This week, I’ll be reviewing the Camacho SLR Maduro in the Rothschild size. The SLR, Special Limited Reserve, are made with two wrappers: natural corojo and an US Connecticut broadleaf maduro. Camacho use 100% Pinareno tobacco in the cigars from Rancho Jamastran in Honduras famed for their Corojo. The tobacco is aged for 5 years to really bring out the flavor of the corojo. The one I’m sampling today is about 3 or 4 years old which is why it has the old packaging. The cello wrapper around the cigar actually turned yellow. I haven’t had one of these in a long time, too long, so I choice this one for this week’s review. The cigar comes in different sizes in the different wrappers.
Natural – torpedo, gigante, chuchill, toro, Rothschild and corona
Maduro – gigante, figurado, toro, Rothschild, perfecto #2, perfecto #1
Let’s see how it’s smokes!
The cigar is very well made. The wrapper is dark sienna brown with a toothy appearance. The wrapper has no large veins and has a nice feel; not too soft or too firm. The cap is well wrapped and the wrap line blends into the cigar well.
Pre-light draw and aroma
On the first draw, I get heavy notes of earth and cocoa. The foot has mostly earth and the wrapper has a strong earth aroma with a hint of manure. This is what I expected maduro corojo cigar.
The cigar has initial notes of earth, cocoa and woods. The woods remain the longest and really linger on the palette. The cocoa is the strongest on the retrohale. The draw on this cigar is really nice and smooth. The cigar gives off loads of smoke and the room aroma is great. It’s reminiscent of burnt sugar and earth. The ash is nice and tight with a blue gray color.
On the second third, the woods come on the strongest, but now I’m getting hints of nuts. Also, the cocoa is getting more bitter like a nice dark chocolate bar with a high cocoa content. I’m also getting a nice buttery note on the aftertaste as well. The cocoa does seem to be fading a bit as the cigar burns down.
The cocoa is making a comeback….a Chuck Liddell type of come back! Its hitting my palette hard and its gotten sweeter. Still, woods are strong on the final third but its mainly just those two notes now. What is surprising is that the cigar has gotten low, but it’s still not too hot.
I really enjoyed this cigar. It was mellower than I expected, but it was aged for several years. Camacho lists this as full bodied, but have to disagree. I think it’s clearly medium bodied. Nevertheless, the cigar smoked really well with really good flavors. What was interesting was how the cocoa went from sweet to bitter then back to sweet. The woods complimented the cocoa notes well, as well as the subtle nutty flavors. Definitely a cigar you should check out.