Camacho Triple Maduro 50/4.5 Cigar Review

I do not usually make a big deal about the band on the cigar (in this case the over-sized normal band and the one on the foot) but I think that the band perfectly encapsulates what this cigar is all about. The bands are sleek, stark and over-the-top. Mostly silver and black, with a thin line of red and some other colors, the bands give you the sense that this stubby cigar means business. Having smoked some before, I know that it means serious business.

Besides the flavor what is really impressive about this cigar is how Camacho was able to make a cigar with all maduro leaves smoke well. Maduro leaves are thicker than normal and can have burn problems.

This cigar looks awesome. Very oily without any noticeable imperfections. The dark wrapper beckons for me to cut and light it, so that is what I am going to do now.

Cigar Stats
Robusto
Length: 4 1/2″
Ring Gauge: 50
Wrapper: Honduras Maduro
Binder: Honduras Maduro
Filler: Honduras Maduro
Price: $11.30

Kurtz Flame!

It starts out wild and spicy but (mostly) calms down within a quarter of an inch. By spice I do not mean the warm, cinnamon kind of spice. I mean black pepper or maybe even some cayenne pepper. Tasty stuff. There’s also cocoa, coffee, earth and a whole host of other flavors that come and go.

A couple of weeks ago I saw a review of this cigar at Tom’s Cigar Reviews and they were smoking it in the morning. Why do I mention this? Well, mainly because it is a full bodied cigar and I can definitely see where the uninitiated would have a hard time with its strength. But, to be honest, if you have smoked full bodied cigars for a while you shouldn’t have too much of a problem with this cigar. Don’t be afraid, it’s an awesome cigar and well worth any dizziness that might ensue. If you are a little wary then smoke it after a meal.

The smoke is very creamy. There is also a rich nutty flavor as well. Overall, the Camacho Triple Maduro is a very complex cigar with lots of great flavors. The draw is superb and the burn is basically even (required a couple of touch ups this time).

Almost finished now. It stays consistently strong: both in strength and in flavor. The price of this cigar will probably make many do a double take but I think it is worth the extra money, especially if you want to treat yourself. And, after smoking a few of these cigars, I’m impressed with their consistency. Truly great cigars are hard to come by – this is one of them.

95 points

Partagas Black Label Short Cigar Review

Pre-Smoke: It’s a big, dark and oily cigar that looks a little rustic. Oh, and by “oily” I mean really, really oily. Almost to the point of being too oily. This Partagas Black feels a little too soft to the touch. I am smoking the Magnifico (6″ x 54) vitola.

Smoke: Unfortunately, the draw is intermittently too tight. During those pockets when this cigar has a decent draw I do get some good flavors coming through. Chocolate, burnt pistachio and a robust earthiness. There is a salty sweetness that is left on my lips and that lingers in my mouth. It is also extremely bitter. A medium bodied cigar with a horrific burn.

After-Smoke: The funny thing about the Partagas Black Label is that all of this has happened to me before. In January I smoked one of the Partagas Black Label Magnificos and I gave it 82 points. The really befuddling thing about this line is that I gave the Partagas Black Label Piramide (6″ x 60 torpedo) 93 points.

1 point

Price Range: $5.50 – $7.50

Partagas Black Label webpage

Leon Jimenes Belicoso Maduro – Cigar Review

Cigar Stats —
Length: 6.25 —
Ring Gauge: 52 —
Wrapper: Brazil, Cameroon, USA/Connecticut —
Binder: Dominican Republic —
Filler: Dominican Republic —
Price:$5.50 — Dark torpedo with some white spots on it (not my fault, I just got this cigar!). While it is rough to the touch there are a lot of oils on it. It smells like it’s going to be a strong cigar but, knowing these cigars, it won’t be. There are some minor problems with the construction.

God of Fire Come Forth!

Arturo Fuente Churchill – Cigar Review

Cigar Stats

Length: 7.2″
Ring Gauge: 48
Wrapper: Dominican Cameroon
Approximate Price: $7.00

I am not sure if reading certain parts of War and Peace is a good idea before smoking a cigar. Reading about the deaths of half, HALF!, the Russian and French armies at Boradino doesn’t really get me in the mood to enjoy a fine cigar. Oh well, I soldier on!

I love these cigars. They are my favorite and this is the only cigar I have bought a whole box of. It isn’t the best cigar ever, I’ve smoked better ones. But there is just something about it that I love. And they do score well, each time I have smoked one I have given them a score of 88 to 91. Not too shabby.

Now onto this cigar. It has a hole in the wrapper! And the foot seems a little poorly constructed too. The cigar isn’t really oily but it’s got enough oils on it. I’m sure it is fine. The rest of the cigar looks good and delicious. I hope that looks aren’t deceiving for this cigar.

Hope’s Flame!

Just lit this cigar and I am a little worried about it. The draw is tight and the burn is uneven.

Whew! After about a half inch this ship gets righted. There is now tons of smoke and a good helping of spice. Like all the cigars from Fuente’s Gran Reserva line this is a borderline full bodied cigar. Just perfect if you ask me. It has well balanced flavors and is a smooth smoke.

This cigar has been in my humidor for nearly a year now. It’s one of the last from the box. I wouldn’t wait so long the next time I get some of these cigars but I think I have another few months before the flavors really start to die in these cigars. Basically, smoke them before eighteen months is up.

Halfway through the cigar does mellow out. Probably as a result of its aging in the humidor for a year. Great flavors. I already mentioned spice but there is also some leathery notes and a strong earthiness to this cigar. It is a warm, maybe even dry smoke.

Loved it.

90 points