Released in late 2018, the Camacho Hard Charger is the brand’s third instalment of the Brotherhood Series.

Camacho Hard Charger Cigar With Box

It is offered in a single 6″ X 50 toro vitola and is also a limited edition cigar of 1,500 boxes of 20 cigars (total production 30,000).

Hard Charger Cigar Box By Camacho

This particular Brotherhood cigar pays tribute to the United States Marine Corps, as they are fearless in “leading the charge” in the fight of preserving the freedoms we enjoy in the USA!

As a result, Camacho has tried to make a flavor forward “bold” cigar in line with their brands reputation (you can read our Camacho brand history here), and the servicemen it honours.

In this review, we’ll cover the cigars flavors, and its overall presentation.

Paul Anthony Holding Camacho Hard Charger Cigar

Camacho Hard Charger Review

Some key facts about this cigar:

  • Size: 6″ X 50 ring gauge (toro size)
  • Wrapper: USA Broad Leaf Connecticut* Maduro
  • Binder: Honduran Corojo
  • Filler: Honduran Corojo
  • Country of Manufacture: Honduras

*There is a very interesting Cigar Aficionado article on the American Connecticut Broadleaf, with its overall characteristics, growing conditions and differences with its more refined shade grown brother. Well worth a read.

Recommended Retail Price:

  • $13 per cigar
  • $260 per box of 20

Pre Light Draw

Cut Head Of Camacho Hard Charger Cigar

There is a nice sweet earth smell, with a touch of mineral.

As for its appearance, the wrapper feels thick to the touch, a bit oily, and has some deep rough veins. These are all common characteristic of the broad leaf Connecticut wrapper leaf.

Foot Of Hard Charger Brotherhood Series Cigar

The filler looks to be nicely “booked” per the Camacho proprietary method, and had a nice medium draw.

First Third

First Third Burned Of Camacho Hard Charger Cigar

It opens quite peppery, which is personally not my favorite flavor profile. There are also some earthy and mild spice undertones. At this point I’d say its more on the fuller side.

I hope it evolves a little more into the second third.

Note: after smoking several of these the open is not totally off-putting, and think it would mellow slightly with a few months in the humidor.

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Second Third

Second Third Burned On Camacho Hard Charger

There has been a lovely transformation into the second third. I’m still getting pepper but its mellowed right down, and I am now getting some more earth and mild spice. On the retrohale, I’m even getting some mineral notes too.

Final Third

Final Third Of Hard Charger Cigar

The cigar did not particularly evolve from the second third, but did stay quite enjoyable. Even as it got right to the end, it stayed enjoyable, and did not develop any bitterness.

No, this is not a hugely complex smoke nor one that is going to bring in floral, fruit or citrus notes to the palate but that’s not its marching orders!

Cigar Construction

Vein On Hard Charger Cigar Wrapper Leaf

Even with the aforementioned large veins on the cigar I smoked for the pictures in this review, it burned incredibly even, requiring no “touch-ups”.

Beyond this first one pictured, I smoked several others and had no burn or construction issues.

Note: I store these at 69% RH with Boveda packs in an airtight humidor bag.

Box & Band Presentation

Box

Cigar Box Of Hard Charger By Camacho

As with all Camacho boxes I’ve owned, this does not disappoint. They really hit the branding and quality out of the park.

Inside Of Camacho Hard Charger Cigar Box

This box has a nice matte finish, and includes a limited edition Camacho dog tag attached to the top with a magnetic fastener.

Dog Tag on top of cigar box

Band

The cigar features two bands.

Cigar Bands From Camacho Hard Charger

One conventional band around the top of the cigar, and in usual Camacho style it’s relatively large. There is also a foot band too, in a nice “aged” silver metallic paper.  Both are nicely embossed, added to the premium feel of the cigars presentation.

Main Cigar Band On Hard Charger

Both bands came off easily, with no damage to the bands for those who like to collect them. More importantly, they cause no damage to the cigar wrapper itself. This is no surprise, as the wrapper is a robust piece of kit!

Final Thoughts On The Camacho Hard Charger

As always, I’m impressed with Camacho’s presentation and stories they build around their blends.

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Camacho Hard Charger Brotherhood Series Box Open

After a slightly overpowering start the cigar settles down into a nice smoking experience, of pepper, earth, spice and some mineral notes.

Overall its a medium to full experience, and took around 90 mins from start to nub (I smoke ’em to the end!)

Camacho Hard Charger Smoked To Nub

At $13 a stick, I think it’s well-priced taking into consideration the presentation, and the fact it’s using a USA grown wrapper. There may be some better value cigars in the Camacho line-up, but for a limited edition run, and for anyone with a military and in particular Marine Corps connection / interest this is definitely worth a box purchase.

Camacho Hard Charger Review
Reviewed by Paul Anthony, on .
"A bold cigar that offers an enjoyable peppery and earthy smoke with some mineral undertones. To take the edge off the peppery first third, it may need a few months in the humidor."
Rating: 4.0 ★★★★

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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.

8 Comments

  1. Alex January 8, 2019 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Nice review as always Paul. Appears to be an interesting flavor profile cigar.

    I’ve tried one of the other two brotherhood cigars, so I’ll try this one out too if I see it in my local shop.

    • Charles-Philippe January 9, 2019 at 6:30 am - Reply

      Hi Alex,

      It does indeed! I’m looking forward to trying one myself.

      Best,

      CP

  2. Kevin January 8, 2019 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    I have smoked a couple of these and thought it was quite linear, but not bad.

    Not sure I would buy a box, but may be good for some people.

    • Charles-Philippe January 9, 2019 at 6:30 am - Reply

      Hi Kevin,

      I understand what you mean. I haven’t tried one yet but the full pepper opening and consistent flavour that follows might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Looking forward to trying one, though!

      Best,

      CP

  3. LAStyleGuy January 9, 2019 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    Sorry, but there’s nothing dapper about cigars: They yellow your teeth, stink up your clothing and breath, and cause cancer.

    • George Gardener January 9, 2019 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      Ugh, there’s always one!

    • Roger January 9, 2019 at 4:16 pm - Reply

      Get your facts right!

      Uneducated and closed minded people are very frustrating.

  4. Charles-Philippe January 9, 2019 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    We heard you last time, Bruce (at least I presume you are Bruce who commented on a video some time ago)… And the time before that.

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