A.J. Fernandez New World Cameroon Selection
In late 2018, A.J. Fernandez added a Cameroon edition to their New World brand joining the New World, New World Connecticut, and New World Reserve Puro Especial. The New World Cameroon marks the first cigar in the extensive A.J. portfolio to utilize a Cameroon wrapper leaf.
Manufactured in Esteli, Nicaragua, the New World Cameroon Selection is available in Short Robusto (4 by 48), Robusto (5 1/2 by 54), Toro (6 by 50), Torpedo (6 1/2 by 52), Gordo (6 by 60), and Churchill (7 by 48). The cigar features a Cameroon wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos grown at A.J. Fernandez’s Esteli farm. The cigars come packaged in boxes of 20 and will run you between $5 and $7 a per cigar.
You can purchase New World Cameroon Selection from our good friends at Famous Smoke Shop.
Size: 7 by 48
Smoke Time: 1 Hour and 50 Minutes
The New World Cameroon Selection wears a medium brown wrapper with a greenish hue that has some darker markings, small sugar-like crystals, and small veins running down the leaf. To the touch, the cigar is smooth, velvety, and somewhat spongy as I gently press down the cigar.
As I bring the wrapper to my nose, I am met with barnyard, vinegar, and coffee. The aroma on the foot is of cardboard and dry wood. The draw is easy showing more of the wood and some light cinnamon with a spice heat being felt on the lips.
The New World Cameroon Selection opens with a rich profile showing off flavors of earth, heavy black pepper, and a vegetal flavor. A sweetness moves into the profile that is tied to the vegetal flavor and continues to intensify as the cigar progresses. I can feel a spice in the back of the throat that lingers for some time between puffs. A light colored ash forms as the cigar burns evenly.
As this latest iteration of the New World progresses, the earth and cocoa become the central flavors. The unique vegetal flavor appears every couple of puffs but seems to be fading out. An espresso coffee flavor is now on the finish of the smoke, and the earlier black pepper flavor and accompanying spice have calmed. The texture of the smoke is smooth and creamy in the mouth.
Moving into the last third, the sweetness has evolved to a roasted marshmallow and is pairing well with the dark espresso, earth, and cocoa flavors. I am also getting a fat nutty flavor on the backend of the flavors. The New World Cameroon closes out with rich and full flavors.
The original New World has been a go-to cigar for me over the last couple of years. A cigar that I know will deliver and hit the spot when I am not sure what else to reach for. On a recent trip to Florida, I was introduced to the New World Cameroon Selection. And after smoking it, I knew it was a cigar I needed to review. The cigar takes a little time to warm up, but it is an absolute treat once it does. The combination of flavors in the second and final third won me over and held my attention through this nearly two-hour smoke. The performance was right on from start to finish and a price tag under $7 makes this cigar that much sweeter.