Camacho Liberty 2007–Five Years Later
Back in August, 2007, I started a blog, and bought a box of Camacho Liberty 2007’s. My original thought was to save some, and review them in five years. I totally forgot about that idea, until I was reminded while doing another review recently.
Aging cigars is something I don’t focus on anymore. After digging out the cigar up for review today, I found some other stuff I’ve been keeping. We may be seeing more of these “Aged Cigar” reviews. Anyway… Let’s see how five years of age treated the Camacho Liberty 2007.
Wrapper: Barber Pole – Maduro and Corojo Shade
Filler: Honduras & Pre Embargo Cuban
Size: 6 x 56
Price: Around $15.00
Pre-Smoke & Construction:
Naturally, the first thing that grabbed my attention was the beautiful barber pole wrapper. It was pretty and rugged looking at the same time. The smell of the wrapper and foot was sweet cedar. The draw was a little snug, and barely fell within my tolerance. As for the pre-light flavor, you guessed it, cedar, and lots of it. From head to foot, the cigar was rock solid, and evenly packed.
The draw loosened up a bit in the first third, and became a non issue. The burn required one minor touch up, and the ash held for about one inch.
The first third was smooth, real smooth. For the most part, all I could pick up was sweet cedar. After an inch and a half, an easy pepper developed, and it was mostly noticeable when retrohaling. In the background were notes of tea.
Things came together in the second third. The dominant flavor was a steady cedar. Dry cocoa joined in, and the more I smoked, the more it developed, in terms of richness. Retrohaling revealed more peppery zing, along with a sweet spice. An easy, black coffee joined in at the half way point.
The last third had a more even mixture of flavors. Between cedar, cocoa, and coffee, nothing really stood out over the other. The spicy sweetness developed a tingle that was felt on the lips. Like before, everything was smooth.
This was a very good medium to lower full bodied cigar. I don’t think age hurt, or helped. I can say with certainty that five years did smooth things out. Some of the complexities were subtle, and demanded my attention. If I were distracted, I could see some of them slipping by unnoticed. Luckily, this wasn’t the case. I had a nice, relaxing experience. Some shops have horded this limited release. If you happen to run across them, I’d pick a couple up.
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