Camacho Ecuador Gordo
Smelling the body is nutty with soft tobacco. Off the foot, I'm getting milk chocolate and I'm smelling peach. I'm also smelling soft tobacco. This is a tough looking wrapper, though oily in appearance. Visible veins, solid looking cigar with a triple cap.
Medium draw, minimal resistance on the draw before the toast. On the dry draw, I'm getting light tobacco. It's a little sweet, some coffee. I'm not getting any pepper or spice.
Strength is full, you sense this pretty quickly, if not from a few draws, you'll definitely get it through retro-hale. On the draw, I'm getting notes of peanuts and coffee. Those flavors have a long finish. On retro-hale, I'm getting a hint of sweetness, milk chocolate, coffee, and wood. Again, the retro-hale is strong.
Smoke output is heavy off the draw. Smooth, thick, silky smoke fills your mouth with every draw. However, is light off the foot. The aroma off the smoke is ok; I'm smelling grass & moss. It's a light aroma, none the less pleasant.
The draw is on the medium side and needed a double puff to get a nice return in smoke. Toward the end of the 1st 3rd, it came to life a bit more. The burn started a little wonky but corrected itself towards the end of the 1st 3rd. The ash was pretty solid with very little flakes. Ash held up about 2 inches before falling.
The strength has mellowed a bit to a medium-full. The retro-hale still has that punch though. The flavors haven't changed, the peanuts, milk chocolate sweetness and coffee is still there on the draw & retro-hale. The wood is in and out. The buzz is a bit more prominent now.
The smoke output is still heavy on the draw and has picked up now off the foot a bit. Overall, same thick smoke, but the silky texture has gone and now the smoke is a bit dry on the palate now.
The smell of the smoke is woody, like lumber mixed with grass.
The draw is still a medium and required a double puff to keep this thing flowing, not a bad thing as I have had cigars that needed far more attention. The burn began to be uneven and required a touch-up.
Going into the last 3rd the strength is still a medium to full.
Same flavors, ok flavors, not complex the way they present themselves in transition. The finish has become shorter on both draw and retro-hale. The retro-hale strength has now mellowed and is in line with the strength you get from the draw.
Smoke output hasn't changed since the 2nd 3rd, and the aroma has changed a bit with a manure smell coming through the wood & grass.
The draw hasn't changed, still medium. The burn has been uneven and needed a couple of touch-ups. The body is beginning to get soft; a little squishy. Towards the end of the 3rd, it began to get hot, and the flavors weren't tasting as good as it has during the 1st and 2nd 3rd...so I'm going to set it down now and call it a wrap.
Ok, simple wideband, right to the point...it's Camacho. It's not a complex cigar. The flavors were there, but pretty basic; the strength is there, but not overwhelming...that could be a good or bad thing depending on what you're looking for. The strength started strong, full on strength, but by the 2nd 3rd it mellowed out, and by the 3rd it was a medium-full; tip of full at best.
The retro-hale will present more strength for a longer period of the smoke, but again, by the 3rd that mellows as well. The flavors (as in most cases) are far more present in the retro hale.
The smoke output is pretty decent though requiring double puffs most of the time, and the aroma of the smoke is ok at best. The draw remains on the medium side throughout the duration of the smoke which isn't bad, but with the double puffs, it does need a little attention.
The burn was uneven in the beginning, corrected itself by the end of the 1st 3rd, but burned wonky for the rest of the smoke which required a couple of touch-ups. The last 3rd started off fine but began getting hot in the end enough so where I ended my session.
Overall, I'll say this; I absolutely love Camacho. Everything from their Connecticut to the Aged barrel, but I guess no one is expected to love a whole line of something created by a manufacturer, and this is one I didn't love. It wasn't bad, and I don't have anything particularly negative to say about it, but I've had better Camacho. Tell me what you think...until next time, Stay smoky The Brooklyn Way!
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