L’Atelier Côte d’Or – Cigar Review

L’Atelier Côte d’Or By L’Atelier Imports

The L’Atelier Côte d’Or cigar is produced by L’Atelier Imports and rolled by the Garcia family in Esteli, Nicaragua. This cigar is very enjoyable with its unique and flavorful tobaccos. The tobacco leaves chosen to be used in this blend are very special and complement one another nicely as the cigar is smoked. Here is why:

This cigar employs some very anomalous tobacco. It all starts by using Nicaraguan tobacco leaves in the filler and double binder. A small amount of the extremely hard to grow Pelo de Oro tobacco leaf is also integrated into this blend. The Nicaraguan tobacco needed to be tweaked a bit to allow this to happen. The wrapper is known as the special and sui generis Sancti Spiritus leaf, from Ecuador, which is the same tobacco leaf that was used in the L’Atelier Selection Speciale blends.

Pelo de Oro tobacco is special due to it being susceptible to disease and low yields in production. This tobacco varietal is a very temperamental plant that requires much attention and hands on care during its development in the field, much like the Pinot Noir grape varietal grown in France. The name Côte d’Or, which means “Gold Coast” in French, pays tribute to the French region that grows the extremely temperamental Pinot Noir. It is grown and used to make fine Burgundy wine just as the Pelo de Oro is grown to make this fine cigar.

The Sancti Spiritus wrapper leaf is a hybrid of the Criollo and Peto de Oro leaves. This wrapper leaf was chosen for its darker priming, which gives the cigar an added flavor depth to its profile.

The Review

The L’Atelier Côte d’Or is a 7 X 47 Churchill complemented with a white band with gold lettering around the maduro wrapper leaf towards the cap and a gold band wrapped around the foot of the stick. The band around the cap is emblazoned with “L’Atelier Côte d’Or” with a gold tobacco leaf above the lettering.

Upon inspection, it appears to be very well constructed with minimal veins protruding from the leaf. There was no loose tobacco from the cutting of the cap, which was smooth and didn’t take much effort. It appeared to be more dry than oily.

It feels smooth for the most part as I brush my fingers across the wrapper leaf. The veins are hardly felt. Like the inspection, it felt dry with no oily sensations.

The Côte d’Or smells of light tobacco and some vanilla on the pre-light. Upon toasting and lighting the foot of this cigar, it gave off a good amount of smoke that smelled of wood. It had a little bit of spice at the beginning of the cigar along with caramel and coffee flavors. The draw is easy and effortless. It has an even burn around the tobacco as the ash grew longer. I’d say it’s a medium-bodied cigar at this point. Burning through the first third there were coffee flavors, slight spices, and hints of caramel.

Starting into the second third some of the flavors are becoming more prominent. The caramel has subsided to allow a fruity flavor to come into the profile. The spice has disappeared from the cigar altogether. The coffee flavor has remained in the cigar with a hint of sweet cream in the background. The burn began to canoe on itself; however, evened itself out with no assistance. The second third was very interesting. The flavors coming from the stick are coffee, sweet cream, and fruit.

The last third of this cigar held the flavors from the second third, but more full flavored. It moved from a medium to a medium-full profile. The burn remained even down to my fingers.

The L’Atelier Côte d’Or was a very interesting cigar to smoke. It went through some flavor changes throughout the smoke and switched to a stronger profile in flavor and strength. I had only one worry when it began to canoe, but that turned out just fine on its own.

I really enjoyed smoking this cigar, and I’d highly recommend giving this stick a try. Maybe even a box of them. These cigars can be purchased for approximately $16 per stick, depending on where you purchase them from, or a box of ten for approximately $160. They are introduced in a very nice white box with gold lettering. There were only 2,100 of these boxes produced (21,000 cigars). If you can get your hands on one, or a few of these fine sticks, I hope you enjoy this distinct cigar as I have. Till next time, my friends.

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