Cigar Review: Camacho American Barrel Aged

Cigar Review: Camacho American Barrel Aged

Camacho Cigars
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: USA (Broadleaf)
Binder: USA (Broadleaf)
Filler: USA (American Broadleaf, Pennsylvania Maduro) & Honduras (Corojo)
Size: 6” x 50
Strength: full
Price: $11.00 MSRP

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Overall Rating: 9.1

Since their rebranding effort began, Camacho has done a great job of producing cigars that sell. The American Barrel Aged was a bit of a departure from Camacho’s more traditional offerings, but it may end up being the biggest hit of them all. This is the first Camacho cigar manufactured outside Honduras, and features a good deal of American tobacco (specifically the sweeter broadleaf variety) and the Honduran Corojo that Camacho is famous for. What really sets this cigar apart is the aging process used for the Corojo filler; first it is aged in traditional fashion for six years, and then it is aged in charred Kentucky Bourbon barrels for five months. The process imparts a unique fruity oak flavor that compliments the sweetness of the broadleaf nicely. If there’s one cigar from any company that surprised me the most so far this year, it has got to be the Camacho American Barrel Aged. This is definitely one worth trying.

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Pre-Light: A large orange and black band gives the impression that this is the both a traditional Camacho and something special at the same time. There is also a secondary American Barrel Aged foot band. The bands on the American Barrel Aged is a cigar convey perfectly what to expect when lighting up the cigar. A great dark chocolate colored wrapper is dry to the touch, and stands out nicely against the orange of the cigar’s band.

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The wrapper of the Camacho American Barrel Aged has a oak barrel aroma to it. Fruits, cherries and a hint of whisky can be detected from the unlit foot. An easy cold draw allows through flavor of sweet cherries and Kentucky Bourbon.

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Burn: The draw on the American Barrel Aged is great, and allows through massive amounts of smoke. The burn on the American Barrel Aged is very even. It’s ash will fall off without warning, so make sure to watch your shirt.

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Flavor: Right from the start, the American Barrel Aged is a different cigar. The cigar begins with a noticeable sweetness, and the bourbon flavor from the aging process is noticeable, but never so strong as to be overpowering. Instead, the bourbon aging has given the cigar a pleasing sweet fruitiness that blends with an earth note nicely. A hint of the signature tanginess occurs that found in many cigars that of part of the Davidoff brands. As the cigar continues into the second third, there is a combination of charred wood, spice and earthy flavors. On the retrohale there’s a mix of spice, wood, cherries and bourbon. The pepper and spice become much more prevalent during the second third of the Camcho American Barrel Aged, and calls to mind the new Camacho Corojo. Earth, leather, cedar and oak all occur with a fruity bourbon sweetness to cigar that is always present in the background of the flavor profile. The final third continues much the same as the second third. Leather, cedar, and pepper are the most prominent flavors. The cigar finishes bold and peppery.

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Overall: The Camacho American Barrel Aged is an interesting and unique cigar. There are some similarities to the Camacho Corojo, but there is something in the aging process that gives it a flavor profile all its own. Though there is a definite bourbon character to the cigar the flavor never becomes overwhelming, and never devolves into being a flavored cigar. There’s some wonderful complexity to this latest cigar from Camacho. Fans of the Camacho Corojo will find the American Barrel Aged, but the sweetness makes it worth trying even if the Corojo was a bit too bold for your tastes. Personally, I greatly enjoyed this cigar. I was not sure what to expect when I opened the box the cigar came in, and was slightly dubious at first. However, once I lit the Camacho American Barrel Aged, I was left pleasantly surprised. I will eventually pick up a box to add to my locker at my local shop.

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Pairing: To really experience any cigar I always suggest a glass of sparkling water, and the Camacho American Barrel Aged is one of those cigars that really deserves this treatment. If you are determined to pair it with something stronger then a good bourbon is the best choice. Personally, I like the Hudson Baby Bourbon or Angel’s Envy with the Camacho American Barrel Aged.

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On a side note: Although all the sizes of the American Barrel Aged are quite impressive, it it the Gordo size that really stands out. In the larger ring gauge there is more of the barrel aged filler, allowing for a slightly different experience than the other two sizes.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)

Cigars for this review were provided by Davidoff / Camacho Cigars. The generosity is very much appreciated, but it does not affect the way that this cigar is reviewed. At ToastedFoot we remain committed to providing impartial cigar reviews.