You know that moment when you look at a cigar and realize that you just…can’t…wait to burn it?  That’s what happened when I saw this Camacho American Barrel Aged stogie!

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This oily, toothy, meaty looking wrapper is as inviting as the first gas station you’ve seen in 100 miles after drinking too much Red Bull.  #Perfection.

Smelling the wrapper gives me a little bit of bourbon and a unique sweetness that I can’t think of anything else to compare it to.  Pre-light inhale falls a little flat compared to what I expected, but a great draw and a little more sweetness is what I found.

I used the Shuriken cutter to place razor blade cuts in the wrapper, and though that’s usually enough for a great draw, didn’t work so well this time.  I opted to also use a punch and that worked pretty well.

Lighting it up though, whoa!  Lots of pepper immediately assaulting the senses, and I think I like it.  Pairing it with the Jameson’s Caskmates aged in Stout barrels, this works pretty damn well.

You know how some sticks you have to blow through the nose to pull much more than tobacco out of it?  Not so much with this one.  Retrohaling this Camacho Barrel Aged should be called ‘FACE PUNCH!’ because that’s what it feels like.  I think I’m in love!

After the first inch or so the spice yields a new undertone, a nutty aftertaste but an overall milder taste on the draw.  Still opting for a little Face Punch every little bit, but the average draw is simmering down some.

Camacho American Barrel Aged Ash

The ash holds pretty damn well on this Camacho American Barrel Aged!  Gave it a good firm tap trying to knock it off and it didn’t budge, so I documented it with a pic.  Instead of a selfie, is that smokie?

Burning this Toro, and I gotta say the endurance of this thing is pretty badass compared to some of the others I’ve reviewed recently!  Had a moment at the midway point when it got a little hot, so I typed some more, then it adjusted and I couldn’t be happier.

Deep, robust, spicy flavors are what I’ll associate with this cigar for a long time.  Initially I thought it might be a little sweeter from the bourbon aging, but this Camacho American Barrel Aged is all about power!  Like a muscle car, or a Rocky movie, or a Face Punch from Tyson!

Not to say that there isn’t any finesse to it, because as you know from the Cohiba Nicaragua review, I’m not a fan of overpowered cigars without much to experience.  This Camacho delivers a decent balance of Rope a Dope and Face Punch, or depth and flavor.

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Here’s the deal:  if you’re looking for a solid cigar with a solid kick to pair with a solid drink, this is the one for you!  But if you’re looking for something a little less in your face, I’d recommend saving this Camacho American Barrel Aged for another day.  Full flavor, full bodied.

As I near the wrapper and conclude almost an hour of smoking, I’m picking up a little more sweetness and what I originally thought the wrapper would taste like.  Call me crazy, or maybe it’s the whiskey, but I’m going on the record saying it finishes sweeter than it starts.  At least until you approach the nub, in which case there’s nothing special waiting for you at the end.

Like after the credits when you’re waiting on that last scene, but it never comes lol.  You’ve been forewarned.

I’m officially calling the time of death here, as I enjoyed this Camacho American Barrel Aged too much to risk venturing any further now that I’m catching some bittery tar flavors.

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Would I buy it again? Definitely.  Would I buy a box?  Did just that a few minutes ago.  Boom!

 

What did you think about the Camacho American Barrel Aged?

Camacho American Barrel Aged
9.3 Reviewer
8.9 Cigar Noise Network (13 votes)
Pros

Great w/ Bourbon

Face Punch spice

Super enjoyable

Cons

Price point

Summary
This Camacho delivers a decent balance of Rope a Dope and Face Punch, or depth and flavor.
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Awesome Smoke
I've become a huge fan of the Camacho line. For a special occasion, I'd pick the Triple Maduro; for an everyday smoke, though? Barrel Aged, all day. Great smoke, great flavor. Not too heavy, but plenty there to enjoy.
December 18, 2016, 6:25 pm
Value8.5
Burn9.3
Draw9.7
Flavor8.3
Enjoyment8.8
0
0
Definitely Nails 'American'
The Camacho American Barrel Aged was pretty clearly made for the American cigar market, and I can see why it's found its niche there. It started with sweet oak, a bit of spice, and vanilla notes. It stayed with those notes for a while, then added a scotch-like undertone. Then it stayed like that. In terms of strength, the American Barrel Aged brought it.

Overall, this is a cigar that does a few flavors well. It's not particularly complex, but it is tasty. In the balance of strength vs. flavor, I think this cigar tips that I far toward strength.

