Camacho American Barrel Aged Review: A Full Bodied Cigar With A Touch Of Bourbon Sweetness
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Camacho Cigar Reviews
Camacho American Barrel Aged Review: A Full Bodied Cigar With A Touch Of Bourbon SweetnessPaul Anthony2023-08-08T01:16:54-04:00
The Camacho American Barrel Aged dropped several years with amazing success. It was soon followed by the Nicaraguan Barrel Aged, which has also enjoyed great results with its sweet rum finish.
Some in the cigar community feared it was a gimmick, jumping on the back of the barrel-aged trends. However, this was not the case, so much so that the initial run of cigars sold out. Camacho soon released another batch of the American Barrel Aged while adding an additional three vitolas, which brings the range to a total of six.
In this article, we’ll cover the following sections:
This is truly an “American” cigar featuring American Broadleaf Tobacco in the wrapper, binder, and filler. With the filler further complemented by Pennsylvania Maduro and Camacho’s famed “Original Corojo” which has been aged for six years, and finished in American Bourbon casks for five months.
The finishing process allows the Corojo leaf to absorb some of the “devil’s cut” of bourbon left in the American Bourbon oak barrels. The initial batch was for 2,000 lb (900 kg) of Corojo leaf, with each leaf being hand rotated every several weeks so that an even flavor profile was imparted.
Cigar Look & Feel
Wrapper Hue: Dark American Broadleaf
Rolling Consistency: Fantastic construction, of the 10 smokes thus far zero issues
Spring: Ample spring, not spongy or firm. The Camacho “Powerband” bunching technique never seems to disappoint
Aromas: Woody with a faint must, oaky, slightly smokey and sweet
It shall come as no shock to Bespoke Unit’s regular readers that I’m a fan of Camcho’s “bold” boxes. Again this does not disappoint.
The glossy top proudly features the Camacho log, alongside three American Bourbon casks, with other information pertaining to what’s inside the box.
I’m a sucker for the details, and the box has many of them without being overwhelming. From the bourbon color brown / orange used for the sub box color & logo, all the way down to the branded Camacho hinges that are recessed and hand-screwed in.
The inside of the box does not disappoint either.
It features a wood print of the bourbon casks and some information on the cigar itself. I love it when brands do this, as it’s a huge help when shopping one’s local cigar store. It’s a quick and easy way for us the consumer to get the inside scoop on the cigar’s story, its build, intensity and flavor profile. As such, it allows a more informed choice to be made.
Camacho American Barrel Aged Cigar Review
Draw: medium to light resistance
Aromas: woody / earth, some sweetness of oak, and dark biter chocolate
Above one can see the exposed head of the cigar after the cut. Here, the “powerband” bunching technique can be seen.
1st Third Smoking Experience
Notes: there is medium-to-high smoke output, with a medium-full body. As for the flavors, I was consistently getting sweet flavors, woody, cashew and caramel. Depending on the time of day and my palette I could “get” these flavors, or “just” an intense experience. Either way it was enjoyable.
The cigars burned very evenly, of all tested.
2nd Third Smoking Experience
I was writing this very blog entry, and took my eye off the burn allowing it go all the way to the band!
However, the build and construction were spot on once again.
Notes: By this point the cigar had evolved quite a bit, that initial top sweetness has dissipated, and I was getting a little bit of a white pepper ping but not spicy. Other traits are earth, woody and deeper sweetened more akin to bourbon itself.
Final Third Smoking Experience
I enjoyed these smokes all the way down to the nub!
The smoke output was slightly higher, but never got too hot. I’m not a fan of overly hot smokes and thus usually favor larger ring gauges. Even as a 50 gauge, this was corresponded well to my preferences.
To reiterate, even this low I have no burn issues, being consistent all the way down.
Notes: all the way down the bottom I even picked up some slight creaminess, liked to that touch of vanilla often found in Bourbon imparted from the oak casks. The boldness and layered complexity was still present.
I’d also like to comment on the fantastic performance of the end of the cigars, maintaining structural integrity right down to the smallest of nubs. I know many guys don’t go that far, but for those of us who do, it’s good to know!
Paul Anthony is the founder and creative director at Bespoke Unit. He has had a life long affair with design, watches, fragrance and clothing. Originally from England, he now lives in the USA splitting time between NYC & Philly. Favoring "British Style", but has an overall eclectic taste.