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Review of Camacho Select Cigars

Including Comparisons to Previous Blend and Camacho Corojo Cigars

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Camacho Select Robusto Cigar

Camacho Select Robusto Cigar

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Camacho Select cigars are made in Honduras with Honduran binder and filler tobaccos, and Cameroon wrappers. I reviewed a Camacho Select cigar back in 2007, but the blend was tweaked in 2008, and the packaging was updated to give the cigars a new look, which included a completely redesigned band in addition to a new foot band. Later that same year, Camacho Cigars became part of the Oettinger Davidoff Group, but still continues to produce cigars under the Camacho brand name.

The size of the Camacho Select that I smoked for this review was the robusto, measuring five inches in length with a ring gauge of 50. Since we are comparing the new Select blend to the old, I also tossed in another Camacho cigar for even another comparison. Camacho says that their Corojo blend is the only cigar made entirely with truly authentic corojo tobaccos that are grown in the Jamastran Valley in Honduras. The robusto that I sampled was also made in Honduras, and also measured 5 x 50.

Other cigars made by Camacho that were previously reviewed on this website include the Camacho Triple Maduro, the Camacho Liberty, and La Fontana. Camacho Cigars also produce the Baccarat brand, a very popular and enjoyable mild cigar having a bit of sweetness on the cap. Baccarat cigars would be a great choice for new cigar smokers, as well as for casino gamblers who want to use a cigar as a prop that really looks the part.

Draw and Construction

Camacho Corojo and Select Cigars

Camacho Corojo and Select Cigars

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Both cigars were well made and had good draws. Each robusto sized cigar smoked for about 35 minutes down to two inches remaining. The ash was medium-to-long, and the cigars burned evenly, at least for the most part. I did apply one touch-up light to each cigar about half-way through, just to keep the burns perfectly even. In my first review of the previous Camacho Select blend, I mentioned that I was impressed by the cigar's silky wrapper. Although the feel of a cigar counts very little, if any, towards my overall rating, the first thing that I noticed about the new blend (after the appearance of the new bands) was not that the wrapper may have been a different color, but that the feel of the wrapper leaf was no longer silky. It felt like most every other other premium cigar. Not a big deal, as long as the flavor of the cigar did not suffer.

Flavor

The Camacho Select's "new for 2008" flavor did not suffer, in fact, it improved. The cigar had a very pleasant and enjoyable tobacco flavor, but without a lot of flavor nuances that some cigar bloggers like to write about. The smoke was medium bodied, and would probably be enjoyed by most mainstream cigar smokers. Although the cigar was not very complex, it was still a darn good smoke. The flavor lasted for the duration of the cigar, and did not become harsh or bitter as it did in my previous review. I rate the Camacho Select with a solid 4 Stars.

The Camacho Corojo cigar that I smoked for another comparison was not as enjoyable as the Camacho Select. However, the flavor was more distinctive and unique, starting off with just a bit of dry pepper and spice, but mostly having a leathery taste. After about ten minutes, the notes of pepper and spice faded, and the cigar had a predominately leather and earthy flavor for the duration of the smoke. This cigar was fuller bodied than the Select, and might be enjoyed more by experienced cigar smokers who prefer a distinctive earthy-leathery smoke. I rate the Camacho Corojo as 3 to 3½ Stars.

Value

A single Camacho Corojo Diploma Robusto cigar sells for around $10, but a box of 21 will bring your price down to an average of about $9 per stick. Although these cigars do have a distinctive flavor, it is a flavor that I did not enjoy as much as the Camacho Select. If you really want to try these, you may be able to find a 5-pack selling online for only $30. An average price of $6 per cigar in a 5-pack is definitely more reasonable than buying an entire box of 21 cigars for $190. However, prices are always subject to change, so it pays to shop around.

On the other hand, the price of a box of 24 Camacho Select robusto cigars is about $130 online, which averages out to less the $5.50 per cigar. This is a good value for a very pleasant medium-bodied smoke that would be enjoyed by most mainstream cigar smokers. The four-star rating at the top of this page applies to the Camacho Select Robusto, and not to the Corojo blend, which was only included in this review to make another comparison. Use the "Compare Prices" button on this page to check current pricing on Camacho Select Cigars.

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