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My Weekend Cigar: Feb. 19, 2018 – El Suelo Terreno

MY WEEKEND CIGAR: El Suelo Cigar Review

By Gary Korb

Simply Irresistible: A Full-Flavored Nicaraguan Cigar You Can Enjoy Daily

When I first discovered this cigar I knew nothing about it other than it was made for Pete Johnson’s L’Atelier imprint by Don Pepin at his Cubana factory. That’s more than enough to go on for most cigars, not to mention that the price was pretty irresistible; but after my first El Suelo Terreno cigar hit a home run, I began smoking these bundle cigars on a daily basis.

EL SUELO TERRENO

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I never thought a hearty smoke like the El Suelo Terreno would become one of my regular morning favorites, but the flavors were so well-balanced and non-overpowering it was irresistible. G-~

Country of Origin/Factory: Nicaragua / Tabacalera Cubana
Size: 5¼” x 56
Strength: Medium-Full
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano Oscuro
Filler: Nicaraguan & Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf

My Experience: On this particular weekend, I decided to have one of my El Suelo Terrenos over a lunch of barbequed wings and iced coffee. I love the deep color and slightly reddish tint of this cigar’s Habano Oscuro wrapper, the excellent craftsmanship, and 5¼” by 56 dimensions. “El Suelo” is Spanish for “the soil,” and the Terreno is a full-flavored, medium-to-full smoke that issues a lot of rich, earthy Nicaraguan tobacco flavor along with plenty of sweet spice provided by the additional Connecticut Broadleaf fillers and binder. Well-defined notes of cedar, hazelnut, nutmeg, and a suggestion of roasted coffee greet you along the trail with pitch-perfect balance, and the smoke is never overpowering, which is why I also love it with my morning coffee.

Suffice it to say . . .  the El Suelo Terreno smokes every bit like a top-quality, Pepin-made “boxed cigar,” and the fact that the line is sold in bundles helps keep the price sweet, too. I’ve gone through more than a dozen bundles since first discovering these cigars, and that’s because they’ve been amazingly consistent on all counts – construction, draw, burn, flavor and balance. So, if you’re looking for a robust, everyday cigar that hits on plenty of flavor, the El Suelo Terreno is well worth a shot.

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If you’ve had this cigar, please share your experience by leaving a comment.

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

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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