Country: Honduras
Wrapper: 3rd priming Habano-seed Criollo
Filler: Honduran Cuban-seed long-leaf tobaccos
Size: Torpedo 6.0″ x 54 ring

Camacho cigars has made a name for itself among lovers of strong, robust smokes.  Their name is synonymous with powerhouse smokes but the truth is they have put out a few select cigars that are a bit more accessible to novice cigar smokers and those who enjoy a more refined smoke with less punch.  The Camacho Select comes to mind as a prime example of a medium bodied Camacho.  I’m giving a bit away at the start here to say the 1962 is another one of Camachos medium bodied offerings.  The Camacho 1962 was made to commemorate the year that Julio Eiroa began his journey in cigar making after fleeing Castro’s post revolutionary Cuba.

Wrapped in an oily Criollo leaf, the 1962 is filled with “extensively aged” Honduran tobacco.  I always wonder why terms like “extensively aged” or “extra aging” are used instead of just telling us how long the tobacco is actually aged for.  My cynical nature believes that this so they can use whatever they need to in the cigars to keep turning them out once the “aged” tobacco runs out. But that is just me being jaded and suspicious.  The Band is very ornated and elegant looking and it has a second band on the foot completeing an handsome presentation.

You may be able to see in the picture that the wrapper was cracked in a couple places on this specimen.  I don’t know why or how it happened but I can say upfront that it was minor and did not effect the smoke.  It still burned just fine and held together as if it wasn’t cracked at all.  This torpedo had a spngy feel to it which I have experienced in other Camacho Torpedos, in particular the Camacho Select Torpedos.  The pre-light draw was very light like sucking air through a straw.  It started off very mild.  The flavors were weak and muddled, basic tobacco with a hint of spice.  It didn’t take long for this cigar to start burning really hot.  I had to make a very concious effort to sip on it to keep it from getting bitter.  About midway through the flavors began to improve.  It started to become a nice medium bodied smoke dominated by leather and pepper with a nice leathery finish.  At this point the flavors stayed consistent and near the end the pepper starts to take over and it begins to develop some of that Camacho oomph.

Overall this was a decent medium bodied smoke once I got past the lack luster start.  That said, I still wasn’t that impressed with the smoke.  It was a bit one dimensional.  The promise it started to show at the end has me thinking this just may have been a bum stick so I may have to revisit this sometime soon.  I have another Torpedo in my humidor so this is a prime canidate for a Redux review. For now though I can only give it a “C”.

You can get your Camacho 1962’s at CigarsDirect.com

Rating – C