Change is inevitable but, at least for this review, I’ll stand athwart change and yell “Stop!” because I’m going to review the old Camacho Corojo. Not only that, I’m bucking another trend (the one towards bigger vitolas) by reviewing the Machito, which is a very diminutive cigar measuring in at 4″ x 32. Cigars of […]
A cursory inspection reveals a couple of raised veins that almost run the length of the cigar and, upon further inspection, that sums up all the negative things I can say about the look of this cigar. The construction is near perfect, it’s oily, there are no soft/hard spots and it even smells good having that kind of aroma that is powerful, yet refined.
Fortunately, I have had the opportunity to smoke a number of these cigars over the last month or so and I have even done a Short Cigar Review for this Camacho Corojo Monarca. My major complaint at the time revolved around my perception that this wasn’t an overly complex cigar. Spicy? Sure. Some other flavors? Yeah. But it just didn’t catch me as being well rounded enough. And it can be a harsh cigar at times.
My subsequent experiences with this cigar have been better than when I did my initial review where I gave this cigar 3 points (roughly 85-88 points or, to put it another way, an average cigar). It may be a little bit better than that and, who knows, this cigar could be awesome, but I am guessing this cigar will fall into the 89-91 point range.
This cigar has the natural wrapper. It also comes with a maduro wrapper. For more information on all the sizes go to the Camacho Corojo Page.
Ring Gauge: 50
Wrapper: Honduras Corojo
Binder: Honduras Corojo
Filler: Honduras Corojo
Just finished having steak and mushrooms, which, now that I think about it, fits perfectly with this cigar. (What cigar doesn’t go well with steak?) It is a very rich cigar that overflows with white pepper, deep caramel, meat and a chorus of other flavors that meld wonderfully together. I know I said in my previous review that this wasn’t a overly complex cigar but this one definitely is.
The draw is absolutely perfect and the burn is relatively even. I’ll probably have to touch it up at some point. The slightly uneven burn can definitely be attributed to the fact that I am smoking under a patio cover in the rain so the humidity is probably pretty high right now.
While it started out as a medium-full bodied cigar after about an inch it has come off the fence and become full bodied. This may not be one of those cigars that will knock you out but it will let you know you are smoking a cigar.
My only major complaint about the Camacho Corojo Monarca is that the flavors do not meld together completely. For example, the sweetness from the caramel clashes with the white pepper creating a touch of harshness. It isn’t enough to significantly detract from my overall enjoyment of this cigar but it is noticeable.
That deep, caramel slowly morphs into a candied sweetness that is not altogether that bad. Oddly enough, I think it may actually meld better with the spice than the deeper caramel flavor.
Other flavors that begin to really come onto the scene after the halfway point include: earth and tobacco. Very good cigar.
Pre-Smoke: Very oil and smooth wrapper with only a couple of imperfections. There’s a small hole at about the halfway mark and the foot isn’t exactly the picture of perfection either – although that will soon be incinerated. Nicely packed cigar and, besides the aforementioned imperfections, it is wonderfully constructed. This is the monarca vitola (5″ x 50, robusto)
Smoke: It’s a medium-full bodied cigar with pretty good flavors. Earth and some spice are the main flavors. Not an overly complex cigar but good nonetheless because I like the flavors that are here. But, even so, this is an average cigar.
After a while a strong tobacco flavor starts coming through. I also have to upgrade the strength to full bodied; it just keeps on getting stronger. But I can’t say that the added strength is adding to my enjoyment of this cigar.
This cigar has a somewhat tight draw but the burn is pretty good.
After-Smoke: When I lit this cigar I really wanted to like it because I liked the Camacho Coyolar so much. But things just did not work out this time. Good cigar but nothing special.
Price Range: $5.00 – $ 7.25