April 27, 2021

Week in Review (Volume 3, Issue 15)

Seth's Humidor
Week in Review (Volume 3, Issue 15)

I spent a lot of this time this week coming back to the Camacho portfolio, and it is a portfolio that is fairly solid. I know a lot of today's smoker don't connect with Honduras and Honduran tobacco, Nicaragua has been dominating that field with the Dominican Republic in a far second, but it is a country that is growing some great tobacco and there are some amazing cigars being made there as well. I personally find quite a bit of enjoyment in Honduran Corojo and Criollo tobacco, and Camacho has done a good job in the re-blending of the Camacho Criollo and the Camacho Corojo. Of course I smoked some cigars this week that have a good amount off Nicaraguan tobacco in them as well, and they were great cigars. Speaking of Nicaraguan tobacco, there is so often the case that Nicaraguan tobacco is very close to that of Cuba, but in my opinion that is far from the truth and I believe there is more similarity with Dominican and Honduran tobacco to that of tobacco from Cuba.


Cigars Reviewed This Week:







Thursday, April 23rd, 2021: Montecristo Petit Edmundo



Cigars Smoked This Week:


Probably one of my favorite Tatuaje smokes, the Reserva J21 is an awesome and amped up version of the Seleccion de Cazador line. The Nicaraguan blend in the filler and binder pair well with the Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, and the robusto size is a classic size for the line. Construction is always perfect with the cigar, and the medium-full strength and body level are perfect as well. They are great young or with age, and no matter how old they may be the flavors are truly splendid. The cigar delivers some classic old school flavors, and it has a nice cappuccino, leather, oak, nutty and toasty quality. I have enjoyed some newer releases from Pete Johnson and Tatuaje, but there is something about his older blends that are so much better.

Review Here.


The latest release from Illusione Cigars, a cigar we saw at the beginning of this year, the Illusione ~ECCJ~ is truly a magnificent cigar. Everything about the cigar is incredible, and it is more than likely the best cigar I have smoked this year. The flavors are complex and always showing transitioning throughout. It comes with an excellent construction, and a body and strength level that is to my liking. Dion never fails to deliver a blend that I care for, and more often than not I ask how he can create a blend that is better than the latest blend he just created. The blend shows a nice bit of spices, hay, graham cracker, honey and tobacco, and it is very complex and showing a little bit more strength than what we get with the Epernay releases. This is easily a cigar I would buy two boxes of; one for aging and one for smoking.

Review Here.


Room 101 is a brand I can really get behind, and there are a lot of reasons for that. The blends with the releases are more often than not to my liking, and since the Namakubi they have had some great smokes. The flavors being delivered are unique and enjoyable, and while not every release is my cup of tea, a majority of the releases are releases I get behind. Along with solid blends, Room 101 has been using some awesome vitolas, and for the most part they are all fairly small offerings. He has your classic Churchill in the Sucio, but he has has terrific lanceros/Mutantes, and also some wonderful Rothschild offerings with his Roxxo vitola. His latest release is the Room 101 Ichiban Roxxo, and it is a release for a specific store, Cigar Realm. The cigar features a heavy amount of Nicaraguan tobacco and is completed with a dark Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. In terms of flavors the cigar has a lot going on, and there is a nice bit of transitioning throughout. It begins very spicy and woody, but as it progresses it begins to show some more coffee and cocoa notes while being concluded with a combination of cocoa and spice flavors. I have smoked through quite a bit of these and I can tell you that for the price these are a no brainer, and a great release for Room 101..

Review Here.


The Camacho Corojo is a classic cigar, and it is the cigar that showcases the greatness of authentic Corojo seed tobacco. For years it has done well on the market, and it is probably one of the most well known Honduran cigars, and I remember smoking a ton of these back in 2007 when I was really getting into cigars. Once Nicaragua really took off, I forgot about the cigar, but with the resurrection of the brand in 2019, I have been coming back to Camacho, more and more. The cigar really delivers those great Corojo qualities, and it shows a nice spicy, floral, and aromatic quality that is strong in body and strength throughout. The robusto is my preferred vitola in the line, and that is because of the balance between the wrapper and filler tobacco and amazing construction that comes with the vitola. I smoked a ton of these this week, more than anything else, and I was never disappointed with the finish of any of the cigars.



While I love Honduran Corojo, Honduran Criollo '98 is extremely tasty and more to my liking on a daily basis. It has a nice balance to it, and it shows a great gritty earth, spicy, and floral quality. There is an old school vibe present with the tobacco overall, and when applied with a great blend in the filler and binder you have an awesome cigar. The Camacho Criollo is a classic example of the wonderful qualities that can be delivered with a great Criollo '98 wrapper from Honduras and a good blend underneath that. It has a flavor profile that delivers flavors of earth, spice, mineral, wood and floral qualities, and it is a medium full cigar with all of that going on. Camacho has done a terrific job in re-blending this cigar, and with the packaging upgrade this is my preferred line in the portfolio.

Review Here.
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