The La Aurora 1903 Cameroon Robusto has a shiny, copper like wrapper. Almost all major veins protrude from the wrapper. The cigar feels packed full of tobacco with a firm even give throughout. The head appears to be finished off with a shallow single cap. Nosing the wrapper tells cedar, barnyard and white pepper. Nosing the foot gives a mixture of mixed nuts and white pepper. Cold draw reveals lip tingling dry white pepper, cardboard paper and dry wood.
First third starts off with what I tend to expect from Cameroon wrappers, that is a profile being sweet and spicy. Notes of medium bodied sweetened cream, black pepper and roasted mixed nuts. Quarter inch in, a slight wood bitterness develops, creating a deeper earthiness. Retrohaling provides greater depth of black pepper and roasted mixed nuts. The finish is lengthy, with notes of dry wood, cardboard, black pepper and wood bitterness. Strength is nearing medium-full and body is at a solid medium.
The cigar proves to be quite linear. Not a bad thing what so ever. Still the same tasting profile surrounded by medium bodied sweet cream, black pepper, roasted nuts and slight wood bitterness. The retrohale still has deeper notes of black pepper and roasted mixed nuts. The finish still is long, with dry wood, cardboard, black pepper and wood bitterness. Strength increases to a consistent medium-full, and body stays medium.
The last third provides some minor changes with the cigar being less sweet and slightly more spice driven. Further, the wood bitterness increases, but never enough to overwhelm the other flavors. The retrohale is exactly the same with stronger and tasty notes of black pepper and roasted mixed nuts. The finish becomes less complex, now with primarily a long and lingering dry wood and wood bitterness. Strength and body is still medium-full and medium, respectively.
A solid burning cigar with slight flowering ashes averaging 1.5 inch self tapped ash marks. The burn was long and cool the entire smoking experience with never a need to revisit my lighter.
The draw although very good, was a bit snug for my liking. Since the cap was singular and shallow, it did not give me much room to get a proper cut.
The La Aurora 1903 Cameroon Robusto met my expectations of being a consistently good cigar without much complexities and transitions. Having smoked through a good array of the offerings (Connecticut, Corojo, and now the Cameroon), La Aurora does an excellent job of delivering a consistent and tasty profile, great construction and the added bonus of being budget friendly. This is an easy recommendation for anyone who especially wants to know what a proper Cameroon wrapper tastes like.