Pete Johnson has been one of the most prolific cigar blenders in the industry for the last few years. Creating blend after blend at the famed My Father factory in Nicaragua, Pete Johnson's company has garnered numerous 90+ ratings and keeps churning out cigars that enthusiasts flock to as go-to cigars every day. So, naturally, the next step would be to create a new brand, right? Yes, it's a little unorthodox to start at the beginning once you have a well-established brand on the market. But since when has Pete Johnson taken the conventional route?
Modeled after the uber-popular, impossible-to-get Cohiba Behike, L'Atelier is comprised of robust Nicaraguan fillers that are wrapped inside a luscious Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. The tobaccos are well-aged, so the blend is medium-bodied even though it looks full-bodied on paper. Upon lighting, L'Atelier bursts with rich, chewy smoke that is ripe with notes of cedar, spice, and earth. The finish lingers a bit, but is clean and satisfying. No need to waste your time trying to get a Behike when L'Atelier is waiting right here for you.
A keeper. This was Christmas Eve cigar smoked with my sons. Smooth throughout with a fabulous finish.You can't go wrong with this one. A superb smoke paired with an equivalent fine whiskey. It won't overwhelm the spirt of your choice. A truly fine pairing
Lindy R.✔ Verified Buyer
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3 out of 5
Not a Behike
Sep 15, 2017
If you're expecting it to be like a Behike, you'll be disappointed. I didn't expect it, and I was still underwhelmed. The flavor is there: some nuttiness, leather, slight spice, and coffee. But the construction made smoking this cigar a chore. It had one of the loosest draws of any cigar I've smoked in years. Despite this very loose draw, the cigar was on the verge of going out the entire time I smoked it. The burn also had a major run requiring touch ups. I noticed after snipping the cap that the filler had several larger stems visible. At the foot there were also large stems. I was expecting more from this cigar than it delivered. It got harsh midway through the second third.
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In summary, the flavor was very good, but the construction was so poor my experience centered around maintaining the cigar rather than enjoying it. There are many, many other cigars in this price range that outperform LAT52.
Matthew L.✔ Verified Buyer
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5 out of 5
Mar 12, 2017
From what I understand this stick was made to model the cohiba behike. Never had a behike. But this definitely has the same floral notes you would find in many Cubans. Excellent construction and burn. Unique for sure. Wouldn't mind keeping a few in the humidore. Not an everyday smoke for me. But is a great departure when you want a change from time to time.