Small Announcement and Review: Cuba Aliados Cabinet Selection Toro (6 x 52)

Well it is my joy to announce that I will be doing weekly reviews for Cigar Federation as I transition into a trial moderator position.  However, Logan is really putting the heat on me to see what I can produce over the next few months, so I need a little help.  I need you all to let Logan know how awesome and cool I am.  You might be saying, “But Tyler, lying is bad”.  But I don’t care, I say do it anyway!

In all seriousness, this is an exciting transition for me, and I hope you guys enjoy the reviews. 

These will follow the same rules as the reviews on my site with each being 200 words or less (not including the descriptions of size, etc. at the top).  However, this first one will not follow this format exactly as these cigars came to me from a very strange set of circumstances.


Wrapper: Honduran Habano


Binder: Honduran


Filler: Honduran


Price: $4-$6


Rating: 9.5/10

Cigars Smoked: 2


Roughly two months ago I had a dream I won a box of Cuba Aliados cigars.  I do not remember specifics, but I accepted the box as some kind of an award.  I woke up with a smile that quickly turned into a frown when I realized it was in fact a dream.  I was crazy to think that I could win an award, much less a box of cigars.  You may think I’m crazy as well for dreaming of cigars, hell I probably am; however, the guys at Reyes Family Cigars seem to think the contrary. 

That day, unrelated to my dream, they posted a picture of some fresh rolled Cuba Aliados Limited Editions on Instagram.  I made an offhand comment about my dream, and next thing I know they told me to email them for a sampler of cigars.  A week later I was the proud owner of a small box of Cabinet Selection Toros.  Was it Fate?  I think so.  I was destined to have these amazing cigars.  


Pre-light draw reveals a slight spice mixed with dark earth undertones.  The draw is spot on and fairly open. 

Upon lighting the cigar my palate is met with a sweet tobacco taste accompanied by milk chocolate.  There is also an earthy-leather essence that I am absolutely loving.  It is definitely medium to full in body and is probably best suited as an evening cigar.

The second third brings with it a faint oak flavor on the retrohale.  The dark aromas continue as the milk chocolate fades to cocoa.  This cigar is very smooth and well rounded.  To say I am pleasantly surprised would be a vast understatement.  This is right up my alley.

In the final third the leather and cocoa come to the forefront.  The flavor profile was so enjoyable that I decided to nub this cigar.  It was at this point that the spice ramped up and it became harsh, so I let it go out. 

Overall, this is a great cigar for the price.  If you love complex, medium to full bodied cigars this is hands down a winner.  I give this cigar 9.5 out of 10.  In fact, I placed an order for more this weekend. 


*In no way did the gifting of this cigar have an impact on this review.  I will always try to be completely honest in my reviews as well as divulge this information when necessary. 

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Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on March 31, 2014 at 7:29am

I am really surprised you gave this cigar such high marks.

Comment by Matt Ross on March 31, 2014 at 8:00am

Make that two of us! Welcome to the club, Tyler!

Comment by Tyler on March 31, 2014 at 8:21am
Thanks Matt! And I was surprised too guys. I tried the rating system you guys use and since it was box worthy and slightly better than what I would deem the generic score of box worthy I gave it a 9.5 out of 10. Great stick for around $4. Really surprised me when I smoked it the first time.

Comment by RobbyRas on March 31, 2014 at 9:40am

Yeah Logan, I was wondering the same thing... This is a Jared Grillot cigar for sure!

Comment by Generally Useful Jared on March 31, 2014 at 10:32am

Woah... rough :)  I've only had one of this brand, with another waiting, the Pyramide #1, which is a huge f***ing stick over 7 inches that flares in true pyramide style, but out to well over an inch in diameter. I had trouble keeping a good light and draw, but the other is resting for some other attempt. I paid $1 each for these, so I don't feel bad if they don't turn out. And yes, a quality $4 stick is something worth knowing about :P

Comment by HardlyClerkin® on April 2, 2014 at 12:50pm

Tyler is cool 

Joking aside good review, shorter the better!


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