The New Camacho BLACKOUT Limited Edition 2013 utilizes tobaccos combined from 4 different years. This is a cigar that has many years vested into the making and perfection of quality, taste and fermentation. The Wrapper was grown in 2006, Binder from 2009, Fillers from 2003, 2008, 2009. After being rolled and bundled, the rolled cigars were then aged together another 2-years, when the normal marrying process is normally just a few months. The wrapper has fermented differently than that of most others in a process known as “press-fermentation” placing additional weight on the top of the “pilones” (piles where the tobacco ferments), which intensifies the internal temperatures creating a stronger more aged ( vintage ) flavor to the tobacco. The tobacco is also allowed again a longer than usual resting period once packed in bales for additional aging. 2/3 of the leaves that got additional sun’s ripening, boosting the level of sweetness with additional sugars, adding an extraordinary edge to the body and flavor profile of the cigar. The heavy oil noticed on this wrapper is as a result of the plants natural defenses, the plant tries to protect itself by creating more oils to fend off the sun’s glare giving this cigar a silky smooth look to it. Once this process is complete, it has created what is now known as The Blackout. Full Body, Full Flavor and Full of everything you would want an expect from a cigar of this quality and planning! So, if your looking for something truly unique, then here is your chance.
Average Market MSRP: ( depending on local and state taxes and fee’s )
Camacho LE13 Blackout Robusto (5 x 50) — $11.00 (Boxes of 20, $220.00)
Camacho LE13 Blackout Toro (6 x 50) — $11.50 (Boxes of 20, $230.00)
Camacho LE13 Blackout Churchill (7 x 48) — $12.00 (Boxes of 20, $240.00)
Camacho LE13 Blackout Figurado (6 x 54 x 42) — $12.50 (Boxes of 20, $250.00)
Camacho LE13 Blackout Gordo (6 x 60) — $13.00 (Boxes of 20, $260.00)
In the Beginning:
Not so long time ago….. Camacho Cigars was founded in 1961 by Simon Camacho and acquired by the Eiroa family in 1995. Now part of the Oettinger Davidoff Group, Camacho Cigars is based out of Danli, Honduras and specializes in authentic handmade Cuban seed cigars.
A New Generation:
Re-Born, Re-Blended and Re-Banded, Camacho Cigars is without a doubt: UNMISTAKABLE. UNAPOLOGETIC. and BOLD AS HELL! Camacho is the world’s leading brand of bold cigars, representing the concept of unleashing unmistakable and intense experiences. Embracing its slogan: Infamous since 1962, the brand has become a sanctuary for the powerful, elemental being who seeks to fill their lives with unapologetic good times. A combination of rich heritage, product excellence and a never surrender attitude has enabled Camacho to grow into an aggressive brand globally recognized as the standard of full-frontal flavor and full-frontal lifestyle. From the beginning, Camacho has stood for intense pleasure unleashed. For more of what cigar lovers love and more of what cigar haters hate. These are full-color, all-American-style cigars that effortlessly deliver full-frontal, all-out flavor. Flavor amped up to heights that old-school cigars have never dared climb. If you’re gonna have a cigar, have a damn cigar. One worthy of a glass of Jack…after shredding the Baja 1000 in 20 hours straight. If you live this large, you’ll find your cigar here! This is the new Camacho Cigars, do you have what it takes?
So lets dig into the review shall we?
Tonight I am smoking the Figurado (6 x 54 x 42). It has a very silky smooth, dark chocolate wrapper with few to no visible seams or veins. The cigar is very tightly packed and in trying to give it any squeeze produced no give. Its very unique because while it feels dry and almost crispy, its also oily to the touch. The cigar itself has a strong musty, almost meaty fragrance to it with a hint of cedar and at the foot hay.
First Third: Right from the first puff, you can taste the power this cigar has, not only in strength by body but in flavor. The draw is a bit tight right now but getting allot of espresso, bitter dry cocoa, cedar, sweet cream and a hint of salted walnuts flavor consuming my pallet. Taking a draw thru retro, this thing shows its power! Tons and tons of pepper and spice. It lingers for awhile with a long finish, but once it stops its very clean. There is no bitterness or harshness to this cigar. Burn is having some issues of its own, but being in the first third and not much rest in its travels, I’m not much concerned. Without a doubt, this cigar has started off as being a full body ( but not overpowering cigar ) and I’m excited to see where it goes in the remaining thirds.
Second Third: Pretty consistent overall in flavor profile as the first third but with an added twist. About 2 inches into the cigar I started to get some semi sweet and tarty flavors of plums and dried cherries. Surprisingly, these really added to the complexity of the cigar because by mixing the sweet with the bitter and spice, it created a very complex and enjoyable smoking experience. The retro as well changed as it packed allot more punch than the first third but mellowed out very quickly leaving a creamy, buttery flavor in your mouth with a long finish. I have to admit, I’m very impressed so far as I imagined this cigar would have allot of similarities to the 2013 Liberty, Triple Maduro or Diploma but this cigar stands alone, it is one of a kind!
Final Third: Sadly, this is where most cigars either really impress or really disappoint you. I’m proud to say, I’m impressed. While there have been some imperfections in this cigar ( both samples ) both the draw and burn have self corrected, the flavors have continued to change leaving this cigar far from one dimensional, the strength has continued to climb without every getting bitter or harsh, the construction is fantastic and all around this beast is smoking like a champ! The retro packs a serious punch. I kid you not, if you want something to clear out your sinuses, this is it! Something that I did notice while getting down to the nub, this cigar does remind me of another….. The Litto Gomez Small Batch #3. Both share some of the same flavor profiles, strength and quality. Of course these are far from the same but both have some similar qualities if you like the Litto.
Conclusion: Total smoking time was 98 minutes. This cigar is a slow burner, but minus a few touch ups, its pretty flawless. I have been smoking Camacho Cigars for years, many previous releases have been and still are some of my favorites but I have to say I love the new blends. I love the new marketing, the re-blending and the re-branding. Many companies have tried the same approach. Some have succeeded and some have failed. I know without a doubt, Camacho made the right move and as long as they continue to produce cigars like this, this is exactly why I have been and will smoke Camacho Cigars for many more years to come. Tonight I enjoyed a beautiful dark roasted Guatemala house blended coffee by Cafe 153 out of Huntsville, AL. The strength of the coffee without a doubt matched that of the cigar creating a perfect marriage. * This is not a cigar you would want to mix with wine, bourbon or scotch. It will pair best with coffee, soda, water or a dark heavy craft beer in order to fully enjoy and extract the flavors this cigar has to offer.
Box Worthy? You bet! But…… Give them a few months to rest and I’m pretty sure these will really evolve into something beyond memorable.