Camacho Coyolar Perfecto Cigar Review: A Short & Fun Leathery Figurado

By |2018-06-13T00:43:57+00:00Apr 26th, 2018|Categories: Cigars|Tags: |2 Comments

An exciting new release from Camacho, the Coyolar is a unique blend hailing from a modest 15-acre farm located at the foot of the mountains that join Nicaragua and Honduras. Boasting intense flavours and complex flavours of leather and coffee, we were excited to give this new cigar a full review!

Overview

  • Brand: Camacho
  • Range: Coyolar
  • Length: 4.25″ (10.8 cm)
  • Gauge: 50
  • Filler: “Single Farm Vintage” Honduran Criollo
  • Binder: “Single Farm Vintage” Honduran Criollo
  • Wrapper: “Single Farm Vintage” Honduran Criollo
  • Handmade? Yes
  • Body: Medium-Full
  • Estimated Smoking Time: 45-60 Minutes
  • Pricing: $8.50 Single Retail Price

Available only in the United States, the Coyolar is a re-release of their highly successful range. It’s a truly unique cigar in that all the leaves were sourced from a single farm stretching over a small plot of 15 acres.

Furthermore, this area on the outskirts of Danli features unique mineral-rich volcanic soils, which creates a unique blend of Criollo tobacco. A true Honduran Puro, the leaves are aged over a long period of time to produce vintage tobacco.

Bespoke Unit Editor-in-Chief Charles-Philippe and I enjoyed comparing notes when smoking a few of the #1 Perfecto together while he visited us in the USA. However, the Coyolar is also available in the following vitolas:

Camacho-Coyolar-Size-Comparison

  • Rothschild: 4.5 x 50 ($8.50)
  • Super Toro: 6 x 52 ($9)
  • Titan: 6 x 60 ($10)
  • Figurado: 6.125 x 54 ($9.50)

The Perfecto that we tried is the most unique shape, but smaller than the others available. Meanwhile, the vitola above it is a Rothschild, which is slightly longer with the same ring gauge. As the name suggests, the Super Toro is a slightly longer Toro vitola whilst the Titan is a similar to a Gordo.

Finally, the Figurado is a large Torpedo with a slightly narrower ring gauge. All the prices listed above are the single retail prices for each shape.

You can learn more about cigar shapes and sizes with our dedicated guide to cigar vitolas.

Camacho Coyolar Look & Feel

  • Wrapper Hue: Varnished oak
  • Rolling Consistency: Even
  • Spring: Firm Spring
  • Aromas: Grape must, stables
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With a rich sheen of mouthwatering oils, the Coyolar gleams under the light with a mottled texture with a dark coffee hue reminiscent of vintage oak. The aforementioned oils give the cigar a smooth feeling between the fingers.

Meanwhile, a few light veins are visible, which adds a rustic touch to the smooth texture. With their propriety booking technique, Camacho achieve consistent rolling between all of their cigars. In fact, we have yet to discover an uneven cigar or one with a poor draw.

Finally, the aromas evoke an equestrian barn with notes of oak, straw and ammonia. Charles-Philippe also picked up a touch of grape must!

Camacho Coyolar Review

As cigars are handmade products, which can vary in experience, both Charles-Philippe and I smoked a couple of Coyolars each in order to single out any anomalies. The review below provides a broad overview of our experiences with the Perfecto #1 vitola as listed above.

Pre-Lighting Experience

  • Draw: Mild Resistance
  • Aromas: Copper Ristretto, Oak, Saddle Leather

Being a perfecto vitola, the foot and tip are both pointed. Therefore, it’s no surprise that some of the cigars had a mild resistance during the dry draw. Whilst I mostly picked out the leather accords, Charles-Philippe who’s a stereotypical espresso-swirling Parisian noted the coppery aromas of a thick ristretto shot.

Between us, we also enjoyed the rich oaky notes in the dry draw, which was a very enticing precursor to the smoke itself!

1st Third Smoking Experience

  • Notes: Crème brûlée, Walnut, Agarwood Leather

Despite the heavy leather notes experienced in the dry draw, the Coyolar starts off as a milder smoke. Both CP and I first tasted some bitter walnut as well as the toasted caramel of crème brûlée.

However, after a few draws, we started to both identify the profound leather accord, which begins as smokey agarwood as usually experienced in fragrances. Meanwhile, the retro-hale was particularly full-bodied and stung the nostrils with an espresso-leather blend.

As expected, the draw was slightly tighter at the opening, but as you’ll read later, it loosened up considerably during the smoke.

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2nd Third Smoking Experience

  • Notes: Overt Leather, Pepper

As we progressed towards the second third, we noticed that the leather accord became much more prominent. It even overshadowed any of the other notes and brought out hints of pepper. I actually remarked that the leather note left an oily film across the palate.

Upon mentioning this to CP, he couldn’t help but agree. Although it was certainly unusual, it wasn’t at all unpleasant but even became quite enjoyable. We came to savour this layer of oil along the tongue and roof of the mouth, which was very much enjoyed alongside a coffee.

