It was just a matter of time til Camacho came out with a Connecticut shade wrapper when Davidoff purchased the company a few months back. I was lucky enough to get some samples from the Director of Marketing who is a regular on Twitter. There was a huge buzz on the social networking site about these cigars and I was eager to review them. It was also a huge boost to my ego when the people of twitter said they were waiting on my review…
For those of you who took part in the Black Band Project the cigar labeled letter A is this cigar. I also want to thank Jerry and Walt over at The Stogie Review for allowing me to use their photo of the cigar.
Cigar: Camacho Connecticut
Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Shade
Filler: Dominican, Honduras
Appearance and Construction (16/20): A gorgeous looking shade grown cigar that has the look and feel of a Davidoff Special R. The cigar has a perfect triple cap and is well rolled. There are however a few negatives to the aesthetics of this stick. There are a significant amount of veins and the cigar is a little loose in the foot. There is also some green on the wrapper of this slightly spongy cigar.
Flavor & Notes (28/30): On the prelight of the smoke there is a touch of earth and a creaminess that reminds of when you you get a coffee that is made to light. Thankfully I drink my coffee light and sweet. The first third of the cigar is wonderfully rich with notes of nuts and a pepper/spice through the nose. As we enter the second third of this enjoyable smoke the pepper leaves but the nuts remain with a nice cedar note. The final third of the smoke becomes earthy and for me was the mildest section of the smoke.
Burn/Ash/Draw (22/25): The cigar burns a little jagged with a fairly thick carbon ring. The salt and pepper ash was pretty flaky but it held on well and I didn’t wind up with a lap full of ash. The draw as expected from the loosely foot and spongy feel was loose. Because of this the cigar it smoked a little to fast for my liking.
Overall (22/25): This cigar looks like a Davidoff but smokes like a Camacho and if you are a fan you will definitely like this cigar. For me I prefer the Oliva Connecticut over this one but I will keep a few on hand and revisit it down the road.