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Camacho Ecuador Robusto

Camacho Ecuador Robusto. In 2008, Oettinger Davidoff acquired the Camacho brand, farms, and factory from the Eiroa family. And while Davidoff continued with the exciting Camacho blends for the first years, behind the scenes they were ready for a relaunch. In 2013, that relaunch hit the markets. Under the ‘Bold’ name, Davidoff reblended some of the Camacho lines and introduced stunning new packaging. A few new blends were added. The big gamble paid off and a year later a new line edition was added. That’s the Camacho Ecuador.

The Camacho Ecuador is made with Corojo, Criollo Ligero and Pelo de Oro from Honduras and the Dominican Republic as filler. It’s being held together with a Brazilian Mata Fina binder. And finally, an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper finishes the cigar. It comes in several sizes, but for this review, I smoked the 5×50 Robusto. While the Camacho factory was called Rancho Jamastran when it was owned by the Eiroa family, Davidoff changed the factory to Agroindustras Laepe, S.A. In 2016, a brand new factory was opened, designed by the Honduran architect Gonzalo Nunez Dias.

The cigar looks great. A nice, oily, dark wrapper. A perfectly shaped head. And that iconic label, copied by several other brands including Toraño. The black scorpion, the logo of the Camacho Bold series, is prominently visible on the ring. The construction feels good, it seems like and evenly packed cigar. The cigar has a nice leather aroma to it, medium strong.

The cold draw is great, perfect resistance. The flavor is a dry wood and tobacco flavor, with some spice in the aftertaste. After lighting, the first flavors are salt, coffee, pepper. It evolves to marzipan sweetness with leather, wood, soil, and toast with a peppery aftertaste. The wood, which is classic cedar, combines perfectly with the sweetness. But there is a little roughness in the flavors, it’s not well rounded. The sweetness and cedar remain the main flavors, with some spices, pepper, and dry leather. After a third, the cigar gets darker in flavors. The cedar turns to oak, there is more pepper. The flavors are better-rounded now. Halfway some toast shows up as well. In the last part, it’s mainly oak, with pepper, hay, some leather, and pepper.

The draw is very good. The ash is light-colored, dense and firm. A good volume of white smoke. The burn is pretty straight. But the flavors, although nice, aren’t well rounded. This is a medium to full-bodied cigar, medium flavored. The smoke time is two hours and fifteen minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? Maybe


Categories: 90, Agroindustria LAEPE S.A, Camacho, Honduran cigars | Tags: , , ,

Room 101 Conjura Edicion Robusto

Conspiracies and cigars, it turns out that it’s not only Dion Giolito from Illusione that mixes those two together, but in the 2010 limited edition Room 101 Camacho and Matt Booth did that too. The cigars were made at Camacho before the Eiroa family sold it to Davidoff for an insane amount of money (well done Eiroa family!) and were a limited release. And the conspiracy this cigar is referring to is the story about the poisoned cigar that the CIA wanted to give to Fidel Castro.

Now I hope that this multi country blend, with Dominican and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos, an Honduran binder and a Rosado wrapper from an undisclosed country isn’t poisoned, that would mean this would be my last review and there is still so much to write about. So I hope that the 9 years of aging made the poison very ineffective so I can live another day.

The box pressed robusto looks good, nice shape, nice triple cap, good construction. The wrapper doesn’t have the rosado glow though, its just medium brown with a little tooth. The rings are beautiful, the top ring is black and silver with LTD in very curly letters in sliver, conjure edition in white. The secondary ring is silver and black, silver background and a lot of writing in black. Room 101, La Familia, Ciento-Uno, Limitada, Specially blended by Camacho Cigars. The cigar has a nice spicy and herbal aroma, like a vegetable stock cube.

After cutting the cigar I get a great cold draw with a sultana flavor. After lighting I taste a mild dark coffee flavor with a little saltiness. The flavors are quite dry and after a short while I taste wood. After a third I taste a pleasant yet unusual mixture of licorice, peanuts and herbal freshness. Halfway I taste some pepper with a mild musty wood. The musty flavor goes away, I’m stuck with dry wood with some herbs.

The draw is great. The smoke is white, quite thick and a decent volume. The burn is straight. The ash, a bit flaky, is almost white. The cigar is medium full bodied and flavor. The smoke time is almost two hours.

Would I buy this cigar again? It’s a nice and unique cigar but not exactly up my alley.

