Brand: Camacho Liberty 2009 Series
Blender: Christian Eiroa
Vitola: 11/18 (Figurado)
Ring Gauge: 54
Purchased From: Won from Dylan Austin’s Twitter contest
Camacho Cigars has a rich history among the cigar community, from its early days founded by Simon Camacho, throughout its operation by Julio and Christian Eiroa, and through its current ownership by Oettinger Davidoff Group. Throughout the brands history, Camacho has been known to produce cigars that were both full bodied and full flavored. Recent additions to the lineup show diversity among the brand and showcase products such as the Camacho Connecticut and Room 101. In addition to this diversity of flavor and power, Camacho has taken on a more visually appealing marketing strategy which gives their product an edgy feel.
Since 2002 Camacho has released an annual blend known as the Liberty Series. This series has always been a limited production which later found its way into distinctive packaging to include numbered Spanish Cedar coffins. The latest release of the Liberty Series totals 40,000 cigars within 2,000 boxes of 20 coffins. This cigar is only available in one size and carries an MSRP of $16.50 per single.
After removing my Camacho Liberty 2009 from its coffin, I found the cigar to be wrapped in tissue paper. In addition to adding to the presentation, I think this paper also helps prevent damage if the cigar were to move around a bit in the slightly over-sized spanish cedar coffin.
Once removed from the tissue paper, I found my cigar to have a stunning appearance. The wrapper color was consistent from head to foot with a few medium sized veins randomly appearing throughout. Due to the shape of this cigar, both bands practically fall, ensuring that there will be absolutely no damage when the time arrives to remove them.
The aroma on both the wrapper and exposed foot are heavily scented with the spanish cedar which encased the cigar. The aroma instantly brings to mind the smell of a well maintained walk-in humidor.
When pinched, I found the cigar to be evenly filled with no soft or soft spots throughout. After clipping, the pre-light draw was free with little resistance. The flavor on the cold draw is spanish cedar and tastes much like it smells.
After a quick toasting and lighting session, I had my Camacho Liberty burning evenly and producing a fair amount of smoke. The first couple of puffs were loaded with the flavor of spanish cedar and was a little much. Over the month and a half that I’ve had these cigars, the ones smoked later seemed to have the cedar toned down and were considerably more enjoyable.
As I settled in on the first third, the body of this smoke got comfortable in the medium range and progressed very little. The flavor intensity matched the body and would be best described as medium. The finish was easy on the palate and produced a mildly creamy sensation which caused me to salivate more than usual.
While the spanish cedar flavor died down considerably as I worked past the first inch, it remained the dominant flavor. In the background I picked up a saltiness of the cigar that seemed to randomly fade in and out of the profile, never developing to more than a slight taste. Through the sinus I noticed an aroma that reminded me of allspice.
As I worked deeper into my cigar, I found myself into the second third with a beautiful white ash and thin burn line. Due to the shape of the cigar and its middle bulge, the ash held firm for well over an inch, showing no signs of flaking. The draw remained free with little resistance and produced a fair volume of dense smoke which was easily passed through the sinus.
Earlier in the cigar I anticipated that the body would remained firmly planted in the medium range due to its lack of progression. My assumption was correct as the body showed no change up to this point. The flavor intensity was much like the body and remind firmly seated in the medium range. The finish remained easy on the palate and produced a pleasant creamy sensation.
The flavor profile was showing slight signs of fluctuation but lacked any distinct changes. The spotlight was on the spanish cedar core flavor while the saltiness from the previous third remained slight, as well as random. The one new flavor in the mix was that of cashews. This flavor required a lot of concentration to pick out and was recurring throughout the second third.
As my Camacho Liberty 2009 grew short, it began to overheat easily. This heat added a bitter component to the smoke while making the stick uncomfortable in the fingers and the smoke hot across the palate. Fortunately this is easy to regulate and can be reduced by simply smoking a little slower.
Much like the previous thirds, the body of the smoke remained medium and progressed very little. The same lack of progression was present in the flavor intensity as well. While this may be perceived as boring, I think that this level of body and flavor were the sweet spot for this cigar and welcomed that lack of progression.
Throughout the bulge of this cigar, and beyond, the flavors seemed to really open up. It was at this point that the saltiness disappeared and the flavor of cashews became more prevalent. In addition to the flavor of nuts, I could easily distinguish both pepper and spice through the sinus. While these are the same flavors from earlier portions of the cigar, they seemed to become much more dynamic in the latter stages.
After it was all said and done, this cigar burned for a good long time, despite the free draw. The flavors were pleasant throughout and never seemed to overpower the medium body of the smoke. With a few distinct tastes flowing in and out of the flavor profile, this cigar kept my attention and made for pleasant experience overall.
While I enjoyed this cigar, the price point of $16.50 makes it a tough cigar to buy regularly. I can certainly see myself purchasing these from time to time, while they are available, but my fixed cigar budget prevents me from selecting a single Camacho Liberty 2009 over a few mid-priced cigars.
While I am certainly not well versed on the Camacho Liberty Line, I think that the 2009 release is easily my favorite when compared to the 2006, 2007, and 2008 that I have smoked in the past. If you have enjoyed the Liberty Series in the past and have access to the 2009 release, I would most defiantly recommend giving it a try. My one and only concern with this cigar is that the wrapper seems a little brittle and damages easily.