Camacho Double Shock Limited Edition 2014
Two weeks back, my family and I traveled a few hours south to Green Bay, Wisconsin to meet up with my wife’s brother, his wife, and our niece who drove in from Illinois. After a day focused on entertaining the kids, my brother-in-law and I snuck away for a couple hours to Prohibition Spirits and Cigar Lounge. The bar and lounge offers a wide variety of craft beers (Tony would love this place), premium spirits, and an excellent selection of cigars. The knowledgeable staff assisted us in finding cigars that fit our taste and I walked out with a handful of other cigars to fill some review slots here at Casas Fumando. One of the cigars picked up that day was the Camacho Double Shock Limited Edition 2014.
In July 2014 news broke of the Camacho Double Shock Limited Edition 2014, which was a follow up to the 2013 limited edition release of the Blackout. Produced in Agroindustria LAEPE S.A. factory in Danli, Honduras, the Double Shock is available in five vitolas: Robusto (5 by 50), Toro (6 by 50), Figurado (6 by 42 by 54), Churchill (7 by 48), and Gordo (6 by 60). The price ranges from $11.00 to $13.00 and a total of 1,000 boxes of 20 cigars were produced in each vitola.
While this is 2014 limited edition cigar, a quick online search will bring up several retailers that still have the Camacho Double Shock Limited Edition 2014 in stock.
Purchased at Prohibition Spirits and Cigar Lounge
Price: $12.00 or $24.00 per pair
Size: 7 by 48
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro and Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Dominican, Honduran, and Pennsylvanian
Smoke Time: 1 Hour and 40 Minutes
The Camacho Double Shock Limited Edition 2014 features a milk chocolate Mexican San Andres wrapper and a medium tan Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. The dark color on the San Andres hides some small and medium veins that are found on closer inspection. To the touch, the Mexican leaf feels like fine grain sandpaper with its extremely fine tooth. Small veins are more visible on the Ecuadorian Habano leaf, as well as some stretchmarks.
A dry cedar aroma comes across from the wrapper, while black pepper and dirt are highlighted on the foot of the cigar. Upon clipping the triple-cap that was neatly applied, the dry draw has the right amount of resistance with notes of chocolate, dirt, pepper, and cooking spices. The foot bands slides of with ease and this 7 by 48 Camacho Double Shock Limited Edition 2014 is ready to be fired up.
The cigar opens with a sweet woodsy flavor, followed by dark earth and coffee. There is tartness to the profile, but it is contrasted with a sweet honey and chocolate note. There’s a lot going on in the flavor department. You can definitely pick up distinct flavors from the two wrappers, but overall the flavors are hanging in the medium arena. Earth and black pepper, more in flavor than spice, come across as I move the smoke through my sinuses. The finish is dry and a unsweetened bubble gum flavor lingers on the palate. The Ecuadorian wrapper was having a difficult time keeping up with the rest of the burn, but, after 30 minutes, it self-corrected and no touch-up is required for the time being.
Burning its way down into the second third, the Camacho Double Shock Limited Edition 2014 moves up a couple of notches in richness, boldness, and spice. Most of the sweetness has been pushed out as the dark flavors of earth and coffee continue to push forward. The richness tied to the coffee is making me think of French pressed cup of Joe. The woodsy flavor is still holding strong, but lacks the sweetness that characterized it early on. A yeasty bread flavor joins the mix, as well as cocoa. The burn is jagged and the ash is looking a bit flaky, but holding well.
The pepper is now sharp as I move the smoke through the sinuses and I am enjoying the added kick in both spice and strength. Big notes of chocolate are pairing up with the deep, dark coffee notes. The cigar that settled in on medium for the first two thirds has developed into a medium full smoke in flavor and body in the final third.
From the first few puffs to the final puff over an hour and half later, the Camacho Double Shock Limited Edition 2014 Churchill delivered a wide-variety of flavors that I would contribute to the barber pole style wrapper. I was surprised that the flavors stood in the medium realm for much of the cigar. With a name like Double Shock, I was expecting a fuller experience. With that being said, I found the flavors pleasant and complex. I would like to give this a go around in the Robusto vitola to see if it is a little more ramped up. While the per stick price is around $12.00, you will end up paying $24.00 to try this cigar as they are sold in pairs of two. Considering the price and the experience, I still think the $24.00 is a fair price to pay to try out the Camacho Double Shock Limited Edition 2014.