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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

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Today’s cigar reviews on Puff.com start off on a powerful note with the Camacho Diploma, which will be followed by the milder J. Grotto Series Reserve.

Camacho Diploma Figurado

Before I get into the depths of this Camacho Diploma review, let me just say this:  the Diploma is not regarded as a cigar for the faint of heart.  In other words, if you only like mild smokes like Macanudos or if you’re completely new to smoking, then the Diploma is probably too strong for your taste.  The cigar isn’t said to be all power, however, as it’s supposed to offer up plenty of flavor as well.  Sounds good to me.  So after enjoying a nice full meal to take on this “powerhouse,” it’s time to see what the Diploma is really made of.

The Camacho Diploma Figurado measures in at 6 1/8 x 54 x 42.  It is not the only size available in the line, however.  Camacho also offers the Diploma in the following formats: the Robusto, 11/18 Toro, Churchill, 60/6 Gordo.  The cigar's filler is a combination of tobaccos from the Dominican Republic and Honduras.  The binder is from Honduras as well, but of the Corojo variety, and an Ecuadorian Habano 2000 wrapper finishes things off.  As mentioned before, the Diploma is a powerhouse, and it falls in full-bodied category of strength.

There's little getting around the fact that the Diploma Figurado is a cigar that is easy on the eyes.  Its Habano wrapper is quite inviting with its chocolate brown color.  There are a few small veins that are visible, and there is just a touch of oil on the wrapper.  The cigar looks just a tad rough overall, and appears to be constructed well.  I detect no soft spots, and the Figurado shape offers a nice change of pace.  A large band sits near the head that has a silver, purple, and black color scheme that blends in well with the wrapper's color.  The band is quite large too, so if you’re looking for flash, you get it here.  The band displays the Camacho name and Diploma moniker along with other markings.  There’s also a smaller black and silver band at the foot.  Before lighting, there is a cocoa scent and a cold taste that is earthy.

The Camacho Diploma's burn is solid overall and offers no problems to speak of.  The draw is just right and the light gray ash stays on for an inch.  The burn stays even on its own from beginning to end.  Only one re-light is needed.






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