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Camacho American Barrel-Aged Toro
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brian (ninfiction)

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Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique generously sponsored by our member BewareDaPenguin (Adam). The cigar provided for this round is the http://www.cigargeeks.com/cigardb/default.asp?action=showcig&cigar_id=103038">Camacho American Barrel-Aged Toro.

This cigar features an American-heavy tobacco blend and use of an ever growing popular trend, barrel aging, with filler tobacco being placed in Kentucky bourbons barrels for five months. Barrel aging is a very tedious and hands-on process. They are aging around 2,000 lbs of Corojo filler tobacco and rotating the barrels one leaf at a time every few weeks. Each batch takes a full five months to complete and requires constant attention to ensure the proper journey for this special tobacco.




Camacho American Barrel-Aged Toro

Brand:
Camacho
Name:
American Barrel-Aged Toro
Length:
6
Ring Gauge:
50
Country of Origin:
Dominican Republic
Filler:
United States
Binder:
United States
Wrapper:
Connecticut Broadleaf
Color:
Maduro
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Toro
Average Member Purchase Price:
$11.00
Average Member Rating:
4.5 star rating based on 6 Review(s) (6 Review(s))
This cigar was enjoyed with Water

Pre-Light: 7 Points of 10 Possible

Kind of an ugly cigar. Couple of prominent veins in the wrapper. The cap is on but off centered and very noticeable. Kind of dry looking and pretty firm to the touch. Hopefully it's due to my humidor... it's a possibility I guess.

The prelight aroma is barnyard and possibly hints of barrel, or the marketing has influenced my nose. Cold draw tastes much like it smells but slightly muted.

Lighting and Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

Total Smoke time was 1:40. Didn't make it to the nub but close enough.

The burn is near razor sharp requiring no touch ups or relights. The ash isn't what I would call solid, it holds for about 1/2 inch or so. Standard salt and pepper colored ash.

The draw and smoke volume are superb. Super easy to draw and mouthfuls of smoke. Really makes this cigar a pleasure to smoke.

Construction: 23 Points of 30 Possible

Ugly wrapper, poorly executed cap. Fantastic draw. Honestly aside from the veiny wrapper and crappy cap the construction and performance of the cigar is spot on.

Reference Lighting and Burn. The performance of the cigar was wonderful and easy to smoke and that's a credit to the construction.

Flavor and Aroma: 30 Points of 45 Possible

1st - Bitter woody note, reminds me a little of Woodford Double Oaked, again probably my mind playing tricks knowing these are barrel aged. But it does have an oak tannin like flavor. Touch of spice on the tip of the tongue, tingly.

Into the middle of the cigar, the Oak tannin note mellows a bit. I was close to call it quits, it just wasn't working for me. Little better now. Same notes/flavors but a bit more subdued. It's really a wood bomb.

3/4 of the way through, this really isn't my jam. I can't seem to get past the bitter tannin taste. I got the slightest hint of chocolate but it was quickly replaced by the bitter wood.

Summary

Thanks Adam for including me in the critique. Unfortunately my love for bourbon didn't equate to a love for this cigar. This cigar just wasn't for me. There were moments where it tasted decent but few and short lived.


   
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