Final Third Smoking Experience

  • Notes: Linear Leather, Oak

Drawing towards the final third, we couldn’t help but notice how the leather accord remained remarkably consistent throughout. Even as the cigar came towards its end, it was still present as the pepper subsided.

The oily film of leather was still very much pleasant. Being a passionate shoe enthusiast who takes care of his footwear, I couldn’t help but compare this with supple leather conditioner.

Once the pepper notes had faded, they were replaced by an oak finish, which was very satisfying indeed. Although you may argue that the leather was quite linear, it was by no means uninsteresting. In fact, this made it the Coyolar’s most enjoyable aspect given that usually a cigar will evolve to a far greater extent.

Overall Burn

  • Ash Backbone: Very Resilient
  • Burn Angle: Even
  • Temperature: Cool
  • Draw: Faint Resistance
  • Final Smoking Time: 50 Minutes

Charles-Philippe and I were impressed with the Coyolar’s construction. Their ash backbone was remarkably strong to the extent where CP didn’t ash his cigar once throughout the smoke. Even down at the nub, it held on and refused to drop off even when shaking the cigar’s remains!

This provided a very cool and enjoyable smoke with an even burn and resistance. Furthermore, you could pick out the cigar’s details in the ash including the nipple-like shape of the perfecto’s foot. The ash’s colour was a steely dark grey with a mottled texture with whites and charcoal.

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Overall, the draw became much looser as we approached the second third. This wasn’t surprising as the gauge widened. However, it never became too loose either.

Despite its very modest size, the smoke time was exceedingly long. We didn’t neglect the cigars by any means but it still took nearly an hour to smoke them. If you were to smoke zealously smoke one, you’d probably be looking at around 45 minutes. However, we enjoyed them for up to 55!

Ideal Pairings With A Camacho Coyolar

As pretty much hinted earlier, the Coyolar goes very well with a steamed coffee such as espresso or even a ristretto. Nevertheless, you could also enjoy it with black filter coffee too.

That said, given the prolonged smoking time, we accompanied them with other refreshments, which may be considered low brow. I really enjoyed mine with a Diet Coke whilst Charles-Philippe paired his with a craft root beer.

These both went very well with the leathery notes. However, if you were to opt for something a little heavier, we’d recommend either a dark caramelised rum or a peaty single malt whisky. For instance, something from the Isle of Islay would be ideal in this scenario.

Overall Experience

As with the other offerings from Camacho, the Coyolar comes in a beautifull-presented lacquered box with a felt base. The range’s colours are dark grey and black, which can be seen on both the band and the box itself.

The underside of the lid presents the blend’s main characteristics as well as some comments on the flavour profile, which is a touch that we really like with Camacho cigars. Additionally, the hinges are branded with Camacho’s own designs.

Speaking of the bands, they’re reminiscent of their Bold Everyday Smokes with the wide and angular shape. Both Charles-Philippe and I remarked how the band was almost as large as the cigar itself! Therefore, it’s probably best removing it before smoke the cigar to save on the inconvenience of fiddling around on a lit cigar.

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That said, Camacho’s bands are usually carefully glued without leaving traces on the wrapper, so they’re quite easy to take off.

Finally, the #1 Perfecto vitola that we smoked retail at $8.50 per cigar. Although this may sound steep for such a little cigar, they do smoke for a long time. Additionally, they have a fascinating story in that all the tobacco is sourced from a single 15-acre area.

When Should You Smoke A Camacho Coyolar Cigar?

Camacho Coyolar Perfecto Colibri Lighters & Cedar SpillsBeing a small and convenient cigar, the Coyolar is a great option to carry with you and take somewhere to smoke. Whilst it may not be as grandiose as some of Camacho’s other offerings, it’s an ideal choice for smoking between friends or even to enjoy alone.

Dog walkers such as Charles-Philippe would enjoy this as an option when out with the hounds. Given the superior construction, they’d fare well under harsh winds and effortlessly brave the elements.

Those who enjoy fishing or hunting may also enjoy these benefits of the Coyolar as you’ll unlikely have ash dropping everywhere.

As for the time of day, the medium to full body make this a cigar best enjoyed in the late afternoon or evening. You could consider the Coyolar as a fine choice with an afternoon coffee or as a post-dinner digestive.

Closing Thoughts

Although the Perfecto shape isn’t everyone’s choice, there are other vitolas to choose from as we’ve listed above. Nevertheless, it makes a refreshing change to one’s habits! Meanwhile, the overt leathery accords produced throughout the smoke provide a full-bodied experience that makes for a memorable and thoroughly enjoyable smoke.

Camacho Coyolar Cigar
Reviewed by Paul Anthony, on .
"A very leathery experience. If you'd enjoy the unique Perfecto shape and love the aromas of leather, then this is definitely a cigar to try."
Rating: 4.0 ★★★★

About the Author:

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.

2 Comments

  1. George Gardener July 12, 2018 at 3:33 am - Reply

    Sounds like the sort of thing I’d subscribe to! Definitely going to try and get my hands on a box.

    • Charles-Philippe July 12, 2018 at 3:41 am - Reply

      Hi George,

      I’d thoroughly recommend it. It took us aback at first but we love this smoke as a leathery experience. It’s much like an oud fragrance in a way.

      Best,

      CP

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