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TeAmo World Selection Series-Cuba Blend

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

I found this cigar at a random local shop. From what I’ve read, the original TeAmo blends were Mexican puro’s. The World Selection Series features tobacco from multiple regions. I grabbed a glass of water and offer you my thoughts on the TeAmo World Selection Series – Cuba Blend.


Wrapper: Criollo

Binder: San Andres

Filler: Criollo

Size: Robusto 5 x 54

Price: Around $3.00


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The tan wrapper had a few medium to large veins, giving it a somewhat rugged look. Overall the cigar was evenly packed with a slight sponginess. The wrapper had a mild earthy odor, while the foot had almost none. The pre-light draw was a little stiff, and had an earthy, woody taste.

The burn was pretty bad in the first and second third. The last third burned fine. The burn issues are not consistent with the other cigar I had. The ash held on for about an inch.



The first third had a mild earthiness mixed with a cedar. A very slight sweet spice was noticed when passing the smoke through the nose.


The second third had minimal change in flavor. The mild earthy cedar remained dominant. The mild sweet notes also remained unchanged. Other then the addition of coffee notes, there was an occasional bitterness that I didn’t care for.


Surprise… Not a lot to mention in the last third. The flavors basically remained the same. The occasional bitterness became more frequent, and the smoke took on a slight harshness. It wasn’t a strong harshness, but just enough for me to notice.



This mild cigar began with promise to be a decent morning smoke. Overall I just don’t care for the flavor. It just seemed unbalanced and…well, lame. Maybe your mileage will vary. I won’t consider smoking any more of these cigars…

Cuban Crafters Cabinet Selection

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

This cigar has been in my humidor for over 6 months. I don’t even remember where I bought it. I have little information on this cigar, so let’s get right to the review. With a glass of water, I sparked up a Cuban Crafters Cabinet Selection.


Wrapper: Cuban seed from Ecuador

Binder: Habano 2000

Filler: Sun grown Cuban seed Habano

Size: Torpedo 6 x 54

Price: Around $5.00


Pre-smoke & Construction:

The dark brown wrapper and pigtail cap looked nice. There were a few medium sized veins and bumps here and there. When I squeezed the cigar, I found it to have a little sponginess, but it wasn’t extreme. The wrapper and foot had a simple earthy, hay-ish odor. The pre-light draw was free, and had notes of pepper and natural earthy tobacco.

The burn required a few minor corrections, and the ash held for just under an inch.



The first third had very easy earthy flavors. I got a mild spice when passing the smoke through the nose. The finish (aftertaste) had a mild woodiness and lingered for a few seconds after each puff.


The second third increased in strength a little, but remained in the medium range. The spice took on a slightly sweetness with a bitter aftertaste. The earthy flavors remained, as did a slight woody finish.


A bitter chocolate type of flavor mixed with earthiness dominated the last third. The mild spice remained unchanged. The finish was still woody and earthy. Not a lot to talk about really.



It’s not that the flavors were outright bad, but in the end I didn’t care too much for this cigar. I think it was a little too bitter for my taste. The overall flavor profile seemed unrefined and plain. I’ll have to pass on this cigar…

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