Camacho Triple Maduro 11/18

Camacho Triple Maduro 11/18

CamachoOrigin : Honduras
Format : Figurado
Size : 6 x 48/54/48
Wrapper : Honduras Maduro
Filler : Honduras Maduro
Binder : Honduras Maduro
Price : ~$11-15 each

Up for review this time is the much acclaimed Camacho Triple Maduro. In typical American style if something is good, more of it must be better. So this cigar became the first to sport all Honduran Maduro tobacco. I smoked the 11/18 which tapers at the head and foot of the cigar.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★☆
It has a raisin colored, toothy, somewhat blotchy in the middle wrapper. There were also several large veins. The Triple has a nice sliver band with the Camacho C and Triple Maduro. There is also an attractive silver label on the foot. The 11/18 format is nice and an interesting shape to look at.

Construction : Rating: ★★★½☆
The cigar is well made with no noticeable soft spots. Prelight draw and the draw throughout the smoke were firm. The burn was sharp but wavy requiring a number of touch-ups. I had to draw on the cigar a bit more than normal in order to keep it lit. The cigar burned for two hours easily. The ash was light gray and held on about an inch.

Flavor : Rating: ★★★★☆
Prelight smell was very sweet. It was a smell of raisin with a hint of earthiness. I lit it the old fashioned way with 3 matches. It gave off a wonderful smell while lighting it. Amazing amounts of smoke came out. The initial flavor was tough to place. I noted sweetness, dark roast coffee with wood and leather. There was some spiciness as well. The retro was white pepper spicy. In the second third I am getting more spiciness. The sweetness is still there and the smoke is a little dry. Light sweetness with a savory woody body. Rounding the bend into the final third, the sweetness is mostly an under tone like bitter chocolate replaced by wood. The body on this cigar started out medium but as I came towards the end it was now full bodied and giving off quite a nicotine kick.

Value : Rating: ★★½☆☆
The average price for this cigar in my area is $15. While this is a tasty cigar for $15 I expect a lot and I just do not find it that great a value.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★½☆
The first two vitolas I smoked for this review were 4 months old and I found them just okay. The third one I picked up at my B&M and smoked it immediately and I found it more enjoyable and flavorful. This leads me to believe that this is just one of those cigars that are better when fresh. I think that this was a very enjoyable cigar with a lot of character and complexity. Regardless of the burn problems I had, I would definitely smoke more of these and would recommend them to anyone that enjoys a good Maduro. I don’t think I would smoke these regularly as they are just too expensive. If the price came down to the $8-9 range that might be different.