Cigar Review: Camacho Ditka Signature Torpedo

Cigar Review: Camacho Ditka Signature Torpedo

Camacho Cigars
Country: Honduras
Wrapper: Honduras (Criollo)
Binder: Nicaragua (Corojo ’99)
Filler: Dominican Republic
Size: 6” x 54
Strength: medium bodied
Price: $9.50

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Overall Rating: 8.7

Since the Camachp Ditka Throwback, the partnership between Coach Ditka and Camacho has been producing some very good cigars. The Ditka Signature is another quality release bearing the name of the “Board of the Bold” member. The silver and blue color scheme pays homage to Mike Ditka’s time with the Dallas Cowboys (1969-1972 as a player and 1972-1981 as an assistant coach), and is to be the fit regular production cigar in the Ditka line from Camacho.

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Pre-Light: A milk chocolatey colored Criollo wrapper covers the Ditka Signature that really makes the blue and silver band really stand out. The band is distinctly new Camacho, but seems to bring to mind images of early ’80s football broadcasts.

There is a strong leather scent to the wrapper of the Camacho Ditka Signature. Off the unlit foot there is a sweet leather and spice aroma. An easy cold draw lets through flavors of spice, leather and cedar.

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Burn: The draw on the Camacho Ditka Signature Torpedo is fairly easy and let through a reasonable amount of smoke. At first the burn is uneven and need some correcting from a lighter. The Ditka Signature holds its ash quite well.

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Flavor: A burst of white pepper starts off the Ditka Signature which quickly subsides. The cigar begins with cedar, natural tobacco and a hint of dried raisin and prunes. On the retrohale there are notes of cedar, spice and dried fruit. The spice begins to build at the transition to the second third of the cigar. Cedar, spice and sweet tobacco dominate the second third while mild pepper and dried fruit remain in the background. At the halfway point there is a small amount salt and pepper that mixes well with the existing flavors. During the transition to the final third, the flavors really begin to pick up. The final third is dominated by flavors of cedar, cinnamon, pepper and sweet spice. Cedar and spice are the main notes on the retrohale during the second half of the Ditka Signature.  In the final inch or so of the Signature there is a good deal of spice and pepper.

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Overall: I was quite impressed with the earlier Ditka Throwback (see my review here), and was looking forward to the Ditka Signature. It is similar in many ways to the Ditka Throwback with a slightly milder body to it than that cigar. There are some wonderful cedar and spice notes to the Signature. Medium bodied smokers who enjoy a cigar with woodsy notes will find the Signature worth trying. Personally, I enjoyed the Ditka Signature and will make it a regular afternoon cigar while watching Ohio State football on Saturdays. Fans of the previous Ditka cigars should enjoy the Ditka Signature.

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Pairing: I find the Ditka Signature pairs quite well with a Balvenie 12 DoubleWood, Cardu 12 or Dalmore 12. A light beer such as a Sam Adams Light will go well with the Signature. Personally, I even enjoy a Diet Coke with the Camachp Ditka Signature.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)