Cusano cigars are known for their use of a wrapper leaf in the filler of their stogies, and the 59 Rare Cameroon is no exception. Given the moniker “59” for the year of co-founder Joe Chiusano’s birth year, it features a true African Cameroon wrapper and a Dominican wrapper leaf plus a dose of ligero in the filler. Thank you to Duque Cigars for providing the cigars for this review.
Made In: Dominican Republic
Made by: Henkie Kelner
Size: 5″ x 50
Wrapper: African Cameroon
Filler: Dominican, including a wrapper leaf
MSRP: $89.71 per box from Duque Cigars
The Cameroon wrapper has a slightly rustic look but is still attractive with a walnut brown color. A quick feel shows it is evenly packed throughout the length. It has a few prominent, thin veins. The texture is interesting. It’s almost like velvet with sand sprinkled atop. The light reflects the light oily film in the wrapper. It only has one visible seam. Looking at the cigar it almost has a slightly box-pressed, compressed look when looking at it from the foot. It’s adorned with a beautiful brown, cream, and gold band. The cap yielded easily to my Palio cutter.
The takes a bit of work to get the foot ablaze with my torch. Once I get it lit, lots of thin wispy smoke drifts from the foot. Flavors of wood and sweet earth hit the palette. The ash is a light gray and has a medium density to it. The burn line is dark and wavy. After about an inch in, it starts to develop an off-kilter burn with a definite bias to the right side. I have to touch it up, and the ash falls immediately. The fast burning side was nearly an inch farther up than slow burning side.
After the ash falls I’m into the next third. The draw, once smooth, has started to tighten up. The burn line is nearly to the large band, so I remove it which puts a small tear in the wrapper. The flavors remain the same as before with some spice coming into the picture. It’s burning well again to the halfway point and I tap the ash. I go to take another puff and nothing. I am forced to relight.
I get another half inch or so into the cigar, and tap the ash. Once again this stops the burn, and I’m forced to relight once again. This continues until I reach the last inch and a half or so until it starts to burn really hot and I’m forced to put it down unless I want to char my fingertips.
I smoked two of these Rare Cameroons with similar results. One was from Duque Cigars and one had been in my humidor for several months. Both had similar burn issues. The first was perfect for the first half, maintaining a perfect ash up until the midpoint before going bad. The second one had problems through most of the cigar. I’m not sure as to why. It could be the ligero (a notoriously poor burning tobacco) or the additional wrapper leaf in the filler. The flavors, on the other hand, were robust and made for an enjoyable medium-bodied smoke when I could coax them from the cigar. It’s one of the tastier Cameroons I’ve ever smoked. Getting to those flavors was the problem.
Recommendation: Try one and hope for a better burn. The flavor is good enough to justify taking a flyer on it.