Cigar Review: Camacho Ditka Throwback

Cigar Review: Camacho Ditka Throwback

Camacho Cigars
Country: Honuras
Wrapper: Honduras (Corojo Maduro)
Binder: Brazil
Filler: Nicaragua, Honduras & Dominican Republic
Size: 6″ x 50
Strength: medium to full-bodied
Price: $10.50

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Overall Rating: 9.0

Anyone with even the slightest knowledge of football has heard the named Mike Ditka. As both a player (1961-1972) and a coach (1973-1999), Ditka made his mark on game. In 2012, Camacho announced that Ditka would be their brand ambassador. Ditka’s larger than life personality seems to go perfectly with Camacho’s new “Built Bold” slogan. The Camacho Ditka Trowback is a Limited Edition release (5000 boxes of 10) that really captures the image of bold manliness that Camacho has been going for; it is the musk cologne of cigars (but not in a burn your eyes way). All in all, this is an impressive new release that is definitely worth adding to the humidor while they’re still available.

Pre-Light: The Camacho Ditka Throwback is impressively packaged cigar. Released in 10 count boxes of individual coffins, the Throwback manages to look both new and retro at the same time. The gold, grey, red and black band with a picture of the coach’s face at the top lends to the modern mixed with retro look of the cigar.

The dark Corojo maduro wrapper in nice and oily with just a hint of red to it. There is a distinct cedar and floral aroma to the Throwback. Once cut, the pre-light draw is perfect with flavors of cedar and spice coming through.

Burn: Like most of the rebranded Camacho cigars, the Mike Ditka Throwback has an excellent draw that puts out plumes of flavorful white smoke. The burn line can be a bit uneven here and there, but it can correct itself fairly quickly without need for a touch-up. Unfortunately, this cigar does hold its ash all that well, so it’s important to ash it regularly to save your shirt from being ruined.

Flavor: Camacho’s Mike Ditka Throwback cigar is one of the more complex cigars (flavor-wise) that they’ve made in a while. The first third of the cigar begins with a strong cedar flavor that lasts throughout the cigar. Cedar quickly joined by spice, citrus, leather and hints of cocoa. As the first third ends and the second third begins there is a distinct floral note that is almost lavender in character, but this soon disappears into the cedar and spice that dominate this cigar. During the second third of the Ditka Throwback, cedar and spice are joined by roasted nuts, citrus, cinnamon, cocoa, fresh cut herbs and the occasional floral note. In the second and final third the strength of the cigar picks up to just a little on the full-bodied side. Woodsy flavors of cedar, redwood and dogwood along with leather and spice take over over the final third. The flavors continue on straight through until the end; making this a very hard cigar to put down.

Overall: Few Camacho releases have impressed me as much in recent years as the Ditka Throwback. Everything about this cigar is a winner, just like the man it’s named for. It’s in the “Goldilocks zone” of medium to medium-full cigars that just about any cigar smoker can handle with ease. Although cedar flavor defiantly dominates the cigar, there is a complex mix of background notes including citrus, leather, cinnamon, roasted nuts and cocoa. This is a cigar that has all the characteristics of one that will age well in the humidor. I personally enjoyed it so much after trying it that I went back and picked up two boxes for my collection (signed by Mike Ditka) at Smoke Inn Cigars “Meet Da Coach” event in Boyton Beach.

Pairing: A Tito’s Vodka and tonic or other citrusy vodka cocktail is an excellent choice for pair with this cigar. For the scotch drinker the Compass Box Asyla or Compass Box Great King Street Artist’s Blend are good pairing choices. It may sound odd, but due to the mixture of flavors in the Ditka Throwback I personally enjoy pairing it with a can of Coca-Cola or Coke Zero.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)