Last year Camacho unveiled the Master Built Series with the American Barrel-Aged. The cigar features bourbon barrel-aged Corojo tobacco, which ages inside the barrel for 5 months. The remainder of the blend is constructed almost entirely of American grown tobacco including a broadleaf wrapper, binder and filler, along with a maduro filler tobacco from Pennsylvania.
Cigar: Camacho American Barrel Aged
Size: 6 x 50 (Toro)
Wrapper: American Broadleaf
Binder: American Broadleaf
Filler: Corojo (Aged Six Years), American Broadleaf, Pennsylvania Maduro
Source: Camacho Cigars
The Look: The orange and black primary band is full of information. It denotes that the corojo is aged for six years, and that it spends 5 months inside the bourbon barrels. The secondary band on the foot denotes that as well. The cigar itself has a rustic appearance and feels coarse under the fingers with a lot of tooth. There are a few veins, and the seams of the roll are visible in some spots.
The Notes: The cold draw of the American Barrel Aged has notes of earth, and the morning dew. There are elements of oak that are even more noticeable on the foot. Once the cigar is lit the notes of oak and earth take hold.
Smoking our way into the first third of the American Barrel Aged the notes are of earth, and oak, with some similarities to the finish of bourbon. As the first third comes to a close, the dominant notes are oak. Through the nose the cigar produces some moderate pepper.
In the second third of the cigar, the bourbon notes really take hold and become the dominant taste by far. There are elements of a smokey bourbon, though I haven’t drank bourbon in quite some time. The finish is that of oak with some continues pepper through the nose.
The last third of the cigar has some subtle vanilla notes in the background that compliment the bourbon like qualities and oak that have remained constant throughout the cigar. In the final third of the smoke the complexity really shows with little nuances that are incredibly enjoyable. The finish of the cigar is slightly long with notes of earth and oak.
The Burn: The American Barrel Age has an ultra thin combustion line with a light color ash that has some darker markings. The ash which is a little flaky hold for less than an inch at a time. The draw serves up a draw with some resistance that is near perfection, and ample smoke production. The cigar remained lit throughout the entire smoke and never needed to be touched up or relit.
The Finish: This cigar is a bourbon lovers dram. There are a lot of nuances that stand out when paired with the libation. The Pennsylvania tobacco stands out with a distinct taste, one that I happen to enjoy in this particular cigar. Now out for over a year, the cigar continues to stand out and is an enjoyable smoke.