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A fairly solid stick, medium-brown wrapped, a couple veins & flaws, & scattered oils. PLA wheat & fruit; PLT sour citrus; PLD moderately easy. A normal light, a moderately easy draw, an even burn, & a salty earthy smoke. Light wood notes, some earth, & a bit of black pepper lead off & remain pretty much the gamut of flavors. Nothing intense, but consistent & smooth-burning. The finish is more of the same. The body is actually well up in the medium range though the flavor intensity belies that. Certainly not an exciting cigar but a good performing one. I have to give it props for that but I'm glad I didn't spend any money on these. (89)
Despite the shameless labeling ripoff from Padron, this cigar is fantastic. Nice construction (I’m a sucker for box pressed sticks), great burn, full flavor/body. Got this at both the 2018 and 2019 Big Smoke in Las Vegas. Ot was my number 3 last year . . . haven’t smoke many from this year’s show yet, but Nat Cicco is in the running again!
A rock-solid, dark cudgel of a stick, toothy, oily & veinless. PLA molasses-barn-y earth; PLT molasses-cocoa syrup; PLD easy. A longish toast & light, an even burn, an easy draw, & a sharp citrus smoke. Mixed wood notes, earth & bl pepper open things up. Notes of bitter chocolate appear, oak notes rise from the wood pile, & a salty sweetness is detected. The flavors have a certian sharpness that fades after the 1st 1/3, allowing the chocolate & other nuances their rightful place. The finish is smooth with chocolate, earth, salt & oak notes, & the body runs high-medium-low-full. A complex & changing cigar. (91)
Humidor time: 275 days Appearance and construction: A couple of minor veins, a light sheen, a smooth box-press, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a double V-cut and PLD was moderately open. (13/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of rich coffee roast. The light gave a full-bodied profile with notes of black pepper, coffee, chocolate, and spice on retro. The spice faded through the first third with the other notes mellowing to a nice medium-full blend that stayed consistent through the remainder of the smoke. Very tasty, this one. Strength was medium-full leaning towards full in the last third. (24/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn got wavy in the first third, then lop-sided prior to the first ashing. I went ahead and knocked the ash off at about 2" on the low side without giving it a touch-up in the hope that it might self-correct post-ashing and somehow it did. From there, the burn line continued to be wavy but self-correcting down to the nub with no touch-ups needed. (21/25)
Overall impression: The very nice flavors I got from this one were the main draw, but there was also a considerable amount of entertainment value to be had from watching this thing self-correct its burn line without any maintenance on my part apart from frequent turning of the stick in an effort to help with the self-correction. Reminded me of a few Gurkhas I've had that exhibited similar behavior.... At any rate, this was a fine smoke and one I'd do again. (30/35)
Humidor time: 275 days Appearance and construction: A few veins, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a double V-cut and PLD was moderately tight. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a whiff of tobacco. The light gave a medium-bodied profile with notes of wood and spice, the latter being quite noticeable on retro, but this faded through the first third. There was other stuff going on, too, including a bit of sweetness that lingered on the tongue, but my palate is too limited to describe it all. Suffice to say, quite tasty. Strength was about medium. (23/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash dropping at 1 1/2" leaving a cone. The remainder of the burn was occasionally a bit wavy but self-correcting and things were otherwise uneventful down to the nub. (22/25)
Overall impression: A very nice smoke to accompany my early Sunday morning Netflix session (Blacklist, season 6)... Good construction, very nice flavors, not much here to dislike and I'll be getting more of these. (30/35)
Humidor time: 268 days Appearance and construction: A few veins and bumps, an oily sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... And that "fuse" hanging down the side... Gave it two clips with the guillotine and PLD was open. (12/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a mocha sort of whiff. The light gave a full-bodied profile with notes of black pepper and coffee and a spicy blast on retro, which faded in the first inch. There was also a sweetness and a bit of salt present, making this a very flavorful smoke. Strength was only about medium, which, given this is supposed to be a very strong stick, was surprising. I suppose, since this was my third smoke today, my nic. tolerance may have been raised... (24/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, good smoke volume, and an even burn to start, however, things quickly got lop-sided and I had to give it the first touch-up in the first third as the burn line was not advancing on one side. The TU did not help much, so I gave it a second prior to the first ashing at about 1 1/2", which left a cone. Draw and smoke volume decreased in the 2nd third, so I gave it a third clip and things improved somewhat. But then it start tunneling in the last third, which got it yet another touch-up before reaching the nub. (12/25)
