Cameroon wrapper is among the finest, sweetest, most aromatic tobacco grown in the world, so it’s no surprise that Cuban Crafters takes advantage of the Cameroon mystique to wax exotic in their description of this cigar:
In search of the perfect blend, various tribes in Cameroon, Africa were visited by our scouts. After years of searching an ultra premium Cameroon wrapper was located. It blended perfectly with the Cuban seed tobacco from Tabacalera Esteli. It is grown by a tribe in a small village on the western edge of Cameroon, close to an active volcano named Mount Cameroon. The country’s most fertile soils are in this region, and the tobacco is among the world’s most expensive.
Doctor Livingstone, I presume?
Not that I have anything against tribal contact in an effort to procure the finest tobaccos. I visit the Las Vegas Paiute Tribal Smokeshop on a regular basis in the furtherance of just this cause. No hypocrite am I.
But on to the cigar: This is a solidly rolled, stout torpedo — I might be tempted to call it a short pyramid instead — with a rough but attractive wrapper. I would not guess this to be Cameroon by sight. No tooth, and that’s the truth. The head on this one is finished, unlike the pig-tailed Cameroon torpedoes on their website, and the foot is unevenly cut.
The pre-light draw is very liberal, almost loose. I worried for a moment that this was an indication of poor construction, but this turned out not to be the case. It lit up like a charm and burned fairly even all the way to the band.
The filler and binder on this smoke are Nicaraguan, and true to form the base flavor is woody. It’s a little bit papery at times, but paper is still wood, right? On top of this floats the cameroon — not as sweet and spicy as many other cameroons, but aromatic just the same. The smoke is smooth and medium bodied from start to finish, with a decent kick at the end.
The aftertaste is a little bit bitter, slightly green and aspirin like. It’s the same sort of flavor I get from Indonesian wrapper and some Mexican smokes.
Overall this was a decent cigar, but not really my cuppa. Maybe a few months in the humidor would cure it of the rough spots.
If you like that Indo-Mexican tartness you might want to give this one a shot. Keep a few on hand just in case you happen to meet Stanley in darkest Cameroon.
9 thoughts on “Cuban Crafters Cameroon Torpedo”
I haven’t had a CC Cameroon, but the regular CC line is fantastic. I have just been waiting for an excuse to pick up a box of robustos!
Interesting review of a cigar that I have been wanting to get. I haven’t tried any of the cameroun cc’s. Was this a true torpedo or their “campana”? I find that shape really interesting… i’ve been wondering how it may affect the progression of the smoke.
EZ – This review is of the torpedo, or what they call the torpedo anyway. Not quite as flared as the campana, which is an interesting shape indeed.
Mark – I’m not down on Cuban Crafters, I just don’t care for this particular blend. I smoked a couple of these two or three years ago and had the same reaction then as I did this time. It’s a quality cigar and I can see some folks liking it a lot. It’s just not my preferred flavor profile. I like most cammies, but not this one. I’ve sampled some other CCs that I liked much better and will be reviewing them in the near future.
I don’t think I’ve ever tried anything from Cuban Crafters…guess now I will have to keep an eye out.
GOD WHAT CIGAR DID YOU TRY I JUST BOUGHT THE CUBAN CRAFTERS SAMPLER , THE FIRST I TRIED WAS THE JL SALAZAR WHICH WAS AMAZING..NEXT I LIT UP THE GREAT LOOKING CUBAN CRAFTERS CAMEROON..EASY DRAW GREAT LOOKING STICK.. MAN THE TASTE IS INCREDIBLE, WHITE STRONG ASH I LOVED IT , CUBAN CRAFTERS SHOULD PAY ME MONEY BUT SO FAR FOR A SWEET 20 DOLLAR SAMPLER OF 12 GREAT LOOKING CIGARS IN A BEAUTIFUL PRESENTATION I’VE TRIED 2 AND I WILL BUY A BOX OF EACH.. I APPRECIATE BOTIQUE CIGARS AND THIS BRAND KICKS ASS
I had this cigar in the humi for 3 months and I believe it took the harshness noted away. A good smoke. The first inch is all wood (not appealing to me) but it then settles down to a less woody flavor with some spice and a nice bit of sweetness. The burn has a nice sweet odor.
I got this cameroon in the sample pack. So far all of them I’ve tried are good smokes, some had burn problems but the flavors are great. You can’t beat the sample deal and I highly recommend it. Try the Don Kiki Brown label if you like a complex strong smoke.
What I tasted in this cigar was probably its youth. I’ll have to age a few and see what happens, but so far I’ve given them a couple shots and both have missed the target. Cuban Crafters makes other cigars more to my liking — La Carolina is a great one, IMO.
Thanks for stopping by, Mike.
I am very disappointed by Cuban Crafters client service team.I’ve
bought months ago, 2 bundles of Don Quijote Robustos and the
transaction went smooth and with no problems. I’ve received the cigars
within a month and I must admit I enjoyed ……this
Don Quijote very much. I’ve placed a new order, this time a much more
…expensive one and this time, after 2 whole months, my package is nowhere
to be found. The CC client service didn’t respond to any of my 4
e-mails, so I’ve called them to speak directly with somebody, only to
get informed that they’ve send the package by Global service,meaning
they can’t track it. No “sorry”, no cigars, no refund, no compensation.
Thanks for nothing CUBAN CRAFTERS. You’ve just lost my business…