Camacho Corojo Figurado Review: A Full Bodied, Strong Cigar
The Camacho Corojo Figurado cigar had been sitting in my humidor for nine months waiting for the right moment to be smoked. It was the only Camacho I had left from the selection of five I ordered way back in December 2019 and to be honest, they had been something of a mixed bag.
The reason I chose this particular cigar to smoke late into a Wednesday night, which is not my usual smoking day or time, was of an invitation to be interviewed live by fellow sister of the leaf Cynthia Gonzales. This happened to be a cigar that was readily available to both of us, so that we could share the experience and compare tasting notes on both the cigar and my chosen drink, which was a Mexican Espresso Martini.
On this occasion, I took the unusual step of looking up the flavours to be expected in the cigar from both my own notes on the Camacho Corojo Robusto, and various websites that offered tasting notes. The reason that I don’t usually do this I because I like to taste without prejudice or influence.
My notes on the Robusto that I smoked back in March 2020 read “Strong and fruity with an easy draw. Good balance of smoke and flavour. Notes of cinnamon, cloves and pepper” and a lot of these same flavours came up as I smoked the Camacho Corojo Figurado. But I am jumping ahead a bit. Let me start at the beginning of the experience.
The wrapper was Colorado Maduro in colour and left what felt like a light coating of olive oil on my fingers as I handled it. The aromas were very fruity, similar to my baking cupboard where I keep all my dried fruit. The light was very even and the draw wasn’t too easy, which allowed me to get good mouthfuls of flavoursome smoke.
Speaking of the smoke, there were quite a few occasions during the evening when I noticed that I has started blowing smoke rings. These were some of the most well defined smoke rings I have managed to blow, and they gently expanded into the air before they faded into gentle wisps.
For the first third, I was a little more wrapped up in the good company and conversation than I was in taking flavour notes, but there was an underlying sweetness over which I tasted cloves and cassia. A hint of earthiness was also present, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on the exact quality of it until I was further in to the cigar.
Almost exactly at the midway point, I encountered a flavour that took me rather my surprise. So far, the flavours had been very consistent, building up and playing off the Mexican Espresso Martini I had been sipping. Suddenly, my mouth was filled with the taste of Apple Betty – a delicious desert made from apples, sultanas, cinnamon and vanilla, although without the sugary sweetness. As suddenly as it appeared, the apples faded away to be replaced by an earthy walnut flavour that in itself shifted more towards a grilled field mushroom that had been basted in the juices of a seared steak.
Below this exciting flavour journey that the Camacho Corojo Figurado there was a gentle, but every increasing, hint of leather and cedar. During this transition, I had finished off my martini and was looking for something else to drink with the remainder of the cigar. I reached for one of my trusty single malts, in this case Penderyn Legend. The sweet, fruitiness were a delicious counterpoint to the ever growing meatiness of the cigar.
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Camacho Corojo Figurado Cigar Details
- Vitola: Figurado
- Length: 5¼”
- Ring Gauge: 52
- Smoke Time: 3h
- Source: Paul Bugge
Camacho Corojo Figurado Review Summary
This is a strong cigar with a very consistent flavour from beginning to end. Whilst I did enjoy the time I spent with the cigar, I didn’t feel compelled to smoke it down to the nub. Of the Camacho Corojo’s that I have smoked, my preference would be for the smaller Robusto.
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