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Cigar of the Week: Mi Barrio ”El Forro”

The blend consists of perfectly-aged Nicaraguan longfiller and binder tobaccos from Estelí and Jalapa expertly rolled in a dark, oily, and even-toned Habano wrapper that’s finished with an attractive triple-cap. The smoke is full-bodied, yet not overpowering with a sweet-woody base that stays true down to the nub, which I attribute to the excellent balance and ultra smoothness of this cigar.

The cigars used to be presented in handsome boxes that featured original artwork by Cuban artist, Edin Gutierrez, exclusively for this series (see photo at right). Each painting told a story, too. If I remember correctly, “El Forro” is Cuban slang for “the cheater.” Click on the photo to zoom-in and notice the little cartoon balloon over the table. Unfortunately, the painted boxes have been replaced with plain brown boxes, but the cigars haven’t changed a bit.

I consider the Mi Barrio El Forro, as well as the entire line, one of the best cigars Pepin has ever produced. They make a great gift for yourself this Holiday Season, too. Speaking of which, it might behoove you to check ’em out. As you’ll see, times have changed, and so have the prices.

See pricing and applicable offers for all Mi Barrio cigars.*

* Current pricing is always subject to change.

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Gary Korb

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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