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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
Great w/ Bourbon
Face Punch spice
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