Camacho

Camacho face off by Litto Gomez

A few years ago, Christian Eiroa from Camacho and Litto Gomez from La Flor Dominicana, made a wager. They would send enough of their best tobacco to the other to make 50.000 5¾x50 cigars called “Face Off”. In the spring of 2003 those plans came alive and resulted in a Camacho Face Off by Litto Gomez and a La Flor Dominicana Face Off by Christian Eiroa. Those cigars are all sold out, but I was lucky enough to find two of the Camacho Face Off by Litto Gomez in a cigar shop in Germany of all places. As far as I understand, they both added some of their own tobacco in the cigars too.
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The wrapper is quite dark and has a nice yellow Camacho band which mentions “by Litto Gomez”. The wrapper isn’t oily and I see a few veins. The cigar has a floral smell. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and leaves a floral flavor in my mouth.
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I taste a dry and sweet coffee flavor with some earth. I also taste a bit of wood. After half an inch the coffee fades away and I am tasting a dry but sweet wood and earthy flavor. The sweetness is overpowering and the wood is mild spicy. Halfway I taste a smooth and sweet coffee again with a hint of earth. The wood flavor has gone, just like the spice although the wood, without the spice, makes a comeback.
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The coffee fades away again while the wood gains strength. On the background I taste some sweet herbs. The cigar now has a nice herbal flavor with some sweetness and wood. The flavors are well balanced. The last few puffs give me a nice smooth nut flavor.
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This cigar lasted me an hour and twenty five minutes. The draw was great, just like the burn. I got a medium amount of medium thick smoke. The salf & pepper colored ash is medium firm. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I wish

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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CI Legend white by Camacho

The CI Legends series is a series of cigars, all toro’s in a 5.7 x 54 size except for the Perdomo blend which is a torpedo, made by several well known cigar makers especially for the online retailer cigarsinternational. By the color of the band you can see who the maker is, too bad they don’t mention it on the band, you need to check the website before you know who made the specific blend. So far I smoked the CI Legend yellow by Don Pepin, the CI Legend red by Perdomo and the CI Legend black by La Aurora. This is the review for the CI Legend white by Camacho.
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The cigar has a silky wrapper and the construction feels firm. The wrapper is quite light colored with a few big veins and looks quite thin. The predraw is a bit loose and leaves me a spicy but musty flavor in the mouth.
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I taste a sweet earthy flavor, mild musty and after an inch I also taste some leather and a flavor that reminds me of chocolate paste. All the flavors disappear except the chocolate paste flavor which is sweet and a bit musty.
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There isn’t much going on at the palate, just after the mid of the cigar it becomes a bit spicy. At ⅔ the cigar get sweeter and I have to correct the burn. After that the cigar is harsh and unpleasant. I purge the cigar, but that only helps for a few puffs.
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I get a decent amount of reasonable thick smoke and the draw is fine. The cigar is mild to medium flavored and also mild to medium bodied. The burn is ok and the pepper and salt colored ash is quite firm. Even though the turning point came early I smoked this cigar for 75 minutes.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No, this cigar was boring.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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Camacho triple maduro 50/4.5

Some time ago, Camacho cigars made a viral advertising campaign called ‘the black band project’ that was supposed to take care of all the prejudice there is about Cuban cigars versus Non Cuban cigars. Everybody, well, almost everybody as the demand was bigger than Camacho expected and there were problems with the shipping, that signed up and watched the video’s got 3 cigars for free.
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The third and final cigar from the box was a 4 ½ x 50 (petit) robusto with the original name 50/4.5. This cigar is the first all maduro cigar in the world and consists of 5 different Honduran maduro tobaccos. The dark wrapper is almost black and very oily. There are just a few veins running over the wrapper. The aroma of the cigar is peppery chocolate and quite strong. The construction feels good. The predraw is on the loose side and gives me a dry raisin flavor.
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The sweet coffee I tasted wasn’t what I expected but after a few puffs I for the expected pepper boost combined with mild chocolate. The coffee and chocolate fade away quickly and I am left with a sweet black pepper.
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The chocolate returns pretty quickly on the background. After an inch and a half the strength of the pepper tones down a bit and half an inch later the chocolate becomes the dominant flavor with pepper as a support. At the 2/3rd point the flavors change again, the pepper grows and becomes the dominant flavor until the end.
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The draw is on the loose side but the smoke makes up for it, lots of thick white smoke. Smoke this in Vatican City and people think there is a new pope chosen. The burn is straight and the ash is firm and white. It took me 75 minutes to finish this cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, me likey this cigar.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Camacho Connecticut monarcha

