Smoke Blog: Rethinking Cameroon

I’d pretty well given up on cigars made with Cameroon tobacco. When I discovered a Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur Cameroon in my humidor (it came with a gift package), I considered handing it off to one of my friends. However, the HdM line rarely disappoints, and my momma taught me people deserve second chances, so I gave it a shot.

I enjoyed it more than I expected. Though it has a Cameroon wrapper, the binder is the lighter Connecticut Shade and its filler is a mix of Dominican, Honduran, and Nicaraguan leaves. In short, this thing has gone around most of the tobacco-growing world, so it had a lot happening. Different flavors, different textures, it was tough to pin down. HdM did not disappoint, though, and while it’s not as good as the Dark Knight, it stands up to the label.

I often describe Cameroon as a “dirty” flavor. Not so much like dirt, but it has a clingy, tangy quality that I can’t quite wrap my palate around. I caught a taste of it, and again, while I didn’t dislike it, I’m not sure it’s something I’ll readily stock my humidor with.

At least, not yet. It raises the point that maybe I need to try a few others. The benefit of having a rotating humidor stock is I have the freedom to experiment. A friend of mine tells me the Nub Cameroon is great, and they’re another brand I trust. Maybe I’ll track one of those down next.

If I still dislike it, hey, no harm done. I’d just hate to miss out on some quality smokes due to one bad experience.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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