The Camacho Triple Maduro is a deep, dark, son of a bitch of a cigar, and saying that it’s not for the faint of heart is one hell of an understatement. While fans of bold, full bodied, strong-ass smokes will rejoice in song and praise, newbies and fans of light shade Connecticut are warned to stay clear as this burly stick will grow hair in places you’re not accustomed to having it.
This ebony beast is the brainchild of Camacho’s Presidente, Christian Eiroa, one of the young-gun, rock stars of cigar manufacturing. When he and I met about my Winter, 2010 Cigar Magazine article, Masters of the Blend, he discussed how difficult it was to make this cigar. “I knew the blend I wanted and I had no doubt it would be a winner. But knowing what you want and making it actually work can be two very different things. It took many months of trial and error – the maduro leaves are thick and getting air to pass through properly was incredibly painstaking – but definitely worth the effort in the long run.”
This puro is a quality stick in every sense of the word, from the perfectly aged tobacco, to the trademark Camacho draw, to the slow and subtle burn. Upon lighting, those first few puffs are intense and filled with powerful woody flavors, strong espresso – and I also got a lingering taste that was very reminiscent of Sambuca. It’s not often that right out of the gate a cigar sucker punches you in the taste buds, but the CTM was bred to kick some ash and take no prisoners. About a third the way through, its complexity shows as the flavors start to mellow a tad and round out very nicely.
Smoke billows upon every puff, but you need to take it nice and slow, because if you finish this big cat too quickly, I guarantee the room will start spinning all on its own and you might even see Jesus in technicolor. What I found really wild, was that when I got down to the final third, the intensity in flavor picked up once again, as did the overall strength. It had full notes of leather and black licorice, with a finish longer than a Ken Burns mini series.
Would I Recommend This Cigar? Hell, yes – to a more experienced smoker. But I wouldn’t call it an everyday smoke… 1. because of its intensely bold character and richness, and, 2. at $13 to $15 a pop, it’s not what you’d call a bargain smoke, but more of a reward for a life well lived. While I generally drink water only while tasting a cigar, this bad boy would pair well with a stiff pour of single malt scotch, bourbon, a thick stout, a hearty red wine, and even some bitter dark chocolate. The CTM is one hell of a post dinner treat for the palate that is up for a heavy-duty Honduran work out.
Dessert? I doan need no steenkin dessert when I got the Camacho Triple Maduro. Okay, I’m gonna go lay down now. - Z
Note: I don’t use a number system to rate a cigar, as I find them to be arbitrary and often self serving. We all have very different tastes and tolerance for strength in a cigar. My goal is to paint the best picture and put you directly into the experience. So, rock on, my brothers and sisters of the leaf!