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Camacho Ecuador Cigars

Monday, March 2nd, 2020
Born on the foothills of the Andes Mountains, Camacho Ecuador cigars are one of the most successful offerings in the Camacho brand portfolio.

Camacho Mike Ditka Throwback Edition

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Da Bears. I saw this cigar on shelves a couple months ago, but resisted purchasing one. Eventually, curiosity got the best of me. I only bought one, and this review is based on that alone. I’m not big on filler material, so here we go.


Wrapper: Honduras

Binder: Brazil

Filler: Dominican, Honduran, Nicaraguan

Size: 6 x 50

Price: About $10.00

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Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The wrapper looked nice, and had an earthy, woody odor. There were quite a few squishy spots on the cigar, but it wasn’t drastic. The draw had some resistance, but fell within my tolerances. The pre-light flavor was a very unique citrus.

The ash held for over an inch, and the burn required a few small corrections.

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The first third had an interesting melody of citrus, floral, and cedar notes. I picked up an easy cayenne pepper through the nose. After an inch or so, bitter cocoa joined in, with a hint of coffee.

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The second third became sweeter, which pushed the citrus notes to the background. It reminded me of one of those foo foo coffee/chocolate drinks, available at your local Starbucks. This isn’t an insult. I admit it, I like those foo-foo drinks, I just don’t drink them. The pepper was smooth, with just the right amount of zing.

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By the time I got into the last third, everything was focused on chocolate and coffee. An added peppery, cinnamon zing made a nice aftertaste.

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This was a very good medium to upper medium bodied cigar. I couldn’t care less about the Ditka collaboration with Camacho, but I can’t argue that this cigar delivers where it counts. There is nothing bad to say here. If you have a chance, this is worth trying. I will get more if I have the chance.

Camacho Liberty 2007–Five Years Later

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Back in August, 2007, I started a blog, and bought a box of Camacho Liberty 2007’s. My original thought was to save some, and review them in five years. I totally forgot about that idea, until I was reminded while doing another review recently.

Aging cigars is something I don’t focus on anymore. After digging out the cigar up for review today, I found some other stuff I’ve been keeping. We may be seeing more of these “Aged Cigar” reviews. Anyway… Let’s see how five years of age treated the Camacho Liberty 2007.


Wrapper: Barber Pole – Maduro and Corojo Shade

Binder: Honduras

Filler: Honduras & Pre Embargo Cuban

Size: 6 x 56

Price: Around $15.00

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Pre-Smoke & Construction:

Naturally, the first thing that grabbed my attention was the beautiful barber pole wrapper. It was pretty and rugged looking at the same time. The smell of the wrapper and foot was sweet cedar. The draw was a little snug, and barely fell within my tolerance. As for the pre-light flavor, you guessed it, cedar, and lots of it. From head to foot, the cigar was rock solid, and evenly packed.

The draw loosened up a bit in the first third, and became a non issue. The burn required one minor touch up, and the ash held for about one inch.

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The first third was smooth, real smooth. For the most part, all I could pick up was sweet cedar. After an inch and a half, an easy pepper developed, and it was mostly noticeable when retrohaling. In the background were notes of tea.

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Things came together in the second third. The dominant flavor was a steady cedar. Dry cocoa joined in, and the more I smoked, the more it developed, in terms of richness. Retrohaling revealed more peppery zing, along with a sweet spice. An easy, black coffee joined in at the half way point.

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The last third had a more even mixture of flavors. Between cedar, cocoa, and coffee, nothing really stood out over the other. The spicy sweetness developed a tingle that was felt on the lips. Like before, everything was smooth.

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This was a very good medium to lower full bodied cigar. I don’t think age hurt, or helped. I can say with certainty that five years did smooth things out. Some of the complexities were subtle, and demanded my attention. If I were distracted, I could see some of them slipping by unnoticed. Luckily, this wasn’t the case. I had a nice, relaxing experience. Some shops have horded this limited release. If you happen to run across them, I’d pick a couple up.

Room 101 One Shot One Kill

Friday, March 16th, 2012

This cigar is a limited release from Room 101, and is the brain child of Matt Booth. Like other Room 101’s, the OSOK is made in Camacho’s factory in Honduras. I didn’t snap a picture of the box, but they sport some pretty cool artwork. I generally don’t care about packaging or flash, but I admit it caught my eye and I bought some. Marketing does work, I am living proof.

