Blind Cigar Review: Camacho | American Barrel Aged Toro

This year, Cigars announced the first release under it’s new Master Built Series, . A complex and intense new cigar experience inspired by the uncompromising American spirit, with bourbon barrel-aged Corojo at its heart.

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed.

With the spirit of America and the soul of a craftsman, celebrates the hardworking grit of Kentucky bourbon makers and the passionate artistry of our master builders. Challenging convention at every turn. Working together to forge an intense smoking experience unlike anything else. A process that begins with the original Corojo plant, aging its legendary leaves for six years and then locking them in charred Kentucky bourbon barrels.

Wrapped in five-year-old American broadleaf, each cigar delivers a richness and complexity characterized by oaky flavors and sweet bourbon aromas. is truly the embodiment of uncompromising craftsmanship. Born from the inexhaustible spirit that has inspired from day one.

The blend is constructed almost entirely of American grown tobacco including a broadleaf wrapper, binder and filler, along with a maduro filler tobacco from Pennsylvania. One leaf of the six-year-old, bourbon barrel-aged Corojo tobacco was added to the recipe and is the main component that amplifies the complexity of the blend. began shipping nationwide on Monday, June 15th and retails for $10 – $12 per cigar.

Vital Stats:

Blind Cigar Review: Camacho | American Barrel Aged Toro

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Vitola:
Length: 6″
Ring Gauge: 50
Country of Origin:
Wrapper:
Binder:
Filler: , Pennsylvania Maduro and Honduran Corojo
Factory:
Blender: Undisclosed
Number of reviewers: 4—– (ExpendableYouth) (WyldKnyght) (McGreggor57) (Djangos)
Price: $11.00
Age: 3 Months
Release Date: June 2015
Contributed by: Cigar Place

Blind Cigar Review: Camacho | American Barrel Aged Toro

Blind Cigar Review: | American Barrel Aged

Initial Impressions

Appearance: 91

“Great looking sized cigar with a dark chocolate colored wrapper. The surface for the most part is smooth with some veins visible but not too prominent. The cigar is firm to the touch the entire length. There are no blemishes or discolorations to the wrapper either. There are at least two well applied caps present.” – (Djangos)

Aroma: 89

“The wrapper on this cigar had some sweet floral scents. The foot produce more sweetness and the dry puff tasted of nuttiness.” – (WyldKnyght)

First Third

Blind Cigar Review: Camacho | American Barrel Aged Toro

Blind Cigar Review: | American Barrel Aged

Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“The initial flavors are cedar, white pepper, a bit of earthiness and a mineral retrohale. As I continue into the cigar, the mineral on the pre-draw is picking up intensity. The cigar is firm the whole length of the stick, and has a nice level of resistance and smoke output.” – (ExpendableYouth)

“This one begins with some spiciness on the retrohale while a creamy – almost peanut butter – flavor mixes with some leather and hay. A little clove develops, most noticeably in the back of the throat.” – (McGreggor57)

Second Third

Blind Cigar Review: Camacho | American Barrel Aged Toro

Blind Cigar Review: | American Barrel Aged

Flavor: 90
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“The heat of the spice fades, leaving behind a nice black peppery flavor. This mixes well with the underlying leather and hay. The clove is a bit more consistent but not cloying or overpowering.” – (McGreggor57)

“The middle third has the same flavor profile as the initial with the predominant flavors of hay and grass. Thankfully, now there is a stronger leather that is coming through towards the end of the third and does some to uplift the flavor profile. The pepper is also coming back towards the end of the third. There were no issues with the burn or the draw in this third.” – (Djangos)

Final Third

Blind Cigar Review: Camacho | American Barrel Aged Toro

Blind Cigar Review: | American Barrel Aged

Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“The final third of this cigar saw the flavors of wood and cedar mellow out and the pepper and spiciness really start to pick up.” – (WyldKnyght)

“In the final third, the flavors switch slightly away from the barnyardy profile to a more earthy profile of leather and cedar. However, those flavors are present distinctly in the background. The pepper increases in intensity towards the end of the cigar and adds a much needed oomph to the flavor profile that is mostly one dimensional for the most part except for the final third. Once again, no issues were encountered with the burn or draw.” – (Djangos)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 92

“No major issues with the draw from the start to the finish.” – (Djangos)

Burn: 91

“Lots of smoke production and a nice tight ash. While the burn line never needed a touch up, it also ran askew for a good portion of the cigar.” – (McGreggor57)

Construction: 92

“I didn’t have any issues with the construction of this cigar. No cracks, tunneling or unraveling.” – (ExpendableYouth)

Overall Strength: Medium-Strong
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium-Full
Overall Experience: 89

Blind Cigar Review: Camacho | American Barrel Aged Toro

Blind Cigar Review: | American Barrel Aged

“This was a perfectly fine cigar for an everyday smoke depending on price, but it didn’t wow me and doesn’t really fall in my flavor wheelhouse. If you like white pepper, earthiness and mineral give this a try, if not I would look elsewhere.” – (ExpendableYouth)

“I really enjoyed this cigar. There was a nice transition halfway through from the the woody cedar notes to more pepper and spice flavors, yet not too overpowering. I will definitely be trying this cigar again.” – (WyldKnyght)

“A slower cadence benefits this stick. Subtle changes can be detected that might otherwise be missed with a more aggressive draw. While I didn’t find a basket of flavors, the transitions present, especially in the final third, were very nice. There was a comforting creaminess present throughout the majority of the cigar.” – (McGreggor57)

“Overall, this was quite a one dimensional cigar with respect to the flavor profile. Luckily, some pepper and slight flavor changes in the final third made this somewhat enjoyable. I would like to try this after some time in the humidor.” – (Djangos)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 91

  • Appearance 91% 91%
  • Aroma 89% 89%
  • First Third 89% 89%
  • Second Third 90% 90%
  • Final Third 89% 89%
  • Draw 92% 92%
  • Burn 91% 91%
  • Construction 92% 92%
  • Overall Experience 89% 89%

Total Score - Very Good

 

Reviewer
Appearance
Aroma
1/3
2/3
3/3
Draw
Burn
Constr.
Overall
Experience
ExpendableYouth)909088908592929288
WyldKnyght)929292929288889092
McGreggor57)909090909092909090
Djangos)908588888895959588

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