Cigar Review: Camacho Connecticut
I saw Camacho Connecticut's wrapper and was immediately suspicious. It was incredibly light, which could only foreshadow the entire experience to come. So, I cut, and I lit, fully expecting to spend the 45 minutes to follow smoking little more than air. As the final ash fell, I was only too happy to admit to myself that I was wrong.
Without a doubt, the Camacho Connecticut is a light cigar, and it's unlikely to become the mainstay for smokers who prefer full-bodied sticks. That being said, it does have a place in even the hefty Nicaraguan devotee's humidor. A bit of variety isn't a bad idea, and the rich flavor in this cigar will keep smokers of medium and heavy cigars engaged from foot to cap. At the same time, cigar smokers who gravitate toward lighter alternatives will find complexity (and overall enjoyment) in the Camacho Connecticut, making this cigar appealing to a broad and diverse constituency.
What struck me about the Camacho Connecticut was not only the vividness of the flavor but the fact that it changed. The front of the stick is a bit light – as expected – but it gains intensity through the middle, with the 15 minute to 30 minute range most exciting. A smooth finish follows, leaving little taste in your mouth, but the wind-down doesn't deprive you of a pleasant experience. Essentially, you start and end with a very light cigar, but you're treated to a somewhat spicy (though not overbearing) interlude.
If you're picking up cigars for a group (like a bachelor party or for the birth of a child), the Connecticut Camacho is the best way to meet in the middle. Everyone will find something to enjoy ... and you won't have to break the bank to satisfy your cigar-savvy friends and waste money on novices who won't appreciate the experience.