Score: 91




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Room 101 Series SA Robusto

Room 101, that is one of those brands that never really grabbed my attention. I know it is the brand of jewelry designer Matt Booth, who last year said goodbye to the cigar industry just to return a couple of months later in a collaboration with Robert Caldwell. Since the cigars never made it to Europe  I never got in on the Room 101 hype. I don’t know where and how I got this cigar.

The cigar is made in Honduras with a Mexican San Andres natural wrapper, a Honduran binder and filler from both Honduras and the Dominican Republic. If the information I read online is correct, than Christian Eiroa was involved in blending this cigar. I don’t know where the cigars were being rolled though, but I guess at the Camacho factory if Eiroa was involved indeed.

The wrapper is not as dark as you would expect from a San Andres wrapper, but this is not the usual San Andres maduro wrapper, its a natural wrapper. its leathery by look and by touch. The ring is something special, brown with brushed gold, just a face of an ancient Asian statue and the SA letters on the side. The cigar looks good and the head is perfectly rounded. The cigar has a strong smell of barnyard with sawdust.

After cutting the cigar I taste raisin and dry tobacco. The cold draw is fine. After lighting I taste cinnamon and allspice, quite strong. After a few puffs the flavors get smoother and I taste some honey. After a third it’s more a fresh cedar taste with just a little bit of cinnamon. The flavors are quite dry. Halfway I taste something sharp on the tip of my tongue but I can’t put my finger on the exact flavor. When the sharp flavor disappears I taste wood again, with honey, salt and a hint of cinnamon.

The draw is fine. The smoke is medium full in thickness, medium in volume and white of color. The ash is pepper and salt colored. The burn is pretty straight. The cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored. The smoke time is an hour and a half.

Would I buy this cigar again? I was expecting more from this cigar.

Score: 89

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Camacho Double Shock Toro 2014 Limited Edition

When Davidoff took over Camacho they restyled and reblended the whole brand and possible took it to a new factory, or they renamed the factory, that I don’t know but instead of Rancho Jamastran these cigars come from Agroindustria LAEPE S.A according to Halfwheel. Included in the restyle was a yearly limited edition and in 2014 they went for the Double Shock, a barber pole cigar, and then 2 together in a big ring. the only difference is a red or a black foot ring, I hoped it meant that the two cigars had a different blend but no, and I think that is a bit of a miss by the Davidoff development team, it would have been so much more exciting if the cigars were different.

Now all the excitement has to come from it being a limited edition, a 1000 boxes with 10 pairs, were made in the sizes robusto, toro, Churchill, figurado and toro and I got my hands on a pair of toro’s which had an msrp of $11.50 but I don’t know if that’s for the pair or for a single cigar. Anyway, it doesn’t matter as I got the cigars as a gift. They never made it to my side of the pond commercially so I’m fortunate to have gotten these and i’m actually looking forward to smoking this 5 country blend with Ecuadorian Habano and Mexican San Andres wrapper, a Criollo binder and filler from the Dominican Republic, Honduras and the USA (Pennsylvania)

The cigar certainly stands out in the humidor, the only other “pair in one ring” I can think of is the La Jugada Nunchuck. The double wrapper is another eye catcher especially since the wrappers used aren’t the usual Maduro and Connecticut Shade or Candela but a Maduro an a Habano. The San Adres wrapper is nice dark and toothy while the Habano wrapper is a bit more brittle. The construction feels good on both cigars. I love the ring, the foot rings are red or black, nothing printed on it but there is some embossing so they aren’t boring. The big ring is black and red with a black scorpion in a red circle. Much to my surprise I found a bright embossed and a red embossed ring underneath the combined ring with a shiny metallic logo. The cigar has a mild floral aroma. I smoked the black label one, but not that it matters since they are both the same.

I punched the cigar, the draw is fantastic. I taste a mild cedar and a little raisin in the cold draw. I lit the cigar with my Ronson varaflame and I taste a nice, mellow coffee with a hint of pepper. After half an inch I taste cedar with a spicy grass flavor. After an inch I taste draw wood, like saw dust, with some nutmeg. Halfway I taste cedar, cilantro, nutmeg with a peppery aftertaste. The final third is a white pepper with cedar and some spices.

The draw is great and the light gray ash is beautiful and firm. The smoke is thin and the volume is poor. The burn is quite straight. The cigar is medium bodied and medium flavored with a moderate evolution. The smoke time is an hour and a half.

Would I buy this cigar again? I will smoke the other one but wouldn’t buy new ones if I could find them. I expected more from a cigar called double shock.

