Cigar Review: Camacho Powerband

Cigar Review: Camacho Powerband

Camacho Cigars / Davidoff AG 
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano 2000)
Binder: Mexico (San Andres Negrito)
Filler: Nicaragua (Corojo Ligero), Honduras (Corojo Ligero) & Dominican Republic
Size: 6” x 50
Strength: full
Price: $12.00

Overall Rating: 9.0

Since Davidoff’s rebranding of the Camacho line, the company has focused on fuller, stronger powerful cigars. With their “Board of the Bold” and “The Bold Standard”, the company has become the first stop for those looking for flavorful bold cigars. Their latest installment in the Master Built Series, the Cmacho Powerband fits into the category of flavorful, bold and full bodied category of cigars. Claiming to draw inspiration from the “power, performance, and acceleration associated with the classic V-twin engine”, the Powerband is an impressive full bodied cigar.

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Pre-Light: The matte silver and black color scheme of the band and foot band on the Camacho Powerband, as well as the design of the band, is quite cool looking. While the motorcycle theming is a little unoriginal, Camacho has managed to make it fit with their brand. The dark brown wrapper Habano 2000 wrapper has just a slight reddish tint to it. There are some medium sized veins and visible seams to the slightly oily Ecuadorian wrapper. All in all, the Camacho Powerband looks quite appealing when on store shelves.

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A mixture of barnyard hay, powdered cocoa, and coffee bean aromas can be detected from the Powerband’s Habano 2000 wrapper. Sweet scents come from the unlit foot of the unlit foot of the cigar including dark chocolate, coffee and rich earthiness. A slightly firm cold draw allows through notes of coffee bean, sweet cocoa and earth.

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Burn: The draw begins a bit on the firm side, but somehow there is a decent amount of smoke production. As the Powerband reaches the halfway point, the draw loosens up quite nicely. The cigar produces a great looking white ash that clips firmly to the foot of the cigar. The Camacho Powerband is a slow and even burning cigar.

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Flavor: Upon lighting up the newest cigar in Camacho’s Master Built Series there is a mix of coffee beans, cocoa and cedar flavors. The Camacho Powerband does not begin with a massive amount of strength. Early on, the retrohale has notes cedar, coffee beans and mellow-yet-sweet spice. Once the first third the flavors get bolder and more pronounced with sweet flavors of coffee, cedar, oak, cocoa and spice. During the transition to the second third there is little mistaking the strength of this cigar. Towards the start of the second third there is a subtle white pepper that joins the existing flavors. There’s a lingering blend of coffee and cedar on palate. By the halfway point, there is a nice spice and pepper that compliments the existing coffee, cedar and cocoa flavors. The spice and pepper grow as the cigar transition to the final third, and begins to become more prominent on the retrohale. The final third of the Camacho Powerband has mix of coffee, cedar, cocoa, earth, spice and pepper. While not overly complex there is some decent flavor to this powerful cigar. I’d definitely recommend that the full bodied cigar enthusiast give this cigar a try.

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Overall: As the follow-up to the Camacho American Barrel Aged, the Powerband has a lot to live up to. While not quite as unique or impressive as that earlier Master Built Series cigar, the Powerband is still a very good full bodied cigar. The coffee, cocoa, cedar and spice that form the backbone of the Camacho Powerband’s flavor profile are well balanced and pleasing, despite there being a lack of real development or complexity to the cigar. Despite beginning the strength of the cigar being fairly well hidden during the first third, by the transition to the second third of the cigar there is no masking of the strength and power of this cigar, which is the obvious reason for the V-twin engine theming of the cigar. I’d definitely recommend that the full bodied cigar enthusiast give this cigar a try. On a whole I really enjoyed the Camacho Powerband, and I will definitely be smoking it again.

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Pairing: Bourbons pair very well with the Camacho Powerband. The Eagle Rare 10, Hudson Baby Bourbon and Angel’s Anvil all compliment the cigar nicely. Ales such as the Fat Tire or Monk in the Trunk will also go fairly well with the Camacho Powerband.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210

The cigars for this review were purchased from Stogies World Class Cigars in Houston, Texas. Shortly after the review was finished, a package arrived from Davidoff with three samples of the Camacho Powerband inside. The toro was smoked to verify my initial review impressions, while the other two were donated to Cigars for Warriors, like all our additional samples. While the generosity is greatly appreciated, it does not alter the overall rating of this cigar. At Toasted Foot LLC we remain committed to providing impartial cigar and product reviews.