Move Over, Cuba: The World's Finest Cigars Are Using African Tobacco

EASTON, PA - Cigar Advisor, the nation's premiere online cigar magazine, proudly serves cigar enthusiasts with a uniquely down-to-earth perspective on the enjoyment of premium cigars. The magazine has published "5 Things You Need to Know About…Cameroon Wrapper," a point-by-point review of important facts about the qualities of "genuine" Cameroon cigar tobacco, how it's grown and why it's found as an ingredient on some of the world's top non-Cuban cigars. The latest edition of the magazine's "5 Things" series is authored by Cigar Advisor Managing Editor John Pullo, and highlights a number of premium cigars that use this in-demand, yet very expensive leaf in their hand-made construction.

"If you smoke cigars - even just occasionally - these are five things that will change your outlook on cigars with a Cameroon wrapper," said John Pullo, Cigar Advisor Managing Editor. John has just added to the online cigar magazine's "5 Things" series, this time a primer on the African nation of Cameroon. He calls Cameroon wrapper tobacco a "secret weapon leaf" for cigar blenders who are trying to coax more flavor from traditionally mild tobaccos: "There are hints of pepper and leather, but [Cameroon is] dominated by a toasty, woody tone and a subtle sweetness that's more of the toasty and buttery variety, especially in the aroma. Very smooth." It's that intensity and mix of flavor, John writes, that make it well worth a cigar smoker's while to search out a good Cameroon-clad cigar - more flavor is imparted to the smoke because of an abundance of natural oils, resulting in what he calls "a more savory quality" to the smoke. "Few do it better than Cameroon," he writes.

John stresses the importance of cigar enthusiasts "discovering" this rare leaf by trying a number of different cigars that feature it, including selections from CAO, Partagas and Arturo Fuente Hemingway cigars, as well as big ring gauge selections from Perdomo, Rocky Patel and Nub. "Genuine Cameroon (raised in Africa) leaf tends to be smaller - and therefore, so are the cigars it's used on," he writes, noting the limited selection of larger cigars on which this wrapper is used. "Only the best cigar rollers can stretch Cameroon wrapper to these limits," he says.

The Cigar Advisor also examines the infrastructure difficulties in transporting tobacco out of the country, the challenges in growing more leaf to meet demand and how this particular strain of tobacco almost went extinct. "It's difficult to do business in remote areas of Africa. But there is a beauty to [the country's] simplicity, as the far reaches of Cameroon feature a temperate climate that is perfect for wrapper growing," John notes.

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