While the La Aurora Cameroon has been out for several years, it is recently that the blend has been changed and improved. Obviously it still features that great Cameroon wrapper, but the change was in the filler blend. With a filler blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobacco, the blenders modified the cigar to make it somewhat stronger and in the process more flavorful. I forgot to mention that the binder is Nicaraguan, but then again I just did. Like all of the cigars by La Aurora, the cigar is made in their Dominican factory, which is also the oldest in the Dominican Republic. For this review I chose the Belicoso vitola, and I did so because I wanted to get a little bit more flavor from the filler tobacco, but at the same time I did not want to smoke their Short Robusto which is not my preferred size. The Belicoso measures 6.35" and has a ring gauge of 52. Like most Cameroon wrappers, the wrapper is very toothy, and has a nice light oily sheen to it. There are some veins present in the wrapper, and it has a lovely coloring of Natural Brown to it. Holding the wrapper and foot of the cigar to my nose I get aromas of wood, nuts, soft spices and some sweetness as well.
I light up the beautiful Belicoso and I am immediately greeted with those standard Cameroon flavors. I am getting this light and natural sweetness to the cigar, and it is also showing some woody notes, mostly cedar, along with some nutty characteristics and a soft spicy finish. It's really showing this lovely soft start to a cigar, and along with the subtle but enjoyable flavors there is a strength level that is slightly about mild in character. I would say it is somewhat close to being between mild and medium in body. In terms of construction the cigar is burning wonderfully, solid burn line, and it is leaving a nice light gray ash that is holding on to the cigar firmly.
|Better photo of the Cameroon wrapper|
In the final third of the cigar now, and it is now that I am seeing the true greatness of this cigar. While in the second third I saw a rise in toasty notes, there was a nice addition of earthy qualities to this third, and it really is coming together as a cigar. With all the flavor present right now it is very complex, and does so without being overly full in terms of strength. Those hay and grass notes are softer in this third but still present, and the sweet cedar and nutty notes play off wonderfully with the toast and earthy qualities. The strength of the cigar has increased to a solid medium in this third, and it has a lovely finish with more depth than before. As to be expected the cigar burns perfectly all the way to the end and it has a lovely light gray ash even at the tapered nub. I enjoy this cigar till I am burning my fingers and lips, and even on the last draw it is cool and flavorful.
I must say that the work they put into this cigar to re-blend it has really paid off. I always enjoyed the original version of the La Aurora Cameroon, but this new version is just more captivating overall. I found that the Double Corona vitolas were great at the beach or when you were working on something and your attention was elsewhere, but this new blend is a cigar that you want to pay attention to it. From the second you light up the cigar, both the strength and flavor profile increase. While it is never above medium in body, it does end stronger than it begins and can surprise you. The flavor profile was perfect for me when smoking a Cameroon wrapper, and this cigar is a smoke I would enjoy in the morning frequently. I give this cigar a 92, and it was probably one of the best Cameroon wrappers I have had since the Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon.