Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler: Corojo, Criollo Ligero, Pelo de Oro from Honduras and DR
Size: 6 x 50 “Toro”
Price: $7.00 MSRP $6.40 SBC ($5.76 after discount code)
Today we dissect the Camacho Ecuador. And Christian Eiroa is not at the helm, Davidoff is.
Since ownership of Camacho transferred from Christian Eiroa to Davidoff, the latter has turned the cigar company into a joke. I’ve reviewed all the blends they have to offer and out of all of them, I only found two worth spending money on: Triple Maduro and the Diploma. The rest are all drek and besmirch the name of Camacho. So 2 out of 7 blends ain’t bad.
Now this new Ecuadorian blend comes to roost and is actually getting some good feedback.
I would like to thank a reader that sent me a 5 pack that he purchased from, yes, Small Batch Cigar. I know it was SBC because no one wraps and protects cigars like they do.
CI sells this cigar for 60 cents more than SBC. And most are backordered. Since it is popular, and new, you won’t save much on Cbid. I took a peak last night and they had one 5 pack on auction and bidders were paying $1-$2 more per stick than if you bought them from CI. Such dumbasses.
Now, the big difference from other online stores is that SBC gives you 10% off with the coupon code: leafenthusiast. And the shipping is free bringing the price of the cigar down 75+/- cents per stick depending on size. And you figure what free shipping does to the stick price.
The stick comes in five sizes:
5 x 50
6 x 50
6 x 60
7 x 48
6.12 x 54 x 42 (Figurado)
The cigar is made at Agroindustras Laepe, S.A. in Honduras. I threw that in there like the A List reviewers do. Do I care where it is made? I dare you to pronounce it. And then find a way to work it into 5 sentences throughout the day.
The construction of the cigar is so so. I have 5 of them and this is the first one I am smoking. Seams are incredibly sloppy. There are soft spots. It looks like it has a double cap. The wrapper is a dark coffee bean brown with a nice oily sheen and some tooth to it. Some sticks have ginormous tree trunk veins.
I clip the cap and find aromas of earthiness, cocoa, coffee, wood, sweet tropical fruit, cloves, and spice.
Time to light up.
Right off the bat, I am attacked by “Pepperzilla” ala Don Pepin Garcia’s blends. Sort of like shoving 27 pieces of pepperoni in your mouth at once. My tongue curls up and dies. My nostrils flare like a Gibbon. And my asshole puckers to the size of tiny Raisinets because it feels like a family of red ants is having a picnic in there. And I’m lunch.
I quickly grab the dog and shove my mouth on its ass to get rid of the flavor. Works every time. And the dog likes it too.
Back to the smoke….I glance over and the dog is smoking a Kool. Don’t anyone accuse us Jews of not taking proper care of our animals.
For a few moments, I could swear I tasted chicken fat. I guess I got too immersed into the Jewish thing.
I can feel layers of skin being removed from the roof of my mouth by the red pepper. The draw is great though!
And then the char line makes a run for the border with the start of a small canoe which I immediately fix.
A treacle-like sweetness begins. (British term for molasses). There are some British slang words and jargon, that after all these years, I still use. I find it very odd.
Some new flavors join the fun: Cocoa, espresso, anus..I mean anise, (I’m on a butt roll), a vegetal element (This means sticking a straw in the navel of an invalid and sucking), sweet Hawaiian bread, and stout beer. Really.
The char line is making me nuts. I smoked one last night to make sure it was OK to review and I had not a single burn issue. So natch, I get the one that gives me a stroke.
A sweet caramel flavor enters the arena.
I am extremely disappointed over the lousy construction of this cigar. I keep making huge corrections to the char line virtually ruining my cigar experience. The flavors are building to something excellent but being let down by the crappy rollers’ work.
Clearly, Davidoff is all about PR and not about quality control. They must be aiming their new fancy PR platform on attracting younger, and inexperienced, cigar smokers.