Back to the cigar… It comes in three sizes, the 8 x 60 Chingon, 4.5 x 52 Filero, and 6.5 x 50 Trucha. I guess the deal is, these cigars are rolled by one person due to their complex shape. This resulted in very limited production numbers. As always, I paired this cigar with water…


Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Honduran

Filler: Dominican

Size: Perfecto “Chingon”  8 x 60

Price: $12.00

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Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The dark brown wrapper had a velvety smooth appearance, yet glistened in the light. No major flaws were found, but there was a 1/2 inch tear towards the middle of the wrapper. The smell of the wrapper was mild barnyard. Sounds gross, but it isn’t. The cigar was a little spongy to the touch, but it didn’t concern me. The pre-light draw had slight resistance, and had a dark coffee and mild bitter sweetness.

The burn required several corrections during the first and second third, but wasn’t anything outrageous. The ash held for just over an inch before falling off.

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The first third started off with a mild cedar. As got out of the tapered perfecto end, the flavors developed a bit. Wood was the dominant flavor, with earthiness, easy pepper, and something else I had trouble pinning down. I’ll call it floral. It’s the closest thing I can think of.

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The second third kept that dominant woody flavor. What I can only describe as floral remained throughout this third as well. The peppery spice developed a little zing, but remained easy to swish around the mouth and through the sinus. Earthiness took a back seat, but it would rear it’s head from time to time. A sweet bitter chocolate appeared and built in strength the more I smoked. The aftertaste became a sweet tingly spice. The smoke feel was dry and I craved water.

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In the last third, the sweet tingly spice took front row along with a dark bitter chocolate. I say bitter but it isn’t a bad bitterness. It is what you would relate to dark chocolate or cooking chocolate, not your standard Milky Way or 7-11 candy bar. This was some rich stuff. Earthiness went away, and that dominant woody flavor fell to the background. All the while, that floral note was wrapped around everything.

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This was a pretty long winded review, but this was a very good cigar. It started out in the lower medium range and built to a full flavored, full powered experience. I didn’t time how long it took to smoke, but it didn’t matter, it was worth the commitment. A complex flavor profile and changes made this a joy to smoke. I was expecting less. This cigar is worth the money and time, at least in my opinion.

Don’t Let the Politicos Mess With Our Cigars!

Monday, July 25th, 2011

If you read this blog, then I have to assume that you love cigars. Now, I said love, not like, but LOVE.  For me personally, cigar smoking is a passion and a hobby like nothing else I have ever experienced during my multiple decades here on earth. It’s hard to explain why there is such a love affair between aged, handrolled leaf and myself, but I am admittedly both intoxicated by romanced by premium cigar tobacco… and something tells me that you are, too.

fda_cigar_sm-250pxOver the past few years I’ve talked a lot about the Smoke Nazis and the anti-smoking zealots who want to eliminate all forms of tobacco from the face of the earth, but I haven’t talked much about the people who wish to regulate it – and I’m referring to none other than the Food & Drug Administration.

This is a frightening thought, my fellow Brothers and Sisters of the Leaf. If the FDA has full reign over handrolled cigars, our smoking world may change like nothing we have ever imagined. Let’s face it – whenever government takes charge of something, it becomes an instant clusterf@#k, and the entire cigar industry is pretty damned worried and rightfully so.

freedom_means_choice_2_tshirt-p235564109691893157q6vb_400First off, the beautiful ornate cigar box packaging that has been around for over a century could be replaced by labels, warning of death and disease, in font sizes larger than your head. And cigars stores won’t be able to have any tobacco products visible within their premises, but instead hidden behind closed doors where you would have to ask for someone to retrieve your smoke for you. (With JR CIGARS being the largest walk-in humidor retail stores in the world, I sure as hell don’t have a clue how that would work.) These are just some of the things that have been discussed and I can’t even imagine how it is possible in a country that is blanketed in a flag that stands for freedom and living a life of personal choices.

jr_ultimateThe good news is, I have read that the cigar industry has pushed our senators and congressmen hard to have premium cigars NOT regulated the way other forms of tobacco are. Let’s face it, so much of this is about keeping tobacco out of the hands of children, and children simply do not walk into cigar stores to purchase Camachos, Pepin Garcias, Gurkhas, and Ashton VSG’s that cost them as much as a coveted XBOX game. Thankfully, there is now talk of premium cigars being exempt from the FDA’s rule, which would be a saving grace to the entire cigar industry. But we can’t sit back and just HOPE everything works out all right. It’s up to all of us to email, phone, or fax our government representatives and let then know that they CANNOT take away our passion – a 100% LEGAL product that employs tens of thousands of people in the U.S. and other smaller nations who depend on this export to survive!

