The Camacho Blackout was a Limited Edition release for 2013. The Blackout features filler, wrapper and binder from multiple years that were combined and aged for an additional 2 years. Available in 5 sizes: Robusto 5” x 50, Figurado 6 1/8” x 54/42, Toro 6” x 50, Gordo 6” x 60 and finally Churchill 7” x 48. We weren’t able to obtain 3 Gordos, so we thought it would be interesting to compare the Robusto versus the Gordo as a group review.
Let me be straight from the start. The is a big cigar, and I’m not really a fan of big cigars. I had a lot of time to sit and get to analyze the Camacho Blackout Gordo with a total smoking time of 2 hours and 49 minutes.
I did find the draw on the tight side, even after making an x-cut with a v-cutter. The first started out really well with some chocolate, and cedar. There was almost a fire cured smoke to the first third that I found interesting. I would say that the first 30 – 45 minutes of the Blackout smoked best, and then it fell in complexity from there. The retrohale produced cedar, honey, and pepper notes.
The second third had some spicy notes, sweet cedar and earth. It took just about 2 hours to get to the halfway point.
I found the last third quite dominated by earth with spices trying to break through at the end of each drive. There was pepper and cedar present on the retrohale.
I really enjoyed the blend for the first third, but overall I just can’t dedicate 3 hours to sit down and smoke. I rated this an 87 based on the flavor merits, but I would more than likely only hand these out to friends to try because of the size.
The prelight aroma of the wrapper was a sweet, almost chewing tobacco-like tobacco note. The majority of the cigar was very hard and I was worried it would be plugged. The cold draw was tight, but manageable, with a sweet tobacco/earth flavor and a spicy tingle. Very tight draw, but not impossible, with low smoke production and a prefect burn & ash.
The flavors in this third were pretty earthy with background notes of a dark chocolate. In the second third, the chocolate faded back and the earth notes became the main component. I also started detecting some citrus notes in the mix.
The final third continued similarly, with a bold, spicy earth flavor. This is definitely a bold flavored cigar, which targets seasoned smokers, rather than newcomers. The first two thirds were enjoyable, with perfect, no maintenance burn and ash.
The final third started to develop issues though. I had to relight twice when the cigar went out when I hit a couple of those hard spots I noticed earlier. Which, in turn, cause the last of the Blackout to become harsh from the maintenance. I'd still say it is worth a try, but the issues in the final third and a somewhat flat flavor profile, just don't add up to the $11.25 price on the robusto (what I paid for it at my local B&M).
First Third I got a strong nut flavor and an interesting retrohale I could not put my finger on. The finish was rather short and undefined.
The second third finally got some flavor going, and I picked up espresso, with a little dry mouth on the finish.
The final third was much of the same, and I must say this was one of the more uninteresting cigars I have smoked as of late.
The finish was short, the flavors were muted, and overall what flavor was there I could get in a much better package for less money from any handful of boutiques.
The Blackout was not a bad cigar, it just did not hit my palate at all.