Camacho Corojo Robusto (New Blend) – Cigar Review
Earlier in the year Camacho announced they would be rebranding and repackaging the Camacho Line of cigars. A few of the blends in the Camacho line are also being tweaked slightly to make sure the brand lives up to the tag line of “The Bold Standard”. One of the blends getting tweaked is the famed Camacho Corojo, which has made many appearances in media, even being named as one of the cigars that Ron Perlman’s character smokes on the FX show, Sons of Anarchy.
While the new blend is still 100% Honduran Corojo, they have stated that the primings have changed to step the blend up in terms of boldness. Plus the new packaging is a bit more modern and now comes in 20 count boxes for the entire line of cigars making the box price a bit more affordable. Today I am sampling the revamped Camacho Corojo in the Robusto size.
Size: 5 x 50
Wrapper: 5th priming Corojo (Honduran)
Binder: Corojo Ligero (Honduran)
Filler: Three different primings of Corojo (Honduran)
Strength: Medium to Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 3
Construction and Appearance: The new Camacho Corojo Robusto has quite the updated look. It features a single red and black band which is quite large and imposing. In the center it says Camacho, above it it says “Infamous since 1962” and below Corojo. It also features the new updated scorpion logo.
The wrapper of Camacho Corojo Robusto is actually a bit lighter than the last few of these I smoked of the old blend. I’m unsure if the difference in coloration is simply because of a natural variation in color, or because they are using a new priming for the wrapper. The wrapper is a medium brown with a nice reddish tint to it. It features minimal veins and is topped off with a nice tight cap.
Flavors and Notes: The wrapper of the Camacho Corojo Robusto has notes of molasses and a nice rich sweet dried fruit. The foot has the scent of hay, raisins, spice, and molasses. I opt for a very slight straight cut, which is extremely clean, and on the cold draw there are flavors of spice, raisins, wood, and hay.
Smoking Characteristics: The Camacho Corojo Robusto kicks off with a nice blend of bold spices, but a slightly loose draw on the first few puffs. Aside from the spice there are notes of wood, and molasses which linger on the palate between draws. After about the first quarter inch, the draw tightens up and the body of smoke becomes very rich, full, smooth, and creamy. At around the half inch mark, the spice starts to ease up a bit, though it does remain very present. At this point there are notes of raisins, molasses, wood, spice, and a nice rich orange peel. In this first third, the strength is in the medium to full range.
Into the second third of the Camacho Corojo Robusto, the flavor remains very present and full. There is a new graham cracker flavor which blends with the notes of molasses, spice, orange peel, and wood. The raisins have faded from the flavor profile at this point. The draw remains excellent, easily producing a full body of rich, cool, smooth smoke. The ash holds firmly well past the inch point, and the burn hasn’t required any corrections at this point. In terms of strength during this third the Camacho Corojo Robusto is still just under the full spectrum.
During the final third of the Camacho Corojo Robusto, the spice really kicks up and is much richer than before. The notes of molasses, orange peel, graham cracker, and wood all remain. The flavors are all well defined and quite bold, but not overly complex. The construction is still wonderful, the ash remains firm and the burn very sharp. I am a bit bothered by how soon I had to take off the band, it is much larger than I would prefer, yet that is just a matter of asthetics. In terms of strength, the Camacho Corojo Robusto remains just under the full spectrum, still not quite breaking the threshold. The Camacho Corojo Robusto smokes cool to the end, remaining quite firm.
Conclusion: To be honest, I do not see any significant difference between the new Corojo blend and the old one. The flavor profile has changed ever so slightly, and the strength is stepped up just a tiny bit. This is not to say that the Camacho Corojo is a bad cigar, I enjoyed the old blend, and I enjoy the new one as well. Yet the biggest change is the fifty cent reduction in MSRP and the new packaging. I still believe this is a box worthy smoke, and one that can find a place in my humidor.