Guys, it’s no secret that powerful lobbies like anti-tobacco groups put a proverbial gun to the politicians heads when it comes election time, and the politicos respond with harsh anti-smoking laws, even though just about every single on of them enjoys the rich, smooth taste of a JR Ultimate, Montecristo, Punch, or Trinidad. It is hypocrisy at the highest level, but that is certainly NOT a surprise when it involves those who are full-time holders of office in our nation’s capital. Let’s continue to fight the good fight, people!

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Picture 4Villar y Villar cigars are handcrafted in Estelí, Nicaragua, with a classic medium-bodied blend of tobaccos from three nations finished with Colorado Ecuador Sumatra wrappers that are available in both Natural and EMS. They are solid, no-nonsense cigars, packed with flavor.

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la_primadora_logoMade in Danlí, Honduras, this cigar is a blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos with a charcoal-like flavor. The La Primadora is a consistent smoke at an economical price, and has proven to be a time-honored best-seller.

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Camacho Corojo Maduro

Friday, March 4th, 2011

It’s been awhile since I smoked a Camacho cigar. When I saw these at a local cigar shop, I couldn’t resist picking some up to review. This cigar boasts itself as the only Corojo wrapper, binder, and filler. So without further ado… My thoughts on the Camacho Corojo Maduro.


Wrapper: Honduras

Binder & Filler: Honduras

Size: Toro 6 x 50

Price: Around $6.00


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The dark wrapper looked good, although it did have some flaws. I noticed a couple of pin holes, some rugged spots, and maybe even a small patch. This is all cosmetic and didn’t really concern me. The wrapper had a barnyard odor, and the foot had a sweet earthy tobacco smell. There were quite a few hard and soft spots throughout the cigar, but nothing drastic. The pre-light draw was free, and had a dark earthy natural tobacco taste.

The burn got a little wavy, but I never had to correct it. The ash held for about an inch.



The first third opened up with simple earthy and natural tobacco flavors. Somewhere in the mix was a woodiness. Through the nose, there was pepper with some punch. The smoke feel was dry, and I found myself craving water quite a bit. The flavors were not bad, but they seemed unbalanced and one dimensional.


The second third had those earthy, woody flavors, with an added sweetness. The sweetness was generic, it didn’t resemble any food item I am aware of. The pepper mellowed out a little and became smoother. It was a combination of pepper and wood basically. Overall, the flavors came together well in this third. It felt balanced and well defined. The smoke feel became less dry and boarded on being creamy.


The last third, like before, kept the same core flavors. The spice went down another notch in terms of strength, and had a woody/sweet aftertaste. A tingle was left in the mouth and on the lips, and the smoke feel still boarded on being creamy. It was pretty much like the second third, so I won’t waste your time repeating myself.



This was a decent medium to full bodied cigar. Initially it wasn’t very impressive. Once the second third came around, I found myself enjoying this stick more. I think it meets it’s price point without argument. As I often say… You should be the final judge. As for me, in the end I thought it was decent.

Room 101

Monday, August 30th, 2010

The Room 101 is blended be Camacho. What is Room 101 you ask? From what I could find on the Internet, Room 101 is a brand of luxury items including jewelry, clothing, and various accessories. They decided to add cigars to their lineup, and Camacho did the honors. My first thought was about how gimmicky this whole thing sounded. But who am I to judge without trying the product? I finally gave in and picked up a few cigars, and offer you my review.


Wrapper: Semilla 101 (Honduras)

Binder: Honduras

Filler: Honduras, Dominican Republic

Size: 305 Robusto (5 x 50)

Price: Around $7.50


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The wrapper looked nice, and you could barely see the seams from rolling. The aroma coming off of the wrapper reminded me of a barnyard. The foot had a milder natural tobacco smell. When squeezing the cigar, I found a few minor hard and soft spots. They were not extreme or of concern. The pre-light draw had a little resistance, and had a slight earthy taste.

The burn required several minor touch up’s, and the ash held for just under an inch.



The first third: An easy, smooth peppery spice was detected when passing smoke through the nose. Wispy earthy notes were constant, along with an unidentified sweetness. The smoke volume was pretty thick with a nice earthy aftertaste.


The second third picked up with that sweet flavor. It didn’t take long before it developed into mocha. The spice remained but lost it’s peppery feel. It just became smoother, sweeter, and easier to pass through the sinus. At the half way point, the smoke feel became creamy.


