Cigar Review: Camacho Connecticut

Camacho_connie_web_1

Size: 5×50, Monarcha

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder: Honduran Corojo

Filler: Dominican and Honduran

Strength: Mild

Price: Box of 25, $115.99

Grade: 8.9

Camacho was founded in Miami in 1961 by Simon Camacho; in 1995, after the death of Simon Camacho, the company was acquired by Caribe Imported Cigars (Baccarat and National Brand), which is owned by the Eiroa family. Finally, in late 2008, Camacho again moved hands and was acquired by the Oettinger Davidoff Group.

Camacho includes such series as the Corojo, Criollo, Diploma, Select, SLR, and Triple Maduro, which are produced at the flagship factory in Danli, Honduras. I picked this Camacho Connecticut up while visiting friends and family in Jackson, Mississippi. I heard some good things about it but this was the first time I’d run across it.

Camacho’s website has some great information and provides an interesting history of the company and two slide shows of tobacco farms and of the production process. You can visit it here; you can also follow Dylan Austin, director of marketing, on Twitter here.

Now, on to the toasting…

Pre-light, 1.6:
The aroma on the Camacho had a cool, crisp citrus zest on the foot with nuttiness throughout the rest of the stick. The triple cap heads a stick with some very prominent and protruding veins. It is densely packed throughout, except at the foot, which is loose with a patched spot. The patched spot is extremely annoying; these patches are obviously noticed during production and yet moved through and sold at the same price—if you’re going to patch a cigar either sell it as a second or don’t sell it all. The label is classic Camacho, subtle and yet distinguished, with a base of white with gold etching and “Tabaco Jamastran” written on the side. The draw is very nice and I can taste the citrus zest that was noticed on the aroma. The cut showed the head to be a bit loose as well, to match the mauled foot. This was one of the more unattractive sticks I’ve seen from a premium blend in some time.

Burn, 1.9:
The burn on the Camacho Connecticut was excellent—not quite as loose as I expected based on the soft spots at the head and foot. It toasted evenly and emitted a thick, billowy smoke with a great aroma. The ash was perfectly colored though a little flakey, but not to the point of distraction. Around the second third mark, the burn went a little jagged on me but this corrected itself within an inch and burned well throughout the rest of the smoke.

Flavor, 2.7:
The finish on the Connecticut was short throughout which was to be expected on this mild smoke; it created a very clean and consistent smoke. The first third was very clean and full of citrus with a bit of texture to it. So far, this is a very subtle smoke with no dominating flavors profiles other than nuttiness; it was very smooth, if not a bit uneventful. The second third transitioned slightly into a medium roast with blitzes of sweetness and a very enjoyable cream. The final third returned to the nutty characteristics and the cream hung around to finish out the smoke. The transitions on this smoke were enjoyable even though the finish was short and at times the smoke was a bit dull and uneventful. Unfortunately I didn’t pick up any of the spice mentioned by retailers.

Overall, 2.7:
Overall, this was not the prettiest smoke, but the burn and draw was excellent and the transitions were discernable, which is not always the story on a mild Connecticut shade wrapper. Though there wasn’t any great complexity or finish to the smoke, these are not traits I was expecting to find in the Camacho Connecticut. The price point of around $4.60, when purchased as a box, is very reasonable and makes this a great value in my opinion.

(Total: 8.9)

Question of the Day: What is your favorite Connecticut shade wrapped cigar?