Review Of The L’Atelier Extension de la Racine Limited Edition CigarThe L’Atelier Extension de la Racine cigar is the flagship blend of the young brand and has in the past used the best tobaccos available to the company. This version of the blend is a modified version of the original stick, and though it makes exclusive use of Nicaraguan fillers like the original, it uses a different combination of Nicaraguan plants. The company has also used the blend as a marketing tool, using it to bring retailers out to the IPCPR Trade Show, which always suffers from iffy attendance from industry members.

Specifically, the company is only making the L’Atelier Extension de la Racine available to retailers that attended the IPCPR show
. At the show, the brand allowed retailers to make their order, and anyone who didn’t show up doesn’t get to put it on their shelves. For larger retailers, that may not be a big deal, but limited edition blends are major sellers, so it’s a big blow to a number of retailers, to be sure. It also means that finding the stick will be even harder than other limited edition sticks.

The blend is rolled with a Nicaraguan Sun Grown Criollo wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder and fillers
. The wrapper is a rosy brown color, giving the smoke the appearance of a cinnamon stick. It is latticed with faint veins and is finished with a tall, narrow cap. It is available in a single vitola, a 6 1/8 x 52, and the band features the brand’s simple leaf mark in stamped gold on red. The cold draw brings out some butter and cream notes. The lack of pepper is a notable mark on the cold draw.

The initial third of the L’Atelier Extension de la Racine cigar is much like the cold draw, with almost no pepper and creamy flavors marking the first half inch or so. At this point, though, some white pepper notes begin to emerge and assert themselves through the nose. A taste of graham cracker is also present, and combinations of wood and chalk flavors are established near the end of the first third, providing additional depth.

The middle third of the L’Atelier Extension de la Racine develops the flavors even further
. The chalk transitions to wood and some reviewers noted the presence of tree bark and charred wood in the profile. Around the halfway mark, a sweet wood flavor presents, giving the stick a floral taste overall.

During the last third of the smoke, the chalk flavor returns and is paired with the earth and pepper
. It’s a challenging mix of flavors to handle, but veteran aficionados will appreciate it. There is the occasional sweet note in the mix, but the chalk and earth overpower them. However, the profile never gets out of control and finishes off smoothly.

It’s a medium to full smoke that will give even an experienced smoker a journey of interesting flavors
. As long as a smoker can hang with the L’Atelier Extension de la Racine, it will provide a memorable experience.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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