June 26, 2016

Camacho Powerband Toro (6 x 50)

Video review HERE.

(Description below taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
Since it’s historic relaunch in 2013, Camacho Cigars has used to month of June to launch its major release for the year. 2016 will be no exception as Camacho has announced its second installment of its Master-Built series with the Camacho Powerband. The new Camacho Powerband keeps to the brand’s theme around “boldness”.

In a press release announcing the PowerBand, Camacho described this cigar as being “inspired by the power, performance and acceleration associated with a classic V-twin engine, built to galvanize a brotherhood of freedom seekers.”

In order to achieve the goal of this theme, Camacho designed a proprietary bunching process. In a press release Dylan Austin, Vice President of Marketing for Davidoff of Geneva USA explained, “As our master builders in the Dominican Republic did with the first release in the (Master Built) series, American Barrel-Aged, they’ve drawn inspiration for this new concept from a category and way of life that amplifies and reflects Camacho’s Live Loud world. Each Powerband cigar is built to capture the rush of adrenaline, force of acceleration and blast of endorphins felt barreling down the open road full tilt on an iconic V-twin motorcycle. To bring this experience to life, we’ve completely redefined the bunching of a premium cigar, utilizing proprietary processes that can be performed only by a handful of skilled rollers in the factory. Once again, they’ve pushed the limits of what a cigar could be.”

The blend consists consists of a Habano 2000 wrapper, Negrito San Andres binder from Mexico, and fillers from Honduras, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. Included are three different ligeros, including two corojo ligeros from Esteli and Honduras as well as San Vincente ligero from the Dominican Republic.  The PowerBand will be available in three sizes: Robusto, Toro, and Gordo priced $11.00 to $13.00. The three sizes will be available in a sampler priced at $39.99.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano 2000
Binder: Mexican San Andres Negrito
Filler: Esteli Nicaragua Corojo Ligero, Honduran Corojo Ligero, Dominican San Vincente Ligero, Dominican San Vincente, Viso, Dominican Piloto Cubano
Country of Origin: Not Disclosed

Vitolas Available

Robusto: 5 x 50
Gordo: 6 x 60

The cigar is well made and has a beautiful oily wrapper. The test draw after cutting the cap had a touch of firmness but was very workable. The initial flavors were black licorice, black coffee, sweet dark chocolate, and black pepper rated at an 8. The flavors of the cigar make the cigar medium to full bodied. It's too early to feel any ligero.

About 1 1/2 inches in the black licorice notes are morphing over to a brown sugar and I got some citrus notes also. The coffee is very prominent. The black pepper is increasing somewhat. The finish is a sweet cream with some lingering black pepper. The cigar is still medium to full bodied. The citrus notes are subtle and I get flashes of them here and there.

Close to the midpoint I confirmed the previous description. I had a little doubt that those notes were going to stick but they did. The finish is now cream and cocoa with black pepper. The ligero is starting to be felt. I expect the cigar to reach full bodied very soon.

With a couple inches remaining the coffee and chocolate notes are very dominant. The other flavors of brown sugar, citrus, and now; dry wood, are all secondary. The cigar is full bodied in power now but the flavors are still medium to full bodied. I am calling it full bodied due to the feel of the ligero.

The cigar ended at full bodied, both in strength and flavors. The ligero is a little sneaky. It is not going to knock you down but you can feel it. For me, this cigar did not have enough of the sweeter flavors to counteract the heavy coffee and dark chocolate notes. If you're looking for a full bodied cigar with plenty of ligero and dark notes this may be for you. But don't expect any significant sweeter flavors. This cigar just does not have them.

Score: 89

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