I am absolutely positive that I am not the only cigar smoker who has pre-conceived notions that all candela wrapped cigars are going to be mild. So before you skip this review, let me assure you that this was not your “typical” candela cigar. Read on to get the low down on this interesting smoke!
Wrapper: Honduran Criollo Candela
Binder: Honduran Original Corojo
Filler: Honduran Original Corojo
Country of Origin: Honduras
Appearance & Smell
The wrapper had a bit of hay/grass smell to it. There were some veins but overall a very pretty cigar. When smelling the foot I got more earthiness and cedar notes. I love the green band but I am probably partial because green is my favorite color!
I went my traditional route and put a flat cut on this cigar with my Xikar Xi1. I also lit it with my double torch Xikar Enigma.
Burn & Draw
This cigar was easy to light and keep lit. The draw was perfectly in the middle, not too tight and not too loose. I only had to touch it up once but that was when I let it sit for too long. The ash held very well and I didn’t find myself struggling at all with the construction.
Strength & Body
Here is the surprising part of the candela, the strength really is a medium to a medium-plus. By using the original corojo blend, it really boosts the strength of the candela. The body is all there and it was a nice departure from the typical mild candela cigars.
I went in expecting a mild smoke which has become standard for candela cigars. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this cigar had more kick and a lot more flavor than other candelas I have smoked. It still carried some of the hay/grass taste but it really was a secondary flavor. The corojo really takes the front seat and the candela seems to meld very nicely by adding some nice contrast to the smoke. So before you roll your eyes and run away thinking this is “just another candela”, give it a shot and see what you think. It retails for about $7-$8 and I think it is worth the money. Plus, there were only 4,000 boxes made, why not give it a try before they are gone?
Source: Purchased Locally
Brand Information: Camacho Cigars