Bite Size Review: Camacho Corojo
In 1961, The Beatles are making their first appearance at The Cavern Club, John F. Kennedy is sworn into office as the 35th President of the United States and Ham the Chimp is strapped to a 5,000-mph Redstone rocket for sub-orbital Mercury flight testing. And while the US was officially severing diplomatic and consular ties with Cuba, Simon Camacho was busy opening the first cigar factory in Miami, Florida. Later, cigars bearing the famed Camacho name began flowing until the Eiroa family purchased the effort in 1995, some five years after Camacho’s death.
The name Eiroa is synonymous with Honduran tobacco and for perfecting the cultivation of Cuban-seed Corojo tobacco outside the Vuelta Abajo. Outside Cuba’s PDR region, it took Honduran farmers almost 40 years and countless harvests (cosechas), painstakingly nurturing the hybrid Corojo tobacco before it got the thumbs up to be rolled into a cigar. The bold, flagship blend, the Camacho Corojo, has consistently been rated in the high 80s and low 90s by Cigar Aficionado since 2003. In 2008, Oettinger Davidoff AG purchased the brand and in 2013, shook things up by repackaging and reformulating the blends.
Our Corojo is solid, with a just enough give, is semi-veiny and near seamless. The triple seam cap is nice and the cold draw is superb, allowing for a free flow of malt and cocoa on the palate. The wrapper and foot are brimming with fragrant cacao, pan dulce and cocoa powder. The Corojo has patiently been simmering in our humidor for almost a year and today is the day. The red-labeled, whisky-colored, corojo-wrapped Honduran puro comes with some ligero attitude, so with music blaring, we say, “bring it on.”
Out of the corner, the Corojo pulls its punches, treating me to a nice blend of cream, oak and caramel with a light spice on the tongue. The toasted almonds on the retro are marvelous and the long finish has a savory smoky, nutty tang. Smooth and tasty, transitions are highlighted by increasingly bolder, full-bodied profiles dominated by earth and wood, but are well-balanced with sweet cashew, leather and dark fruit. Combustion is stellar for the most part, but the burn gets wavy toward the end and the Corojo struggles to hold a 1” ash. If you’re looking for nuanced or complex, this ain’t your stick as that’s not the Corojo’s MO. But, just because its bold and full-bodied, doesn’t mean it isn’t tasty and enjoyable. Not a go-to for most of us, but if you’re in need of a full-bodied fix of rowdy and you wanna ride the red, keep a few around. – In Fumo Pax!
Did you Know: Corojo tobacco is the product of isolating the famed Criollo strain from Central America and crossing it with Indonesian Sumatra.
- Profile: Med – Full
- Vitola: Toro
- Length / Ring Gauge: 6.0″x52
- Purchased: B&M
- Origin: Honduras
- Wrapper: Honduran Corojo
- Binder: Honduran Ligero
- Filler: Honduran
- Cutter: Colibri ‘V’
- Lighter: Colibri Firebird
- Price: $8.00
- Humidor Age: 12 mo.
- Box: 20
- Other Vitolas: Corona [5.5″x44], Churchill [7″x48], Figurado [6.125″x54], Gigante [6.5″x54], Gordo [6″x60], Petit Panatela [4″x32], Robusto [5″x50]
Smoke Time: 1:38
Build: Semi-veiny; toothy, firm with good give; almost seamless; nice triple cap; whisky-colored wrapper; struggles to hold 1″ ash.
- Wrapper – Cacao, sweet bread (pan dulce)
- Foot – Cocoa powder, whiff of graham cracker
- Cold Draw – Malty, cocoa
- Initial: Cream, oak and caramel intonations; light spice on tongue; toasted almonds on retro; Smoky and nutty long finish; develops notes of charred maple on retro and very light candied nut intonations.
- Transition: Savory wood profile; leathery with fuller body, pepper and sweet cashew; finish features charred wood and espresso;
- Transition: Bold earthy profile with strong cedar overlay; charred meat; woody finish; spice still light; dark fruit on retro.
Balance: Very good
Touch ups: N/A
Combustion: Very good
Weaknesses: Burn becomes irregular late
Recommendation: 2. 5-packer
- Go-to (boxworthy)
- Yard ‘gar
- Smoke a banana instead