Written by Puff Staff

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

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Today’s reviews on will feature one new release in the form of the Camacho Ecuador, as well as a “re-release” in the form of the La Palina Collection Mr. Sam.

Camacho Ecuador Churchill

The Camacho Ecuador is a brand spanking new release that is set to hit shelves by the end of this month.  Since the brand’s inception in 1962, Camacho has put out plenty of quality cigars that are known for being bold, and while the Ecuador might not be one of its boldest offerings, it does promise “intense” flavor.

To give you more of a background on the cigar, here’s a snippet from the official press release:

“Camacho, the world’s leading brand of bold cigars, is proud to introduce the all-new Camacho Ecuador; an intense new flavor experience born in the foothills of the Andes Mountains.

The Ecuador Habano leaf is one of the most storied tobaccos in our arsenal, a wrapper unique unto itself in color, texture and aroma. Grown in the rugged and nitrogen rich soils beneath the towering Andes Mountains, a majestic region where tobacco growing first took hold thousands of years ago. Ecuador Habano is one of the most versatile wrapper leaves in existence, opening the possibilities for our master blenders to experiment and drive the boundaries of flavor to new heights.”

With that out of the way, let’s jump into the review.

I’ve chosen the Churchill format of the Camacho Ecuador for this review, which measures in at 7 x 48.  Other sizes in the line include the 5 x 50 Robusto, 6 x 50 Toro, 6 x 60 Gordo, and the 6 1/8 x 54 x 42 Figurado.  The cigar has a filler made up of Honduran and Dominican Pelo de Oro Ligero tobacco, a Brazilian Mata Fina binder, and an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, which is the highlight of its composition.  The strength of the Camacho Ecuador is listed as medium to full-bodied.

If there’s one thing that stands out about the Camacho Ecuador Churchill’s appearance, it’s the huge band.  Camacho recently decided to “re-brand” themselves, and large, in your face bands was part of that process.  The rich blue color of the band catches the eye, and it displays the Camacho name in a very large font that can probably be read across the room.  The cigar itself has a medium-brown wrapper that’s on the oily side and has very minimal veins.  The cigar’s appearance is smooth overall with no major imperfections.  The large Churchill format feels heavy in my hand, and giving it a squeeze reveals no soft spots.  Before lighting, I pick up spiciness on both the cold draw and the stogie’s aroma.

I strike the big Churchill with my torch lighter and its burn commences with ease.  The draw produces huge puffs of smoke that offers up a pleasant smell, and the burn requires no touch-ups or re-lights.  Smoking time is around 90 minutes, so if you choose the Churchill, make sure you have enough time on your hands to finish it.

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