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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Camacho Liberty 2012 Throwback
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: PETE314
97
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Vendor sponsored Geek Critique.  Up for review this time is the Camacho Liberty 2012 Throwback.  This critique has been generously sponsored by David of Egars.com.  Special thanks goes out to Dave for providing the sticks and wescat (Kevin) for coordinating this!

The 2019 Liberty is being marketed as a "throwback" to the 2012 Liberty using the same blend as the 2012 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 Water

Pre-Light: 20 Points of 10 Possible

Coffin is in a beautiful enamel red color with silver lettering.  It has a velvet flecked bottom that is soft to the touch and makes for a very nice package.
The cigar is in cellophane inside the coffin instead of the usual tissue paper from past years.

The cigar is smooth, with small veins if any.  It is milk chocolate in color, with a touch of red.  It comes with a triple cap.  The shape is the proprietary 11/18 taper shape.  I have always loved this shape.  

Initial aromas are of
Cocoa
Tobacco
Hay
Nutmeg
Vanilla
Almost like a brownie...

It cuts nicely and smooth with my Palio

The cold draw brings much more earthiness heavy cocoa, less hay.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

Toast and light were perfect and effortless.  The burn was razor straight.  The first ash was light grey in color solid and fell off at around 1 to 1-1/2 inches. The second ash fell about 1-1/2 inches later.  There is not much of a cone.  It was a very humid night and so I fear the wrapper may have burned slower than usual.  But without knowing for certain, I have to grade as it happened.  After the second ash, I could see no cone and it was apparent the filler was burning as fast or faster than the wrapper. The burn wavered and looked like it would try to canoe.  Before it could self correct...which it was starting to do, I had to relight.  It re-lit as effortlessly as it initially lit.  And I did not have any lighting issues after.  The burn was straight but again no cone and so the ash had no support.  This issue was my only complaint and it was very minor despite the many words upon it.  And as I mentioned, it could have been caused by the humidity (seriously, all the windows on the house were steamed up..lol)

Construction: 30 Points of 30 Possible

The construction was beautiful.  Smooth, with little to no veins.  The draw was free with just a touch of resistance. Perfect.   There was zero unwrapping with the cap.  This was a wonderfully put together cigar.

Flavor: 34 Points of 45 Possible

Oh my.  Wow.  Lots of superlatives...  

Smooth, creamy smoke with plenty of volume billowed from this cigar.  The earthy, cocoa flavors from the cold draw were prevalent with a stronger nutmeg, nutella/almond/hazelnut flavor thrown in.  The flavor lightened in the earthiness as it progressed, the spice lightly strengthened.  This may be one of my favorite Liberty's to date.  It is a tough call for me with the slightly earthier 2013.

Summary

If you can't tell...I loved this cigar.  It had almost everything I ever look for in a cigar.  so despite the very minor burn issue I had, this is going to receive a very high mark from me.  The flavor profile was on point.  The aroma was intoxicating from the very first.  It was smooth with lots of smoke.  the draw was perfect.  To me...this is what a cigar is supposed to be.  I enjoyed this greatly.  Thank you to wescat for putting this split together, and to junglepete for organizing the review.



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