Since the spring of 2010 I was lucky enough to develop an ongoing relationship with the distributor of La Aurora in the United States, Miami Cigar & Company. It was through that relationship I became close to Guillermo Leon as well. Our friendship goes beyond that of a blogger/manufacturer and we often spend time together when he is in New York City. In my eyes there is no one more down to earth and refined with a sense of humour, dignity and class then Senor Leon. Perhaps it is because of these relationships that I have become a fan of La Aurora. However, when it comes to reviewing cigars they know I can be brutally honest.I share this little story with you, to offer full disclosure.
Earlier this year I helped out at the La Aurora booth at Cigar Fest, and I will be doing the same at Cigar Carnival so say hello. At Cigar Fest the cigar we gave out were the La Aurora Cameroon and I smoked my fair share that day . Today I smoke the re-blended version of the cigar that has been slightly tweaked to make it a more full-bodied cigar.The cigar was introduced at IPCPR and you can tell the difference by the new band that adorns the smoke.
The Cameroon which has been produced the longest at the La Aurora factory is available as a Robusto (5 x 50), Corona (5 x 38), Churchill (7 x 50), Belicoso (6.25 x 52) and a Short Robusto (4 x 54)
Size:5 x 50 (Robusto)
Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
Cigars Smoked For Review: 2
Appearance and Construction: In general the Cameroon wrapper is the least attractive of wrappers that adorn cigars. Or at least, this is my humble opinion. Full of veins that add character or detract from the beauty of the leaf the stick can be described in the a number of ways. Under the fingers the cigar has a rough rawhide feel to it due to a nice amount of tooth. It appears to be well packed and has a nice weight to it. The new La Aurora band is more modern and offers a lot of color that will be sure to draw the eye to it on the shelf.
Flavor & Notes: The foot of the cigar has a slight sweetness with some wood accents while the cold draw has some more sweetness as well. Once the cigar is lit you can tell the cigar was re blended for strength without sacrificing the flavor. The first third has some of that Cameroon sweetness that the wrapper is known for interwoven with some spice and wood notes. The sweetness reminds one of chocolate, the spice; pepper and cinnamon, the wood; cedar. In the second third the chocolate becomes a bit darker, and increasingly enjoyable. Also in the mix is some earth and continued spice. The last third the cedar and spice remain but occasionally I pick up some notes of charred steak from time to time before a nice sweet finish with a hint of coffee. The finish is short, but enjoyable just like the cigar.
Smoking Characteristics: The draw of the cigar despite feeling well packed was a bit loose. So smoking this cigar slow is key, as smoking it fast will cause it to burn hot and change the profile. The medium gray ash holds on for a quarter of the cigar with a nice burn line that is close to being perfect. The cigar offers a nice woodsy aroma that becomes a bit sweet as the cigar dwindles in size.
Conclusion: The La Aurora Cameroon has undergone a transformation that changes things for the better with no doubts in my mind. In fact it is a classic example of what a Cameroon cigar should be. The cigar offered a good gflavor profile, with a nice complexity that kept me interested and left me wanting another. It seems the direction for La Aurora has changed not only on the current blends but also the ones of the past which makes La Aurora a company to watch and set room aside for in your humidor.
Price: $6.80 each