The Camacho Ecuador Cigar Review and InformationThe Camacho Ecuador is a release that embodies the manufacturer’s bold new approach, in both marketing and in flavor. When Camacho decided to completely rework its branding in 2013, most of the media’s attention was focused on the brand’s visual changes. However, the company also reorganized and consolidated its products into new lines, and reworked a number of its blends. This release, though, is entirely new and complements the punchy blends already found in the company’s portfolio. 

The Camacho Ecuador comes with a Habano Ecuador wrapper, a Brazilian Mata Fina and several Corojo, Criollo Ligero and Perlo de Oro fillers from Honduras and the Dominican Republic. It is available in five vitolas, including a Robusto (5 x 50), a Toro (6 x 50), a Gordo (6 x 60), a Figurado (6 1/8 x 54 x 12) and a Churchill (7 x 48). It is medium brown in appearance and has some noticeable veins that give the stick a rustic look. The stark teal and black band features the company’s new logo and mark, a scorpion poised to strike. The pre-light draw consists of mainly earth and wood flavors, though some reviewers also detected some red pepper lacing the draw.

The initial third of the cigar starts with a combination of earth and red pepper flavors. They are identical to the notes detected on the pre-light draw. About an inch in, some spicy and sweet cedar notes join in and give the profile some interesting depth and punch. Before long, the cedar notes assert themselves as the primary flavor, with the earth notes shifting into a secondary role. The red pepper is tertiary at this point, and several reviewers felt that the pepper was more apparent on the retro-hale.

During the second third of the Camacho Ecuador, the same combination of flavors is still present, but it moves around quite a bit to keep the smoke interesting. The earth and cedar notes, in particular, juggle back and forth repeatedly, both alternating into primary and secondary roles throughout the second third. The red pepper also grows in strength around the halfway mark, becoming rather sharp on the finish.

In the final third, the cedar and earth notes are still dueling for supremacy, with neither taking hold for long. Reviewers found that the cedar notes in the final third are especially spicy and generate a noticeable tingling in the throat. Aficionados also noticed a creamy chocolate flavor that pops up a little after the halfway point and settles in with the red pepper in the background. This flavor combination holds until the end, which finished cool and firm.

This blend, following the company’s new mantra of boldness, is full strength and full bodied, so it is made with experienced aficionados in mind. The burn and draw both perform extremely well, neither of which is a surprise, given the company’s long history of strong construction.

“Bold” is the company’s new favorite word, and it is found everywhere in this blend, from its look to the sharp flavors it evokes.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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