The Camacho line of premium cigars added a new blend to the lineup last year. The new Camacho Nicaragua is the latest addition to the recognizably bright and colorful branding, many of which becoming favorites in the last few years. This time, the color is a deep orange with the distinctive Camacho branding. Here is Matt and Garret’s HBTC multiple personality review of the Robusto size.
In addition to the Robusto reviewed here, the Camacho Nicaragua is also available in a 6 x 50 Toro and a 7 x 56 Gran Churchill. Each vitola is presented in 20 count boxes with an MSRP range of $8.60 – $9.50.
Camacho Nicaragua Robusto
Size: 5 x 52
Origin: Diadema Cigars, Honduras
Filler: Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua
The Camacho Nicaragua is a beautiful cigar. The rolling and look is impeccable, with a beautiful wrapper and clean lines all around. There is a very even deep brown color, with a soft tooth and nice sheen of oil on the wrapper. The outside of the cigar has aromas of leather and sweet dry grass. The foot of the cigar is peppery, with a little bit of cocoa and earthiness. The cold draw has more of that pepper, dry grass, and some musty notes.
This cigar is stunning. From the beautiful wrapper to the blood orange matching iconic band. Cold draw reveals mild barnyard with a sweet kiss. Clearly a well constructed cigar with a uniformed triple cap. The real show stopper is this stunning Ecuadorian wrapper. I’m not sure if I should light this or eat it.
I enjoy the way this one starts. There’s a bite of black pepper that mellows into flavors and aromas of espresso, leather, and citrus. There are even some notes of toasted wood, nutmeg, and dry cocoa. The cigar burns well, draws well, and has a lot of smoke output. There is a blend of pepper and a unique citrus aroma on the retrohale.
There is a spice tickle with mild earthy flavors during the first inch. After the first inch, the spice starts to mellow and we get more leather and citrus. There is a perfect eyebrow burn line from the oily wrapper. The draw is right in my sweet spot. Ash is flaky, I don’t mind this, just worth noting as it may not be a great car gar.
The cigar warms up and the flavors stay relatively consistent, although they do intensify a bit. The black pepper mixes with barely a hint of cayenne. Even with that spice, there’s a mellowness and smoothness from baking spices, and a very interesting sweet note that reminds me of banana bread. It’s almost creamy or buttery in nature. The retrohale is still nice and smooth, with just a little pepper bite.
Earth and leather are the main attractions to this show with citrus and a mild pepper battling for the finish. No major transitions in flavor and that is alright with me. When eating a ribeye steak you don’t complain at the beefy butteryness throughout as it doesn’t transition! This steak is playing the few notes it has like a boss. Draw, performance and experience continue to shine.
Even though the final section of this cigar had most of the same flavor notes, they trade places. The forefront becomes full with charred wood, espresso, and bittersweet chocolate. I also get some rich and tangy sweetness like hoisin or molasses cookies. The leathery aromas are still around in the overall profile. The retrohale jumps up to a medium spice, but still with barely a hint of citrus.
I’m getting hints of espresso to trade with earth now, so not too much transition, but I’ll still get an earthy draw here and there. The consistency of great flavors is fantastic. As you approach the final stages of a cigar, do you find yourself wondering if we’re going to go to bitter, spicy, acidic or burnt molasses? I DO! And for good reason, all of that tobacco in the nub has been collecting a bit of each draw to gift when you arrive there. For this cigar, it was surprising how little it ramps up at the end.
As good as this cigar is, I find it a bit confusing. What I mean is, the Camacho Nicaragua doesn’t taste all that Nicaraguan to me. Regardless, it is a blend that I enjoy very much. I think it has an approachable profile of flavors and aromas that never get much above a medium body. The cigars smoked for this review all burned incredibly well. I would say this is a cigar that most smokers can enjoy, and it should perform and burn well every time, which is always a plus.
The power of suggestion can be a killer. With this cigar carrying the Nicaraguan moniker one may be confused by the supporting cast used to make up this beauty. Nicaraguan cigars do have this dirty earthy leathery profile and much of those flavors are present here. It is the difference between John Wayne (Nica puro) and Jaime Fox’ Django (Poly-tobacco). Both are stars and enjoyable. Enjoy this cigar for the experience, not the name sake.
Camacho Nicaragua Robusto – How Bout That Cigar?
Matt-Rating: How Bout A 5er?
Garret-Rating: How Bout A Box
Matt Score: 90
Garret Score: 92
Overall Score: 91
PAD: Matt PAD 0.0 and Garret PAD +0.5 – Average PAD of +0.25 (What is PAD?)
Matt-Flavor Summary: Espresso, Baking Spice, Mild Pepper, Citrus, Toasted Wood
Garret-Flavor Summary: Earth, Leather, pepper, citrus, espresso
Strength Assessment: Medium
Source: Cigars for this review were provided by Camacho Cigars