Camacho Ecuador

9-24-2014

Camacho Ecuador Robusto (5 x 50)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Brazilian Matafina

Filler: Honduran Corojo, Honduran Criollo Ligero, Dominican Pelo de Oro

Shortly after Camacho’s sale to the Oettinger Davidoff group, the brand went through a revamp. For almost three years the brand did not produce any new core lines. Even the number of limited editions was few and far between. Camacho cut their core lines down to six. Of those six, five were reblended. Only the Triple Maduro remained unchanged.

Then the Camacho Ecuador was released. This became the first cigar that Camacho added to the core line since the “Bold Standard” campaign started. It is also the first cigar of the core lines in the same time frame that was not a reblend of a previous Camacho cigar. It is an all new Camacho.

The Camacho Ecuador takes its name from the wrapper leaf, grown below the Andes Mountains in Ecuador. This is a big step given Camacho’s history with Honduran tobacco. Featuring a non-Honduran Leaf is a first for the brand, but so is having only two of the 5 different leaves used in the blend from Honduras. The Honduran Corojo has always been a staple for the brand, and this blend seems to be the first to step away from that staple.

This cigar has a decent presentation. The black and bluish green band is huge and covers large sections of this cigar. Other than the coloring, the band is the standard issue “Bold Standard” band. The wrapper is a light chocolate brown with a heavy vein structure. It looks rugged.

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The band comes off easily and more of the wrapper confirms the heavy vein structure. The foot of the cigar is soft and squishy. It looks like it has been slightly crushed at some point. The rest of the cigar feels firm and well made. The texture of the wrapper is oily and slightly fuzzy. The smell of the cigar is of fall leaves. A lick on the cap is very light in flavor but it does have an oily feel. Once cut with a double guillotine, the autumn leaves is still there but there is also an earth and pepper impression.

light with a soft flame.

Given the lack of density in the foot, the light is quick. The cigar is set down to recover from a hot light. The first thing that is noticed is the huge plumes of smoke billowing off of the foot. The first puffs bring huge clouds of smoke that are heavy with spice. There is a black pepper blast right off the bat. This pepper lasts a very long time, right through the finish and lingers on the palate for several minutes. The body can be noticed right away as well. The thickness of the smoke is undeniable.

As the cigar settles in each puff picks up a dynamic that is interesting and almost unexpected. The initial draw is sweet and floral, but that changes almost immediately. The spice comes on strong in the middle flavor with the citrus undertone that is light and balancing. The spice lingers through to the finish. The citrus note fades back to floral on the finish. The finish is long but no longer carries the spice as the final note. It is definitively floral.

There are some burn issues in the first third. A touch up light is needed for a very crooked burn.

The middle third has a tamer spice profile, but it is still there. The cigar has rounded out quite a bit with flavors running deep, giving a good “low end” to it. Most of this is in the floral notes that seem a bit on the earth side. While swirling the smoke in the mouth the citrus becomes noticeable. The citrus hits heavy in the finish. Most of the spice is gone in this third. Through the nose the Camacho Ecuador has a heavy burn factor and a bit of wood to it, but that is clearly not the focus.

The final third starts with another corrective light. This time it was a minor one but needed. The profile is still heavy on the pepper and citrus in the first and second parts of the puff but the finish has picked up a dry woody note. This dry woody note is very much balsa wood. Once a purge is done the citrus shows up again in the finish. This is a very unique profile, and a unique cigar.

The cigar ends this way with little heating or further flavor changes.

Burn: 8

Draw: 9

Taste: 10

Aftertaste: 10

Construction: 9

Balance: 10

Feel: 9

overall: 9.3

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~ by kuzi16 on September 24, 2014.

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