Camacho Blackout

5-19-14 been in humidor since 3-18-14

Camacho Blackout Robusto (5 x 50)

Wrapper: Honduran

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Brazilian, Nicaraguan, Honduran

The Camacho Blackout is the first cigar released by Camacho after they introduced “The Bold Standard” marketing campaign. This is the first limited edition from the band after the re-blending and streamlining process and also the first cigar that is not a re-blend of an existing cigar during the same time period.

Though the time between the release of the re-blend/brand and the release of this cigar is relatively short amount of time for the cigar world, this cigar has been planned for quite some time. In 2008 Camacho was purchased from Eiroa by Oettinger Davidoff Group. In 2011 Eiroa was just an advisor, and by 2012 he was out completely and on to his own brand. The Blackout was already blended and in the aging room in 2012. There it spent 2 years before its release on 7-13-2013 ant the 2013 IPCPR, only one month after The Bold Standard Launch party that was held on 6-20-2013. This cigar was designed to be ready the day it was released. It started to show up in retail locations that September.

One of the most notable things about this cigar is the wrapper and how it is fermented. The process is called “press-fermentation” and it not very common. When the leaves are stacked in to pilones, weights are added to the top of the pile. This raises the temperature within the pile drawing out more of the sugars faster. This also is very hard on the leaves so extra time was given to age the leaves once it was baled. The wrapper was 6 years old before being applied to the cigar and 8 years old when released to the general public.

All of the leaves are vintage specific and have received at least three years of age before rolling.

The cigar is very difficult to see under the massive band and secondary band. At least have of the cigar is covered in a black on black band sporting Camacho’s new logo, the scorpion. Everything about the presentation screams brash and brazen. Given that the new tag-line is “The Bold Standard” it seems fitting for the marketing goal. There is one line on the band that does not seem to fit and that is “Guard it carefully.” There is no hint to why it should be.

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Once the over-sized bands are off, a fairly unassuming cigar is left. The Wrapper has quite a bit of tooth and it has a very firm feel. The vein structure is dense but all of them look small. There is quite a bit of barnyard on the unlit smell. The lick on the cap has spice and a rough feel on the lips an tongue. After a cut with a double guillotine a firm and sweet earth draw is revealed.

Light with a soft flame

the toast takes a noticeably long time due to the density of the cigar, but once lit very large plumes of smoke billow off the foot. This is always an enjoyable quality. The beginning of the first third is oak and pepper. Through the nose it is surprisingly smooth with the same profile as on the palate. Only a hint at “burn” is detected, but it reads more like pepper than anything. Though these flavors are noted, they must be searched for because it is fairly muted. Though the initial flavors are a bit thin the body is definitively medium to full and has a thick and smooth texture in the mouth.

About a half an inch in the sweetness starts to turn on, finally giving the cigar some character. It brings out the oak and a hint at peat that is balanced out with some pepper on the back end. The smoke is very heavy and the finish lingers for a very long time. The flavors in the first third are decent at best, but the highlight is the mouth feel. The smoke is smooth, thick, and has a creamy texture.

Entering the middle third, the Blackout becomes a bit flat on the finish and the oak thins out. The flavor seems disproportionately light compared to the heft of the body. The spice does pick up and it is more earthy but nothing stands out at all. It is all just a good texture. The draw becomes more difficult and fairly distracting. A soft roll in the fingers does not seem to help. Late in the middle third it picks up a very slight ashtray note especially late on the finish.

The final third is more of the oak flavors with spice. The draw does not improve and is actually fairly tiring. The slight hint at ashtray does not improve, but it does not get worse. It is still tolerable because of the oak and spice and subtle sweet, but there is little to be impressed by.

Burn time: 2 hours

burn to the nub

Burn: 9

Draw: 7

Taste: 8

Aftertaste: 8

Construction: 8

Balance: 8

Feel: 8

Overall: 8.0

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~ by kuzi16 on May 20, 2014.

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