February 12, 2010
Origin : Honduras
Format : Perfecto
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Honduran (Corojo)
Filler : Honduran
Binder : Honduran
Price : ~$200 for the travel bag (see below)
This little puppy, known as Christian’s Blend, is currently unique to the Signature Blends travel bag, which only includes 4 CLEs, is an extremely limited and hard to find cigar. Thanks to Matt for hooking me up on the BOTL forum.
So being Christian Eiroa’s, Camacho president, personal blend I was expecting a cigar that will drop a man to his knees. But the first third didn’t do it.
The reddish brown wrapper was oily and alluring, but gave to the touch. The Diploma size can be underfilled at times.
It began smooth and leathery with a rich tobacco core. But it didn’t have any of that Camacho “punch”.
But as soon as I got to the middle, wham-o, I’m hot with a massive amount of peppery ligero, that yes nearly took me out. This was the strongest inch or so of a cigar that I have ever smoked. And just like Kaiser Soze, “poof”, it was gone, and I then picked up lots of coffee and wood, with a bit of pepper on the finish and exhale.
The draw was easy, the burn was fairly even.
It actually made me a little light-headed, but the smoothness in the last third allowed me to recuperate for the explosive finale.
It had to be babied a bit due to the slight underfill, but it just gave me more time to savor it. It picked up with strong coffee, pepper and dark chocolate. I really enjoyed this cigar!
Rating: 89 (B+)
February 13, 2010
Not to be a stickler, but the CLE that are included in the travel case are in the 11/18 vitola, a personal favorite. That being said, although the CLE is an excellent cigar I would argue that the Triple Maduro 11/18 is the better cigar.
The CLE is a different cigar for Camacho in that it doesn’t hit you over the head with strength. Don’t get me wrong, this is by no means a mild cigar, but it is also not Camacho’s strongest.
For complexity, great burn, and incredible flavors, I have to go with the Triple Maduro. This is one of my favorite cigars, period. In fact, the Triple Maduro 4.5/50 is the cigar I chose to smoke while I took my Certified Tobacconist examination.
CLE’s are great collector’s sticks as they are only available in the Camacho Executive Travel Case that retails for around $150 and contains 4 each of the CLE, Diploma, Triple Maduro, Liberty, and 10th Anniversary.
Check Mike’s Cigars of Miami for the lowest price…
Good smokin’ and Merry Christmas everyone,
p.s. I am smoking a CLE, on Christmas Eve, in my garage as I write this… nice.
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