Despite having reviewed a variety of Camacho Cigars such as the Connecticut, we had yet to cover the brand’s most iconic and celebrated release!
Therefore, we will be reviewing the Camacho Corojo in this article according to the following considerations:
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- Brand: Camacho Cigars
- Range: Corojo
- Reviewed Vitolas: 5 x 50 Robusto & 6 x 50 Toro
- Wrapper: Honduran 5th Priming Corojo
- Binder: Honduran Corojo Ligero
- Filler: Honduran 3rd Priming Corojo
- Factory: Diadema Cigars de Honduras, Danlí
- Handmade: Yes
- Body: Medium – Full
- Estimated Smoking Time: 60 Minutes
- Pricing: $8 / Single [Buy Now]
Since Camacho was purchased by Davidoff, these are now produced at the Diadema Cigars de Honduras in Danlí, Honduras. They are constructed using the Camacho proprietary “Powerband” accordion-style technique, which is meant to produce the scientifically perfect draw. Similarly, the Corojo is a Honduran puro cigar.
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Camacho Corojo Look & Feel
- Wrapper Hue: Cacao Nib
- Rolling Consistency: Straight
- Spring: Firm
- Aromas: Dark Chocolate, Tonka Bean, Dried Earth
Whether it’s a result of the Powerband or the artisans’ craftsmanship, the Corojo has an impeccable construction. There are few soft spots and those that are present are very slight. Furthermore, the spring is quite firm.
As for the hue, you have a sort of cacao nib colour, but it doesn’t really give that much of an oily sheen. It is quite slight, and it does reflect a little bit of light, but it is overall quite matte in finish.
Similarly, the veins have a relatively rustic aesthetic without being coarse. Indeed, the Corojo leaf is not really used as a wrapper and it’s typically a filler or binder.
As for the aromas on the foot, they consist of dark chocolate, tonka bean, and dried earth. Indeed, there is a slightly dried earth mustiness which, it’s a bit of a reach, but you could perhaps compare with a Cuban cigar. Nevertheless, it is an overall gourmand experience and quite rich in flavour.
Camacho Corojo Review
As with all our cigar reviews, the Camacho Corojo was stored in a Boveda acrylic humidor for a period of three weeks with 69% Boveda humidity packs. They were also monitored with a Boveda Butler during this time to make sure that they had properly acclimated.
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- Draw: Ideal
- Aromas: Molasses, Compost, Cacao
The draw is ideal and provides just the right amount of resistance and a perfect airflow. The flavours are also quite rich off the dry draw. It consists of molasses, compost soil, and cacao. Cacao is something that really does hit you with this cigar. But the molasses is quite interesting because you do get a slightly sweet residue on the lips after taking the dry draw.
1st Third Smoking Experience
- Notes: Rosewood, Molasses, Pepper
The excellent construction is clear thanks to the long ash that clings on to the cigar. The burn line is a little wavy, but that’s not so bad. Hopefully, it should correct itself later on.
In terms of flavour, there’s almost a caramelized woodiness. Indeed, it’s an accord that’s produced by a mix of fragrant rosewood and molasses. Meanwhile, there is a considerable amount of pepperiness so if you’re not a fan of pepper in your cigars, its retrohale is best avoided!
Otherwise, in terms of body, this is around medium-full. However, the flavours are very full. Yet, the body itself and the strength are lower than expected so it’s not an overwhelming cigar.
2nd Third Smoking Experience
- Notes: Dijon Mustard, Coffee Grounds, Pepper
Two thirds in and the body has slightly increased as have the flavours. Here, the woodiness and molasses have both subsided. In fact, it has developed a bitter component brought on by a note of coffee grounds.
Meanwhile, there’s a hint of Dijon mustard, which has created a distinctive spiciness. This aroma is accompanied by the black pepper that has persisted to create a very prickly retrohale.
Final Third Smoking Experience
- Notes: Leather, Oak, Pepper
Although the cigar has again evolved in body, it still remains quite medium-full. The flavours themselves they’re not quite as distinguishable as before, though. Instead, here we have an amalgam of leathery and oaky notes.
Nevertheless, the distinctive black pepper in the retrohale continues to persist. The texture at this stage is quite thick. It leaves a film on the tongue with a leathery aftertaste.
Generally speaking, this isn’t an overly complex cigar nor does it try to be. Indeed, for Camacho, this is a “Bold Everyday Smoke” and it should be treated as such. It’s not going to be something that is going to wow you with its nuances of flavour.
