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Camacho American Barrel-Aged Toro
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Deener27 (Deener27)

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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 Buffalo Trace Bourbon

Pre-Light: 9 Points of 10 Possible

The cigar had a very smooth textured wrapper with just a hint of oil in the wrapper.  It has a slightly delicate feel to it in my opinion, but was not thin enough to have to handle with a ton of care.  The triple cap was well made and took a cut without shredding or cracking.  The aroma was very nice with hints of cedar and spice with a very distinct sweetness.

Lighting and Burn: 11 Points of 15 Possible

Lighting was very easy with this cigar and the burn rate was a bit on the quick side.  With the quickness of the burn came a few issues for me.  At first the cigar tunneled a bit but then it began to burn hotter and canoed slightly.  That caused me to have to relight or touch up a bit more than I would have liked.  The smoke volume was ample to deliver the nice flavors that this stick would supply.

Construction: 25 Points of 30 Possible

Construction was very nice as you could tell that care was taken to make sure that this was a well made cigar.  The draw was nice, and delivered a great amount of smoke that could be considered a bit overkill at times.  The wrapper was constructed with well aged tobacco leaves that, as one could tell looking at the cigar, were sorted well to attempt to minimize the amount of veins.  

Flavor and Aroma: 42 Points of 45 Possible

Upon lighting, you could tell that this was not your typical smoke and that is solely due to the extensive and interesting aging process the tobaccos were subjected to.  The only thing that really took away from the whole smoke was there was some bitterness that took hold for me.  The first third was very smooth, with a bit of sweetness, cedar, pepper and raisin.  As the burn tunneled a bit, the flavors tended to dissipate pretty quickly into a monotonous experience.  This was a bit disappointing as I anticipated more complexity.  The second third was really dominated by some bitterness and blasts of peppery spice with the whiskey barrel flavor coming through.  Once the bitterness waned, the cigar was quite pleasant and complimented my bourbon very well (I wonder why?).  The final third was really a ramp up in intensity of the flavors from the first two thirds of the cigar and that was okay by me.  The depth and complexities really did come out and made this a very enjoyable cigar.

Summary

I want to thank Adam for selecting me to try this cigar.  Normally, Camacho anything is not really my cup of tea but I was really hooked when I saw the barrel aged cigar from 6 years ago on here.  Overall, if you prefer a sweeter cigar, this is a must go to.  I found it interesting in that the flavor profile was different from most of the cigars that I have in my normal rotation, but then again, had many characteristics that I enjoy in other brands and blends.  The only drawback was the burn being a bit off but that could have been due to the weather or some storage on my end or really, a multitude of other issues.  I would certainly consider smoking this cigar again and would actually seek out other sizes to try as well.  This cigar gets a B+ in my book for sure.


   
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