Here are the flavors: Spice, creaminess, cocoa, espresso, sweet bread, anise, and beer. I know, I know…beer is the first time for me too.
The second third begins after only 15 minutes. I’ve literally burned away most of the cigar fixing the char line. But it seems as though the thing is beginning to behave. As this is only the second stick I’ve smoked, it is at this point, a 50/50 chance of getting a good burn.
Flavors are nice but nowhere near becoming a flavor bomb. The spice and creaminess is the mainstay of the blend. It is just another $5-$6 stick with flavors you expect. If I could, I would be buying up all the old Camachos that are on closeout sales everywhere. I can’t imagine a world without the original Camacho. Sure, Eiroa is doing his own thing but it isn’t the plethora of blends his family is so famous for.
Camacho used to mean STRENGTH! Now it means WIMPY!
Thank you Cosmic Muffin. The char line is behaving like a mensch now.
This has become a very flavorful cigar. It is by no means an Eiroa CBT, or a L’Atelier, or even a Patel 15th Anniversary. It is your standard, inexpensive flavorful cigar that just can’t quite get to flavor bomb status.
Remember when Camacho cigars were expensive? A couple still are but most are in the same price range as the Camacho Ecuador.
I am at the halfway point now. No changes at all to the flavor profile. This is my version of a real yard ‘gar. Not a cheap piece of crap, but rather, a nice tasting cigar that is not expensive. Why are you supposed to smoke a $1.50 dog turd while puttering in the back yard? What? Are we not monkeys? We are men. Stout hearted men who want to enjoy our cigars, not just get through them. So stupid.
I must admit that the Camacho Ecuador is a lot better than the rest of the blends. Except for the Triple Maduro and the Diploma. The Mike Ditka stunt cigars are trash. I guess Ditka needed some extra cash to augment his other businesses during the off season. He’ll put his name on anything for a buck.
I took a gander at other reviews and I’m pretty sure through the PR speak of reviewers in the pockets of Camacho feel pretty much the same way I do about this cigar. Nothing special.
I have no idea what all the buzz is about. Oh wait, yes I do. The Camacho PR MACHINE!
As the cigar continues on its way of mediocrity, the flavors are quite nice. The price of somewhere in the mid-$5 range from Small Batch Cigar is exactly what it should cost.
Maybe months of humidor time will make it a winner; but I doubt it. I am positive that I am getting all this cigar has to give.
Unless something brash occurs, I am beginning to become bored with the Camacho Ecuador.
Here are the flavors: Creaminess, caramel/butterscotch, sweet bread, cocoa, espresso, black cherry, anise, and beer. The spice seems to have exhausted itself.
For my tastes, I like a blend that has a spicy kick all the way through it.
A good friend sent me some Don Pepin Garcia Black Label or Cuban Classics. Now there is a consistent, great cigar. He got a 10 pack of robustos on Cbid for $32. That’s crazy good.
I’ve been remiss in my duties. The strength? It has been an even keeled medium body from the start until I begin the last third. With no hint of getting stronger.
The sun is out and I’m getting some nice photos showing off the chocolate caramel colored wrapper and ignoring the bad construction.
The cocoa moves up the food chain. It actually might have a shot at flavor bomb status in the last inch or so.
After the two Camacho blends I mentioned earlier, I would put the Ecuador in third place of the now eight blends.
I have reviewed all 8 now and you can take a look if you are interested. Just type in Camacho in the Search window on my home page.
Black cherry also rises to the occasion. The unique beer flavor on the tail end continues.
Strength begins to move upwards bringing with it some nicotine.
The sweetness of the leaves is very prominent now. I must admit that it deserves to be in the flavor bomb status now. Still not complex but the flavors are resilient and bold.
The stick finishes out just short of medium/full. It isn’t hot or harsh. Just imagine what Davidoff could do with the Camacho line if they really wanted to impress.
Bottom line….this is not a cigar for sophisticated palates.
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