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Stogie Reviews: Camacho Select Robusto

26 Mar 2007

Camacho is known for producing good, potent cigars. The Select is good, not potent. It’s a medium-bodied smoke that was blended by Julio Eiroa to satisfy his preference for cigars with less kick than those favored by his son, and company president, Christian Eiroa.

I recently had a five inch by 50 ring gauge Robusto at a local cigar shop. It was a fine companion to a relaxing hour with the newspaper and TV.

The Select begins with considerable strength and pepper. But about a third of the way down, the strength diminishes and the pepper is replaced by wood and leather, as well as warm tobacco flavors. The burn was sharp, the finish was nice, and the stick was never bitter or harsh. Smoke was thick and the draw was good from beginning to end.

The Robusto lists at $5.95 for singles and $142.80 for a box of 24. Internet box prices seem to run about $10-$15 less.

On the other hand, I would have to take issue with Camacho’s advertising boast that it is “the best Cameroon wrapped cigar ever made.” They are fine cigars, but for me they lack that little extra that sends it over the line from good to really good, or even great. I certainly would not avoid the Select, but I also can’t see myself going in search of another either.

Still, the Camacho Select Robusto earns a rating of three and 1/2 out of five stogies.

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George E

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4 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Camacho Select Robusto”

  1. Matt Monday, March 26, 2007 at 7:16 am #

    I'm a big fan of these. A great cigar for the price they put on it. I have found the Super Robusto and the Lonsdale the best vitolas of the line. I had the benefit of getting my hands on the pre-production run of these and the blend was a bit different. As I understand it, Christian changed the blend when it went to production, kicking it up a bit to make it "more Camacho" like. If you had gotten to try the pre-production blend, then you would agree with the "Best Cameroon" claim. That blend was solid gold and the claim fit. I was a little disappointed they changed it when they went to production because it was absolutely phenomenal the way it was. That being said, I still enjoy the production release as well.

    -Matt

  2. George E Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 4:28 am #

    Matt –

    Wish I could have tried that blend.

    George E.

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