Covering Your Ash: Camacho American Barrel-Aged

The venerable Camacho brand underwent a reboot a couple of years back. While the makeover has been largely cosmetic, Camacho has added new production lines to its portfolio. The American Barrel-Aged line, launched last summer, is one of them. A blend of American leaves, for the most part, it is also part of a growing trend that seeks to incorporate elements of liquor and beer into the cigar-making process. In this case, the Barrel-Aged features 6-year-old Corojo tobacco that is finished for five months in bourbon barrels. OK, they have our attention now.

CIGAR STATS: The American Barrel-Aged is produced in the Dominican Republic and it brings together the aforementioned Honduran Corojo with American Broadleaf and Pennsylvania Maduro as filler and binder, with an American Broadleaf wrapper. It is offered in three sizes: Robusto (5 x 50), Toro (6 x 50), and Gordo (6 x 60). It retails in the $10-$12 range per stick. I smoked the Robusto for this review.

APPEARANCE: A striking black, silver and bronze band adorns a dark brown stick that has a little oil, a few thin veins, and is tightly wrapped. All in all, it’s an appealing sight.

THE SMOKE: After lighting up, the smoker is hit with a blast of pepper and lots of rich aroma. Soon, the dominant flavor note is wood, and lots of it, along with earth and a bit of coffee and licorice. The wrapper adds a nice note of sweetness. While it is a strong blend, it’s not overpowering, and the flavors hold together right to the end. The draw is smooth, and the burn line required zero touch-ups.

VERDICT: The American Barrel-Aged offers a flavorful medium- to full-bodied smoking experience of 90 minutes or so. In other words, it is definitely worth seeking out. To learn more about it, visit camachocigars.com– Brian Coyne

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