It’s Stog o’Clock once more, and this time, I review a cigar that’s had a lot of hype around its release. The Camacho American Barrel Aged in the Toro size is a 6×50 stick with a dark and bold look to it. It has a chocolate-colored American Broadleaf wrapper with an American Broadleaf binder and fillers comprised of American Broadleaf, Pennsylvania Maduro, and the key ingredient in this blend, a 6-year old Honduran Corojo leaf aged in bourbon barrels for 5 months prior to rolling.
Off the wrapper, there is a slight smoky chocolate aroma. Out of the foot, I find the slightest bourbon aroma and some earth. The cold draw is spicy with a mild bourbon flavor. Once lit, there is a spicy cinnamon and black pepper bomb alongside some oak on my tongue. Through the nose, there is a delicious blend of chocolate, coffee, and caramel. The finish offers a smooth wood note.
Forty minutes in, the first third finishes out. On the draw, I pick up a very oily chocolate alongside light bourbon flavor and some charred peanut. Through the nose, I find black pepper with a delicious sweet caramel and some more faint bourbon flavor. The finish is long with espresso, rich oak, and smoky leather. Both body and strength settle in at the medium mark.
After one hour and ten minutes, I finish the second third. The draw treats me to sweet espresso with a buttery oak and some leather. The retro-hale is bold with dark chocolate, more mild bourbon flavor, and some earth. On the finish, I get smoky oak with some black licorice as well as black pepper. Strength and body remain the same.
The final third ends at one hour and fifty minutes. On the draw, I pick up leathery oak with some black pepper and more prevalent, sweet bourbon. Through the nose, I find caramel with some coffee and spicy cinnamon. The finish is complex with bitter cocoa on top of more black licorice and noticeable amounts of bourbon flavor. Strength and body both jump up to the medium-to-full mark in the final third.
The Camacho American Barrel Aged is a phenomenal cigar with unique, complex flavor. There’s just enough of the bourbon flavor to make it interesting, but it doesn’t overpower the other wonderful flavors in this stick. I think this one would pair great with espresso, stout beer, or simply some good bourbon. Construction was top notch, but for the $10-12 price tag, I already expected excellence. I highly recommend this one!