The same can be said for its mouthfeel. Although it’s more on the smooth side, it’s not exactly as refined as a high-end cigar. This is, after all, a sub-$10 affordable smoke, by Davidoff standards anyway.
Nevertheless, when it comes to the palate stimulation, it’s perfectly balanced. You don’t have any excessive salivation or dryness. Indeed, I’ve been smoking this without a glass of water as I didn’t need anything to keep my mouth from drying.
When it comes to the lifecycle, there are changes through each third, although they’re not exactly elaborate. You do have this theme of pepper that persists all the way through. I’d argue that this is more of a consistent cigar that gives you the flavour profile that you would have expected.
As for the finish, it’s overly long but it does linger slightly. Meanwhile, the residual scent in the room is not as bad as I’d expected. In fact, I’m smoking with the windows closed and no air ventilation right now and it’s not as oppressive as I was expecting it to be.
- Ash Backbone: Mostly Strong
- Burn Angle: Mostly Strong
- Temperature: Mostly Cool
- Draw: Ideal
- Final Smoking Time: 60 Minutes
As I mentioned throughout the whole experience, the burn line does correct itself so you don’t have too much waviness. However, the cigars tested were rarely perfectly straight. The draw remains perfectly consistent. Indeed, it is just the right level of airflow that you need.
When it comes to the temperature of the cigar, this can heat up quite easily if you smoke it too hard and too fast. Generally speaking, you’re looking at about 50 minutes of smoking time for the Robusto, but if you push it up to an hour and you take your time, it is going to be a much cooler experience.
If you smoke too zealously and you’re around the 40-minute mark, it might become too hot. As for the Toro, this is going to be a much longer smoke, you’re looking at about 90 minutes.
Meanwhile, the ash backbone clings on very nicely. You get these good little ash stacks with a nice steely grey colour.
Camacho’s bands are big, brash, and unapologetic. On the Robusto, the heptagonal shape takes up a lot of real estate. Meanwhile, the same size band is used on the toro, which comparatively takes up much less space.
What’s quite cool about these bands is that you have this interesting watermark on the reverse side of the scorpion logo and also the Camacho logo is embossed. If you’re left-handed, you’ll probably notice that the band will often be upside down. If you’re a bit OCD, it can be quite frustrating!
Like the band, the box uses the same bold black and red colours. The upper side of the lid is a jet black lacquer with a subtle scorpion logo. Meanwhile, underneath is red and reveals information about the blend.
Another attention to detail is the use of custom hinges. If you look closely, you’ll notice that the hinges are stamped with the Camacho brand logo. Otherwise, the box had a solid construction and appears to be mostly made of wood.
With regard to the value for money, it’s a sub-$10 stick in general even if you go to your local tobacconists. Online, you could probably pick up a single for around $8.50, and then if you want to buy a box, it’s going to be a bit less so maybe around $8.00 if you get them on a discounted website.
Of course, you want to support your local tobacconist, but you can expect to pay at least $160 if you go online for a full 20-count box.
For the occasion, this is a cigar that I would consider mostly for casual moments. If you want a cigar that isn’t going to distract you and is something you just have pleasant to smoke while you’re doing other activities, it’s a good choice.
It’s a great option as well for backyard smoking at a barbecue, with a couple of buddies. However, I wouldn’t use this for special occasions, nor would it be something you want to really take to a well-to-do social club or a special event.
Camacho Corojo Cigar Pairings
In terms of food, consider deep and bold flavours with the Camacho Corojo. Things with a more gourmand character will marry best with its flavour profile. For instance, you could consider things like dark chocolate, pretzels, and brazl nuts.
The same logic applies to beverages where I would suggest dark rum, a Highland single malt, or even a black coffee, such as an Americano or espresso. If you’re having the Robusto, go for a double espresso, it should probably last just about long enough!
Alternatively, Coca-Cola would be a more refreshing option if you want something to contrast the cigar’s heavier properties.
The Camacho Corojo doesn’t pretend to be a refined cigar and that’s absolutely fine! Indeed, it’s very pleasant to smoke and its casual appeal is ideal for laid-back moments when doing other things or socialising with your friends.
Its flavours are pleasant enough to enjoy but they won’t distract you from the activity that you’re doing or from socialising with your friends.
"A full-bodied and affordable cigar experience if you're looking for something casual and not overly complex."
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