The New World by AJ Fernandez was first released in 2015, and very well received. AJ followed up with a Connecticut (CT) shade wrapped New World, and the New World Puro Especial. Most recently, AJ shipped the New World Cameroon. Announced in September of 2018, and shipped in December of the same year, this marks the first time that a cigar under the AJ Fernandez brand name has been wrapped with Cameroon tobacco. As with the previous iterations of New World, it is a box-pressed cigar available in multiple vitolas.
New World Cameroon Toro
Size: 6 x 50 Toro
Origin: Nicaragua (AJ Fernandez)
The new World Cameroon is widely available in seven distinct sizes. 5 x 38 Petit Lancero, 4 x 48 Short Robusto, 6 x 46 Corona, 5.5 x 54 Robusto, 6 x 50 Toro, 7 x 48 Churchill, and 6.5 x 52 Torpedo. MSRP is from $5-$7/cigar.
The first thing about this cigar that is so striking is the band. For the most part, it follows the same theme as the other versions of New World cigar, but this one actually looks like Christmas decorations. With vibrant colors of Red and green with shimmering gold accents, this cigar makes me want to go cut down a fir tree and bake some cookies. Aside from that, the cigar looks to be well made, although it feels light. The color on the wrapper is a little splotchy but clean. The foot of the cigar smells like pepper and cedar, and the cold draw has some of those same notes.
When I light this cigar, the smoke hits me right away with some classic Cameroon flavors. Some mild pepper and a nice sweetness like dark brown sugar. As it gets to about the one inch mark, notes of leather and a little earthiness come in to the profile. This is all followed by a retrohale that is sweet and almost buttery.
This is another cigar that seems to be burning a little bit fast. Even so, the flavors are very nice. Some gentle spices like nutmeg or something similar come in alongside the flavors already in the profile. I also get and increase in the black pepper kick in the middle of the cigar. The smoke output is intense, but the ash is light and flaky. The retrohale moves up the scale from sweet with a little spice, to the opposite. Also a very faint mineral note in the background.
As things start to wind down, the cigar refuses to give up. It has a good amount of intensity and body, with plenty of flavor and soke kick. The sweetness is still up front, with hints of that pepper and spice. Now I also get some leathery aromas along with that mineral note from earlier. The retrohale is now very intense, but not fiery. Just some spice pop to complement the buttery sweetness at the end.
After I got over the Christmas vibe from the band, the cigar showed some nice flavors and lots of smoke output. I will say that I think it was under-packed, mainly because the draw was very open and it burned a little bit hot. Aside from that, I think it was a good representation of what most smokers would want from a Cameroon wrapper cigar. It had the sweetness, and the spice. It also had a couple of extra flavor notes to keep things interesting. This is one that you should definitely try.
New World Cameroon Toro – How Bout That Cigar
Rating: How Bout A 5er?
Overall Score: 85
Flavor Summary: Sweetness, Buttery, Gentle Spice
Strength Assessment: Medium