Line: Nicaraguan Barrel Aged
Size: Toro (6 x 50)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Dominican Piloto Cubano, Honduran Corojo Ligero, and Nicaraguan Corojo
Cigars smoked for review: 2
Cigars for review provided by: Camacho Cigars
Quick Note: For this review I used Cigar Federation's rating system
The Nicaraguan Barrel Aged was released in June 2017 as a follow-up to the American Barrel Aged that was launched back in 2015. The Nicaraguan Barrel Aged features Corojo tobacco from the Esteli region of Nicaragua that was aged in Flor de Cana rum barrels. The previous American Barrel Aged featured Corojo tobacco from Honduras that was aged Kentucky bourbon barrels.
The wrapper was a mix of medium and darker shades of brown with an oily sheen and smooth appearance. After cutting the cap the prelight draw had notes of oaky wood, leather, and sweetness, with a touch of spice settling on the my tongue.
The first few puffs brought a heavy dose of sugary sweetness. Then the sweetness backed off a bit and a variety of charred wood flavors started to come through. The sweetness remained a constant component throughout the first third, that when combined with the charred wood qualities, created a flavor that reminded me of campfire toasted marshmallows. I also picked up some baking spice qualities and noted a chili powder type of spice that would settle on my tongue to become part of the finish. The retrohale was very creamy and had earthy qualities along with sweet natural tobacco flavors. The strength of the first third was medium but with very full flavors.
Going into the second third I found that the cigar had more nuanced flavors because the heavy sweetness scaled back creating a more balanced flavor profile. Instead of toasted sugar the sweetness changed to more of a honey type of flavor. The wood notes continued from the first third and I also picked up some flavors that reminded me of a lighter roast coffee. With the overall flavor profile becoming lighter, the wood flavors really shined through during the second third. The retrohale remained creamy with sweet notes and light spice. The strength dialed back to the lighter side of medium with the flavors becoming more nuanced.
As I progressed into the final third I didn’t really notice a transition, but more of a continuance of the second third. About halfway through the final third the wood flavors started to get darker and toastier again, and I noticed heavier earthy qualities on the retrohale. Charred wood qualities really took over near the end but the retrohale remained very light and creamy.
I think this cigar is going to be more mild than people expect, but it offers up some great flavors and nuance if you take it slowly and pay attention. For the sake of science I also paired this cigar with Flor de Cana 12 and 18 year. I found that the smoother nature of the 18 year was the better pairing of the two, but only by a small margin. Compared to the American Barrel Aged, I enjoyed the Nicaraguan Barrel Aged more, and think this is a cigar that people will enjoy with or without a rum pairing.
Jason’s Rating: 88 aka “five pack”