Surrogates Cracker Crumbs was one of the new releases at IPCPR from Surrogates. Last year at IPCPR, Surrogates released the Animal Cracker, which is easily the strongest and one of the largest cigars released under the L’Atelier umbrella to date. I reviewed the Animal Cracker and wasn’t a huge fan. I really thought the blend lost a lot of its luster in the large vitola.

 

Cracker Crumbs, is 4 ½ x 38 and is available in five packs. Along with the Cracker Crumbs, L’Atelier Imports is releasing L’Atelier Travailleurs, El Suelo Vuelo and Trocadero Ruelles in five packs and the same size.  The idea is to have a quality, long filler cigar that smokes for about 30 minutes. The Cracker Crumbs is set to hit the market in November.

 

Time to smoke these cracker crumbs :)

Surrogates Cracker Crumbs

Vitola: Petite Lancero

Size: 4.5 x 38

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Cigars Smoked for this Review: One per Reviewer

Price Point: $2.9 per cigar, sold in five packs

Cigar Purchased: Samples provided by Casper at IPCPR

 

Quick Note: For this review we used Logan’s rating system. You can view it in detail here.

 

Overall Cigar Federation Average Review: 91 AKA “Box Split”

 

Logan’s Review – Rating 93 AKA “Box Split”

The Cracker Crumbs kicks off with a bang, just like the Animal Cracker with a ton of pepper. There is a ton of strength behind the Cracker Crumbs, which I was expecting. There is a pleasant core earthiness to the cigar, which dominated and was accompanied by notes of cedar and leather.

The first half of the Cracker Crumbs is deceiving. There is some pepper and earth and overall the body and strength are medium plus but the second half is a different story. The second half is very rich and meaty and has a very nice jalapeno spice. It was almost like two different cigars; the first half being the wild and raw, and the second half being the older and more refined.

I was impressed by the construction of the Cracker Crumbs. It burned slow and remained cool all the way to the nub. I smoked the Cracker Crumbs for around 50 minutes. I was totally nursing it, but if I would have smoked faster, I don’t think it would have been a problem at all.

I wasn’t expecting much with the Cracker Crumbs and was blown away. I will be picking some of these up for my occasional commute to work or the rare cold day in Texas.

John’s Review – Rating 87 AKA “Five Pack”

The nose on the Surrogates Cracker Crumbs is really interesting; raisins and a combination of barnyard and pepper.

The first third stars out with cedar, leather and a fantastic sweetness that lingers. It is indeed very much like graham crackers, with a black pepper finish to it.  It is a very savory medium-full bodied start.  At around the 15 minute mark there’s some marshmallow coming through and the pepper really lingers at the back of my throat for the entire third.

The second third still has pepper leading into it, but the strength has fallen down to about a medium level.  The flavor profile starts to take a dive at the halfway mark.   There are new notes of a slightly bitter coffee as it transitions towards the last third.

The last third is a combination of the cedar from the first along with the pepper from the 2nd third.  Not a lot of complexity compared to how it started out.  There is some sweetness that comes back as the cigar winds down, but it is at the lighter end of intensity.

The Surrogates Cracker Crumbs really surprised me.  I wasn’t expecting to see this much flavor in a small cigar.  At around the halfway mark these stood out as an easy and tasty 5-pack purchasing decision. 

Rob’s Review – Rating 94 AKA “Box Purchase”

 The Cracker Crumbs is absolutely packed with big flavor.  The first puff offers heavy notes of earth, leather and bittersweet chocolate.  A nice pepper spice on the retrohale balances these thick flavors out.

 At the midpoint the flavors take on a “jammy” quality with the addition of a dark cherry note.  The spice ramps up and transitions from white pepper to black.  The flavors are big and thick with enough transition to keep you guessing.  The Cracker Crumbs is an exceptional cigar.  If they made this in a full lancero, I would buy at least two boxes.  It is THAT good.

This little cigar has some punch.  I wouldn’t go so far as to call it full strength so I’ll call it a medium-plus / full-minus. 

If you like a big and bold cigar, then this is a “MUST SMOKE” for you.  At $14.50 for a five pack, it is affordable as well.  That price is factored in to my score because five of these for 15 bucks is a no-brainer.

This is such a good cigar, that I would recommend it to just about anyone.  It’s a strong smoke, but not overpowering so I think any cigar smoker can handle it.

The smoke time for me was just over 42 minutes, but I was babying it.  It’s the perfect cigar for a lunch break or a quick smoke on a cold winter day. 

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Comment by Docwill on August 6, 2014 at 7:58am

High praise indeed. Good stuff gentlemen.

Comment by Generally Useful Jared on August 6, 2014 at 8:50am
Wow... Near consensus, lowest rating from one of the the ligero junkies. I believe I know a shop that should carry these :)
Comment by Charlie on August 6, 2014 at 10:12am

If you look at the pictures from John's compared to Rob/Logan's...The wrapper on Johns looked like he got a less oily/rich looking one. Any ways I will for sure be picking up the L’Atelier Travailleurs to try out.


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Comment by RobbyRas on August 6, 2014 at 10:35am

Yeah, this was a big surprise for me... I have no had the origin Animal Cracker and I want to track it down now... even though Logan says they don't really taste the same...

I would LOVE for this cigar to be released in a full Lancero... it would be a massive hit 

Comment by Catfishbluezz on August 6, 2014 at 10:47am

The band reminds me of illusione.


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Comment by Mickey irratebass on August 6, 2014 at 12:05pm

That's what I thought too Catfish.......I really didn't want an Animal Cracker, because of the size, but man these sounds really good, and for $15 feghetabouttit


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Comment by Matt Ross on August 6, 2014 at 12:56pm

Haven't loved the Surrogates, but I like small smokes.  The 'Cracker Crumb' name makes me subconsciously think this is a short-fill, even if its not. And, yes, the band screams Illusione.


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Comment by RobbyRas on August 6, 2014 at 1:06pm

Didn't Tatuaje do the skinny band with just the name first?


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Comment by Matt Ross on August 6, 2014 at 1:08pm

Perhaps - I think its the color scheme that reminds me of Illusione.


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Comment by The Nothing on August 6, 2014 at 1:16pm

It's interesting that this was the first time Surrogates went with black on white instead of white on black though...

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