Blind Cigar Review: Camacho | Distillery Edition EcuadorCigar Info

unveiled a new project at last year’s IPCPR : . This project takes some of the company’s existing blends and introduces barrel aging to some of the corojo filler leaves in the blends. There are three versions of this project: , Corojo, and Connecticut. Each of these blends share the same Honduran corojo that has been aged in barrels for at least six months. Each of the three blends comes in one size, a 6 x 50 toro and all are priced $9.25.

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.

The blend for the uses the same components as it’s regular production version, an Ecuador Habano wrapper, Brazil Mata Fina binder, and Criollo Ligero & Pelo de Oro with the changed of Barrel-Aged Corojo filler. These cigars started shipping June 2019.

Blind Cigar Review: Camacho | Distillery Edition EcuadorVital Stats:

Vitola: Toro
Length: 6″
Ring Gauge: 50
Country of Origin:
Wrapper: Habano Ecuador
Binder: Brazilian Meta Fina
Filler: Barrel-Aged Corojo, Honduran, Nicaraguan
Blender: Undisclosed
Number of reviewers: 4 () () (TheRealBanzi) (The Yoga Ash)
Price: $9.25
Age: 6 Months
Release Date: July 2019
Contributed by: Cigars

Blind Cigar Review: Camacho | Distillery Edition EcuadorInitial Impressions

Appearance: 90

“This toro has an oily milk chocolate look to it. Sporting nearly invisible seams, a triple cap, and very…very slight tooth. This firmly packed cigar is a sight to behold.” – (TheRealBanzi)

Aroma: 90

“At 1st smell, 2nd smell & 3rd … Yes, I checked myself I was reminded of the pink Tea Roses in my Grandmother’s front yard, when I was a child.” – (The Yoga Ash)

First Third

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Flavor: 88
Strength: Mild-Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The prelight draw gave me a pretty even mix of cedar and roasted cashews. Ok, this is going to be interesting. The first few puffs after lighting, gave a ton of smoke, with a bitter cedar hitting right at the back of the tongue. Getting about an inch in, the toasted cashew note is back, with a salty sweetness with a medium length finish hitting the front and sides of the tongue. Smoke output is heavy, with a campfire aroma to it. The retrohale is relatively smooth, with just a hint of pepper that tingles the nose, and really helps wake up the flavors. Just past the inch mark, I am getting sweet coffee note that reminds me of a caramel macchiato. Very tasty, and surprising to me, as I expected this cigar to have a more earthy profile based on the start. Burn is slightly wavy, with a tight, light grey ash. My thoughts here is this cigar would be a star first thing in the morning with a cup of medium roast coffee with cream, though you would have to be careful. This is a mild to medium strength cigar at this point and it would be easy for coffee to overpower it.” – ()

“The cigar opens with a blast of cedar then quickly turns to a leek and a baked sweet potato starch. Half way through the first third a candied pecan sweetness begins to dominate the palate. The retrohale brings fresh cut grass and white pepper. As the third comes to an end, caramel and anise become the main attraction. The smoke is coarse and grainy on the palate leading to a very dry finish.” – (TheRealBanzi)

Second Third

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Flavor: 93
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The 2nd third is coming with a boldness of earth/black pepper with a retro of BBQ smoke. It stayed quite tasty with a good amount of smoke & an easy draw.” – (The Yoga Ash)

“This third is nothing but a York peppermint patty in smoke form. Peppermint, cream, cacao chocolate. The effervescent of the peppermint lingers on the sinuses for what feels like forever. Smoke was turned silky smooth on the palate making the finish improve to a medium long finish. This third was the best the cigar had to offer.” – (TheRealBanzi)

Final Third

Flavor: 91
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The ash on this cigar holds on like a champ. Still a nice light grey, and fell, into my lap (son of A!) just before time to remove the band. The strength is now medium, and a little black pepper has shown on the tongue, with a slight pepper on the retrohale adding in a very pleasant spice. Getting into the final third, the burn has turned a little wonky, with a slight curve starting to form on one side of the cigar. The burn corrected itself, and then the cigar started to heat up quite a bit. It called it done at an inch from the cap.” – ()

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“The cigar closes with a lovely mix of cinnamon, wild flower honey and sweet cedar. The retrohale still has the cream flavor. Ample amounts of creamy smoke make the mouth water throughout this final third.” – (TheRealBanzi)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 91

“The draw was quite easy and enjoyable ” – (The Yoga Ash)

Burn: 89

“The burn was wavy but never out of whack. No touch ups needed.” – (TheRealBanzi)

Construction: 93

“Construction seemed superb. The smoke poured off of this right from the start, the burn was relatively even, and the flavors were on point.” – ()

Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Experience Overall: 90

“Overall not terrible, but not great. Flavor not very complex and stayed the same from front to back. The construction was the most disappointing part but it may have just been an outlier.” – ()

“This was a very enjoyable cigar, and as mentioned earlier, I could easily see starting a lazy weekend morning with this cigar and a nice medium roast coffee. While this cigar was flavor filled, the lack of strength and body might turn some smokers off, so I can’t say this is a cigar for “everyone”. This is a cigar that I would keep a fiver on hand in the humi for those times when I want something different, and I would not hesitate to give one of these to a less experienced smoker so they can experience an complex blend of flavors, without being overly powerful and causing an unpleasant smoking experience. This is one darn good cigar.” – ()

“This was an engaging cigar that is very approachable by all levels of cigar smokers. It has the a flavor profile that won’t scare away a new smoke and the complexity that a seasoned cigar nerd would love. It would be worth having a few of these in your humidor one for you and one to share.” – (TheRealBanzi)

“Enjoyable…. I like the nice roller coaster ride of flavors that had gentle dips and turns that allowed for a great experience to relax with in the sun.” – (The Yoga Ash)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 100

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Overall Score – 91 – Very Good

  • Appearance 90% 90%
  • Aroma 90% 90%
  • First Third 88% 88%
  • Second Third 93% 93%
  • Final Third 91% 91%
  • Draw 91% 91%
  • Burn 89% 89%
  • Construction 93% 93%
  • Overall Experience 90% 90%