Camacho Connecticut 11/18 Thursday, Nov 19 2009 

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Country: Honduras
Wrapper: Ecuadorian grown Connecticut
Binder: Honduran
Filler: Honduran and Dominican
Size: 11/18 Toro 6.0″ x 54ring
Courtesy of CigarsDirect.com

When I first heard that Davidoff was purchasing Camacho Cigars, this cigar was the first thing that popped into my head.  Davidoff and Camacho cigars had always occupied opposite ends of the spectrum.  Everything Camacho put out under the brand name Camacho was a powerhouse cigar.  All of their lines were robust, full-bodied smokes that tried to kick you in the gut.  I know that they have milder offerings under different banners like Baccarat and La Fontana, but anything labeled Camacho was going to be a monster.  SO when the announcement of the purchase became public, I immediately though to myself, “What would happen if Davidoff and Camacho got together and had a baby?”  I said to myself a Camacho with a Connecticut wrapper and Dominican tobacco in the filler.  Can you imagine!  A Camacho with that makeup?  And then a short while later we here about the Camacho Connecticut which is exactly the cigar I predicted.  Now I don’t pretend that I had any great insight or any special talent in predicting what’s next in the cigar industry.  Truth is a lot of people I have talked with had the exact same thoughts I did.  It was easy to see this coming.  SO I want to know, what exactly does a Camacho that uses a Connecticut Shade wrapper and Dominican tobacco taste like.

At the start, this cigar is a lot like its other Camacho brothers and sisters.  The first few draws are full and spicy with black pepper and a slightly acrid dry wood flavor.  It doesn’t take long to settle down.  The Ecuadorian wrapper brings what you’d expect to the party.  Creamy notes complimented by some coffee.  It is nicely balanced by a bit of Honduran spiciness from the binder and filler.  I think the Dominican tobacco kind of gets lost in the blend.  Perhaps its function is just to help tone down some of the power of the Honduran tobacco.  The result is a nicely balanced cigar with a medium bodied profile and just a touch of spice to keep it interesting.  I was pleasantly surprised by this cigar and put it up there with Oliva’s Nicaraguan Connecticut Reserve as a good slightly more robust Connecticut offering.

Rating – B+

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Camacho 1962 Torpedo Friday, Jul 18 2008 

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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”.

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Rating – C

Showdown: Camacho Triple Maduro vs Itself Tuesday, Mar 4 2008 

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Country: Honduras
Wrapper: Maduro
Filler: Maduro
Size: Rothschild 4.5″x50 ring

I first reviewed the Camacho Triple Maduro back in May 2007. That review was based on a cello wrapped unbanded Rothschild that was provided to me by Camacho before the official release of this much heralded cigar. I found the cigar to be a pretty decent smoke, but I was not wowed by it. Subsequently, I have been informed by others who also tried one of these unbanded “pre-released” versions of the Triple Maduro, that the Triple Maduro which ultimately hit the shelves is much better. I don’t claim to know if there is really any difference between what is on the shelves now versus what I smoked then, but I figured I would put it to the test. It just so happens that I still possess one of the sample smokes I got way back in May. I also have myself a Triple Maduro Rothschild that I purchased off the shelf at my local cigar shop. So here it goes. I’ll smoke these two cigars one right after the other to do a side by side comparison to determine, at least in my own mind, if there really is a difference between the two smokes, and if one is actually better than the other. Don’t concern yourself about any inequity in resting time. I bought the banded edition not long after their release so it has had almost as much time in my humidor as the sample that was sent to me by Camacho. Just as a quick refresher, what makes this particular cigar so unique is that it is the first maduro puro. The wrapper, binder, and filler are all maduro leaf tobacco. This is something that has never been done before because using all maduro presents certain challenges especially when trying to get the cigar to burn right. Camacho managed to pull it off and now we have the Triple Maduro which if I go by the statistics I get from my blog here, is one of the most queried cigars on internet searches. I get more hits on my site from searches for the Triple Maduro than any other review I’ve done, even the Tatuajes, which come in a distant second in terms of hits from search engines for my site.

The two cigars look very much alike. The wrapper looks to be identical. it is very dark and rough looking with lots of veins and plenty of tooth. Both cigars are rock solid and seem almost over filled to the touch. The caps are a bit sloppy, and bunch looks good. There are no rib viens to be seen in the foot. The huge band on the production release just about swallows up the diminutive length of the Rothschild, but it is a beautiful band and the second band on the foot is a nice touch making for a very nice presentation.

