Cameroon’s rich green flora and humid warmth are the origin of this savory leaf. Its light and aromatic scent, rich brown color, and tooth reflect the smells and textures of the temperate forests it is grown in. African Cameroon tobacco can grow on other continents, but, since its transportation from Asia in the 1900s, genuine African Cameroon whole leaf tobacco has developed a rare and exceptional flavor. This leaf has grown in popularity since the late 1900s largely due to dedicated and careful cultivation by local African farmers partnered with the Belgian Meerapfel family. Small source operations and a limited geographic origin make this exquisite leaf one to be treasured and savored.
Grown in the shade of western African forests, Cameroon is cured from its initial lighter color to a rich ‘Colorado’ brown. It is similar in color and texture to the Connecticut shade leaf, but its flavor characteristics have the leather and subtle spiciness of Cuban Habano wrappers. When perfectly aged, this tobacco takes on an essentially unique flavor: a woody blending of pepper and leather with a buttery toasty spice. Sweet undercurrents meld the complex composition into a smooth, rich finish.
This strain of Fronto (also known as Fanta) whole leaf tobacco is thin, making it a challenge to roll, but its oil content makes it highly flavorful and worth the effort. An excellent substitute for Cuban wrappers, Cameroon adds a little spark to mild-medium blends. Or, use it to complement other rich and flavorful tobaccos. This leaf from Cameroon can supplement your tobacco combination in any way: as a binder, a filler, or as a wrapper.
We were recently able to secure a large quantity of this wonderful leaf. This leaf comes in a binder grade, which means that at least one side of each leaf will be generally free of holes or other defects and can be used as a wrapper. The other side may contain holes or other defects, but oftentimes it can also be used as a wrapper. These leaves arrive lightly steamed and unbound from each other. Our large and wholesale shipments arrive in ‘hands’ – that is, bundles of about a dozen leaves each. We’re happy to accommodate your preference, if you’d like your retail order to arrive tied in hands.
Average length: 14.5″ long
Average width: 6.5″ at its widest point
Average weight: 125 leaves per pound