Cameroon wrapper is among the finest, sweetest, most aromatic tobacco grown in the world, so it’s no surprise that Cuban Crafters takes advantage of the Cameroon mystique to wax exotic in their description of this cigar:
In search of the perfect blend, various tribes in Cameroon, Africa were visited by our scouts. After years of searching an ultra premium Cameroon wrapper was located. It blended perfectly with the Cuban seed tobacco from Tabacalera Esteli. It is grown by a tribe in a small village on the western edge of Cameroon, close to an active volcano named Mount Cameroon. The country’s most fertile soils are in this region, and the tobacco is among the world’s most expensive.
Doctor Livingstone, I presume?
Not that I have anything against tribal contact in an effort to procure the finest tobaccos. I visit the Las Vegas Paiute Tribal Smokeshop on a regular basis in the furtherance of just this cause. No hypocrite am I.
But on to the cigar: This is a solidly rolled, stout torpedo — I might be tempted to call it a short pyramid instead — with a rough but attractive wrapper. I would not guess this to be Cameroon by sight. No tooth, and that’s the truth. The head on this one is finished, unlike the pig-tailed Cameroon torpedoes on their website, and the foot is unevenly cut.
The pre-light draw is very liberal, almost loose. I worried for a moment that this was an indication of poor construction, but this turned out not to be the case. It lit up like a charm and burned fairly even all the way to the band.
The filler and binder on this smoke are Nicaraguan, and true to form the base flavor is woody. It’s a little bit papery at times, but paper is still wood, right? On top of this floats the cameroon — not as sweet and spicy as many other cameroons, but aromatic just the same. The smoke is smooth and medium bodied from start to finish, with a decent kick at the end.
The aftertaste is a little bit bitter, slightly green and aspirin like. It’s the same sort of flavor I get from Indonesian wrapper and some Mexican smokes.
Overall this was a decent cigar, but not really my cuppa. Maybe a few months in the humidor would cure it of the rough spots.
If you like that Indo-Mexican tartness you might want to give this one a shot. Keep a few on hand just in case you happen to meet Stanley in darkest Cameroon.