Video review HERE.
Camacho had a little makeover last year. The blends were tweeked a bit and the bands were changed. The Diploma is Camacho's top of the line cigar. Camacho is based in Honduras and is now owned by Davidoff.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano 2000
Filler: Dominican and Honduran
The cigar is well made and the band takes up most of the cigar. Here is a shot of the foot.
The test draw after cutting the cap was a little firm. I would not want it to be any firmer to get a good draw. The initial flavors were a combination of sweet cedar and cocoa. The pepper was a black pepper rated at a 6 or 7; not nearly as much as I expected. The cigar is medium bodied to start with. The combination of sweet cedar and cocoa reminds me of a cake batter. Remember as a kid you would lick the bowl when she was making a cake? Something like that.
About an inch in the sweetness is really picking up in the cedar. There is a sprinkling of cinnamon in the cedar now. The cocoa notes are secondary and there are coffee notes as a base. The finish is a sweet cream with some lingering black pepper. The cigar is still medium bodied but I expect it to move beyond that.
A couple inches in the cedar is still very sweet, The cocoa notes are subtle but with the deep sweetness you can still tell they are around. The cedar is so sweet and rich I'm getting some cherry notes. There is now some dry oak notes. Everything else is about the same.
Not a lot changed to the end. There are a lot more dry oak notes now. The sweet cedar is the primary flavor, followed by the dry wood, and the cocoa notes are third. The coffee is still the base flavor. The pepper ticked up to a 7.5. The cigar reached medium to full bodied status about the 2/3 point. The finish did not change; sweet cream with lingering black pepper. The Camacho Diploma has been a solid cigar and very smooth. Camacho is known for some powerhouse cigars but this is a smooth, tasty cigar. Very good cigar. If the blend was revamped they did a good job.