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Stogie Reviews: Cuban Crafters Cabinet Selection Toro

17 May 2007

In February I published a Quick Smoke on an excellent cigar from Cuban Crafters, a purveyor of boutique tobacco that’s made in small batches from Cuban seed. Since then, I’ve made no secret of my affinity for their Cameroon Robusto and Don Kiki stogies, and their national sales director even graciously agreed to participate in one of our Ask a Cigar Insider articles not too long ago.

With all this in mind, I thought it was about time to try one of Cuban Crafters’ finest creations: the Cabinet Selection Toro.

Up front, this cigar makes a good first impression. Its Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is dark and enticing, though not without its fair share of veins and splotches. A white metallic band serves as a bold contrast to the leaf. Box-pressed, the six inch by 52 ring gauge stick is topped off with a curly head cap – a salute to its Cuban heritage.

Right out of the cellophane, you can just tell this is going to be a powerhouse. As the foot is toasted, the sun-grown Habano seed filler and the Habano 2000 binder combine to produce a rich, aromatic smoke that sets the tone.

Not surprisingly, from the first puff these cigars exude full flavors of chocolate and leather. A fairly substantial spice kicks in shortly thereafter, and – in my opinion – thankfully never fades.

Like other noteworthy cigars, many of which cost up to three times as much, the Cabinet Selection balances these knockout flavors with a subtle sweetness. The taste is even on the palate and by no means harsh.

While the draw and ash are up to par, however, the only downside comes in the physical properties department. The burn requires some surveillance to stay even, and the stogie has a tendency to extinguish itself when left unattended for five minutes or more.

Overall, though, I am very impressed – a judgment that’s based on not one, but five, of these Toros. At under $4 a pop, they pack an outstanding flavor profile into a memorable, slow-burning smoke.

Not to be overlooked, I’m giving the Cuban Crafters Cabinet Selection Toro four out of five stogies.

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Patrick A

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12 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Cuban Crafters Cabinet Selection Toro”

  1. Patrick A Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 5:57 am #

    Sam,

    You're right. Reviews based on more than one experience with the same cigar are more accurate and reliable.

    Just so you know, most of our reviews are the end result of smoking the same stick two, three, four, or more times. We don't always mention that, but it's something to keep in mind.

    Thanks for your comment. We take great pride in our honest reviews, and we're glad you enjoy them.

  2. furious Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 6:58 am #

    Overall, I have been quite impressed with most of the Cuban Crafters line. I especially like the La Carolina, which is the successor to the Cupidos. Maybe a review in the near future??

  3. Sam Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 8:50 am #

    Good to see the review based on 5 cigars and not one. Helps validate the experience when they are consistently good smokes.

  4. Jeremy (Cigar Corner) Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 7:55 pm #

    Good Review. I always heard some good things about this smoke and I have always wanted to pick some up. Maybe now is the time. Thanks fellas.

  5. Marcus Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 6:51 am #

    I wasn't a big fan of many of their cigars but I have to admit that was one great cigar and I smoked it down to the nub. It was never bitter just a great and smooth quality tobacco flavor and perfect draw and burn.

  6. Agis Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 4:55 am #

    I am very dissapointed 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 delivered the cigars within a month and I must admit I enjoyd 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.Thancks for nothing CUBAN CRAFTERS.You've just lost my buziness…

  7. Agis Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 6:04 am #

    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…

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