I just went on a tangent away from my cigar challenge, as I was curious to delve a bit deeper into my newfound love of heavy, full-bodied cigars after falling for the Davidoff: Winston Churchill The Late Hour Churchill Cigar – and had to capture this experience on my blog.
After a quick google search in the week, I found this article in Havana House’s 6 Strong Cigars To Try.
It recommends the Camacho Corojo Robusto cigar, ‘Hailing from Honduras; this punchy Camacho cigar uses vintage Cuban seeds to grow the tobacco, resulting in an authentic yet flavourful smoke. The cigar tobacco is aged to create an interesting flavour profile while using the much-loved Cuban Corojo wrapper to complete the cigar. The handmade stick presents flavours of coffee, spice and bittersweet chocolate, with the occasional hint of fruit — definitely, something you can smoke with your feet up after dinner.’
Ring Gauge: 50
Country of origin: Honduras
I have seen this brand of cigar prop up on my social media a number of times but never tried it before. The cigar band looks a bit tacky, well compared to some of the wonderful Cuban cigars I have smoked that put in a lot more attention to detail in the packaging. Can’t believe how much such a thing sways me sometimes when purchasing cigars. I’ve turned into a right cigar snob 😂
Anyways I made the purchase on JJ Fox’s website as Havana House’s website was down. It cost £18.50, a decent price for the quality of cigar and got delivered fairly quickly.
It came inside this packaging…
and immediately I had to smoke it!
Camacho Cigars was founded in 1961 by Simon Camacho and acquired by the Eiroa family in 1995. Now part of the Oettinger Davidoff Group, Camacho Cigars is based in Danlí, Honduras, specialising in authentic handmade Cuban seed cigars.
By the turn of the millennium and with the launch of the Camacho Corojo, the Eiroa family and their ventures had joined the leagues of the leading players in the US cigar industry.
This video, the Genesis Documentary ‘Production at Camacho Cigars’, does a better job than me explaining more about the production of Camacho cigars…
This cigar is packaged inside a tubos. Famous Smoke states ‘The tubo is two equal parts: protection and presentation. Tubed cigars are ideal for traveling cigar smokers on the go. Because the metal ones will absorb a dent or two, the tubes should be more than enough to stand up to knocking around in your pocket, bag or glove box while you’re on the road.
Within a couple of seconds of cutting the cap and lighting up, WOW, this is HEAVY smoke to the extreme. The strength of this cigar is intense, very spicy and peppery.
The intensity continues throughout the whole experience. The build-up of ash later on during the smoke suggests this is a well-constructed cigar. It has a fantastic aroma too.
I definitely would recommend some whiskey whilst smoking this cigar and eat before you try this for yourself. This cigar is not for someone that is a cigar newbie.
I realise I also need to learn the differences between full-bodied and a cigar’s strength as they appear to be different things. According to Holts Clubhouse’ Body and strength are often interchanged and confused when it comes to cigars. While many full-bodied cigars are strong, there is a distinction between strength and body. Strength is a reflection of a cigar’s nicotine content – cigars with more nicotine are stronger. A cigar’s body refers to the density of its smoke and how it resonates on the palate.’
My rating: 9 out of 10! One I thoroughly enjoyed. Prepares for a cigar hangover tomorrow morning 😂
Next up… I shall return to my cigar challenge smoking a cigar from the Partagas brand!