Video review HERE.
The American Barrel-Aged features a blend of mostly American tobacco. In addition. the blend incorporates a six year old Corojo leaf aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels.
Camacho goes back to its roots, taking a six year old Original Corojo leaf and aging that leaf in Kentucky bourbon barrels. and ages that one leaf. According to Dylan Austin, Director of Marketing of Davidoff, “Barrel aging is a very tedious and hands-on process. We are aging around 2,000 lbs of Corojo filler tobacco and rotating the barrels one leaf at a time every few weeks. Each batch takes a full five months to complete and requires constant attention to ensure the proper journey for this special tobacco.” The remainder of the filler contains American grown tobacco. American Broadleaf is also used for the wrapper and binder.
The American Barrel-Aged is also the first in a new series by Camacho called the “Master Built Series.”
The cigar is nice looking and has a fairly dense feel in the hand.
The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. This review is done blind. By that I mean I have not tried this cigar before. The initial flavors were sweet boysenberry, brown sugar, and black coffee. The pepper was rated at a 7 1/2. The cigar is very dark noted.
About one inch in the boysenberry notes are secondary to what I will describe as a marshmallow cream flavor. The sweetness is very thick and nice. The brown sugar is still there, as well as the black coffee. The cigar is a solid medium bodied with quick movement toward medium to full bodied. The finish is thick and long and has a lot of the marshmallow cream with some lingering black pepper. It has some hints of butter notes.
Close to the midpoint there are dashes of cinnamon to go along with the marshmallow cream. The boysenberry notes are very faint. The pepper has intensified especially on the finish. The cigar is still medium to full bodied.
With about 1 1/2 inches remaining the light cinnamon notes are affecting the marshmallow cream flavor by toning them down. The brown sugar is aiding the sweetness. The black coffee is still the base. The buttery notes never showed up on the front end. The boysenberry notes are pretty much gone now. The cigar is a notch above medium to full bodied. The black pepper has intensified on the front end also.
At the end the marshmallow cream was very much toned down. It lost some of it's sweetness. But, the cinnamon and coffee notes moved up. The black pepper continued to improve. The cigar is very close to full bodied. The finish remained very good with a touch of butter on the marshmallow cream. The lingering black pepper remained very good.
I wish the cigar had the buttery notes on the front end. That would have been very nice. The cigar has been very good, however, and these are available for around $12 at your local shop.