L’Atelier Shipping New Surrogates 7th Sam To Stores

The newest smoke from L'Atelier Imports packs seven different tobacco varietals into an alluringly curvy cigar, and it's on its way to stores now.

Dubbed Surrogates 7th Sam, the numerical name was inspired by the number of tobaccos in the cigar as well as the fact that it is the seventh blend in the Surrogates line. Like the other Surrogates cigars, 7th Sam comes in only one size that is unique to that blend.

That size is an attractive Perfecto—the first in the Surrogates brand. It measures 6 3/4 inches long by 52 ring gauge near the foot and elegantly tapers to 48 ring at the head. The cigars wear bands that are emblazoned with the Japanese Kanji symbol for the number seven, printed to look like handwriting.

Surrogates 7th Sam comes packed in wooden, slide-top boxes of 20.
Surrogates 7th Sam comes packed in wooden, slide-top boxes of 20.

Wrapped in a dark, Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper, 7th Sam features two Nicaraguan binders and a three-country filler mix of tobaccos from the United States, Mexico and Nicaragua. According to Dan Welsh of L'Atelier Imports, the seed varietals in 7th Sam include Criollo '98, Corojo '99, Habano and Sancti Spiritus (all grown in Nicaragua by the Garcia family); Connecticut broadleaf; San Andrés from Mexico; and Sumatra from Ecuador.

"We wanted to use seven tobaccos to have some fun with this one, and given the perfecto size, felt we had enough room to work with," says Welsh. "It's complex, but balanced and falls between medium and full in strength."

Surrogates 7th Sam comes packed in wooden, slide-top boxes of 20 and carries a suggested retail price of $11 per cigar.

Like all cigars from L'Atelier Imports, a subsidiary of Tatuaje Cigars, Surrogates 7th Sam was rolled at the Garcia family's My Father Cigars factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

Christian . July 27, 2017 6:16pm ET
Looks like a rebanded Anarchy.
Dan Welsh July 28, 2017 1:37pm ET
Christian, similar mold but the blend isn't even close. 7th Sam uses the Avion 11 mold (6 3/4 x 48x52) but stays in the round, instead of box pressed like Avion. This blend was constructed from the ground up in order to utilize all 7 tobaccos. It's really like nothing else we've done under the Havana Cellars family of brands.
Tony Dougherty Pietermaritzburg, Kw zulu Natal, South Africa, July 30, 2017 3:10am ET
Hope it smokes as good as it looks.

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