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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Camacho Liberty 2005 Throwback
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Chuck (Cfickter)
90
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Vendor sponsored Geek Critique.  Up for review this time is the Camacho Liberty 2005 Throwback.  This critique has been generously sponsored by David of Cigarsatyourprice.com.  Special thanks goes out to Dave for providing the sticks and wescat (Kevin) for coordinating this!

The 2018 Liberty is being marketed as a "throwback" to the 2005 Liberty using the same blend as the 2005 Liberty.  All of the Camacho Liberty Series cigars boast a complex blend of their rarest and finest tobaccos, with each year's version providing its own special twist. Handcrafted and extremely limited in supply, only 2,000 boxes of this entry into Camacho's Brotherhood Series are made each year. The Liberty series is sold in boxes of 20, with each cigar packaged in its own individual coffin.

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Length:
6
Ring Gauge:
54
Country Manufactured:
Honduras
Filler:
Honduras
Binder:
Honduras
Wrapper:
Honduras
Color:
Maduro
Strength:
Full
Shape:
Figurado

This cigar was enjoyed with None

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 20 Possible

Wrapper was a dark and oily, few veins but those that were there were very prominent.  Nice triple cap.  No strong traits on the aroma, a slight spice, one that I knew but could not put my finger on the name.  Cold draw was very free and easy.  Straight cut (Xikar XO) just below the first cap.  Very clean cut no fraying.  Over feeling was firm, but not overly.

Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

It was very easy and quick to light, early burn line was very straight.  Ash is a dirty white, and flakey but would seem to hold well, eventually falling off after about an inch and half.  Smoke volume for the whole smoke was moderate, wispy.

At about an inch in I noticed the burn line beginning to wobble, but was not concerned.  It was slightly windy so I attributed much of that wobble to the wind.  It was easily kept in check with turning.  Never an issue with canoeing or tunneling.  It also held it’s light after longer rests.  No relights were required

The burn rate was well paced as it took about an hour 20 to complete the cigar.


Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

Overall construction was excellent.  Early draws were free and remained that way the entire smoke.  No issues with the wrapper, no cracking or splits.  The cap held up well the entire time, really didn’t get soft and held its shape, no fraying

Flavor: 30 Points of 35 Possible

First 1/3: Initial draws were showed a very strong ligero that really hit the throat the roof of the mouth.  The taster really overrode anything else that may have been there early in the smoke. Early into the smoke and this was a one trick pony.  About 15 mins into to the smoke it began to back down and the Maduro wrapper started to show up with some woody tones.  Not a lot of complexity in this first third but plenty of strength

Second 1/3: Early into this third and it is already showing more character.  A slight sweetness along with some cedar and some spiciness coming from the Corojo binder.  It almost seems to jump from draw to draw between the earthy woody notes of the Maduro wrapper to the spicy cedar notes of the Corojo binder.  Very enjoyable.  The early strong ligero is mostly gone so the strength has moderated significantly.  The retorhale is surprisingly smooth.

Final 1/3: Going into this final 1/3 the ligero has reappeared but at a more moderate level and you pick up some early heat.  The ligero now hits the tongue.  Most of the flavors now come from the wrapper and there are heavier earth tones.  Slight hints a sweetness along the lines of chocolate and berries.  Strength picks back up but it also surprisingly mellows.

Overall the complexity of the final two thirds really made the cigar for me


Summary

I have not smokes the original 2005 so I have no true comparison, but I have smoked every one since 2007, except the 2008.  I can tell you it falls short of the 2007 and 09 but better that the last few years.  The complexity on the back half was great.  

You cannot comment on this cigar without talking about the presentation or packaging.  It is awesome, a beautiful dress box with the US flag.  The red and white coffins almost seem to have a lacquered finish.  They must not have wanted the coffins to get damaged since they added some felt to the bottom of each one

Is it worth the $22 MSRP, probably not, but grab it at $17 or below if you can.




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