The last third: The smoke volume increased and became very creamy. It stuck inside of the mouth and had a sweet spicy aftertaste. Speaking of spice, it became smoother and even sweeter. Earthy notes were very far in the background and hard to detect.



This was a very good medium bodied cigar. It wasn’t a “WOW” cigar, but the flavors were good. They changed up enough to keep things interesting. All gimmicks aside, this is a solid cigar and a good smoking experience. The Room 101 is easily worth revisiting, and if you haven’t tried it, I’d recommend you do.


Friday, November 27th, 2009

The LegendArio is a brand of Camacho. I’d never heard of this cigar until browsing the humidor over at Tampa Humidor one day. There really isn’t anything more to be said about this cigar, so off to the review we go…


Wrapper: Honduras

Binder/filler: Honduras

Size: Toro 6 x 50

Price: Around $5.00


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The dark wrapper had medium sized veins, but looked good. Squeezing the cigar revealed a soft spot or  two, but nothing of concern. The wrapper had a sweet woody smell, while the foot had a much milder odor of the same. The pre-light draw almost had no taste, just a sweet tobacco.

I had to do a few major burn corrections in the first two thirds. The ash held strong for just over an inch.



The first third opened with earthy notes. I detected a sweet spice when retro-haling. This concludes the flavor profile of the first third.


The second third had a sweet spice to it. An earthy and woody flavor filled the rest of the flavor profile.


The last third was the reason I didn’t call it quits on this review. The sweet spice became substantially richer in texture. It bordered on mocha. The smoke itself became thicker and coated the mouth nicely. Right behind that was the woody/earthy notes I mentioned in the previous thirds.



Overall this was an OK medium bodied cigar. Like I said, the last third was the best part. The first two thirds really did nothing for me. The flavors just lacked body and seemed thin and boring. I probably won’t be picking any more of these up, but I’d smoke one for free.

Camacho Limited Harvest

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

I have no idea where or when I obtained the cigar for today’s review. All I know is, I put them in the “To be reviewed” humidor. The only hype I could find about the Limited Harvest relates to the wrapper. Apparently it is made from “A new strain of tobacco grown on the Eiroa’s farm in the Jamastran Valley of Honduras.” Hence the name “Limited Harvest.” I filled my cup of water and got to reviewing…


Wrapper: Honduras

Binder/Filler: Honduras

Size: Toro 5.75 x 52

Price: 6 – $8.00


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

2CamachoLimitedHarvestThe first thing I noticed is how lumpy the wrapper looked, and how light the cigar felt. It wasn’t ugly but I’ll say it was rugged looking. When I squeezed the cigar from head to foot, I found it to be very spongy. Sniffing the wrapper reminded me of grass with a tinge of poo. The foot had the opposite mixture, first up was poo, with grass right behind it. The pre-light draw was very free, and tasted like simple sweet earthy tobacco.


The burn required quite a few corrections, and I didn’t trust the ash when it would get to just under an inch. The loose roll caused the flakey ash.




The first third opened up with a simple, smooth earthy flavor. I found nice peppery notes when passing the smoke through the sinus. The smoke took on a somewhat creamy feel that coated the mouth.


The second third held that smooth earthiness with an addition of a woody component. The smoke kept that thick feel with an added sweetness. The pepper mellowed out, losing some of its punch. A slight nuttiness entered the picture, and mixed with the other flavors nicely. I felt parched and found myself drinking a lot of water.


I found myself drinking lots of water during this third as well. The smoke feel was dry yet thick with no creaminess. Woody and nutty flavors dominated the flavor profile. The earthy notes were still there, but fell back in intensity. There was a touch of sweetness mixed in as well, I just couldn’t pin a flavor with it.



This was a decent medium bodied cigar. I wasn’t wowed by any means, but I wasn’t let down either. My only complaints were with in the construction department, although it wasn’t extremely bad. My final verdict… Give the Camacho Limited Harvest a try.

Cigar Blog: Xtra Special!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
As reported by Rich Perelman (from, Thompson Cigar Store is hosting a week of cigar manufacturers from Monday to Saturday prior to the Super Bowl in Thompson Cigar’s home city- Tampa, Florida. January 26th-31st: Monday thru Saturday 11am to 5pm Free Admission Everyday! Monday- Gurkha, La Perla Habana, and Xikar Tuesday- Don Pepin Garcia, 601, La Aurora, and Xikar...

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