The Camacho Corojo Maduro – one of the blends that was tweaked last year upon the grand re-branding of Camacho by Davidoff. Camacho is a brand known for its utilization of the Eiroa family’s famous Honduran tobacco. In my opinion, nobody has done Honduran tobacco better than Camacho. Regardless of your opinion of their tobacco, it’s indisputably distinct in its characteristics. It’s full, rich, and meaty. In a word – testosterone.
The Camacho Corojo Maduro is particularly unique for two reasons: A. It’s one of the few true Honduran puros on the market, and B. The wrapper, binder, and filler are all authentic vintage Corojo tobacco.
Cigar: Camacho Corojo Maduro
Size: 7×48 Churchill
Wrapper: Honduran Corojo
Binder: Honduran Corojo
Filler: Honduran Corojo
Number of cigars smoked: 2
Price Range: $7ish and up.
Appearance and Pre-light Aroma:
Let’s be straightforward; this isn’t the prettiest cigar visually. This isn’t a con in the slightest, as in the case of the Camacho Corojo Maduro it’s part of the character. It’s supposed to be a rough-around-the-edges, rugged, manly cigar.
Aromatically speaking, the Corojo Maduro smells of a soft sweet earth and wood, with a bit of rounded cocoa powder. Nothing really in the way of spice, or the impending power that is to come.
Well, well, well. There’s the familiar taste of that oh so famous Eiroa Honduran Corojo that we all know and love. Like a bull storming out of the gate, a blast of meaty, earthy corojo tobacco slams the palate. A nice caramelized sweetness pervades in the finish, along with a spattering of pepper. While certainly bold, the Camacho Corojo Maduro is surprisingly smooth through the nose. There’s definitely some heft, along with a healthy dose of pepper, but it’s not as brash as one might expect.
The blend really starts to show some maturity in the second third. The Camacho Corojo Maduro balances and stabilizes its profile all around. With a high level of power, such as with this cigar, it’s always a mark of great tobacco and a talented blender when a cigar can execute such a bold, dominant display without losing its poise. You’ve still got that bold, meaty corojo flavor holding steadfast as the concrete foundation of flavor, but it’s still refined enough to allow for some of the more earthy flavors to standout. The sweetness is still present, but very deeply layered in, making it a bit difficult to pick up if you’re just casually smoking. The front of the palate still feels a bit of a bite with each puff, but the intensity continues to soften, and there is virtually zero abrasion through the nose.
The Camacho Corojo Maduro continues its trend of gradually relaxing its intensity. Make no mistake, this cigar is still on the full side of the spectrum, but has dropped down to what might be considered Full -, or Medium +, with an emphasis on the plus. A surprisingly strong presence of woodsy notes has surfaced, and compliments the rest of the profile quite well. The meaty flavors have taken on a muted salt flavoring, another characteristic not at all uncommon with the tobaccos coming from the Eiroa family.
Burn and Construction:
There is no beating around bush, the burn on the Camacho Corojo Maduro can be a bit wonky. The cigar will smoke well and stay lit for the most part, but every so often something will be a bit off in the way it’s burning and will require a minor correction. Overall, it’s really not too bad; a bit of finesse and a quick zap from a torch will get things sorted.
As far as the construction, it’s top notch. As previously noted, it’s not the most aesthetically appealing cigar, but it is damn sturdy. Roll lines are smooth, and the cap is more or less perfect every time. One shouldn’t feel hesitant to have it thrown around in a travel humidor. It’ll tank whatever blows it may incur.
The Camacho Corojo Maduro is just an all-around great cigar. Its tobaccos come from some of the best Honduras has to offer, its flavor is distinct and well above average, and most importantly – it’s always consistent. Generally, cigars on The Cigar King Blog are judged on their own merit, and price point generally isn’t factored into the actual review portion. That being said, one should mention the price in this particular scenario, as it contributes to what makes this cigar interesting. The Camacho Corojo Maduro can be smoked at a starting price of around $7.00, and the price increments for larger sizes aren’t huge. The amount of power, flavor, and complexity in this cigar is near unrivaled at the price point, and you can easily expect to pay around $10.00 for comparable cigars.
Honestly, the Camacho Corojo Maduro is a tried-and-true, purpose-driven cigar that is at an everyday price point. It’s one of those cigars that you can grab off the shelf of any humidor in the world with confidence and enthusiasm. No longer do you need to ‘settle’ for a cigar when confined to a budget, with players like the Camacho Corojo Maduro on the field, you can get a great cigar at an everyday price point.
4 out of 5.
Be sure to stop by this Friday, May 23rd, for the Camacho Torch it Up tour event! Come by for a free cigar and come smoke with us! Check out the event trailer here!