Camacho Havana

Origin: Danli, Honduras
Wrapper: Honduras
Binder: Honduras
Filler: Honduras
Size Name: Nacionales
Length: 5.50
Ring Gauge: 44
Strength: Full

During one of my trips to the local cigar shop in Reading, I picked up a couple of Camacho Havana’s. I just happened to find the last one buried at the bottom of my travel humidor and thought it was about time I smoked it.

Prior to this review I have smoked several of these cigars over the past few months. Much like the Torano line, I am a big fan of Camacho cigars and looking forward to smoking one whenever I get the opportunity.

This particular stick had a sort of spotty wrapper ranging in colors from light brown to medium brown. This wasn’t a significant color change, it just happened to catch my eye after removing the cellophane. The wrapper had a fairly dry look to it with moderately heavy veins. When giving the cigar a light pinch I was pleased with the firm feel and light spring that resulted.

After my initial inspection I reached for my plug cutter and pierced the cap. The result was a quick and clean cut that left a perfect hole in the end of the cigar. The pre light draw was light with slight resistance. With everything looking good at this point, I began the lighting process.

When lit this cigar produced a thick and rich smoke that engulfed my mouth. The initial flavor was woody, almost smoky. The body was full and powerful right away. The finish was slightly dry and produced a quick sharp spice on the pallet. This spice, when blown through the sinuses is rather intense. I would not recommend giving that a try if you’re not accustomed to doing it already.

As I settled into this stick the flavor and body began to mellow out a bit. Some light sweet tones started to enter the picture. The new flavor paired up well with the smoky base flavor and sharp spice that I was already enjoying. The ash was light grey but very loose while the draw was excellent.

When I got to about the two thirds mark, I began to get some tunneling. Normally this is caused by drawing on the cigar too infrequently, so I picked up the pace a bit. After several puffs the tunneling stopped and everything was back to normal. This disappointed me a little because it gave me the impression that if I didn’t smoke faster than normal I would end up with some burn problems.

Aside from the tunneling I experienced this cigar was very consistent all around. After smoking a little faster the burn was nice and even. The flavor was still that enjoyable smoky flavor I had from the start while the finish was still smooth but gave me that nice spicy zing I enjoy so much.

I didn’t experience any change until I got to the final third of the cigar. At that point the flavor turned into a typical Honduran tobacco taste while the smoky and sweet tones mentioned before faded away. The body was full and the finish was still smooth with an excellent sharp spice, but was slowly becoming dry.

Once the cigar was about an inch long it turned harsh and forced me to let it go out. Even with the harshness at the end, I did not want to put it out. I enjoyed this stick very much even though it required me to smoke a little faster than I like. I will definitely be buying more of these in the future and would recommend them to the full bodied cigar enthusiast.