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So, up first is the unbanded, cello wrapped sample that the folks at Camacho (namely Dylan) so generously provided me. I clipped the head and the bunch looks just as nice on this end of the cigar. I toasted the foot and it took a light nicely. It starts off very robust and full bodied. There is lots of black pepper and a spicy bite. For the first inch I thought this would be a tough cigar to finish even in this short size because of the fullness and the punch it was packing. it leaves a slightly sweet flavor on the lips typicla of a maduro. about an inch and a half in it mellows out a lot. Its is a very smooth smoke, medium bodied with cocoa notes and a maduro sweetness. At this point it gets kind of one dimensional never changing up. I said it in my initial review and it still applies. This cigar is all maduro all the time. I see why maduro lovers enjoy this cigar as it gives that maduro flavor in abundance. The construction is superb and my concerns about it being over filled were unfounded. The draw was impeccable and it produces an abundance of thick white smoke. This cigar is packed full of tobacco and it burns cool and smooth with a firm ash that holds very well.

Now on to the final production version. Again this one is packed to the gills with tobacco giving it a slow cool burn. The construction is amazing. These may be the best constructed cigars in Camacho’s arsenal which is saying something as all their cigars are very well made. The burn is perfect, and the draw is perfect. This one doesn’t start off with the punch that the other one did and if there is any other difference at all I’d say it is even mellower and more to the mild side of medium bodied. It is a very smooth smoking cigar and again it is all maduro not just in its make up but in its flavor as well. Maduro fans will love these cigars. As for myself, since maduros are more of a when I’m in the mood kind of thing, it isn’t something I’ll be smoking a lot of, but when the mood does hit I can’t think of a better non-limited release maduro to smoke. As for which version of this smoke is better? Personally I like the unbanded sample a bit better because of it’s powerful, peppery start. It made for a more interesting smoke. So I’d have to disagree with some of the opinions I had heard about the final release being better than the unbanded samples. The triple maduro is a very good cigar and is extremely well made. These could rate a B+ for me if they just had a little more complexity to them, but as is, I give them a very respectable high B.

Rating – B

Camacho Triple Maduro Friday, May 11 2007 

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Country: Honduras
Wrapper: Maduro
Filler: Maduro
Size: Robusto 4.5″x50 ring

Thanks to the good people at Camacho, I was able to get my hands on their new Triple Maduro cigar. The first all maduro cigar, Camacho has blended five different maduro varieties to create a cigar with a Maduro wrapper, binder and filler.

“The biggest challenge was to get these thick leaves to burn and taste right together. We did it and the cigar is awesome” – Camacho Cigars

The specifics of the blend are a secret but Camacho set out to make a cigar to please the biggest of the Maduro fans out there.

I had a robusto, or maybe they are calling it a Rothschild, I’m not sure. This dark beauty measures a modest 4.5 inches in length with a 50 ring gauge. The aroma of this cigar is a strong maduro sweetness that drives home the fact that it is packed full of the rich dark maduro tobacco. When I clipped the head I was a little concerned. In very un-Camacho fashion there were 3 rib veins visible in the head and there was an odd hole right at the head about ¼ inch in diameter and a ¼ inch deep. The prelight draw seemed a little loose. I assume this was just an anomaly because Camacho cigars have always proven to be of high quality and as it turned out these oddities didn’t have any adverse effects on the cigar. Once lit the draw turned out to be spot on and it smoked very well.

The smoke started out extremely peppery. The pepper was almost over powering. It produced thick rich smoke and it immediately let me know I was in for a full, powerful smoke. About a 1/3rd of the way through the pepper mellowed a bit and a rich maduro sweetness was the dominate flavor. The cigar stayed very consistent throughout never really changing, giving it a kind of one dimensional feel. I guess that isn’t all that surprising given that the entire cigar is made up of maduro leaves. I like a maduro cigar every now and then but this was more maduro than I go for. That said, it was a pretty enjoyable cigar and will most likely be well received by many of the Maduro fans out there. This cigar is all maduro, all the time. The burn was good and the ash was well formed and held firm. It’s another good cigar from Camacho.

Rating – B

Update: I revisited the Triple Maduro in a side by side comparison.

Camacho SLR Maduro Rothschild Saturday, Mar 3 2007 

Country: Honduras
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Filler: Corojo
Size: Rothschild 4.5″x50
(for a detailed description of the points system I use please click here.)

Keeping with the maduro theme I have going here I smoked a Camacho SLR Maduro. I am a big fan of Camacho cigars especially the Select line and the Corojo Diplomas and 11/18’s.

