Tomas is back with another review, and this time he brings us the Camacho Connecticut…
I recently stopped by Santa Barbara Cigar Co. (one of my favorite cigar shops in Houston – you can find them off of Westheimer/Royal Oaks) and was visiting with Ken, Tim and Teresa. Ken is the proprietor, Tim is a regular, a friend, and engaged to Teresa aka The Smoking Hot Cigar Chick. I visit the shop almost every Friday, the crowd is typically the same with an occasional stray every once in a while but there’s always a warm and welcoming atmosphere and there’s always something good on the TV. Not to mention that there’s a great selection of sticks to choose from to please everyone’s palate. On this particular evening Ken, Tim, Teresa, and I were chatting it up and I was asking for a recommendation on a delicious Connecticut Shade wrapped smoke. Right from the start, they instantly recommended a Camacho Connecticut. Now I have to admit that I’m not too fond of the Connecticut Shade/Natural wrappers. My biggest issue is that they’re usually very thin and tend to break easily. Don’t get me wrong, I think they taste great for the most part but I’m a diehard maddie fan. I really enjoy the thick, sweet and oily characteristic that is normally associated with the darker wrappers, plus they tend to hold together longer for me. To top it off, they are usually wrapped around bolder, fuller flavored fillers. Camacho makes several Maduro wrapped cigars and I’m a huge fan of their line. Of course, there are always exceptions and that’s what I’m here to talk about on this week’s review.
Cigar: Camacho Connecticut Toro
Size: 6 x 50 (Toro)
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade (Ecuador)
Filler: Honduras, Dominican
Strength: Mild to Medium
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Appearance & Construction: The band is white with gold lettering and embossing, simple yet appealing. The Natural wrapper is thin and you can see the form of the binder pressing through, but this is typical with this type of wrapper. There are some veins and a few wrinkles but it didn’t affect the ‘smokeability’ of this stick. The fragrance of the foot is earthy and woodsy, reminding me of the outdoors when I worked on a farm. The cap is well constructed and holds up when I punch it. It was a little light in the hand and just a little too spongy for my preference but overall it’s a very attractive cigar.
Flavor & Notes: As previously stated, the aroma is earthy and woodsy. (Quite frankly, it smelled like a barnyard to me but that’s not necessarily a bad thing!) This fragrance is actually quite comforting to me because it’s familiar. The initial taste on the lips is barely spicy with faint notes of cedar. The pre-light draw is a very easy and a little too loose for me because I prefer a bit of resistance. Upon the initial lighting there are hints of cedar, oak and a very mild and vaguely familiar herbal undertone. My first impression was underwhelming, the flavor is buttery and creamy but was a bit too light for my palate. However, I did enjoy it because it was different than what I’m normally used to. This flavor profile dominated the beginning of the smoke and got more intense the further I got into the cigar. At around 25 minutes into it, that ‘vaguely familiar herbal note’ became more pronounced… I was now realizing Sage, Rosemary, and Lemon Zest flavors along with a strong Yeast Bread flavor as well. A few more puffs, a little longer and WOW! These aren’t the flavor profiles that I would normally associate with a cigar but that’s exactly what I tasted! It actually reminded me of the flavors I get when I’m cooking up a batch of my homemade bread stuffing right around Thanksgiving. And yes, I know it sounds off the wall but I assure you that’s what I’m tasting! For the next 30 minutes these odd flavor combinations get more intense and are now accompanied by white pepper, oak, and cedar. The flavor sensation was magnified when the smoke was retro haled. The middle of the cigar was thoroughly enjoyable primarily due to the fact that I was exposed to flavors I’ve never experienced in a cigar before. As the cigar came to a close the flavor started to wind down. The oak, cedar, and white pepper were still there but just barely. As it got closer to the nub the flavors were all but diminished for me and all that was left was slightly harsh but not intolerable at all. I really enjoyed the nice surprise in the middle but I wish there was more of it throughout the entire length.
Smoking Characteristics: There was ample smoke and the aroma and flavor are intriguing. The ash is a little flaky and doesn’t seem to hold together for more than 1.5 inches but at least the draw was effortless. The burn line is excessively jagged but I never needed to touch it up and it always managed to correct itself as time went on. I’ve had this one a few more times and it seems to be consistent. This is definitely an enjoyable cigar if you can overlook the weak ending.
Conclusion: Available in 6 different sizes from 5 x 50 to 6 x 60 in boxes of 25 with the most popular size being the 11/18 (6 X 56) and priced around $7.50 at most B&M’s this is something everyone should try at least once. While this isn’t my all time favorite cigar it’s definitely one that I will find myself enjoying over and over. I suspect that it will be a great smoke after a delicious Thanksgiving meal and I assure you that it will be on my menu that afternoon along with a delicious IPA! Now go mark your calendar and join me for this one!
Price: $5.95 – $7.50