It reminds me of the KFC line in some ways - not a bad cigar at all, but also not the most complex and engaging cigar. It does just a couple things and does them well.
July 31, 2016, 4:34 pm
Value8
Burn8.7
Draw8.8
Flavor8
Enjoyment8
0
0
Good Addition
I've smoked a half dozen of these. The ABA from Camacho was a good addition to their already great lineup. I found the flavor to be flat at the first 1/3 but then growing into the middle of the smoke. There were definitely hints of rich wood flavor presumably from the aging process. The last stick was paired with a Balvenie scotch and surprisingly, the scotch didn't overpower the cigar flavor at all! That was a nice treat since I'm a scotch drinker on most occasions and find very few cigars not buried under the alcohol flavors. I, as many do, felt the price of these is a tad off towards the high side but still, affordable. Try one!
March 30, 2016, 7:42 pm
Value8
Burn9
Draw9
Flavor9.4
Enjoyment9.4
0
0
Not a gimmick!
Great sweet and dark flavors, hint of vanillin, slightly disappointing performance and value per dollar but overall very fun.
March 29, 2016, 4:37 pm
Value7.4
Burn7.6
Draw8.4
Flavor9
Enjoyment8.9
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Solid Camacho
As a fan of most the Camacho line, I found the Barrel Aged a nice addition to the line. The construction makes a nice firm cigar, v-cut very nice and showed a even burn the whole time. Very rich bold smoke output, which I enjoy. Flavors were strong, spice, with a hint of what I would say is the barrel flavor. Unique without being an infused cigar. Would recommend to anyone looking for a full bodied, but not overwhelming cigar. Priced a tad high, but still worth it.
March 29, 2016, 2:31 pm
Value7.2
Burn8.2
Draw9.2
Flavor8.8
Enjoyment8.1
0
0
Pure enjoyment
Upon buying it I didn't think it would be as good as the price of the cigar. I was attracted to the style . I enjoyed every draw and moment of it. From the burn to the taste I am a fan. I'm so looking forward to smoking my last one. This is one of my favorites of this year.
March 10, 2016, 5:01 am
Value8.6
Burn9.1
Draw9
Flavor9.1
Enjoyment9
0
0
BOOM WHISKEY
Had this a few months ago and loved every minute of it! I don't normally nub cigars but this one I burned my figures on! This cigar really picks up all the flavor from the barrels they're aged in! This is by far my most favorite Camacho out right now, totally box worthy! I just wish the price was a little better.
March 4, 2016, 2:42 pm
Value7.4
Burn10
Draw10
Flavor10
Enjoyment10
0
0
Great gar!
While browsing the local one day, I stumbled accross the ABA. The box and wrapper stood out to me so I instantly grabbed a couple. wthout doing much research, wasn't sure what kind of flavor profile would come about. Would it be infused or something else? After smoking one, I knew that this was a great cigar. The punch in the last third wasn't too intense but let you know it was there. Pair this with a good bourbon and wow, this cigar is definitely top 5 favorites
January 30, 2016, 5:28 pm
Value8.7
Burn8.5
Draw9.1
Flavor9.4
Enjoyment10
0
0
Surprising smoke!
Gotta admit I was somewhat worried this cigar may be "gimmicky." I went into this cigar not expecting much, purchased the sampler pack from Small Batch when they launched; nice vitola selection. I ended this cigar wanting another! Very nice construction and flavors. I would definitely recommend this smoke!
January 30, 2016, 5:16 pm
Value9.5
Burn9.4
Draw8.5
Flavor9.6
Enjoyment9.5
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0
nice stick
when I first heard this concept I thought great another crappy infused cigar but totally not the case here. great flavors well balanced smoke on the high med low full range is where I would put and I agree the final third of this cigar packs a nice punch very enjoyable
January 20, 2016, 3:57 pm
Value8.5
Burn8.5
Draw9
Flavor9
Enjoyment9
0
0
Great Smoke. Amazing introduction to Camacho for this beginning aficionado.
I enjoyed this cigar immensely! Great showing for my first Camacho ever! I have to agree with Dave on many areas, mainly how excited I was to set fire to this stick, especially after smelling it; and that there's nothing waiting for you in the nub. Very nice subtle sweetness, waaaaay less than an infused cigar, although the sweeteness did amplify as I progressed through the stick. Would absolutely buy again!
January 19, 2016, 3:02 pm
Value8.8
Burn9.6
Draw10
Flavor9.7
Enjoyment9.7
0
0
Camacho does well
I think Camacho did very well with this line. Not what I thought it would be when I first toasted up. I had in my mind this would be "infused", which I do not like, but it was not that at all. I have had three of these and the last third has packed a nice punch in the face as was noted in the review.
November 28, 2015, 2:13 am
Value8.8
Burn9
Draw8.9
Flavor9.1
Enjoyment9
0
1
Great Cigar
Very easy draw. Medium strength,not over powering. A very relaxing and enjoyable cigar.
October 23, 2015, 2:14 am
Value8.6
Burn8.6
Draw9.2
Flavor8.6
Enjoyment9.4
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Identifying as a Cigar Enthusiast more than an Aficionado, I enjoy trying new cigars and attempting to annotate my experience. Disclosure: As of June 2017, I began writing for SmallBatchCigar.com and will no longer be reviewing SBC exclusives
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