The Stogie Guy

Dumpster Diving: Rocky Patel’s Cameroon Especial
January 9, 2009, 3:18 am
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Here it is… The first Dumpster dive! And actually this cigar gave me the idea for this new section. We all know we’re in an economic crunch and the cigar world has started helping out us lower-middle classers with this well constructed, flavorfull cameroon stogie

Rocky Patel's Cameroon Especial

Rocky Patel's Cameroon Especial

The non-descript label

The non-descript label

I must say, I was a guinea pig when my cigar shop guy put this bad boy in my hand. It had no box, no brand name at all and all there was was a large, bright orange wrapper, wrapping up the 20 sticks. Dave, my cigar peddler, told me he just got a free-be bundle of these and knowing how much I enjoy Cameroon told me I had to try it and report back to him on my findings. I got to say for being under $3, this is a great buy… A true diamond in the rough. It’s not what you expect from something so cheep; the taste is consistent and the wrapping is pretty damn good. I’ve smoked a few of these and none of the wrappers have peeled or flaked so thumbs up to not having that little bit of annoyance. The smell isn’t the greatest, which seems to be its only draw back, it kinds smells cheap when burned but the flavor makes up for it. So if you don’t care about the people around you, smoke up.

I’ve found with the cameroons I usually smoke that they have to stay at a perfect humidity level or else they start stiffen up. But so far this one’s pretty good. On a side note, I enjoy smoking cigars much better the same day I get them from the shop. Though my humidor holds it’s humidity level and temp, it just loses something after it’s been in there for a while. So I find that smoking Cameroons as soon as possible is the best course of action to get the full experience. But maybe it is just the brands I buy or the kind of distilled water I use in my humidor.

The Amazing Price!

The Amazing Price!

But back to the Cigar in question, The Cameroon Especial has a build that reminds you more of a $7-10 stogie and
a flavor that really makes it stand out from the crowd. Though it has it’s downsides (no box & slight stinky smell), the positives far outweigh them (great flavor, solid build, PRICE!!!!!!!!!). I give this great little gem a 4 1/2 out of 5 stars for the first Dumpster Dive. Hopefully I can keep this lucky streak rolling and have some more goodies for you.


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i’d like to see the exact opposite of this as a good comparison. please smoke the most expensive cigar you can find please and report back if it’s worth it.

Comment by Matt

How about this? I had a $30 Padron my friend bought me for my birthday last year. I’m not sure if it was the 1926 series or the 1964 Anniversary Series. But it was well worth it; it is in my top 5 best cigars. If you want to drop the coin on it, definitely check them out.

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