According to the rumors out there, this may be the rarest smoke I’ve ever had the opportunity to review. The word is that only 50,000 of the Camacho Limited Edition were produced, due to the small size of the yield the “special strain” of wrapper leaf grown in the Jamastran region.
But as you know, rumors have this tendency to be less than accurate. The story continues with the entire production line was sold to a single retailer. And since I got my supply from my buddy Jim over at Blue Havana II and not this fabled lucky merchant, I’m a little skeptical. But I think it is safe to say these are limited in supply, whatever the actual production numbers are. (Hey, it says so in the name!) So let’s see if it’s good in addition to being rare.
Size: 6 1/8 x 54
Binder: Honduras (?)
Filler: Honduras (?)
Smoking Time: 2 hours
Beverage: Water, Coffee
It goes without saying that your eyes are drawn to the pretty vibrantly red band. That could be because the wrapper itself won’t grab your attention. It’s a nice mottled brown color with just a slight oily sheen, but it just won’t draw the eyes like those barber pole or box-pressed cigars it shares humidor space with.
So other than the flashiness of the band, this is a pretty normal looking cigar. Mottled shades of brown, as I already mentioned and a few longish veins running the cigars length. I found one of the cigars to be a little soft at the foot, but otherwise they were nice and firm.
The wrapper had a surprising strong pungent compost scent that I could actually smell right after I slipped off the cellophane. (For a second I was sure the cigar was gonna try to bum some spare change of me.) I didn’t get a good read of the cold taste, a little woody and a little sweet.
The funny thing about the burn of this cigar is that it burned pretty nicely while I was driving down the road with the windows down, but was pretty misbehaved sitting in the living room. I’m beginning to suspect cigars like to ham it up for the camera. Showboating or not, these are a little flawed in the burn department. Even when at its most behaved, the burn line was still a little wavy or jagged.
So while the burn line was a little erratic, the draw was good, bordering on a little loose. And the ash was surprisingly solid given the looser draw, though not the most visually appealing.
The first third of this cigar opens up with a rich, nutty, coffee and woody flavor. In very short order my mouth felt coated with a creamy, but dry woody flavor that stayed with me for the duration of the smoke. The rest of the initial third continued to be woody and nutty with occasional bits of coffee appearing from time to time.
The second third became earthier, but the wood and nutty flavor continued on. By the beginning of the final third the nuttiness had mostly disappeared, but the dry woody earthiness remained. I did get a little bit of cinnamon in this third also. And the mouth feel became a little creamier than before.
Throughout the cigar, the dryness I noted often bordered on spiciness. I think it’s safe to say this cigar is full bodied, but it doesn’t pack the strength you’d expect from a triple maduro, but it’s not a cigar I’d recommend to someone new to cigars either.
It really hard to make a judgment on the price, as the actual per stick cost seems to vary greatly depending on who you talk to. Some say it’s retailing in shops for $2 to $3, but I have seen these going for as much as $10 a stick online.
I smoked these cigars in a wide variety of different situations, at a cigar event (after a lot of other cigars), on a road trip and sitting in the living room watching TV. And both with coffee and without. I gotta say it goes rather well with a cup of coffee, and it’s definitely a cigar you want to have some drink on hand when you enjoy. The dryness of the smoke will send you in search of something to drink if you don’t. It also struck me that this cigar might go nicely with a bit of scotch.
Overall though, this cigar grew on me the more I smoked it. But I can see how this will be a smoke you either really enjoy or you really don’t. Either way, it’s worth giving a shot to find out, especially if you find it for less than $5 a stick.
Liked It: Yeah, it kinda grew on me
Buy It Again: It really depends on the price
Recommend It: Yeah, it’s worth a try
Tower of Burn
Here for your viewing pleasure is my trademark Tower of Burn.