As I parked my car in the lot of my local brick and mortar my excitement grew to the level of a 6 year old on Christmas day. Walking across the lot, I am greeted by a store front of windows with a bold sign HERITAGE PREMIUM CIGAR SHOP (shameless plug) and the excitement grows. Inside I am met by what I can only describe as the best smell on earth -a fully stocked cigar humidor. Open the door, breathe in deep, let it out slow, no smell like it! Now to the important part.
Ring Gauge: 47
L’Atelier Côte d’Or – Appearance / Pre-light
This is a very dark and beautiful looking cigar. An espresso colored wrapper and very soft box pressed shape work well with the gold and white band. The cigar smells of earth with notes of chocolate and coffee. The triple cap allows for a nice clean straight cut. The pre-light draw offers notes of cedar and coffee.
L’Atelier Côte d’Or – First third
After a quick toast the first puff offers a blast of pepper, earth, cedar, chocolate, and and dark fruit flavor I cant figure out. The flavors coming from this are deep and chewy with a long finish. The smoke is very thick and creamy. The burn and draw are absolutely flawless in the first third
L’Atelier Côte d’Or – Second third
In the second third of this smoke I had some burn issues that needed correcting but after that no further problems. The draw was still performing better then ever. This third however the flavors have dulled down a bit. The pepper has disappeared and given way to earth, coffee, heavy cedar, and a chocolaty sweetness.
L’Atelier Côte d’Or – Final third
In this third of the cigar I found a combination of all the flavors so far. Earth, cedar, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and pepper all come together to create a very rich flavor to finish this baby off. The balance of this blend really shows that makers know what they doing. The flavors come and go while finishing this beauty off and in doing so I don’t want the experience to end. I do not normally nub my cigars but I had to with this cigar.
Great blend of Flavors
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