Review: Surrogates Skull Breaker

Surrogates is a line by L’Atelier Imports, created by Pete and Casey Johnson.  This botique brand blends each size differently, as to make each cigar somewhat of a limited edition, special smoke.

Today I will be reviewing the Skull Breaker, a 5 1/4 x 52 Belicoso with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper.


The wrapper is dark with a rugged texture, expected from a Connecticut Broadleaf cigar.  After a few puffs, I am excited about the boldness of the cigar.  It offers up hints of leather, oak, and earth.



The burn is crooked, but I don’t mind as it doesn’t seem to affect the draw or the flavor at all.  As I get more towards the middle, I am surprised by how much the cigar has mellowed out.  What started off as a fuller bodied cigar has somehow relaxed into a nice medium with complex undertones of anise, clove, and oranges.  The aroma is sweet.



Approaching the end, this cigar rounds out to become very earthy.  This unique cigar was very enjoyable.  I believe it would pair perfectly with an older scotch or Irish whiskey.


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