Keeping up with the better late than never theme this week I decided to reach deep into my humidor and pull out the Camacho Liberty 2007 release. I enjoyed the Camacho Liberty 2008 release, although I thought it needed some age. So with 18 months on this beauty I decided to break open a coffin and smoke it.
Cigar: Camacho Liberty 2007
Wrapper: Corojo/Broadleaf Barber Pole
Filler: Hunduras & Pre Embago Tobacco
Appearance & Construction (16/20): A fun cigar to look at the Barber Pole is not always a friendly smoke. The different types of tobacco usually burn at different rates making them annoying to smoke. This version of the Liberty is darker than the 2008 version. It features a fair amount of veins on the wrapper, and surprisingly a few at the foot. The cigar has two bands on it both blue gold and white. This cigar is pleasing to the eye, but the construction (veins at the foot) is disappointing,
Flavor & Notes (28/30): The pre-light draw features some very sweet notes with a touch of cocoa. Upon lighting the cigar, it reveals notes of chocolate and a sweetness with a touch of cinnamon. As we move to the second third, the primary note is a sweet spice, that is joined by some leather and chocolate notes in the background. The final third of the cigar the sweetness was pretty much erased from existance, while the primary note was leather, there was some chocolate hiding out in the background.
Burn/Ash/Draw (21/25): For a barber pole the burn line was remarkably straight. The ash was tight white, and held on for inches at a time. The draw could of been a little better, as at times I felt like there wasn’t enough smoke being produced and it kind of killed the smoking experience for me. With a better draw, I would of enjoyed the smoke much more.
Overall (22/25): The Camacho Liberty continues to be the only line of Camacho that I truly enjoy. The overall experience would of been more enjoyable if not for the draw issues, but I am still happy I made the decision to smoke this cigar on a lazy Sunday afternoon. If you can still pick up the 2008 version I would still highly recommend it and if you come across a 2007 despite the 87 rating I would give it a shot.