Today we take a look at the L’Atelier Surrogates Tramp Stamp.
The cigar has a bit of rustic-ness to it. A little bumpy and lumpy but a beautiful oily coffee bean wrapper…that shimmers in the sunlight. Seams are tight. Lots of small veins and a couple of big ones. A perfect triple cap. A closed foot. And a double cigar band.
I clip the cap and find aromas of cocoa, spice, black licorice, and some smoky meatiness.
Time to light up.
I don’t like close footsies when you light up. They tend to shoot fireworks all over everything like lighting flash paper. Whine, whine, whine.
The draw is good as I realize I am clamping down on the cigar like a Gila Monster. Let loose, Katman, let loose.
Flavors expand quickly. Over under sideways down.
Creaminess compliments the cocoa. The red pepper is flying, man.
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There is a brilliant snow white ash on the stick. Reminds me of a Wisconsin winter. Yuck. It is the only time I wish we were flush so we could live in Arizona in the winter.
And no, Wally Guse, I am not moving in with you.
Earthiness takes its potent place in line. There is a nice black cherry element. The spiciness is pedal to the metal.
Here is the small list of flavors: Spice, earthiness, creaminess, cocoa, black cherry, black licorice, and cedar.
A newly added sweetness that doesn’t come from fruit joins up. The spiciness makes a subtle change and it is a curry sauce. I love curry. Learned to love it while living in England. Back then, English food was just as bad as its reputation. So ethnic foods were what we ate on the road. In order: Indian food, Chinese food, Jamaican food, and Thai food.
I’ve enjoyed all the Surrogate blends but only reviewed the Crystal Baller here. I reviewed the other two on other sites. Dumb move. I did review the new Surrogates Satin Glove which is a fine cigar. Both the Surrogates Tramp Stamp and the Satin Glove have a ridiculous price point for being such good cigars. Small Batch Cigar has them in the $6 region. If they aren’t out of stock, everyone else has them for $7.50. And no free shipping.
Andrew sent me some great sticks for review but I am letting them rest. I also got some wonderful sticks from my VIP Sponsors whose photos you can see on the left side of my blog.
The cigar…The chocolatyness is marvelous. The spiciness dissipates some allowing the subtle flavors to emerge from their hiding places. This is a Garcia pepper bomb so if you like a spicy cigar, then the Surrogates Tramp Stamp is your stick.
I have just passed the second third.
The cigar hits flavor bomb status. The creaminess and chocolate flavors make it so. The black licorice is a nice third flavor. And the earthiness gives it a nice richness.
The char line is razor sharp.
I didn’t look to see what size this is called. Probably a robusto but it smokes more like a big corona. The ring gauge looks smaller than 48. Like maybe 46. I have calipers and a micrometer left over from my days in construction. I even have my old slide rule. It was my father’s while he was in engineering school and has his name etched in it. Nice keep sake. But learning how to use a slide rule is a real bitch. It was 1976 before I bought my first calculator. $25 for what now looks like a $3 calculator.
I am dead center of the Surrogates Tramp Stamp. Gorgeous, simple flavor profile but zesty and warm.
The strength maintains at medium/full.
The flavor bomb status becomes the sweet spot in the last third of the cigar. It is sort of a one dimensional cigar but those few flavors are spectacular. The earthy tobacco is probably the real star of the blend.
The cigar finds its complexity within that one dimensional profile. It is perfectly balanced with a long finish.
And Charlotte is just fine. I appreciate my friends and readers asking about her. Her boss is now working her to death. He is going in for a bone marrow transplant to deal with his leukemia and must stay at home for a full year after the surgery. So Charlotte is totally in charge and will get a raise. Thank you Cosmic Muffin!
But I hate seeing her work so hard. She is only 9 months younger than me. And the physicality of the job is tough…i.e. moving boxes and stocking once a week. She has a couple people working for her, thankfully.
This is an excellent cigar. A few months of humidor time will improve it immensely and maybe draw out more flavors. I’ve only had this cigar for a week or so. But dry boxing it has helped bring out the flavor bomb status.
The creaminess and chocolate flavors and just out of this world. And that black licorice element gives the Surrogates Tramp Stamp a nice twist.
I am very impressed with the construction. No touch ups needed. The wrapper hangs tough. And I’ve only had to clip the cap once.
The black cherry returns. Gives the flavor profile a nice sweetness that was in the background for most of the smoke.
This is one of those rare dual purpose cigars. It’s good to go in a very short time for a 75% blender’s intent experience and it is a cigar that left for a few months in your humidor will get even better. This is the type of cigar that I strive to buy because of my cigar budget.
The last bit of the Surrogates Tramp Stamp is cool and without a hint of harshness. The small flavor profile is delicious and I want more. The flavor bomb status hits a tertiary level here and just blasts away.
I highly recommend this cigar. I think the Surrogates Tramp Stamp is my favorite of the Surrogates line.
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