Camacho Liberty 2012

Posted by Jack | in Camacho | on 10 Jan 2013 | at 10:00 AM | 1947 views

Funny story.  On the way to my Fianceé 's family Christmas party, she called me.  " I am out of cigarettes," she said.  " Will you pick some up for me?" .  Of course I replied " yes" .  At the time of her call, I was about 10 minutes from The Wharf which is on the way to her parent's house.  So, I thought " If they are open, I will just stop there and pick up her cigarettes and maybe a couple of cigars for her brother-in-law" .  As luck would have it, they were open - and on Christmas Eve, no less!  I spun the wheel of my Veloster to the left and entered the parking lot. As my headlights fell upon her car parked in front of the shop, I thought, " she must have stopped for cigarettes instead."   I walked in and spotted she and our Son standing by the counter.  I said " Hey, what are you guys doing here?" ....her reply was to spin around in a panic and yell " get out!" .  I then spent about ten minutes outside waiting for her transaction to be complete - I honestly didn't see what she was buying.  When they walked out they jumped in the car and sped off with a smile and a shouted " see you at Mom's" .  I walk into the Wharf afterwards and the owner asked, " do you smoke Hint of Mint cigarettes?" .  " No" , I replied.  " Then there's nothing for you in that bag she was holding" .  Well played, sir.  Well played.  The next morning I opened a small brown bag sporting a bow containing two Camacho Liberty 2012 cigars.  Well played, indeed.

Now, I haven't had a Camacho Liberty since the 2007 edition - which was very good.  So, how was this new edition?  Let's see....

Construction: As you can imagine, it's a beauty.  Very well put together.  The 11/18 size is beautiful.  Such an underused size, I wish more companies would offer this vitola.  Packed in a nice little well constructed cedar coffin and wrapped in tissue paper, the presentation is exquisite.

Pre-light Aroma and Draw: Seeing as it's packed in a cedar box, it should be no surprise that the unlit aroma is strong cedar.  Perfect draw.

Light and Burn: The Liberty lit easily with a couple of matches.  The burn started out slightly wonky but self corrected to a nice even line.  Didn't have to touch it up at all.  As the cigar burned down it created a nice medium gray ash that was very clingy.

Tasting: While not overly complex, the Liberty is a terrific smoke.  Flavors are dominated by an amazing spicy cedar core.  At the start she's spicy and peppery with notes of coffee and cream.  About an inch in, I came across a new profile....An almost cayenne pepper heat on the palette.  My mouth was actually tingling.  Into the final third it really softens and is much smoother.  It's a highly consistent cigar and as I said before, not overly complex but it is very nicely balanced.

Value: They were presents for me, so I can't complain.  The usual going rate is around $18, which is a terrific price for a memorable cigar.

Final Thoughts: I went through a phase where I smoked Camacho cigars more than anything. Over the past few years I occasionally sample their new items but not as regularly as I had in the past.  This Liberty shows that they still have the touch.  It's a very well done cigar and each edition is anticipated by cigar smokers everywhere....And with good reason.  I have one more in my humidor and I will probably sit on it for a long while.  Overall, I am very satisfied with the 2012 Liberty.  I can highly recommend this cigar....if you can find it, that is.

At the time of this blogging, Serious Cigars still has them.  If you live in the Dayton, Ohio area, The Wharf has them but not many remain.

Wrapper: Honduran Habano
Binder: Honduran
Filler: Honduran

Strength: Full

Size: 6 x 48/54/48


I love that 11/18 shape


Beautiful and elegant band

Rating: 91/100


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