Some time ago, Camacho cigars made a viral advertising campaign called ‘the black band project’ that was supposed to take care of all the prejudice there is about Cuban cigars versus Non Cuban cigars. Everybody, well, almost everybody as the demand was bigger than Camacho expected and there were problems with the shipping, that signed up and watched the video’s got 3 cigars for free.
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The three cigars are packed in a nice cardboard box and have “specially selected and hand rolled for Mr.X” on the band, to stay in the style of the viral. You can see the difference kinds of wrappers used and the bands mention an A, B or C and on the website you can check which one is which. The A turns out to be a Connecticut, in a 5 x 50 robusto size called the Monarcha.
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The Camacho Connecticut is made with a Connecticut wrapper from Ecuador, Honduran binder and filler from Honduras and the Dominican Republic. The wrapper is nice, light brown colored with a silky feel to it. The construction doesn’t feel good, I can feel a lot of soft spots, a sign that this cigar is under filled. Because of that I decided to punch instead of cut, and the predraw confirms my feelings, the draw is way too light and leaves me with a mix of spices and a bit of chocolate. The cigar has a strong hay aroma.
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After lighting that hay flavor that I got in the predraw is the dominant flavor with mild chocolate as support. The cigar is mild spicy and slowly some spices become noticeable. Halfway into the cigar the hay is gone and all I can taste is a creamy flavor of spices and at the end that flavor is supported by some nuts.
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The cigar started with a crooked burn but after a correction it was just fine. The ash is firm and medium gray, and as you can see from picture 3, the cigar produces a lot of smoke. Unfortunately, due to the bad construction of the cigar, the draw was way too light. The strength of the flavors are medium to full, and the strength of the cigars is medium.

Would I buy this cigar again? No, although I liked the flavors

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 5 / 10
Draw: 5 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Camacho 1962 perfecto

This 4 ½ ring 50 perfecto was a gift from my buddy Conch Republican. This small stick has a peppery chocolate aroma to it. The cigar is nice shaped with a medium dark wrapper which has some small veins. The construction is fine, especially for a perfecto. The predraw is great and leaves a peppery raisin flavor on my lips.
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The first flavor I taste is a full but dry leather. The leather has a mild metallic flavor to it. After an inch there is a mild chocolaty after taste. Halfway I get some wood and that keeps me company till I reach the turning point.
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As always with perfectos I have some crooked burn in the beginning, but once that is corrected, the burn and the draw are flawless. The ash is quite dark and firm, and the amount of smoke is fantastic.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I don’t know. This cigar leaves me confused, although, except from the mild flavors, I can’t think of anything that makes me not want to smoke this again, I also can’t think of anything that makes want to smoke it again.
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Appearance: 9 /10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part; 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Camacho negro robusto

This dark Honduran cigar with its 50 ring and 125mm length, dark oily wrapper with some small veins is box pressed and has a nice simple band. The predraw is fine and the cigar has a salty, maybe even a briny aroma.

The cigar produces a full spicy tobacco and herb flavor but soon I could taste some leather while the herbs fade away. The leather gains some strength without becoming overpowering. The feel of the flavor is a bit dry.

Halfway some herby chocolate comes to the palate, soon to be replaced by the leather & herbs & spices again. Close to the turning point the aroma becomes a bit creamy.

The smoke is quite full, could have been a bit thicker though. The ash was pretty firm.

Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, I was quite impressed by it

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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