This year marks 19 years of Camacho Liberty and is launched to celebrate and honor the birth and history of the United States, this special series is like no other. The strength and character are captured in an uncompromising blend of tobaccos from four origins and handrolled in a Churchill format. The extended fermentation and aging reflect the sacrifice and devotion required to obtain and appreciate Liberty with the multi-regional tobaccos that unite and are unrelenting all the way to the summit. The packaging for this year’s Liberty celebrates the contrast of vintage and modern Americana. This year only 1,500 boxes have been produced.
Cigar Review: Camacho Liberty 2021
Filler: Dominican Republic & Honduras
Ring Gauge: 48
The Look: Packaged in 20 count boxes that have become collectors items for some, the cigars sit inside in two rows of 10 with each cigar in its own wooden box. This year the Churchill size cigar features a milk chocolate brown wrapper with some thin veins visible. The cigar features a band of red, white and blue with a touch of silver. In the hand the cigar feels slight light, and the foot of the cigar reveals a large vein structure. Seeing the picture below I know some people will think this is a bad thing. Usually they are hidden better, but the vein structure often referred to as stems is important in a cigar blend. It helps deliver strength and flavor to a cigar. Abnormally large veins are often removed during the stripping process, but those that remain are usually in their for good reason.
The Notes: The cold draw of the Camacho serves up notes of oak and nuts with a subtle creaminess while the foot of the has a subtle raisin sweetness along with some more oak on the aroma. Once we toast and light our Camacho Liberty ’21 we are treated to a subtle pepper and and oak.
Moving into the first third the Camacho Liberty offers up a nice balance of strength and body. Neither are over powering, but the cigar is very tasting with notes of oak, nuts and coffee with a moderate finish. The retrohale of this Churchill sized cigar serves up a fair amount of pepper while adding to the oak components.
The second third continues down the same path, however the coffee component becomes dominant and the oak becomes more of an afterthought. The nuttiness slowly begins to fade as the second third comes to a close and pepper begins to appear on the palate in addition to the retrohale which also offers a touch of leather.
As we conclude the Camacho Liberty 2021 Edition notes of coffee remain dominant with the slightest hint of nuttiness. Leather notes continue to grow, falling just short of being dominant by the time we put the cigar down. The retrohale serves up an ample amount of black pepper and some additional leather notes.
The Finish: For me, the last few editions of the Camacho Liberty have been memorable for the wrong reasons. Thankfully, the 2021 edition rights the ship with a solid cigar. While it isn’t going to challenge any of the great Liberty releases of the past, this one was quite enjoyable even if it lacked any significant flavor changes.
Price: $359.99 / $19.99