Last year, in honor of Hall of Famer Mike Ditka’s jersey retirement at Soldier Field in Chicago, (where he spent five years as a tight end and ten years as a coach, ultimately winning it all in 1985 at Super Bowl XX) Camacho released the Special Limited Edition Ditka 89.

Cigar Stats: The Ditka 89 starts with filler from the Dominican Republic and Honduras, a binder from Nicaragua, and a Mexican maduro wrapper from the San Andres Valley. Being a Special Limited Edition, it is available in only one size: Toro (6 x 50), with a suggested retail price of $12.75 per stick.

Appearance: Much like its namesake, the Ditka 89 is solidly built with a rugged looking exterior. The medium-to-dark brown wrapper sports a bit of tooth, a moderate amount of oil, and one major vein located near the triple cap.

The Smoke: Almonds, cedar, coffee, and a mild sweetness dominate the first third, with some lingering pepper on the fiinish. The flavors remain the same throughout the mid-section, with a rich and creamy smoke coating the mouth on every puff. The final third adds some charred notes and bursts of pepper to the existing array of flavors.

Verdict: The Special Limited Edition Ditka 89 is a  medium-to-full bodied cigar with not a lot of changes in its makeup, but the flavors that are present and constant are very, very tasty. To learn more about the Special Limited Edition Ditka 89 or the entire line of Camacho cigars, visit camachocigars.com- Jason Zahner

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Comment by Phillip Kohn on March 26, 2014 at 5:12pm

I was totally disappointed by this cigar. Especially, at this price point. And I didn't care for the Throwback either.

Camacho is trying to over compensate. Out of all their "Bold" new blends, the only ones I found I liked were the Diploma and the Triple Maduro. The new packaging is a all smoke and mirrors. Davidoff took a sharp left turn off the highway and should have left the blends alone after they took over. A little tweaking here and there is no big deal, but this really puts a damper on the Camacho branding.

The upside is that you can now buy all the good Camacho old blends for pennies on the dollar.

Comment by Jason Zahner on March 26, 2014 at 7:33pm
I liked the cigar, but I didn't love it. And yes, it's overpriced.

Has the rebranding increased the price on each line? It didn't seem like the per-stick-price of their core brands at my local B&M went up much at all.

As far as the old lines/branding ... I already made a box purchase of some white label Connecticuts for super cheap!
Comment by Phillip Kohn on March 26, 2014 at 8:48pm

Hi Jason,

The prices were similar to the original Camacho blends. But those original blends, which Holt's has most of now, are in the $4 range instead of $7-$9. And I think they are better. But Camacho was old school blending requiring a lot of humidor time. So patience is required with the old stuff. The Davidoff blends require much less humidor time. But I don't think they have the character of the good stuff.

Davidoff re-tooled the blends, cheaply, and kept them at the original Camacho pricing. Most of their new sticks should be in the $5-$6 range. Just my opinion.

Comment by Jason Zahner on March 26, 2014 at 10:06pm
What you're saying makes sense. I guess I need to smoke a few more of the rebranded offerings to see how they stack up against the old.

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