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Camacho American Barrel-Aged Toro
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Byron (Beegerply)

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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: 10 Points of 10 Possible

This was a very nice looking cigar. It had a slight sheen to it with very few veins. The cigar was firm along the barrel and I did not feel any soft spots. The foot looked to be well bunched, and had a slight aroma of sweet grass. The cap cut clean, with no cracking or splitting.

Lighting and Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

On pre-light the draw was not restrictive and had a slight coco taste to it. On light up the draw produce a nice amount of smoke. The burn rate was good, it wasn't razor sharp but it didn't need any touch ups to straighten out. The ash was stacked and slat and pepper in color, and held for about ¾ of an inch before dropping.  

Construction: 26 Points of 30 Possible

The draw on this cigar was nice with just the right amount of restriction as to not over whelm you with smoke. The cap was well applied and cut cleanly. As the cigar entered the 2nd third the draw tightened up and would not stay light, several relights were required to keep it going. However it did loosen up for the last third. The wrapper on this cigar was a nice rich brown and smooth.  

Flavor and Aroma: 42 Points of 45 Possible

The 1st third of the cigar started out with a rich earthiness to it along with a hint of a floral note. There was also small amount of spice to it on the retro-hale.

During the 2nd third the earthiness continued, and a woody taste was pick-up, it had a slight sweetness to it, possible from the barrel ageing that was nice. This is where the cigar had problems and it became restricted and had to be relit several times to get through it.    

The last third continued with the same earthiness and the woody notes with the occasional sweetness.

Summary

Overall, I enjoyed smoking this cigar, besides the small problem with the second third. I've always liked Camacho, and this is one of their goods ones. I would have some of these in my humidor for sure. I would like to thank Adam for giving me the chance to try .  


   
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