Binder: Criollo 98
Filler: Ligero 2020, Criollo 98, Piloto Cubano, HVA
Brand: Caminos Cigars
Factory: Top Secret Nest (Tamboril, Dominican Republic)
CigarNoise Price Range: Unknown
Source: Cesar Reyes, Caminos Cigars
Caminos TMM – Opening Thoughts
In June of 2016, Cesar Reyes of Caminos Cigars was generous enough to provide me with samples of his El Retiro Cortos and El Retiro Largos for reviewing. Additionally, he included a pre-release cigar known as the Caminos TMM. According to Mr. Reyes, the Caminos TMM is slated for release late in March of this year. Available vitolas will include a Robusto, Toro, Torpedo and a Limited Edition 6 x 56 size.
A mottled, reddish-brown wrapper covered the firm feeling TMM. The HVA wrapper had some visible tooth and appeared very oily. Mild barnyard, green apple and sweet tobacco emanated from the wrapper. A deep whiff from the foot brought barnyard scent mingled with fresh cut hay. I perferated the cap with a double v-cut, finding the draw slightly more resistive than I prefer. Sweet tobacco and that crisp taste of a green apple presented in the cold draw as well.
Caminos TMM – First Third
Citrus, Dark Bread, Chocolate, Red Pepper, Cream, Cashew, Cinnamon, Cedar
After torching the TMM, initial impressions were heavy with citrus notes. The citrus quickly diminished, allowing dark baked bread and chocolate the spotlight. Spicy, red pepper finished things off. The red pepper tingled across the whole surface of my tongue. When the tingling subsided I was left with a creamy cashew flavor late in profile. Immediately, the Caminos TMM impressed me with the complexity of its profile. Retrohaling the TMM smoke was a very warm sensation of red pepper spice joined by cinnamon and a hint of cedar.
Mechanically, the TMM burn line was wavy and of medium width. A solid, light gray ash hung tightly at the end of the cigar. The first third of the TMM burned quickly with less than thirty minutes expiring from the beginning.
Towards the end of the first third, red pepper spice tended to finish more quickly and ushered in a sweetness mixed with the dark bread flavor. It reminded me of a warm loaf of molasses bread; sweet and slightly yeasty.
Caminos TMM – Middle Third
Dark Bread, Coffee, Cream, Red Pepper, Chocolate, Raisin, Citrus
I began the middle third of the cigar finding my lap christened with the ash from the first third. Completely worth it if the middle section performed with the same complexity experienced in the first third. Flavors of baked bread, coffee, heavy with cream, red pepper spice and chocolate provided instant gratification. The red pepper spice and chocolate danced together like one of those chocolate bars with ancho chilis mixed in. The profile finished with a brief hint of raisin followed by an expanding citrus presence.
The retrohale in the middle section of the Caminos TMM was more enjoyable than I experienced in the first third. The smoke was creamy, smooth and allowed just enough of the red pepper spice to provide enjoyable heat.
The second section of the TMM also burned much slower than the first, providing forty-two minutes of smoking pleasure. The burn line became much sharper as well but required one touch-up.
Caminos TMM – Final Third
Cedar, Coffee, Cream, Bread, White Pepper, Molasses
The final third of the TMM didn’t show any major transitions in flavor. However, the order in which they appeared in the profile did change. Cedar became king but was mild and smooth. Coffee, cream and baked bread followed in suit. Finishing off the profile, a wash of white pepper covered my palate, warming my mouth and tongue. Retrohaling the smoke revealed more greatness as molasses and white pepper worked in unison together. The final third of the TMM also offered a strengthening nicotine presence.
During the final third, the aromatic qualities of the room smoke were intoxicating. Imagine a loaf of molasses bread with chocolate chips baking over a cedar stoked fire. It was simply amazing.
The final third drew to a close with the nub of the cigar remaining solid and barely warm to the touch. The regular production release of the TMM can’t arrive soon enough.
Complexity in flavors
No major construction issues
One burn correction
Quick burning first third