Gary Korb takes one more look at the Holidays with his list of top shelf cigars adorned with fancy white & gold bands. Whether it’s a last minute gift idea or a humidor-worthy primo to ring-in the New Year, you’ll find 12 of them all dressed-up and ready to smoke.
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.
Country of Origin/Factory: Nicaragua / Tabacalera Cubana
Size: 5¼” x 56
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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