News: Chinnock Cellars to Release New Terroir Cigar


Brian Chinnock, owner of Chinnock Cellars, announced via his Facebook page that he would be unveiling a reblended version of the Terroir cigar that made its debut at last year’s IPCPR trade show.

The new Terroir blend features an Ecuadorian Deflorada wrapper, Ecuadorian binder and filler from the Dominican Republic and Nicaraguan. The cigar is billed as being medium strength.


Like last year’s release, the Terroir 2012 is made at the El Titan de Bronze factory on Calle Ocho in Miami’s Little Havana district. Following production, the cigars are aged in new, medium toast French oak barrels for three months. The flavor is described as being smooth and creamy with a nutty finish and the aromas of a fine wine cellar.

The terroir will be available in two sizes – a 6 x 52 Toro and 6 x 52 Torpedo. Each vitola will be limited to production of 500 boxes of 10 cigars, packed in a single layer format, making for a total production of 10,000 cigars. MSRP for the new Chinnock Cellars Terroir is between $11-$12 per cigar, or $110-$120 per box.

The new cigar also features what Chinnock says is the industry’s first pewter metal band:

(via Brian Chinnock’s Facebook page)

The word terroir comes from the Latin terre, which means land or earth, and is frequently referred to in both the wine and cigar world to describe the taste that certain geographical regions impart on the products grown there. According to Chinnock, when loosely translated, terroir means “a sense of place,” which is embodied in the special characteristics and the sum of the effects that the local environment has on agricultural production.

Patrick Lagreid
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