Cigar Review: Camacho Shellback LE 2015

Cigar Review: Camacho Shellback LE 2015

Camacho Cigars
Country: Honduras
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
Binder: Nicaragua (Corojo)
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6” x 50
Strength: full
Price: $12.00

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Overall Rating: 8.9

In 2015, Camacho released the Shellback, the first of what it has termed its “Brotherhood Series”, which will likely be a whole series of Limited Edition cigars honoring the military. The Shellback takes its name from a term used to refer to a sailor or Marine who crosses the equator for the first time. From the sea green band color to the compass on the cigar’s box, the Shellback is a well themed cigar, but on top of that it is a very flavorful cigar.

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Pre-Light: The Shellback has a great Naval theme so it. (Even the cigar’s box has a compass on the lid.) The sea green and black band and foot band really stand out, and have a similar detailed look to the American Barrel Aged. The colors of the band cause it to look great against the cigar’s oily Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.

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From the Ecuadorian Habano there is a mild tree bark and earth aroma. The Shellback’s unlit foot has a mix of cocoa, cedar, tree bark, nut and spice scents to it. There is a sweetness to the cold draw with chocolate, cedar, nutmeg and mild spice coming through easily.

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Burn: The draw on the cigar is perfect, and allows through a massive amount of smoke. There’s a pleasing woodsy aroma to the smoke that comes from the cigar. A really great looking white ash clings firmly to the end of the Shellback.

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Flavor: The Camacho Shellback immediately starts off with a good deal of spice and crushed red pepper flavors, yet they don’t overpower chocolate, earth, toasted almond and very mild cedar notes. Early in the first third of the cigar the spice and red pepper quickly fade into the background. On the retrohale, there is a mix of red pepper, spice and cedar. During the second third of the Shellback there is more chocolate, cedar and earth notes backed up by red pepper, almonds, spice and whole grain toast notes. As the cigar begins to transition to the final third there is a sweet cashew note that begins to form. There’s an interesting cherry cola note that occurs from time to time. The final third sees chocolate, coffee, earth and almond flavors in the foreground. Background notes of spice, cedar, french bread and mild red pepper round out the flavors during the last third of the Camacho Shellback.

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Overall: After the Camacho American Barrel Aged, I was expecting a lot from the Camacho Shellback. Not only did the Shellback deliver, but it also has the potential to get even better with age. There’s a good mix of chocolate, almond, cedar, pepper and spice notes. Everything about this cigar works well. A flavorful full bodied cigar, the Shellback will easily be a favorite of Camacho smokers. Personally, I’ve got a few Camacho Shellback LE 2015 sitting in my aging humidor. I like the theme, I like the flavor and I like the construction of the Shellback. If you’re a full bodied cigar enthusiast, I’d definitely suggest trying the Shellback when you find it. This is a cigar that makes a great gift for a sailor or Marine friend.

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Pairing: The Penderyn Welsh Single Malt, Yamasaki 12 Japanese Single Malt or Oban 18 will all pair well with the Camacho Shellback. A red meritage will also go nicely with the Shellback.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)