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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Camacho Liberty 2005 Throwback
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Jeff (Cap10_Morgan)
72
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 Eagle Rare Bourbon/Arrogant Bastard Ale/Diplomatic

Pre-Light: 17 Points of 20 Possible

There was a nice oily sheen to a rich chocolatey colored wrapper, marbled with a few darker areas. It was almost as though you could tell which side they wanted to present as the front, as on the opposite side of the logo, there was a prominent vein that even appeared to cause a slight lift to one of the seams.  Everything was held down tight so we will see if it causes any problems.  The cap was put together with perfection and it cut perfectly smooth.  Everything was firm, with just enough give, except maybe one spot at the fattest point that gave way a bit more than the rest, but nothing worrisome.

Prelight aroma was a bit earthy at the head and progressed to more of a rich tobacco towards the foot.  Smelling the foot directly was dark chocolatey sweetness.

Light & Burn: 5 Points of 15 Possible

Smoke was fine at first, but about 2 minutes in, required a relight (after only 30 seconds of rest if that)
Had to work to keep things lit and get decent smoke.  At least 3 pulls per draw.  Despite this, it went out again around 1/2".  Really needed to hotbox to keep things lit and still had to relight around halfway point.  After the halfway point though, the draw finally opened up and the smoke output improved.  Touchups were required occasionally, until one of the veins really started to interfere with the burn.  One side of it would burn while nothing on the other side would.  Really had to torch the wrapper a lot to fix things for a few inches.

Construction: 15 Points of 30 Possible

The cold draw seemed just fine, but only about 1/4" in, smoke became scarce and the draw grew tighter and tighter.  Really struggled getting any decent amount of smoke for the first half, then things finally opened up.  
Despite the firm prelight feel, things got spongy towards the end of first third.  After the halfway point, things were definitely getting looser.  The draw got better, but the stick was very spongy and the wrapper started to come apart around the area where I thought the large vein might become a concern.  The cap cut nicely and was one of the few things that never became a problem.

Flavor: 35 Points of 35 Possible

Prelight cold draw tasted a bit like fruit cake.  Rich dark fruits with just a little sweetness behind it.
The first few draws tasted a little smoky.  Duh, not cigar smoke....but like bbq smoke.  Not as strong as mesquite or anything, but like apple or cherry wood.  There was actually a little meatiness for a minute that went as well as you would think.  Both of these quickly disappeared, leaving a dark rich and slightly sweet tobacco flavor, accompanied by a little pepper.  The rich sweetness still reminded me of fruitcake.  Faint, but a really dark and rich slightly sweet flavor.  The retro was very creamy, and added just a touch more pepper.

After about a 1/2", cedar joined the party in a no so subtle way.  Not overbearing,  but stronger than expected since it came out of nowhere.  Maybe things changed quicker than usual because i was having issues with the draw and was pulling pretty hard to keep it lit and producing any smoke. Need to double or triple pull to get a good draw.

After 2nd relight, getting towards the fatter part of the stick now, a dry spice kicked in.  Not overly dry that I hate in some cigars, but a nice contrast to the rich sweetness I had been tasting until now, which was still there but in the background only.  The retro was now stronger cedar, and was a nice change of pace.

The 2nd third was spicier, with pepper playing a bigger role. Nice aged tobacco flavor with enough spice to keep things interesting.  Still holding strong is a very faint rich fruitcake way in the background at this point.

Entering final third, the seam is coming apart, the cigar is expanding,  and the burn is nowhere near straight.  I've lost count of how many touchups at this point, but at least the smoke output improved for the 2nd half giving me even more of the flavors I am absolutely loving.  As expected, the spice picked up in final 3rd, with a more peppery finish.  But a really nice nutty flavor joined in to finish things out.

Pairing Notes:
Eagle Rare was good with the cigar, but not complimentary. Diplomatico rum was too subtle and was overpowered by the cigar.  Grahams 10 yr Tawny Port was a nice vinegary palate cleanser.  The winner was actually Arrogant Bastard Ale.  Just the right bitter offset, but subtle creaminess and maltiness went perfect with this stick.

Summary

Don't let the low score fool you.  If your only concern is construction, then this might not be a cigar for you.  (Although, I'm really hoping a lot of this is either 1off, shipping to Florida and only resting for 2 weeks (at 63rh), or the Florida humidity while I smoked.)  But if you like flavor above all else, this is definitely a smoke worth trying.  Despite all the relights and hotboxing, nothing about the flavor ever became offensive.  In fact, quite the opposite.  I absolutely loved every draw of this cigar.  The flavors were right in my wheelhouse.  Dark, rich with subtle sweetness and just enough spice to make things interesting. I wish I could award bonus points for the incredible flavor to bring the score up.  If the construction issues aren't as prevalent in the next one, this will easily become my favorite cigar.



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