Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Herf 39 – Maduros vs Mustangs

November 7th, 2010 – Sammamish, WA

In attendance were Fernand, Robert, Joe, Patrick (via Skype), Eric, and Brad. As usual, we gathered to enjoy a recently recommended cigar and give our opinion on it by holding a 'group-tasting' following dinner.

Eric pulled out all the stops and prepared a knock-out sausage & vegetable soup, barbecue chicken breasts, broccoli, and salad. Robert & Joe provided the appetizers. There was no shortage of beverages; beer, spirits, and wine.

Our selection for this herf was the Camacho Corojo Maduro Cetros. This Honduran puro features an all-Jamastran Corojo blend and measures 6 1/2 inches by 44 ring gauge. The Cetros holds a current published rating from Cigar Aficionado of 89 (Aug, 2010).

From the Camacho website:

The Camacho Corojo, a truly superb tasting and fully aged cigar, has a distinctive flavor recognized by cigar aficionados around the world.
Entirely handmade from selected vintage tobaccos, giving them their truly distinctive and superb flavor. This unique cigar boasts the only truly authentic Corojo wrapper, binder, and filler.

Following CA's 4-part rating system (Appearance & Construction, Flavor, Smoking Characteristics, and Overall Impression) we relaxed in Eric’s back yard enjoying his new patio heater.

Our tasting panel appreciated the neat appearance and the high-quality looking roll of this lonsdale. There were no significant deductions to be made relative to it’s craftsmanship; a good, clean looking parejo shape.

The cigar’s performance was decent. Our six samples put out plenty of smoke. The draw was quite good across the board. Only one drew a little too fast. A few did have burn problems, needing touch-ups or relights. The ash seemed to be quite stable.

Earthy and woody tones seem to be the dominant flavors of this cigar. The transition would be characterized as a spicy beginning, a sweet mid-portion, and a stronger ending.

After throwing out the highest and lowest, then averaging the remaining scores, The Cohiba Club's official rating for the Camacho Corojo Maduro Cetros is 85. A very good cigar.

Here's the points breakdown:
I. Appearance & Construction: 14 pts (93% of the points possible)
II. Flavor: 21 pts (84% of the points possible)
III. Smoking Characteristics: 21 pts (84% of the points possible)
IV. Overall Impression: 29 pts (83% of the points possible)

This is a nice looking, fine performing cigar with ‘okay’ flavors. It’s medium strength and pleasant smoothness never overpowered anybody. We thought it enjoyable enough to recommend, but it’s not a ‘must-try’ in our book.

The bonus of the evening was getting to see Eric’s completed ’67 Mustang restoration project. The photos don’t do it justice. Well done, Eric!

See you at the next herf, December 5th.

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