Blind Cigar Review: Camaleón | Huevo de Oro RobustoCigar Info

Cigars has been on the market since 2016, but it is a smaller company unknown to some. The name, , comes from Camaleóns, the type of lizards that changes their color. Camaleóns lay eggs and translates to “Golden egg” a reference to the final blend chosen that stood out from the hundreds of test blends, 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 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. The blend for is mostly the same throughout the line, but the size features a different wrapper from the Toro and Corona Gorda. The uses an wrapper while the Toro and Corona Gorda use Havana 92. The rest of the blend features a Criollo 98 binder, and Corojo & 2020 fillers.

Blind Cigar Review: Camaleón | Huevo de Oro RobustoVital Stats:

Vitola:
Length: 5″
Ring Gauge: 52
Country of Origin:
Wrapper:
Binder: Criollo 98
Filler: Corojo 2020
Factory:   
Blender: Francisco “Chico” Rivas
Number of reviewers: 5 () (Bearded Bastard) (TheRealBanzi) (randobush) (The Yoga Ash)
Price: $9.00
Age: 6 Months
Release Date: Unknown
Contributed by: Camaleón Cigars

Blind Cigar Review: Camaleón | Huevo de Oro RobustoInitial Impressions

Appearance: 91

“An even coat of chestnut covers this oily cigar. Small and even vines. Are found throughout this cigar. Tight seams and a triple cap finish off this beautiful cigar.” – (TheRealBanzi)

Aroma: 90

“Even from inches away I could smell an old forest smell with hints of floral like daisies & red cedar. ” – (The Yoga Ash)

First Third

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Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“started off with oak, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Smooth as silk” – (Bearded Bastard)

“After a blast of sweetness, during light up, the cigars shift to a more floral minded flavor profile. This is balanced by some cedar and tannin notes. Pushing some smoke through the nose and I find myself thinking about a freshly steeped cup of black tea. The only complaint that I have so far is that it is drying out my palate. I hope that will change as we move in to the second third.” – (TheRealBanzi)

Second Third

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Flavor: 87
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“Going into the second third, a touch up was required to correct the burn. The best thing so far about the cigar is the pleasure in the retrohale. A molasses sweetness has come in, as has black coffee. The gritty baking spice is still lingering around, and the white pepper has transitioned a bit into a sweet cayenne. The draw is not blocked, but it takes a triple puff to enjoy. Burn continues to wonk out.” – (randobush)

“After the burn issues in the beginning the cigar was fine. The second third was much more enjoyable and you started to get some decent flavors. Dark chocolate, leather and a sweet tobacco rounded out the second third.” – ()

Final Third

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Blind Cigar Review: Camaleon |

Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“Mint becomes the main attraction pushing everything else out of its way. There are hints of brown sugar that ebb and flow throughout this final third that are pleasant and complementary. Nearing the last inch of the cigar white pepper tingles the lips and sinuses helping the cigar to finish on a nice high note. ” – (TheRealBanzi)

“The final third was pretty much all black licorice, so if you are a fan of that you will love the end of this cigar. Wow that was a lot for me personally.” – ()

Overall Impressions

Draw: 91

“Triple puffing required to get a good mouth feel of smoke. No plugs or stems blocking the draw, it just didn’t perform well.” – (randobush)

Burn: 83

“Had issues lighting the beginning of this cigar. Not really sure why, just this one part did not want to burn. After about an inch it was fine.” – ()

Construction: 90

“Initially from first inspection, and even at first light, I thought that this cigar was going to perform flawlessly. It turns out that wasn’t the case. Wonky burn and poor performance throughout.” – (randobush)

Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Experience Overall: 88

“I think the burn issue at the start really dampened this cigar for me. As much as I tried to look past it, and by the time it settled down the flavors of this cigar were tainted from having to re light and burn the section to get it going. ” – ()

“Loved it, burned great, tasted great, draw was great, and I nubbed the crap out of it” – (Bearded Bastard)

“I would have never guessed that the cigar would have had the profile it did by the way it was presented. This dark and oily looking cigar had wonderful floral flavors and the mint made it a winner for me. The construction allowed it to burn cool showcasing its light and delicate flavors. It never became a powerhouse which should lend it to any palate and would make you want to smoke it again and again. Once I find out what it is I will grab some to have on hand and it might make it into my regular rotation. ” – (TheRealBanzi)

“This was a beautiful looking cigar, but unfortunately, it did not perform accordingly. Positives were a descent retrohale and respectable transition of flavors through the first and second third. By the final third, any enjoyment of this cigar was long gone.” – (randobush)

“This cigar seemed to not be in my wheel house with it’s issues & the strange change up of notes. The cracked wood lingered to long with the black pepper on the lip.” – (The Yoga Ash)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 69

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Blind Cigar Review: Camaleon |

Overall Score – 89 – Very Good

  • Appearance 91% 91%
  • Aroma 90% 90%
  • First Third 89% 89%
  • Second Third 87% 87%
  • Final Third 89% 89%
  • Draw 91% 91%
  • Burn 83% 83%
  • Construction 90% 90%
  • Overall Experience 88% 88%