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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Camacho Liberty 2017
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: klamm143
88
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Vendor sponsored Geek Critique.  Up for review this time is the Camacho Liberty 2017.  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!

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:
Corojo
Dominican Republic
Nicaragua
Binder:
Corojo
Honduras
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Habano
Color:
Colorado Maduro
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Toro

This cigar was enjoyed with Ice Cold Bottled Water - AquaFina

Pre-Light: 16 Points of 20 Possible

Stored / relaxed in coffin box for 3 weeks in Humidor at 65RH. Then, removed from coffin box and allowed to rest for a week in the Humidor, again at 65RH.

Cigar Number: 13,389 of 50,000.

Critique/Smoke date: 08/13/17 at 10:00AM.

The cigar had a very light oily sheen, and several small but numerous veins over the entire wrapper. The cap was a little lop sided and a bit frazzled. I had to cut the cap a little more than I like just to get rid of the frazzles and lopsidedness. The stick smelt strongly of cedar and earthy tobaccos. It was a firm tightly wrapped stick and after cutting away the "defect" everything else was tolerable. The pre-light draw was smooth and easy with spicy, oaky and leathery notes evident in the pre-light draw.(A lot of flavor in this baby)....

Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

The stick toasted easily and evenly. The burn was razor sharp with no touch ups nor re-lights needed. The burn started at 10:09 and was put down to flame out at 11:19 - basically 70 minutes of enjoyment. Not the best, but it certainly did live up to it's billing. During toasting and initial draws - this stick gave off a huge amount of aromatic smoke that settled down after about the first inch. It continued  giving off smoke trails even at rest that were pleasant and strong, but not overbearing. The grey/white ash held tight even when rolled off in segments of 1 1/2 to 2 inches.

Construction: 26 Points of 30 Possible

This stick was firm and well constructed - evenly packed with no adverse burning/smoking conditions noted. Smooth easy draw throughout and I might have give it another point or two in this section except the veins were a little to prevalent for my liking and the cap issue that I mentioned earlier. After cutting the cap, it burned smoothly and the mentioned veins did not diminish the overall burn / smoking experience.

Flavor: 32 Points of 35 Possible

The hype on this stick was basically "the boldest of the Liberty's to date". Since I've only tried 2 other Liberty's in the past, I can't accurately make that comparison. I can however say, this cigar was packed with a ton of flavor(s). The initial burn exploded with a very sweet opening blast of sweet cream and maybe some caramel along with cedar, leather, oak and mild spices. This was accompanied with that blast of aromatic smoke in the first inch that was also mentioned earlier. After about an inch, the flavors settled down and blended well focused on milder spices. Along the middle of the stick, it seemed to me to have touches of a malt or bourbon thrown in. From the half way point, the spices began to intensify thru the final 3rd - right up to the end. AND I DO MEAN - INTENSIFY. My tongue and lips began to tingle and this sensation remained for about an hour after the smoke session was completed. It was at this point where water gave way to Grey Goose.

Summary

Overall - I enjoyed this stick. It had a few things about it that I mentioned and deducted points for but overall I would consider buying more and smoking them on occasion. It's a little pricey at around 20 Dollars MSRP - but it does boast a nice cedar coffin box with military styling labels and a lapel pin. Perks always seem to help I guess. Thanks to Kevin and Dave and Nathan for their work and devotions in making the Liberty 2017 Critique a "winner".



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