Pete Johnson and L’Atelier Imports have introduced a new line of cigars at the 2015 IPCPR trade show in New Orleans, LA. The new line is called La Mission du L’Atelier (French) for The Mission of the Workshop. It is named for Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion, a French winery in the Pessac-Leognan region of France, located southeast of Bordeaux. This winery has received seven (7) 100-point ratings for their finewines by Robert Parker, a renowned wine taster known for his “Parker Points” in wine appraisal. These wine ratings were earned in 1955, 1959, 1982, 1989, 2000, 2005, and 2009.
This new line of cigars will be of the same dimensions as the original L’Atelier labeled LAT line. This time, though, the three cigar sizes will represent three of those years that Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion earned that notable 100-point rating: 1959 (4 3/4 x 52), 1989 (5 5/8 x 54), and 2009 (6 1/2 x 56.) L’Atelier Imports do have plans to expand their cigar sizes to match those other four years.
The La Mission du L’Atelier line is grown by the Garcia family and produced at the My Father Cigars S.A. factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. It is blended using the Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper, Nicaraguan tobacco binder, and Nicaraguan long fillers. Also included in the tobacco is the rare Sancti Spiritus leaf, which is a hybrid made with Criollo and Pelo de Oro tobaccos.
This new line will be a box-pressed blend with a pig-tailed cap and boxed in 18-count boxes. The exquisite La Mission label will be seen on the box and on each cigar band. They are currently on the market and available for purchase from retailers. The average price per stick are as follows: 1959 ($8), 1989 ($9), and 2009 ($10) depending on the retailer.
The L’Atelier La Mission 1989 (5 5/8 x 54) appears to be constructed flawlessly. There are very few veins on this particular stick. It looks tasty as the light glistens from the oils in the cigar. It doesn’t seem to be dry, but not excessively oily.
From the first touch of the wrapper leaf it feels rough like leather. The veins are hardly felt; they almost play into the leather feel. From all sides the cigar is soft to the touch. The oils can be slightly felt on the leathery wrapper. The smell mirrors its feel of leather but with a hint of chocolate.
The pre-light draw is done with ease. The taste is of sweet tobacco coming from the straight cut pig-tailed cap, which was a simple cut with no issues. There was no loose tobacco coming from the cigar post-cut.
After toasting and lighting the cigar, I’m getting a leather taste so far on the first half-inch. From there, a nutty flavor begins to creep into the stick. During the initial third, the nutty flavor becomes prominent with a hint of earth. The ash grows into the second third leaving a strong white ash on top and more of a gray ash on the bottom. The cigar doesn’t put out a lot of smoke thus far. It began to burn unevenly, but straightened itself out with no assistance from me before the second third. The ash finally fell just before the second third.
Burning into the second chapter of this cigar’s story its flavors haven’t revolutionized a lot from the first third. The nutty flavors taste more like peanut butter and peanuts. The earth still lingers in the background. It starts putting out more smoke during this point. The ash is once again burning long; almost to the third point in the cigar so far. It remains white all the way around the cigar. The burn is consistently even through this second phase. No touch-ups have been needed so far. A bit of a chocolatey flavor is coming into mix towards the final end of the second third.
The second ash gave way just into the final third. The leading flavors at this third point are the chocolate and peanut flavors. The earthy flavor is still hanging in there. The cigar is putting out about the same amount of smoke as the second portion. At the final puffs of this cigar the flavor profile is peanut with a hint of chocolate. The earthiness has dissipated. I smoked this stick down to less thana 1/4 inch from my fingers. The third ash remained till I put the cigar down. It kept its even burn after leveling itself out during the first part of the cigar.
This was a very tasty full-flavored cigar with notes of leather, earth, peanuts, peanut butter, and chocolate throughout the stick. It was a medium-bodied smoke throughout its span. The only worry was when it began to burn unevenly, but my worry went away quickly as it balanced itself out. There were no other flaws with this stick. It’s a beautiful cigar with lots of flavor. It’s definitely worth a try if you haven’t had one. As stated earlier, they are now available for purchase from retailers that carry them. Enjoy! Till next time my friends.