Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Camacho Corojo Robusto

The newly designed brightly colored box and the bright new bands say bold, but is it? Read on and find out.

Quick Details
  • Cigar Size: 5  x 50 Robusto
  • Wrapper:  Authentic Corojo (5th priming)
  • Binder: Authentic Corojo
  • Filler: Authentic Corojo (3 primings)
  • Cutting Method: Colibri V-Cutter
  • Smoking Time: 65 minutes
  • Paired with: Diet Pepsi
  • Price: $7.99 purchased at Cigar Train

Camacho Corojo Robusto
Camacho did a great job with the new packaging. The first thing you will see with this cigar is how striking the bright red band looks against the dark brown Corojo wrapper. Overall finish of this cigar is great, the oily wrapper has tight seams and only the finest of veins are visible. Feeling down the body, it's packed tight, but not overly hard, and I there were no soft areas to be found.

To the nose, the cigar's foot had mixed aromas of anise, toast and molasses. The same flavor mix was present after clipping the end with my new Colibri V cutter and testing the free cold draw.  Also, the wrapper left a nice lasting sweetness on my lips.

After toasting the foot, the real excitement began. The first two draws were full bodied blasts of hot red pepper. I'm guessing the cigar was trying to tell me, "hello, I'm here"! But, there were only two draws of pepper and the full bodied flavor mix changed to a mix of oak and barnyard through most of the first third. The flaky light gray ash fell right at the 1/3 mark and then the flavor mixed changed quite a bit. In the last two third of the cigar I found notes of wheat, brown sugar, caramel, oak, cream, molasses and mild black pepper.

I always worry about wrapper damage when removing cigar bands, but this one easily came off with no damage at all. The burn line was a bit jagged, but never bad enough to correct and the cigar burned cool full length.

On the Camacho web site this cigar is billed as "...Robust, yet smooth". I found that statement to be true. The flavor mix was not the most complex, but it changed often enough to make the cigar interesting. This was one of the boldest, full bodied cigars I have smoked to date, but the smooth flavor mix created an enjoyable 65 minute smoking experience.

Rated: 93