Big Camachos, Smaller Package

Camacho Cigars is taking its biggest cigars and putting them in smaller boxes for Father's Day. The Camacho Corojo Diadema and the Camacho Havana Diadema, a pair of massive eight-inch-long, 60 ring gauge figuardos, will now each be available in boxes containing four cigars. The suggested retail price is $37.60 per four pack.

The Camacho Corojo Diadema appeared in the 2005 edition of Cigar Aficionado's Top 25 cigars list. At that time the cigar scored 90 points. The cigar, the biggest in the Top 25, was described as having a fittingly complex flavor, with notes of sweet wood, cedar, walnuts and leather, with a medium to full body. The smoke actually scored better in a more recent tasting, earning 91 points in the December 2010 Cigar Aficionado.

The Camacho Havana Diadema hasn't scored as high, nor has it been rated as recently. It scored 87 points, and the tasting note called it rich, earthy and sweet on the lips, with leather and spice flavors and somewhat of an oily finish.

These are the largest cigars made by Camacho. They normally come in boxes of 10. "The shape of the diadema really allows from some great complexity," said Dylan Austin, head of marketing for Camacho. "If you smoked a robusto or other shape in these blends and then smoke the Diadema, you'll see what I mean."

The cigars are both made entirely from Honduran tobaccos grown on Tabacos Rancho Jamastran, a farm owned and operated by Julio Eiroa, former owner of Camacho. The Corojo is made from Corojo-seed wrappers, while the Havana is made from a different variety of Cuban seed tobacco. All Camachos are rolled in Danlí, Honduras.

"I understand Eugene's point. There is a definite trend towards fat cigars, but this doesn't seem to be making the coronas and pantelas disappear from the market, if that's your thing. The Partegas Salomon is a big fat cigar, and one of the most enjoyable ones I've smoked recently. The Camacho vitola looks similar, and if it has the quality of their Churchills, I'll certainly be buying a box. Go on, you've a few hours to spare, don't you?" —May 13, 2011 06:00 AM
"Will this large ring gauge madness ever stop?" —May 12, 2011 11:19 AM