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When it first came out, the Camacho Corojo was one of the strongest cigars on the market. The Camacho Corojo today is still up there in terms of strength, but others have surpassed it going further. (An example is Aging Room’s Bin #1.) But starting next month, Camacho is going back to its roots, trumpeting the Corojo as “The Original Bold Smoke”. A part of the re-launch the company is adding two new sizes to the Corojo line…A Corojo Gordo at 6” x 60 and a Corojo Robusto Tubo. They will be shipping soon. The Corojo originally came out in 2000. The first addition to the line was the Diploma that initially was only available to retailers who made the trip down to Camp Camacho. Since then Camacho added the lighter Connecticut, the Criollo, the Triple Maduro, the Ecuador and more recently the Double Shock and the Blackout.
But the Corojo was always the workhorse of the line. Corojo was originally developed in Cuba in the 30s and 40s and was so named because this hybrid was grown on the El Corojo farm. Corojo is a hybrid of Criollo and Sumatran and became a very much in demand wrapper for Cuban cigars. According to the Camacho release:
Since its development and through the Cuban revolution, the famed Corojo seed thrived and continued to gain global notoriety. It was until 1978, when a widespread devastation of blue mold hit the island, that the story of Original Corojo and tobacco in Cuba begins to take a different course. After the attack of ’78 – ‘79, the Estacion Experimental del Tabaco (San Juan y Martinez) begins to develop disease resistant hybrids, 208 new strains to be exact. However, only two made the cut and are known today as Havana 92 and Havana 2000. With new hybrids in hand, Cuba bid farewell to the famed seed and in 1996 the last crop of Original Corojo touches Cuban soil.
Julio Eiroa and his son Christian (the family that developed the Camacho Corojo) got some of the original seeds and began growing it in the Jamastran Valley of Honduras. Today Camacho is owned by Davidoff, but still uses that Corojo tobacco.
The new Corojos will retail for $8.50 for the Gordo and $7.25 for the Tubo. Also Camacho is running a special starting next week…buy a box and get a four pack of the Corojo Robusto free.
Camacho · new cigars
One of the newer things at the Davidoff booth was the recently released Camacho Ecuador. The cigar with the blue band and box actually came out just before the show, but it was prominently featured at the booth. The new Camacho uses a Habano seed grown in Ecuador for its wrapper with a Brazilian Mata Fina binder and high priming Honduran tobaccos along with Pelo de Oro ligero from the Dominican Republic for fillers. It comes in 5 sizes from a 5” x 50 Robusto to a 6” 60 Gordo and prices start just under $7.
Davidoff also continued the Camacho Liberty Series for 2014, which also uses the Habano Ecuadoran wrapper but it is from 2005. This cigar contains a 2006 Corojo binder and fillers from both the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. It is only one size, 11/18 and comes in 20 count boxes with a total production of only 2,000 boxes. They retail for $17 each.
Another addition to the Camacho line is the Double Shock. The logo for this cigar is the rare double-tailed scorpion. Davidoff says this barber pole type of cigar was made in the Danli factory with tobaccos from 5 different countries. The wrappers are, again, the Ecuadoran Habano but paired with a dark San Andres leaf creating the barber pole effect. The binder is Criollo and the fillers are from the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Pennsylvania. The double shock is limited to 1,000 boxes of each size. They come in three sizes, Toro, Figurado and Gordo and the retail is from $11.50 to $13. They should hit store shelves in October.
Finally, part of the Camacho “Board of the Bold” is Hollywood writer, producer and director Rob Weiss. He is best known for the HBO series Entourage. Weiss now has partnered with Camacho and Davidoff to form the B.G. Meyer Company and has released a couple of cigars. The first line is the Standard Issue, which uses Nicaraguan tobaccos made at AgroIndustrias Laepe S.A. in Danli—the old Camacho and now Davidoff factory. It comes in five sizes, again from the 5” x 50 Robusto to a 6” x 60 Gordo. Prices are from $8-10. The second cigar is called Slackers which is a smaller stick being sold in 4 packs. Whereas the Standard Issue is medium to full, Slackers is more on the mild side with an Ecuadoran Connecticut wrapper, Dominican binder and fillers. Cost will be about $4 each.
Camacho · Davidoff · IPCPR · new cigars