Three-season porch at my house
October 2, 2016 around midnight
Great Divide Co. Espresso-Oaked Yeti
Cool fall night, no precipitation - mid 50s.
Not a thing.
VITOLA: Figurado (Torpedo)
SIZE: 6.1" x 54
FACTORY: Camacho factory in Jamastran Valley, Honduras
WRAPPER: Maduro - San Andres, Mexico
BINDER: Corojo Maduro
FILLER: Maduro - Brazilian, Dominican & Honduran
PRODUCTION: Regular production in boxes of 20
SOURCED FROM: Cigars International
STORAGE: Big Winedor
CIGAR BACKGROUND INFO:
- Supposedly, this is the first all maduro cigar ever created - in the history of the world! Or at least that's what Camacho is proclaiming.
- It took a pain-staking 84 attempts to get the perfect all maduro blend!
I love Camacho's new "in-your-face" look - but - there is something to be said for the thinner band that just slides or falls off the cigar once you burn it down far enough. The new Camacho bands are so long that it does take a little work to remove - which to me is not the best experience after such a good smoke.
The cigar appears very well crafted. It's tightly rolled with an excellent torpedo style cap. The foot had a few 'chunks' in it that left a little to be desired and the wrapper is smooth with very few visible veins. The foot is interesting in that it really shows the cigar's layers through the color variation of dark brown to basically black.
Hard to distinguish - but the dominant aroma is tobacco and raisin.
Firm with some moderate give.
Prelight draw offers a heavy dose of raisin flavor. The raisin notes are almost overwhelming and it overpowers any other flavors that may have been present.
LIGHT & DRAW
I used a single flame butane torch to light the Triple Maduro. The initial draws were quite bitter, almost like really dark chocolate or cocoa powder. The draw was effortless but maybe a little tight.
Not overly voluminous. The smoke is pure white and felt appropriate. I suppose for what a beefy looking stick this is and how it's branded, I expected more of a Drew Estate level of smoke - but all-in-all - not a major draw back.
FIRST THIRD > Bitter start, cocoa, raisin, cream
The cigar almost immediately mellows out from the bitter start - however it retains some of the bitter cacao notes, but not nearly the extent at light-up. Also retained is the raisiny goodness but it has also started to develop much more of a smooth chocolate touch. The raisin taste prevails with maybe just a hint of something spicy, like cinnamon. Everything is unified with a definite creaminess. As it burns down a little the draw really opens up to be just about perfect. Burn line is perfect with only very slight variations.
SECOND THIRD >Raisin, bitter chocolate, cream, espresso
The general flavor notes of raisin and slightly bitter chocolate still prevail, but now a slight espresso taste is present - all still backed with a vanilla, creamy goodness that helps bring the flavors together. Smoke output has increased to a white, billowy cloud. Ashed out right at the start of the second third.
FINAL THIRD > Vanilla, cream, light raisin
Certainly some more earthy, nut-driven flavors come up as the cigar builds - nothing I can quite place specifically, just an overall feel. I had to relight as I got into the bottom third - but damn if the burn line wasn't perfect! The raisin notes have subsided to just creamy, velvet maduro - a nice sweetness with some chocolate.
RATING & FINAL THOUGHTS
Looks like the 85th blend is a hit!
8.6 / 10.0
Overall a very enjoyable experience when you're in the mood for a full-bodied maduro that's very much leaning toward the sweeter side of things. Very well crafted with no burn issues - it's a great after-dinner stick that could easily get paired with some ice cream and a coffee and/or Kahlua.