Blind Cigar Review: Camaleón | Huevo de Oro Corona GordaCigar Info

Cigars has been around for a few years, but is a smaller brand that many may not have heard of. The name and their first line, comes from Camaleóns, the type of lizards that has the ability to change their color. Camaleóns also lay eggs and the name translates to “Golden egg” and the blend used for this cigar was said to stand out in the hundreds of test blends. This blend, of the hundreds they tested, stood out, hence the golden egg.

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 company is owned by Gabriel Beco and Pedro Betances and started after a trip to “Chico’s Factory” in 2016. After tasting one of Francisco “Chico” Rivas blends, they knew they wanted to do a project with him. has been in the tobacco business for over 30 years and has produced cigars for other companies such as Flor y Nata, Chogüí, Campesino, and Vivaldi.

Blind Cigar Review: Camaleón | Huevo de Oro Corona GordaVital Stats:

Vitola:
Length: 5″
Ring Gauge: 46
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic 
Wrapper: ()
Binder: Criollo 98
Filler: Corojo 2020
Factory:  
Blender: Francisco “Chico” Rivas
Number of reviewers: 4 (Eulogy) (fullermaine) (The Nothing) ()
Price: $7.50
Age: 3 Months
Release Date: 2016
Contributed by: Camaleon Cigars

Blind Cigar Review: Camaleón | Huevo de Oro Corona GordaInitial Impressions

Appearance: 90

“This cigar had a semi-gloss appearance from the oily wrapper. It looked tightly wound with barely noticeable seams. The veins were a good size but not distracting.” – (The Nothing)”

Blind Cigar Review: Camaleón | Huevo de Oro Corona GordaAroma: 91

“Wonderful earthy notes from the foot and wrapper. I get a bit more spice and hay from the foot but they’re both similar. ” – (Eulogy)

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First Third

Flavor: 88
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“Lots of thick creamy smoke, rich leather, bitter coco, and heavy red pepper to finish it off. There’s a slightly bitter finish and I find leather lingering in the finish.” – (Eulogy)

“The first few puffs of the cigar give off a strong oak, campfire note, with a little bit out sour citrus zing on the finish. The retrohale is pleasant and not overpowering, with quite a bit of black pepper with an almost menthol like finish. Just the slightest bit of “zing” to the nose, which is helping open up the palate so more is detectable on the tongue. The draw is right on point, the ash is very tightly packed and almost white all with a hearty smoke output.” – ()

Second Third

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

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“There was not so much of a transition in the second third as there was a better understanding of the flavors as they increased in body. The light coffee was a bit more specific, akin to a light-medium roast Kenyan. The peanut shell flavor I noticed before was more specifically the skin you’d find around Valencia peanuts.” – (The Nothing)

“Strong earthy notes are the main profile. I find some leather, pepper, dark cocoa, and hay.” – (Eulogy)

Final Third

Flavor: 88
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

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“Oak notes briefly lead to a hint of chocolate and tea.” – (fullermaine)

“Oak and citrus were the biggest changes to the ending of this cigar. The oak had only been noticeable in the retrohale, but moved on to the palate. The citrus reminded me somewhat of pink grapefruit, but was not tart.” – (The Nothing)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 92

“The draw here is what one should expect from a premium cigar. Just the right amount of resistance, almost like a thick milkshake.” – ()

Burn: 93

“After the initial light, the cigar never required a relight or touch-up.” – (The Nothing)

Blind Cigar Review: Camaleón | Huevo de Oro Corona GordaConstruction: 94

“Looked good with a fairly tight seams, a nice double cap, and firm body to the touch.” – (Eulogy)

Overall Strength: Medium-Strong
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium-Full
Experience Overall: 92

“Missing a bit of complexity and depth from any real profile changes. I couldn’t help but think that it fell off a bit at the end also. Would make a good cigar while you’re doing tasks but it’s a bit uninteresting to just sit there and think about the flavors.” – (Eulogy)

“Sugary oak notes makes this an interesting stick. The oak notes stick around for 2/3 of this smoke. Hints of chocolate and tea make this a well rounded stick.” – (fullermaine)

Blind Cigar Review: Camaleón | Huevo de Oro Corona Gorda“While this was a certainly a good cigar, it never really wowed me. I was really taken back at the initial light when the flavors were so light, I wasn’t even sure it was lit. It was a solid performer, though, and if the flavors sound to your liking, I would certainly suggest picking one up.” – (The Nothing)

“My only wish is there was a wow factor with the cigar. While the flavors that were there were good and well represented what they should, there was never that “ah-ha” moment during the smoking experience making me wonder what goodness is going to come next. It was an enjoyable cigar, and one that I would smoke again.” – ()

Smoking Time (in minutes): 69

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Overall Score – 91 – Very Good

  • Appearance 90% 90%
  • Aroma 91% 91%
  • First Third 88% 88%
  • Second Third 90% 90%
  • Final Third 88% 88%
  • Draw 92% 92%
  • Burn 93% 93%
  • Construction 94% 94%
  • Overall Experience 92% 92%