Camacho Corojo Monarca – Cigar Review
This is a story I had to share today. I generally follow every cigar manufacturer on Facebook. I find it a great way to keep up on new introductions and get all the information on events and general happenings at the companies. Sometimes, as an added bonus, I find out about contests or giveaways they are promoting. Recently, Camacho Cigars had a promotion for a “Taste of Real,” where you could register for a free sample of the Camacho Corojo on their Facebook page. I’ve smoked some Camacho Corojos in the past, but it had been a while. So I signed up and eagerly awaited the arrival of my Camacho Corojo. It arrived last night and I was quite blown away by the packaging. I mean, check this out!
Inside this attractive package, there was a $20 coupon that can be used towards a future box purchase of Camacho Cigars, a informational packet about the history of Corojo seed and the Camacho Corojo, plus a little note. The note, addressed to the cigar, starts like this:
Dear Camacho Corojo,
We’re sending you to a cigar smoker for a free taste. Please don’t hurt him.
Well, hey! I am acigarsmoker! I want to thank Camacho for their concern, but I’m sure I’ll be fine. A big shout out to the guys at Camacho for a great promotion! Check out the note for yourself below.
After reading through all of the material sent with the Camacho Corojo, I prepared to explore the cigar once again.
Size: 5 x 50
Strength: Medium to Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The band on the Camacho Corojo is a typical Camacho band, except it features a brown color scheme which is close to the tone of the wrapper of the cigar itself. In the middle of the band is a C with Camacho written above in a banner and Tobaco Jamastran on the sides. The wrapper of the Camacho Corojo is a fairly dark brown with light veins and a nice oil to it. The sample I was sent has no soft spots, is well packed, and is topped off with a tight cap.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Camacho Corojo has notes of wood, molasses, and raisins. The foot has a scent which tingles my nose slightly. It is a combination of spice, raisins, wood, and earth. I use a punch cutter to prepare for smoking and on the cold draw there are flavors of wood, raisins, and earth. The cold draw was almost slightly airy, which is a bit surprising since I went with a punch cut.
Smoking Characteristics: The Camacho Corojo kicks off with a little pepper, spice, grass, molasses, and raisin flavor. During the first few draws, the spice and pepper dominate the profile, but the pepper soon begins to fade out. The pepper fades out entirely and the molasses and raisins begin to play a primary role. The spice starts to play a secondary role, along with the grassy notes. There is also a nice earthy note along with a rich natural tobacco that plays into the flavor profile during the first third. The flavors all have a nice depth to them and a bit of intensity, but they are quite straight forward. The strength is certainly in the medium range towards the start, and a bit of a buzz sets in early.
Into the second third of the Camacho Corojo, the spice really starts to present itself and become much more bold. The notes of sweet natural tobacco, raisins, and earth remain, but the grassy notes fade out and the molasses is completely gone. The flavor is not subtle or complex, but rather quite upfront. The construction is holding up well, the ash easily firm to the inch point. The burn is quite sharp and has yet to require any touch ups. The draw is great, providing a full body of smooth, cool smoke. The strength in this third is towards the medium to full range, with an very relaxing feeling setting in.
During the final third of the Camacho Corojo, the spice intensifies, lingering on the palate between draws and causing a lot of salivation. The notes of raisins and natural tobacco all remain, but the earthy tone has started to fade slightly. The draw is still excellent, providing a body of very full, smooth, rich, and delicious smoke. The construction remains perfect to the end, with a firm ash, sharp burn line, and cool, yet slightly soft nub.
Conclusion: The Camacho Corojo is quite a bold, delicious cigar that is packed with flavor. The flavor is a bit straight forward, yet fairly intense and full. The strength is easily in the medium to full range, increasing as the cigar progresses. The construction holds up very well, the ash easily holds consistently past the inch point, the burn is very sharp, and the draw is absolutely ideal. If you are ready to step up to the plate, try out the Camacho Corojo, it won’t disappoint!