Overall impression: Similar smoke, performance-wise, to the Tempus Nicaragua I had earlier. It's very disappointing when this happens, especially when the stick tastes as nice as this one did. I have a few more of these and will update this review should those perform any better. (21/35)
Humidor time: 274 days Appearance and construction: A couple of minor veins, a smooth box-press, a light sheen, and a moderately firm pack with no soft spots... Gave it a punch and PLD was moderately open. (13/15)
Flavor: PLA gave a faint whiff of chocolate. The light gave a full-bodied profile with notes of black pepper and coffee and a nice spice hit on retro. Very tasty... The spice faded through the first third with the other notes staying consistent throughout the smoke. Strength was a bit past medium. (23/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced a moderately easy draw, decent smoke volume, and an even burn to start, but the latter did not last as the burn started getting lop-sided right out of the gate and it got a touch-up in the first inch or so. This did not help very much. I knocked the ash off at about 1 1/2" with no cone left behind. The remainder of the stick was the same - a persistent lop-sided burn line and further touch-ups needed before reaching the nub. Smoke output never quite reached optimal. (13/25)
Overall impression: This one would have scored considerably higher as the flavors were quite nice, but construction was lacking resulting in a high level of maintenance being required. I have a few more of these and will revisit this review should they perform any better. (21/35)
Humidor time: 274 days Appearance and construction: Several prominent veins, a light sheen, a moderately firm pack with no soft spots.... and an interesting look with the pigtail cap and shaggy foot. Gave it a clip with the guillotine and PLD was moderately open. (12/15)
Flavor: Forgot to sniff it so nothing to report for PLA... The light gave a medium-bodied profile with notes of wood and spice and a hint of creamy butter. Quite spicy on retro at the beginning but this faded through the first third with the remaining notes staying consistent through the course of the smoke. Quite tasty overall, especially for a conny-wrappered stick. Strength was medium at best. (22/25)
Smoking characteristics: The light produced an easy draw, decent but not optimal smoke volume, and an even burn to start. The burn stayed even through the first third with the ash falling at 1 1/2" leaving a small cone. The burn line occasionally got wavy through the rest of the smoke but was self-correcting and mostly uneventful down to the nub. Smoke volume gradually improved and was near optimal by the last third. (22/25)
Overall impression: The previous reviewer must have gotten a stick from a bad batch as mine was very flavorful and enjoyable. Construction was good as well and I'd smoke this one again. (29/35)
An oily, rustic, solid stick, brown-black wrapped, lots of tooth & one vein. PLA a leafy-sour grass aroma; PLT loamy-barny earth; PLD very airy. Almost a flare-up on light, an airy draw, an even burn, & a gentle, slightly citrus smoke. Flavors of baker's chocolate, espresso, dry earth & a good dose of blsck pepper are joined by wood notes & a faint, semi-fruity sweetness, making for a savory smoke. The finish is more woodsy but still features the other flavors; the pepper here is more reserved. The body is high medium crossing the full line often. Little cigar, big name & big flavor. Just the good short smoke I've been looking for. (91)
First off let me start by thanking Brlesq for sharing this great smoke.
In the old game of: if you were on a desert island and could only have one cigar to smoke what would it be? Quite possibly this one. Although why you would ever want to remove the bands and smoke this is beyond me because it is just a great looking cigar also
this was not a very oily cigar and for the age the cello showed just alight change in color. It was very toothy with some well-defined seams, nice triple cap. The barber pole of corojo and broadleaf lead to a great balance and contribute to the constant change in flavors.
Where do you start, right off the bat you can see this was not a super strong Camacho, but not having smoke one ROT, I don’t know how much of that mellowing is due to age. But some great traditional broadleaf flavors of earth and leather, but then as you begin to settle into those you quickly transition to the corojo spices like cinnamon and some cocoa. Burned like a champ, plenty of smoke All I can say is well done Camacho, well done