Score: 86

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CLE Corojo 11/18

CLE, Christian Luis Eiroa. For those whom that name doesn’t ring a bell, Christian Eiroa and his father were the masterminds behind Camacho, a brand they bought in 1995 five years after the death of brand founder Simon Camacho and they build the brand up using the knowledge and experience they head as tobacco farmers for generations. In 2008 they sold the brand and the factory to Davidoff but they didn’t leave the tobacco industry since they kept the farms. A few years, in 2012, later Eiroa entered the cigar making part of the business again with a new factory, based in the old movie theatre of his grandfather in Danli, Honduras and he is doing it his own way. Tabacalera Unidas is the mother company with several cooperations like Wynwood (started as a cooperation with Robert Caldwell before he dropped out), Asylum Cigars with Tom Lazuka, EH Cigars with Edgar Hoill and of course his own Eiroa cigars.

When the company just started my then employer went on a trip to Florida with his family. One unsuspecting afternoon he calls me all excited and tells me “man, I was at the Island Smoke Shop on Key Largo and your buddy Bill (who worked there at the time) gave me this cigar, Asylum 13, its a $5 cigar but its amazing”. Now I never heard from that cigar so I made a few calls and got in touch with Tom Lazuka and Christian Eiroa. To cut a long story short, it didn’t take long before we started distributing Tabacaleras Unidas in The Netherlands. After the release of the Asylum 13 line, including the ogre, and the Schizo bundles we released the CLE Corojo. This cigar is a Honduran puro with the leaf that made Camacho and the Eiroa family famous. And it also came out in the unique 11/18 shape that Eiroa created for Camacho. It’s a 6 inch long parejo with a little thicker part (ring 54 instead of 50 at the foot and the head) in the middle, unique.

The wrapper of the cigar looks nice, milk chocolate colored, few thin veins, a beautiful triple cap and its mild oily. The band is simple yet stylish. a nice mat black with shiny silver lettering CLE Corojo and a red 2012. I feel a little soft spot near the head of the cigar, but I can only imagine how difficult it is to roll this uniquely shaped cigar. The aroma is strong and its a barnyard aroma, manure and horses. The cold draw after the flat cut is easy and I taste a cedar with raisin flavor with a peppery flavor on my lips.

After I lit the cigar with my soft flame, I’m smoking inside so I don’t need a jet flame, I taste a mildly sweet and bitter coffee flavor, slowly I taste more cedar with a little citrus tang with a little pepper. After an inch I taste some cedar and wood. After a third I also taste some chocolate and the citrus has grown in strength. Halfway a honey like sweetness shows up. The flavors are quite dry. The chocolate is still mildly around with some nutmeg and cinnamon.

The smoke is thick, white and plentiful. The draw is easy, maybe a little too easy but just a little. The ash is gray and a little frayed. The burn is good, no correction needed. The cigar is medium to full bodied and equally flavored. The smoke time is an hour and thirty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? I prefer the robusto.

Score: 90


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Room 101 ~323~

Room101 is made by Camacho, who uses Honduran and Dominican tobacco for the Room 101 blend. The cigars are made for designer Matt Booth, who is the owner of the company. The wrapper is a semila 101, from an exclusive seed especially created for the Room 101 cigars. All the artwork, both on the boxes as on the bands is based upon original Japanese tattoo art. Like Illusione, all Room 101 cigars have a number instead of a name. I smoked the 323, a 6×50 toro thanks to a Belgian friend who traded a few with his American friends.
I must admit, the band looks awesome. The wrapper is dark chocolate colored, oily and shiny and I see a few veins. The construction feels good. I smell a peppery chocolate smell. The predraw is loose and I taste tobacco with some pepper.
I taste a full and spicy coffee flavor with soil. After half an inch I taste a full spicy earth flavor with some herbs, some sweetness and pepper. The flavors are dry and a little burned. After an inch I taste spicy herbs that burn a little on the back of my throat. I also taste pepper and toast and far on the background some musty chocolate.
Halfway I taste herbs, a little burned, with toast and earth. After two thirds I taste smooth wood with mild herbs and a hint of macadamia nuts. The wood becomes stronger with some herbs and spices. The wood is the main flavor now. Near the end I taste nuts with herbs and black pepper.
This 6 inch cigar lasted me for almost two hours. The draw was way too loose. The smoke started out poor and thin but grew to be plentiful and thick. The ash is ugly, dark and coarse but firm. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied. I had to correct the burn once.
Would I buy this cigar again? I won’t buy a box, but I wouldn’t mind getting a few singles

Appearance: 8 / 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: 8 / 10

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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