IPCPR 2013: L’Atelier Imports

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Part of the My Father Cigars/Tatuaje space, L’Atelier Imports had plenty to show off in their second trade show appearance, and all in a fancy new booth.

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First up: Extension de la Racine ER13, a cigar only available to retailers who attend the trade show. A 5 7/8 x 52 vitola with a Nicaraguan Sun Grown Criollo ’98 wrapper over Nicaraguan and Sancti Spiritus binders and filler. The cigars will be available for reorder until Dec. 22 or so, again only to those retailers who were actually at the show. Representatives from the company said that this isn’t going to be a big release, with total production likely between 2,000 – 3,000 boxes of 20. Like other L’Atelier releases, this one borrows its look from the Cuban portfolio, in this case the Cohiba Siglo VI. MSRP is $9.25 per cigar. Expect a new version and size next year.

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The Surrogates line goes to five offerings with the 6 x 60 Animal Cracker, which you can read about here. Ecuadoran Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and filler, $9.50 per stick, shipping next week, with a good amount of oomph to it, about as strong as the Bone Crusher blend, with the different wrapper lending a bit more balance.

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The LAT Maduro rounds out the displays, and while the cigar has begun arriving at retail, it still seemed new to many who visited the booth. Three sizes, with a total reblend of the original LAT to include a Connecticut Maduro wrapper, Sancti Spiritus and Nicaraguan binders and Nicaraguan filler.

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As for projects slated for later in the year, there may be a line extension for the Trocadero and El Suelo lines that would be displayed outside of the trays that the initial three offerings came in.

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Patrick Lagreid
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I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.

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