It’s been a busy year for Camacho that saw the company continue its successful rebranding of the brand. The company introduced the BG Meyer Standard Issue and followed up last years limited edition Blackout with the Double Shock. Released in boxes of 20, the cigars are packed as a duo. Two separate cigars tied together by a band with an offsetting barber pole look. The blends are the same however, or so we believe. The cigars are available in five sizes and carry an MSRP of $11-$13.
Cigar: Camacho Double Shock
Size: Robusto (5 x 50)
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano / Mexico San Andreas
Filler: Dominican, Honduras, Pennsylvania
The Look: The Camacho Double Shock has two looks about it. One is black band and red logo, the other is a red band with a black logo. The Double Shock comes packaged as two cigars with one price. The barber pole wrapper has a nice look to it with a dark chocolate and milk chocolate like color. The cigar also features a foot band and a well packed foot though one of the cigars has a significant sized stem visible. In the hand the cigar feels light but firm.
The Notes: Ever have a bowl of Frosted Flakes, but finish the cereal and only a little bit of milk remains. The flavor of the milk that is left is what the cold draw of the Double Shock reminds me of. The nose of the cigar serves up some notes of spice and more sugar like sweetness. Once the cigar is lit the initial notes are that of cocoa, cedar and a touch of earth.
As we work into the first third of the cigar the sweetness on the initial light is lost as the cigar begins to take on a slightly bitter earthy note before reintroducing the sweetness of the cold draw and a touch of cocoa notes.
In the second third of the cigar the sweetness begins to fade and is gone by the midway point of the cigar when it turns bitter again. The notes of earth return with a taste that reminds of raw carrots.
The final third of the cigar, I begin to feel the effects of the strength with a slight jittery feeling as the bitter earth remains and I start to feel the cigar on the back of my throat as well. There is some cedar present toward the end, and the cigar has a long finish that stayed with me for some time after.
The Burn: The ash on the Double Shock held for about an inch at a time before dropping. The light color ash that had a marble effect to it was flaky as well. There was a nice resistance to it that helped the robusto burn very slow. The burn line was thin especially on the San Andreas portion and it burned surprisingly even which is a difficult task when using two wrappers.
Overall: A tale of two cigars as the first half of the cigar was enjoyable, but unfortunately for me the second half was out of my comfort zone. The bitter notes of earth and carrots didn’t work for me. The packaging of the Double Shock is another home run, but unfortunately for me the cigar was a long out.