Posted by Jack | in L'Atelier | on 21 Nov 2012 | at 4:25 PM | 2993 views
My quest for Pete Johnson's cigars has led me to the promised land!  What am I blathering about?  The El Suelo line, which means " The Soil" in Spanish....each monster sized cigar is named for a section of the land...The Terreñ o (" Terrain" ), the Prado, (" Fields" ), and the Campo, (" Country" ).  This line really piqued my interest when I first discovered it online.  The size of each made me wince a little but my mania for anything Pete puts together steeled my resolve to continue onward.  After purchasing one from Serious Cigars, I decided to save it until last of the trio I purchased....check the Trocadero review for the first....Surrogates Skull Breaker review forthcoming at the time of this review.  So how was this cigar?  Did it live up to my expectations?  Let's see....
Construction: I selected the smallest ring gauge for this taste test.....a petite 56 ring gauge beefcake named the Terrano.  It's a beautifully well made cigar with a smooth dark veinless wrapper.  The cap really caught my eye as well.  A perfectly smooth triple cap that is just amazing to behold.  Be warned...it's a jawbreaker of a cigar with that 56 ring gauge.
Pre-light Aroma and Draw: Out of the cellophane, I picked up a heavy sweet tobacco and earthy aroma.  The draw was perfect as usual - I mean, it's from Pete Johnson and made at the TACUBA factory in Nicaragua, so not a big surprise
Light and Burn: The large ring gauge made it a bit harder to light with just two matches.  It took three total and it blazed up nicely.  The burn is exceptional.  Only one touch up required on a cold spot in the final couple of inches.  Quite impressive.
Tasting: This baby really sets it off in the flavor department.  Starting with a blast of very earthy spice the El Suelo smooths into a nice spice earthy core of sweet tobacco.  I picked up a nice array of flavors from start to finish.  Coffee, leather, cocoa, a deep rich toasted nut flavor, and a delicious spice, rounded off with a smooth and creamy finish.  Towards the end of this cigar I noted a distinctive cinnamon, caramel and creamy coffee flavor that just made my eyes roll back in my head.  This is an exceptional cigar, my friends.
Value: At just three and three-quarter bones...yes, $3.75, this cigar is a steal!
Final Thoughts: This is it, folks...my new cheap smoke.  Yes...cheap.  A bundle of these babies costs around $70 or less if you poke around for deals.  My only gripe is the size.  I wish Pete would offer a 5x50 or 6x46 in this line.  However, I really can't complain.  For such a low price you get a helluva lot of quality tobacco and one dynamite cigar.  Without hesitation, I highly recommend this cigar!
Wrapper: Habano Ecuadorian
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Connecticut Broadleaf, Nicaragua
Strength: medium to full
Size: 5 1/4'" x 56
Beautiful and rustic looking
Love the simple band too.  Nice artistry
I was very sad to put this cigar out
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