I am not a typical smoker of Camacho’s and I do not have a reason as to why that is so I was excited about smoking one to review. I grew more excited when I began reading up on the particular cigar I was about to smoke. According to my research, the Camacho Corojo is widely touted as the closest thing to a Cuban cigar to not come from Cuba. Apparently Camacho uses authentic Cuban seeds and plants them in the fertile Valley of Honduras. Rumor is that these seeds are truly Cuban in origin unlike other companies who use a genetically modified seed to get their intended Corojo results. Camacho is so proud of their Corojo tobacco that they use it in six of their flagship cigars.
Country of Origin: Honduras
Ring Gauge: 50
In the hand, the cigar felt very well constructed. It was a little veinier than some of my more recent smokes and it had a fairly low intensity of smell. I took a cold draw before lighting and got an earthy flavor. Since I was excited about this cigar I decided to pair it with some Willett 3-year Rye. Something I typically don’t drink unless there is something special going on.
First Third Observations:
This stick started off pretty harsh. I kind of expected that since most people reviewed it as a full-bodied cigar. It did mellow out after a few minutes but my experience did not get much better unfortunately. I kept getting a metallic taste/sensation in my mouth with each draw. I kept thinking that would eventually go away.
It did not go away. The metallic taste remained and I eventually got more of a leather flavor. Still, me being optimistic I thought that the cigar would change and become more enjoyable.
It never did. The metallic taste was consistent and I compared the leather taste on my tasting notes to that of an old leather shoe. Not the good kind if there is such a thing.
Overall Rating: Poor
I wanted to like it. I really did. All the rave reviews this cigar received made me think I was in for some sort of mind-blowing experience. I even paired it with some fancy rye whiskey. At one point during my smoke, my wife came outside and said that it was very much apparent that I was not enjoying the cigar. I even had to put it down earlier than I would have liked. My guess is that something was wrong with my cigar. My experience had to have been an anomaly. I may smoke another one just to see if the one I originally smoked was just part of a bad batch or something. I am hoping that is the case. As always, smoke one and see if your experience is different from mine. Let’s hope so.