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Friday, 31 December 2010

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rockycamespecpic1 It's just about time to ring in the new year, and surely many of you will be lighting up a cigar to celebrate. If you enjoy milder cigars in the Robusto format, here are two reviews that you should take a look at. We'll begin with the Rocky Patel Cameroon Especial Robusto and end with the CAO Colombia Robusto.

Rocky Patel Cameroon Especial Robusto

The combination of the poor economy and increasing cigar taxes makes it hard to enjoy the hobby you love. Luckily, there are some quality smokes out there that can still be had at an affordable price. One of those smokes is the Rocky Patel Cameroon Especial Robusto. This Cameroon-wrapped cigar is very affordable, making it hard to pass up. It's time to see if this inexpensive cigar is good enough to call it a great value. Hopefully, it is.

The Cameroon Especial measures 5 x 50 in its Robusto format, and its the smallest offering in the line. The Cameroon Especial comes in just two other sizes: the 5 ½ x 52 Torpedo and the 6 x 50 Toro. The cigar's is filled with tobacco from the Dominican Republic. The binder is Honduran, and it is topped off with a Cameroon wrapper, which is its prized component. The Cameroon Especial is made in Honduras and falls in between the categories of mild and medium-bodied. Besides being the smallest of the line, the Robusto is also said to be the mildest.

The cigar passes the appearance test, and its wrapper is dark and oily. There are some large veins present, but it seems to be constructed well overall. There are zero soft spots, and it feels very firm to the touch. In fact, it feels a bit too firm. A single band sits near the head. It displays the Cameroon Especial label over some decorative graphics. The band is not exactly the greatest design ever, but that really does not matter too much. Before being lit, the cigar has an aroma and cold taste of sweet tobacco.

Once in action, the Cameroon Especial is rather average. The firmness experienced while observing the cigar in the pre-light stage proved to be foreshadowing, as the cigar has a very tight draw. It does loosen up a bit after a while, however. The ash is gray in color and solid. The burn does get uneven, but is corrected easily with some help from the lighter.

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