L’Atelier Extension de la Racine ER13 | Cigar Review

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown Criollo
Binder: Nicaraguan (Sancti Spiritus)
Filler: Nicaraguan
Size: 5.875 x 52
Body: Medium/Full
Price: $9.25 MSRP
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I don’t usually do two reviews in a row but I got hardly any sleep last night due to that fucking MRI torture device yesterday.

So I’ve taken a break, cleansed my palate and off we go.

This is one more stick that my best friend, Skip H., sent me. He sent me a total of five 5 packs he bought from Small Batch Cigar.

And so far, I’ve been 3 for 3 in dry boxing the sticks to perfection. Fingers crossed.

Very little is known about the production of this cigar in terms of how many were produced. Is it a regular production cigar or a limited run? Pete Johnson isn’t divulging this.

The blending process was a collaboration of Johnson, and three of cigar industry friends.

The stick comes in only one size. And these sticks are very hard to find except from SBC. They have it in boxes for $7.50 and in 5 packs for $7.80. Quite the savings especially when you insert the 10% off coupon code of leafenthusiast during check out. That brings the stick price down to $7.00.

The size mimics the Cohiba Siglo VI

The cigar is to be released each year but in a different size and manufactured at the My Father factory in Nicaragua.

Sancti Spiritus is a rare hybrid tobacco created by the Oliva family from Criollo and Pelo de Oro tobaccos.
This is a nice looking cigar. The wrapper is a medium chocolate brown with tight seams and very few veins.

The triple cap is impeccable. The vivacious cigar band is a metallic cherry red. But the blend is not mentioned or shown. The stick is jam packed so I’m probably looking at my morning being spent reviewing it.
I clip the cap and find aromas of strong leather, spice, cedar, creaminess, candied orange peel, and cocoa.
Time to light up.

The extraordinary thing about Small Batch Cigar is the customer service. The owner, Andrew, will bend over backwards to help you. If a cigar is out, call him and ask him to get more. And he will do his utmost to do so.
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The first puffs have several flavors at once. The first is cereal. As well as sweet cedar, black pepper that quickly becomes red pepper. The strength starts out at a strong medium body.

The draw is superb as smoke fills the room. Great construction.

The char line is a bit wavy but no need for a touch up.

Already, the cigar is a joy to smoke. I am already a big fan of the original L’Atelier blend. And I have several that have been marinating for a couple of months, or so.

There is a delicious cheesecake and graham cracker flavor.

I am now having burn problems. It was the main thing I worried about when lighting up a cigar I’ve only had for a little over a week. The other three avoided this but it seems to have landed on this stick.

The candied orange peel gives this a French dessert quality. This profile is quite different than the original L’Atelier.
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Even though this is a Nic puro, it does not exhibit the stereotypical flavors.

Just prior to the second third beginning, the cigar attains flavor bomb status.

The strength is a strong medium/full body.

Here are the flavors: Creaminess, spice, graham cracker, candied orange peel, sweet cedar, cocoa, and leather. The flavors and the order in which they are in take a giant step sideways from the typical Nic puro flavor profile.
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A fruitiness appears. It is the Nic puro black cherry. You can always count on that flavor popping up.
Well, folks, my dry boxing technique of setting out the cigars; without the cellos, for 72 hours, sticking them back in the humidor for 24 hours, and removing them once more for up to 48 hours seems to be doing its magic for accelerating the expansive flavor profile. Not to mention, zero construction issues. No sponginess.

Less than ¾” from the halfway point, flavors just explode like a fireworks show.

The char line issues disappear.

Floral notes appear.
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I read a couple of reviews and seems like the reviewers didn’t get the same experience as me. Obviously, it isn’t a humidor issue unless they did not dry box them. Which by the way, I’ve been doing this for years. It isn’t something I just started doing. I think I am lucky because I’m starting off with spectacular blends. The system might not work on a Patel or Gurkha.

I’m at the halfway mark and it is a flavor carousel. And paying $7 instead of $9 is making quite the impact on future purchases.

I check around the online stores and a lot of them are already out of stock. Five packs everywhere are out of stock. And that’s at over $9 a stick. The Small Batch Cigar price for a 5 pack is $39 minus the 10% off and the free shipping. But the site says they have only one pack left. So if this stick interests you, HURRY!
At this juncture, I think I like this blend better than the original blend. But the original has such strong merits on its own it’s more of a mood thing.

The flavors are still on the same trajectory. But now the cigar is uber complex with a perfect balance of flavors. The finish is long and chewy.

The reviews I read must have been smoking a different cigar. Or did the worst thing imaginable….put the cigars directly into their humidors without dry boxing. It takes the cigar much longer to get what I taste after only a bit over a week.

And as we know, reviewers are highly competitive and want to be the first on the block with a review of a new cigar and hence; don’t have the patience to allow the cigar to find the blender’s intent. I’ve done it.

I have a bunch of Caldwell cigars given to me that I can’t wait to review. First, I know nothing about them. So it should be interesting. And yes, SBC has all of them. They run in the $6-$9 range.

The last third begins.
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The cigar continues on its journey of excellence. No change to the flavor profile. But the strength hits full bodied. With a touch of nicotine.

This is just an excellent blend. Kudos to Pete Johnson and his comrades for coming up with a real winner.
Get ‘em while they’re hot and before they’re gone. See Small Batch Cigar.
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5 replies

  1. Grabbed a pack back in May, haven’t had it yet, but I’d like to try your dry box method, though. 🙂

    On a side note, I had the MAD 44 and it was a knot nightmare. Had no choice but to say addios. 😦

  2. Couldn’t have said it better myself! I tried a couple then fell for them & splurged on a box!