I really wanted to like the Camacho Connecticut cigar. Its truly beautiful, which is “against the grain”, with this company’s previous stogies. The Camacho Company used to be laughed at as a “drugstore” type of cigar, due to poor quality, but that has changed completely. This Honduran manufacturer is now known for delivering complex, powerful smokes that will leave you with quite an impression. However, they’ve never produced a “pretty cigar,” as all of their sticks have looked a bit rough. So when I bought the Camacho Connecticut Toro, I was blown away by its appearance.
Its just simply gorgeous. The light brown wrapper has a sheen to it that’s just awe inspiring, and you can tell that the persons rolling them, take a bit of extra time to focus on its looks. There were no veins in the wrapper whatsoever, and the rolling lines were smooth to the touch. I thought I was in for a real treat, and while I didn’t have a problem cutting off the cap, I did notice it took some effort to fire it up. Nothing too challenging, and I was surprised not to have that initial Camacho trademark kick that I’m used to.
I was hoping it would get stronger, as Camacho’s are considered to be a meaty, full bodied Honduran product. While there is some Dominican filler in these cigars, the Honduran part must be of a smoother flavor than tobacco from this Central American country. As I smoked it, I kept waiting for it to improve, but it lacked any sort of intensity. It was a vanilla experience, boring ot say the least, and I wasn’t able to detect many notes other than perhaps a bit of light coffee. While this might be alright for a beginner, you don’t want this type of cigar if you have a well developed palate.
The smoke volume was lackluster, and it took a lot of effort to puff away on it. This is due to obviously wrapped too tight tobacco, and I was almost exhausted by smoking it. It is a shame that such a beautiful cigar, failed to deliver the goods, and I’m not ready to abandon the Camacho Company. Their SLR’s are among my favorites, but this one just misses the mark. I admire their effort to deliver a pretty looking stick, but it just lacks the complexity a fine cigar should have. What’s even more disappointing is the lack of a bang for the buck, as at $10, it is way overpriced and should thus be avoided.