to smoke it. That is why I am starting this week off with the Cohiba Comador.
September 28, 2014
September 27, 2014
September 26, 2014
So there have been a couple brothers who have asked my input on cigars that I reviewed a while back. They know I reviewed them, but they wanted my input now on them. They wanted to know if I still had originals and how they smoke with age or even new production of the original releases that I reviewed. Because of that, I have decided to start this Cigar Revisited section and come back to cigars that I reviewed and provide my thoughts. I am interested to see how this goes because there will be some that are worse, better and the same. Today I look at the L'Atelier LAT52.