To be successful in the cigar business, it’s important to remember where you came from and the Camacho Candela Robusto is a callback to an earlier era in more ways than one. First of all, candela-wrapped smokes used to be so popular in the US during the ’60s and early ’70s that they came to be referred to as American Market Selection cigars. It’s an interesting historical fact, but of more import to us now is that this 5” X 50 stogie has made a return to the Camacho lineup. That’s right. It’s been a while, but those wizards of powerful tobacco have once again taken their ever-popular blend of Honduran Corojo filler and binder and transformed it with a frog-green outer leaf.
From the outset, it’s completely obvious that you’re in for a new experience the first time you go to light up a Camacho Candela Robusto. If you’ve never smoked a candela before, the emerald-green hue and fresh grassy aroma of the smooth wrapper is bound to give you pause. Even if you’re familiar with the style, the burst of cocoa and wheat toast that can be detected during a cold draw gives tantalizing hints to the potent goodness within. Starting with a characteristic burst of Camacho pepper, the smoke from a freshly lit vitola also reveals plenty of rich earth, bright cedar, and some alfalfa-like sweetness. Expect cream and malted barley to enter and stay during the second half, best revealed through slow and patient puffing.
Medium in both body and strength, there’s enough going on here to be of interest to just about every aficionado looking for something new. Since much of the fun in this great hobby of ours is trying as many different cigars as possible, the Camacho Candela Robusto should certainly be on your short list of smokes to try next.