Cigar Review: Camacho Liberty Series 2014

Cigar Review: Camacho Liberty Series 2014

Camacho Cigars / Davidoff
Country: Honduras
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano 2005)
Binder: Honduras (Corojo 2006)
Filler: Nicaragua & Dominican Republic
Size: 6” x 54
Strength: medium to medium-full
Price: $17.0

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Overall Rating: 8.4

Each year Camacho releases a limited edition Liberty Series cigar that pays homage to this great country. In the last several years these cigars have been released in the 11/18 size with production limited to 2,000 boxes of 20 individual coffins. This annual release has always been one that is well worth seeking out. The 2014 Liberty Series is a good cigar, but doesn’t quite meet the high standards that one would expect from the Liberty Series.

Pre-Light: As always, the Camacho Liberty Series 2014 is an excellent looking cigar. There is reddish tint to the medium brown wrapper. The black Comacho Liberty band and secondary foot band are impressive looking despite the glaring error on it (see my On a side note section). Like past editions of the series each of the cigars is packaged in individually number coffins, but this year they are a bit more plain than in years past.

 

I have always loved the smell of the Camacho Liberty Series; the aromatic tissue paper emphasizes the cedar and spice aroma to the cigar’s wrapper. Off the unlit foot there is a natural tobacco and sweet spice scent. The cold draw is somewhat easy and allows through wood and spice flavors.

Burn: The burn on the Camacho 2014 Liberty Series is extremely even, which I’ve come to expect from the 11/18 size from Camacho. The draw is prefect and lets through a good amount of smoke. This size cigar is always great at holding it’s ash quite well.

Flavor: The cigar begins with some natural tobacco and cedar flavors with a hint of salted peanut in the background. On the retrohale there is a good amount of spice that is joined by white pepper and cedar. Some mild coffee flavor joins flavors of natural tobacco, cedar oak, spice and herbs during the second third of the cigar. At the halfway point a bit of powdered cocoa joins spice on the retrohale. By the halfway point in the cigar the coffee flavor becomes more dominant and mingles with oak, cedar and roasted nuts. At the transition to the final third there is a mix of coffee, oak, nuts, natural tobacco and mild spice. The spice and herbs begin to come back and mix with the coffee and nuts during the final third of the cigar. In the final inches of the cigar there is a bland of nuts, wood and natural tobacco.

Overall: The Camacho Liberty Series is a cigar that I look forward to every year. Some years are obviously better than others, but they all then to be worth picking up several to sit down for a while. This year was somewhat underwhelming. The 2014 Liberty Series was not overly complex, and lacked a lot of the strong herbs and spice that are typically associated with the cigar. The flavors are more muddled and bland than what I associate with Camacho cigars. Personally, I will probably try the Camacho 2014 Liberty a few more times this year. This is not a cigar that will find a regular place in my everyday humidor (due to the steep price) or in my in my aging humidor (due to the lack of complexity).

Pairing: My personal choice for pairing with the Camacho Liberty 2014 is a Tobermory 15 single malt. A glass of Penderyn Welsh Single Malt or Glenmorangie Artein would also compliment the Liberty nicely. The Liberty Series 2014 is also the kind of cigar that pairs well with a glass of Pinot Noir or Merlot.

On a side note: E Pluribus Unum means “From many one” (loose translation) and was originally meant to describe how from many colonies came one nation. Now the motto has come to mean from many races, religions, languages and backgrounds has emerged one “melting pot” of a nation. By act of Congress, the motto has appeared on all American coinage since 1837. So why no one at Davidoff could’ve reached in their pocket and pulled out a coin or used Google to check the spelling before shipping the cigar is beyond me. Instead of E Pluribus Unum, the bands and boxes all read “E Plurbis Unum”. That’s kind of a big mistake, especially when it’s make on a $17.00 cigar! Maybe that’s what happens when a Swiss owned company makes and American themed cigar in Honuras. The whole thing is just a bit irksome.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)