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L’Atelier Racine Extension de la Racine ER16 (Top 25 2016)

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5. L’Atelier Racine Extension de la Racine ER16

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L’Atelier Imports

  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Factory: My Father Cigars S.A.
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Criollo
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Length: 4 7/8 x 50
  • MSRP: $9.25 (Boxes of 20, $185)
  • Release Date: September 2016
  • Number of Cigars Released: 1,500 Boxes of 20 Cigars (30,000 Total Cigars)
  • Original Score: 91

A couple days ago I was talking to Brooks about this year’s Racine, he remarked the same thing I did in my review: last year’s Racine was better.

Well, this year’s Racine is the fifth cigar on our list and last year’s was the 15th. So I wondered, were he and I both wrong. Not today. Looking back on last year’s list, Brooks and I both scored the Racine extremely high, whereas our other colleagues did not. This year, all four of us scored Racine about the same and it ended up scoring over 1.5 points higher than last year’s cigar when you combine all four of our scores.

But back to the cigar. Racine is now in its fourth year, an annual limited edition produced in a different size every year that is offered only to retailers who place orders at the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.

The L’Atelier Extensions de la Racine ER16 is a really good cigar. It’s earthy, fruity, sweet and spicy with just the right amount of umami. Pete Johnson of Tatuaje/L’Atelier has two annual limited editions that have become mainstays with this list: Tatuaje’s TAA and the aforementioned Racine. The simple fact of the matter is it doesn’t really matter what year is on the band, if you have either one of them you almost certainly are going to end up with an excellent cigar. — Charlie Minato.

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