When you're a company like Camacho and you plan a new release, it is only natural to begin that planning with what you have and what you know. You think of making the cigar in Honduras, a blend of Honduran tobacco and the use of Honduran Original Corojo in that blend. That's a process most companies would think of, though certain elements being changed, and that is what companies do 99% of the time. This year though, Camacho did not do that and they truly "thought outside the box." They were that 1%. With a great selection of offerings coming out Honduras that use Honduran tobacco, and more importantly Original Corojo, Camacho decided to release a cigar so different that it was going to catch everyone's attention. The cigar is the American Barrel-Aged, and despite the spectacular tour that the company has going on for the release, this is easily one of the hottest cigars of the year. This is a Camacho that is not made in Honduras and uses very little Honduran tobacco, but is a release that revolves around American tobacco, oak barrels and bourbon. Let's check it out!
Cigar: Camacho American Barrel-Aged Gordo
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Davidoff Cigars
Wrapper: American Broadleaf
Binder: American Broadleaf
Filler: American Broadleaf, Pennsylvania Maduro and a six year aged "Original Corojo" leaf aged in bourbon barrels.
Ring Gauge: 60
The cigar has a nice toothy wrapper and it possesses very minor veins throughout. The texture is slightly rough in parts while showing some hide qualities as well. The cigar is finished with a nice cap and it is a firm cigar throughout. The wrapper itself has a coloring that is between Colorado Maduro and maduro, and it has a nice milk chocolate coloring. There is an aroma of oak, bourbon, rich earth and tobacco on the wrapper, while the foot is giving off an aroma of earth, spices, bourbon and chocolate.
The cigar opens up wonderfully, and it delivers some terrific flavors. I am getting a nice bourbon flavor that is paired with some strong oak qualities, but the sweetness from that is balanced with some strong tobacco and dark spice notes, mostly pepper. There are some rich earth qualities along with that, and it has a very smooth and filling finish. With depth and complexity, the cigar smokes between a medium-full and full level in flavors, body and strength. With a smooth and easy draw, the cigar produces a white ash that is holding on firmly to the end. The burn line is even throughout, and this is a cigar with excellent construction. Not only is this a great 60 ring gauge, it is a great cigar in general.
I am in the second third of the cigar now and the cigar continues to capture my attention and please my palate. The balance between the three main flavor profiles is awesome, and it is great to see how everything works off of one another. The sweetness from the bourbon and oak flavors is balanced by the tobacco and spice flavors from the Corojo, and the rich earth qualities bring it all together with the American tobacco. It is smoking at a nice medium-full level for flavors, body and strength, and this is a great afternoon or evening cigar. The construction remains top notch as well and it continues to deliver that even burn line with a nice white ash on the end. You would think that the cigar would lose a lot with the 60 ring gauge, but that is not the case at all.
When I get into the final third of the cigar I find that there is a nice continuation of those core flavors, but a change-up in the dominance of certain flavors. I am getting a more chewy meat flavor with the spice and tobacco notes, and it is followed with that rich earth profile. There is a finish of sweetness and oak, and it is a nice way to conclude the cigar. The cigar has a great bit of depth and complexity, and I would classify the cigar in general as being medium-full to full in this third. The construction remains top notch as it has throughout, and the cigar is delivering an even burn line with a solid ash on the end. The ash has a light gray/ near white color, and with that is a cool draw and a nice bit of smoke. I smoked the cigar down to the nub, and after finishing I am eager for another one.
While this is not your standard Camacho, it doesn't smoke like any of the Camacho offerings on the market, it still manages to capture the qualities that you get with the brand. The focus is not on Honduras or Honduran tobacco at all, but that leaf of Original Corojo in the blend plays its important part perfectly, impacting the smoking experience greatly. Throughout the entire cigar you got every aspect that the company focused on, and that is always a great feeling in a cigar. From the use of American tobacco, aging in bourbon barrels and the leaf of original Corojo from Honduras, the cigar delivered complexity and depth from beginning to end. This is one of the best Camacho releases I have ever had, and it is a Camacho that we would have never seen when the company was with the Eiroa Family. More than likely. With excellent construction and all of the great qualities I listed above, this is a no brainer. A box worthy cigar, this gets a 94 rating under the Cigar Federation rating system. I would love to see how they smoke with age, but it would be hard not be smoking them now. To date, the Camacho American Barrel-Aged have been enjoyed by everyone I know well.
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