August 13, 2018

Cigar Review: Camacho Liberty Series 2018

Camacho Liberty Series 2018
For ten years Camacho Cigars has released their Liberty Series cigars, and for 5 years I have been enjoying them. The line has always been a single release of the year, and production has always been fairly low. Off and on the release has been a single or multiple vitola line, but of late the line has been the single vitola smoke. Packaged in individual coffins the cigar is given the most magnificent of presentations, and attentive detail throughout production. Every year the blend is changed, and the blending of tobacco involved differs as well. We have seen rare tobacco inside the filler, unique wrappers, dual wrappers and more with the Liberty Series, and for this year the company decided to release a cigar that was on trend with today's market.   

Coffin 10,846
For this years release the company stayed with their traditions of making Honduran puros, but do so in a more defined way. The company decided to use tobacco that was all of the same seed, and use that tobacco from the same field. This is a vintage cigar, and with that a single farm cigar as well. It is not often that you see this with cigars, and there are some that when using the same tobacco from the same field that the cigar will be rather one dimensional and not entertaining. I am a fan of the method, when done correctly, and find that you can blend a great cigar in this process and that it will be very enjoyable now and in years to come. While tobacco is not identical to wine, they are very similar in these methods, and it is great to see manufacturers approaching cigars in this manner. For this project, the release was limited to 4,000 cigars total, 2,000 boxes of 20.    

As I just said the cigar is a Honduran puro, and is composed of tobacco entirely from 2008. All the tobacco is authentic Cuban-seed Corojo, and is from the same farm as well. The tobacco for this project was grown with this cigar in mind, so it is great to see a company planning for a cigar like this four years prior. The cigar is released in a single vitola, what they call the 11/18, and it is 6" in length with a ring gauge beginning at 48, increasing to 54, and then finishing back at that 48 ring gauge. It is a beautiful cigar in hand, and it is slightly firm. It has a lovely light Colorado coloring to it, and it has this weather redwood and dry clay soil coloring. There are some veins present in the cigar, but it is mostly vein free and very smooth. It has a nice silky texture to it, and the aroma at the foot is of spices, wood, coffe, leather and even some curry notes.  
Opening the Coffin
Lighting up the first third of the cigar it begins fairly soft and flavorful. There is a nice presence of some coffee beans with the cigar, and also some damp wood that has this saltwater taste to it. There is a nice floral flavor profile present as well, and with that some citrus notes. There are very few spice notes at all present in the first third, and it is a nice way to begin a cigar. It is not overly complex, but warming up the smoker. It is burning fairly even, not great, and producing an ash that is dark charcoal gray in coloring. I feel that the cigar is closer to mild in strength right now, and between mild and medium overall. The cigar has a lovely draw as well in this third, and I find it to have the perfect draw for me right now; it is not too powerful but not to tight as well.

When I get into the second third of the cigar it begins to open up very quickly, and it was like some blew up  dam of flavors. I begin to get a lot more spice notes in this third, and with that the coffee bean flavors are more that of cappuccino. There are those floral and citrus notes present with the cigar also, there is this cinnamon, toasty and nutty flavor profile present as well. If this was the cigar at last years Humo Jaguar, it would have definitely won, and things are going great. The strength level of the cigar has increased some so that it is right at that medium body level, and the burn line has gotten a lot better also. There is a nice even burn line with the cigar, and with that is the dark charcoal gray coloring to the ash.   
Honduran Corojo from 2008
I am in the final third of the cigar now, and the flavors are still growing as well. There are those lovely nutty, toast, citrus notes, and with that are some coffee bean, cinnamon and spice notes. I am not getting as many floral notes in this third, it is much more woody, and there is a nice hay like finish to the cigar. I am getting a slightly tighter draw in this third as the ring gauge is decreasing from that 54 in the middle, and the burn line is becoming a little wavy as well. It is still a solid burn line though, and with that there is that dark charcoal gray ash coloring. The strength level of the cigar is right at that medium level, and it is one of the lighter Camacho smokes that I have had in some time. The cigar smokes fairly cool to the end, and as to be expected very flavorful.  

This was a terrific cigar, and a great release by Camacho. It really possessed a flavor profile that was not like any Camacho flavor profile I have had, and I loved it. There was a point in the cigar where it was reminding me in someways to the Room 101 Namakubi line, but at the same time was a little more spicier and also unique in its own way. It was not an overly powerful cigar, I would say medium body throughout, and with that you really got a lot of great flavors from it. This is a cigar that I would definitely buy some coffins of and hold on to, and a couple to smoke. If you are a fan of Camacho Cigars then you will be love this stick, and at the same time say this is like no other Camacho. I think this cigar will be incredibly popular when people begin to try the cigar out, and once the masses hear about how great this stick is, they will all be gone. Buy these sticks up! I give this cigar a 92 and will treasure every minute smoking this baby. 
11/18 Figurado