This is the first installment of a new column I am introducing to the blog, called quick puffs. These are essentially first impressions of cigars I smoke without going into the details of full fledged reviews.
Today’s quick puffs smoke is the Camacho Corojo Monarca, not only an Honduran Puro, but a Honduran Corojo Puro, and considering Camacho’s reputation you can expect a powerful stick
Camacho Corojo Monarca
Price: around 6$ in the US and 5-5.50€ in mainland Europe. Not sold directly in the UK.
Wrapper: Honduran Corojo
Binder: Honduran Corojo
Filler: Honduran Corojo
Smoking Time: 90′
Cigars smoked: one
Notes: Very nice looking stick with an almost vein free wrapper – it has one small patch on the wrapper hidden below the band, but nothing major. Feels nice and packed although the foot is a bit soft. The start has a huge blast of pepper that covers any other flavours for the first 10-15 minutes. After that the spice is still strong decreases to a not-overpowering level and earthy notes of Honduran tobacco plus the typical Corojo sweetness come up. Certainly a very well constructed smoke. The draw is great and the amount of very smooth smoke produced is impressive… seriously! Slowly the taste becomes more woody and less peppery, but there isn’t a lot of changes after that. The burn is good and slow throughout, though if left for a little tends to tunnel a bit especially towards the end. For my taste this is a nice cigar if a bit too peppery, and although the flavor is clean and intense it is also quite simple and a bit monotonous especially considering how long the cigar lasts. Score: 86