Appearance and Construction – 8/10
The Camacho SLR Maduro is a rather rustic looking cigar. The dark brown wrapper is toothy and rough looking and the cap is slightly puckered. You can tell it is well made though. The bunching of the filler looks close to perfect and there are no rib veins in sight. It is firm and well filled and the cap clipped nicely with my Palio cutter. Not a particularly pretty cigar but obviously well made.

Flavor – 16/20
It’s starts off very peppery and you immediately pick up on that maduro sweetness. Once you work your way into it a bit the flavor mellows a bit and turns to cocoa with a spicy finish that comes across a little harsh. The Camacho kick is present. Like most Camachos this cigar has some umpf to it and will give you a pretty decent cigar buzz. Once you past the halfway mark it strengthens a bit and changes to coffee and spice and the maduro sweetness stays present throughout.

Smoking Characteristics – 6/10
The draw was a little loose but not so much as to be a problem. The ash was a dark, dark grey. The smoke had a yellowish tint and was a little thin. It was perfectly formed and seemed like it would hold on forever. A testament to its good construction. The burn was razor sharp.

Price – 3/5
This cigar will run you a little over $5 bucks a stick. It’s not the most refined cigar and smokes a little harsh. A select or a Monarcha would cost about the same and is a more enjoyable smoke. Not a bad price but more than I would want to pay for it.

Conclusion
Not a horrible cigar but not a favorite of mine. It is a little harsh and unrefined. I enjoyed the Perdomo Reserve Maduro much better.

The Math
33/4.5 = 7.33*10 = 73.3

Camacho Face-Off by Litto Gomez Tuesday, Sep 19 2006 

In late 2003 Camacho and La Flor Dominica got together for a little project called Face-Off. Each manufacturer created a cigar under the others brand. These cigars are about three years old now and I happened across a few in a local humidor so I snatched them up without hesitation. The aroma of this cigar is amazing and it gets even better once you light it. The flavor is rich and creamy, and as smooth as any cigar I’ve ever smoked. The ash was truly impressive, white and rock solid. I had to snap the ash off once every two inches. It would fall off, even with a fairly vigorous tap. These cigars really are a gem and if you should happen to run across any don’t pass up the opportunity to get a few. There can’t be many left out there so if you find some, you’ve found something special.

Rating – A

Camacho Corojo Diploma Maduro 5.0×52 Wednesday, Jul 12 2006 

Country: Honduras
Wrapper: Maduro
Filler: Honduran Puro
Size: 5.0″x52 ringThis is a gorgeous cigar beautifully constructed and wrapped in an oily dark cocoa brown corojo wrapper. It burned razor sharp with a dark firm ash. It started off with a fantastic coffee bean flavor with pepper and leather on the finish. During the last third of the smoke the coffee bean gave way to a more wood/cedar flavor. It is a very full bodied smoke that packs a nice punch with a strong buzz factor. If you enjoy a strong full bodied cigar this one is for you. It is a decadent smoke that left me feeling like I just finished a big meal.

Camacho Select Torpedo 6×52 Friday, Jun 9 2006 

Country: Honduras
Filler: Long filler
Wrapper: Cameroon
Size: Torpedo 6.0″x52 ring

UPDATE: I smoked a Select Super Robusto last night. As good as the Torpedo was, I would reccomend the Super Robusto above the torp. It was fantastic. Smooth yet it still had that Camacho strength, more so than the torp. It burned perfect and really came alive in the last third. If your thinking of trying this line, the Super Robusto is a good place to start. [6/22/06 7:47am]

It took a while but the much anticipated Camacho Select is finally on store shelves. I attended a Camacho smoker at the Tobacconist of Cary this week and picked up a handful. While I was there I enjoyed a Select Torpedo. I had the opportunity to smoke several of the pre-production versions of this cigar, all of which were phenomenal Cameroon cigars so I was looking forward to the production release quite anxiously. The production release has been kicked up a notch or two in strength from the original release, but the end result is the same. A fantastic, flavorful Cameroon that is as good or better than any other Cameroon I have smoked. The construction is excellent. My torp had a nice even burn throughout and the ash held firm. With the increase in strength from the original release, the Select isn’t quite a smooth as it was and it has changed the flavor of it a bit, but I wouldn’t say the change is better or worse. Just different than it was. It is still a great smoke and it is now my Cameroon of choice.

For another take on the Select see what they had to say about it over at Keepers of the Flame.

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