Vendor’s Claim: “A spicy, yet milder mannered Connecticut wrapped cigar with superb balance and signature Camacho body. This tamer, milder mannered member of the Camacho family is our response to countless consumer and retailer requests for something on the other side of the strength spectrum”.
Wrapper: Connecticut (Ecuador)
Filler: Honduras, Dominican
Strength: Mild to Medium
Initial Impression— Good looking Figurado. I wanted to try this smoke because it’s made by the Davidoff family, and I’m a whore for the Davidoff line.
Appearance—Light, creamy looking wrapper– I true Connecticut wrapper. The construction was well made and it had a very light scent to it when placed up to the nose. I thought the ring gauge and length were appropriate for its $7.25 price tag.
Lighting/Burning/Ash— I lit the smoke and it immediately lit. At first I was worried that it was too dry, hence the reason for its easy light, but once I took my first few puffs off from it, I realized it’s just a high quality cigar and that’s why it lit so easily. As for burning and ash, they were fantastic. The ash dropped off only when I intentionally ashed it or when I rest it on the ashtray and it dropped off of its own accord. It held a great light, zero burn issue.
Consistency/Draw—It was a Figurado and there’s a part of me that wonders if perhaps I cut too far up the head of the cigar as there was a small amount of sucking through a paper towel roll effect to it. I wished there would have been a bit more resistance to the draw itself. That said, it was an excellent smoke.
Maintenance/Flavor— The maintenance on it was non-existent. As a matter of fact, I even got extra chatty with my wife and thought for sure it had gone out…nope, a few drags on it and it smoked beautifully. As for the flavor, I will agree with the vendor’s description that it is a mild to medium bodied cigar. I would probably say it is more mild than medium. It didn’t have any exact flavor to it. I’m not saying that in a negative manner, either. I simply wished there would have been something else there. Now, don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t vegetal in nature, a big plus in my book. There’s a small part of me that wonders if my palate just wasn’t sophisticated enough to appreciate the subtleties of it.
Reflection & Rating
Looking back on this cigar, about 16 hours later, I appreciate quite a few things about it. First, I like that I was able to go to a Christmas party after my cigar and neither smell (that I could tell) nor taste the cigar. There’s nothing worse than tasting a cigar some 2-3 hours afterwards. If that’s your thing, more power to you but for me, not interested, thanks. The paper towel roll draw (or lack thereof) probably had nothing to do with my cut, it is either how that cigar is made or it wasn’t rolled at tightly as it could have. Let’s be honest, it’s a whole lot more enjoyable to smoke a less tight cigar than an overly tight cigar. I had a too tightly rolled cigar. Lastly, I liked the taste of the cigar, I think that’s probably how fine cigars are supposed to taste. It was probably coffee, nutty, toffee-like in nature, but I’m unable to differentiate those flavors. But I do know what I like and that cigar is probably going to be entered into my Top 10 cigars. You know, one of these days, I should actually make a Top 10 cigar list!
For that reason, I would rate this smoke as a B-