Barber poles, candy canes, double wraps. They're different names for the same thing—a cigar that intertwines two wrappers in the form of ascending, or descending, helical stripes. Though Camacho, in its newest creative thrust, uses none of this terminology when describing its new Double Shock line, the 2014 limited edition is indeed a barber-pole style cigar, and it combines a dark, Mexican San Andrés wrapper with a lighter (though not so light) Ecuador Habano wrapper.
Unlike many barber-pole cigars, which are created more for novelty than flavor, the Double Shock is blended for what the company intends to be "a highly impactful and stimulating flavor experience." Underneath the stripes is a Honduran Criollo binder and a filler blend of Honduran, Dominican and Pennsylvanian tobacco.
Camacho is billing the strength level as medium to full, and has once again used the imagery of a scorpion (think last year's Camacho Blackout). This year, however, astute observers will see that the scorpion has two tails and two stingers—the inspiration behind the Double Shock's two wrappers.
Like two-tailed scorpions, Double Shock is rare. Come October, only 5,000 boxes of 20 are being release. With five standard sizes in the portfolio—Robusto, Toro, Churchill, Figurado and Gordo (6 by 60)—that amounts to 100,000 cigars total. It will retail from $11 to $13.
Made in Honduras at AgroIndustrias Laepe S.A., Camacho cigars are owned and distributed by Davidoff of Geneva.