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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.

Smoke Blog: Don Tomas Cameroon Collection

Cigars with a Cameroon wrapper are very popular, but I tend to find their taste a little harsh, especially in the finish. I’ve been told maybe I just had bad luck with cigars or brands, or perhaps I just don’t like the blends certain brands use. I much prefer the Connecticut shade wrappers like my go-to smoke, the Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real, but I’ll continue to try Cameroon-wrapped smokes and see if I can’t narrow down the problem.

It’s with this in mind I lit up the Don Tomas Cameroon last week. It came as part of a robusto sampler pack I ordered a while back, and I wanted to give it some time in the humidor so there would be no lingering dryness from shipping that may affect the flavor. It lit easily, and the draw was fine. My luck with sturdy cigars in the face of spring breezes continued with the Don Tomas, as I had no trouble even as the cold started to numb my fingers. The cigar had a fine ash and produced thick smoke.

But there was that odd tang to the finish again. Not altogether unpleasant, but I found myself pining for one of my Reservas instead. Perhaps next time I’ll have to try a Cameroon with a beer or a glass of whiskey and see if that doesn’t level things out. I’m almost certain some good smokes I’ve sampled in the past have been wrapped in Cameroon tobacco, but it seems like when this flavor appears, it’s in a smoke with a Cameroon wrapper.

This week I’ll be visiting New Trends with John. I’ll have to chat up the owner, Mark, and see if he can offer some insight or tell me I’m just nuts. While we discuss it, I think I’ll have a nice Avo Classic.

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.