Famous-Smoke.com was kind enough to send along a few cigars for us to review. I am given to understand that the Camacho Criollo is a personal favourite of some of the folks at Famous Smoke, and that Cigar Aficionado gave the Figurado (torpedo) a 92 rating, and so I looked forward to sampling it! The robusto size of the Criollo is five inches in length and a 50 ring gauge. It was created by Camacho in response to numerous requests for a less full-bodied cigar (though I have never tried another Camacho so have no basis of comparison for this.) Camacho sticks are known to pack a powerful punch and generally are best served late in the day. The Criollo is intended to be a medium-strength offering, so I dared it at about lunch time.
Camacho is famous for being as close to Cuban as it gets. The Criollo is a Honduran cigar, made with Honduran and Dominican Piloto long fillers and a fourth priming Criollo wrapper (which basically means that the wrapper has been aged out as much as it’s possible to be aged out.) The label is a bright yellow flashy flag of a label, informing us that Camacho has been “infamous since 1962.” That Criollo wrapper is a dark Connecticut matte shaded wrapper with almost no veins to speak of. I clipped it easily with my Ciguru cutter and toasted the foot.
I admit that the toasted foot did give a very Cuban sort of air. It smelled like that unique terroire, there was no question about it. There was a lingering element of spicy and sweet. It lit easily with my cedar spill, and made for an even light all around. Smoke plumed into the air and maintained a gentle haze through the house until it was finished.
What can I say? It was a lovely cigar! That amazing Criollo wrapper (usually one of my favourites due to the long, careful fermentation process) was every bit what it promised to be. I was delighted by the rich and luxuriant flavours that touched my senses; deep, dark fermentation, spice and pepper, dark cocoa or perhaps overdone coffee, garden soil, and just a hint of leather to keep it interesting. Actually I found it to be such a smooth blend that I had difficulty distinguishing one element from another, since it all blended so seamlessly. Nor could I differentiate significantly between thirds; the Camacho delivered a consistent and delightful smoke all the way through! Picture me, as I came up with the descriptive terms, looking pensively out the window and scratching notes in my notebook with question marks after them.
The room note could perhaps be described like that Cuban terroire and slightly overdone coffee (a scent that I personally find to be pleasant); but I must respectfully disagree with one observation, in that I did not taste that Cuban terroire in its flavouring. Sorry guys; this is really a great cigar, but a Cuban is a Cuban.
Another note; perhaps this is technically a medium-bodied cigar, but I still found when it finally went out about an hour and a quarter after I lit it (and no relighting required, I might add,) I was a bit dizzy when I got up. So no, this won’t knock your socks off with its vitamin N content, but it’s certainly not an introductory stick for beginners, either! And one to be cautious of for those like me who only smoke once a week or less.
Thanks for tuning me in to this one, Famous Smoke! I probably wouldn’t have selected it for myself, being as I tend to go for cigars on the far ends of the light and dark spectrum (candelas and maduros by preference,) but I am certainly glad I didn’t miss it! I’m likely to pick up a five pack to keep handy in my little humidor and smoke them for pleasure.
In this lady’s perspective, I rate this cigar:
You can get the Camacho robusto at Famous Smoke for $6.25 USD for a single, $27.99 USD for a five pack, or $112.99 USD for a box of twenty. They’re also available at Cigars International for $30.00 USD for the five pack or $112.50 USD for the box.