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.
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.