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Camacho Corojo Monarch

Corojo is often pronounced improperly as CO-RO-JO; the true pronunciation is actually CO-RO-HO. Corojo wrappers offer beautiful amounts of flavour. Lets talk about some history for a moment. El Corojo is one of Cuba’s most nonchalant, non-presentable tobacco plantations, but “not all that glitters is gold.” This is where the world’s greatest wrapper tobacco is grown.

To prove my point, the wrapper on the Hoyo De Monterry Double Corona comes from El Corojo. Cigar Afficionado has rated this cigar and has earned a score of 99 points and 4 ratings above 94. I myself have smoked both the Cabinet Double Corona and the original Hoyo from 1999, 2001, 2003, and 2009 and believe you me, it is truly a cigar that you savour down to the millimeter.

Now another gem from El Corojo is the Cohiba Robusto, which received a mind-blowing 96 points in 1992/1993. Needless to say, the name Corojo carries a huge reputation. The country of Honduras is known for its production of bananas grown along the Caribbean Sea, but another gem from this country is the Jamastran Valley and its Corojo wrapper.

Time and time again, you unfortunately hear people tell the tales of how Corojo wrappers are flame retardant, or how blue mold is a constant reoccurring misfortune of the wrapper. Well, I can tell you that the Eiroa Family (Camacho Cigars), like many Cubans, really know what there doing when it comes to Corojo tobacco. I believe the saying was “the proof is in the pudding.”

The Jamastran Valley is where the Corojo is grown and has priceless possessions that lie deep beneath the soils of this Corojo infested Villa. What might that be, you ask? Well, the very seeds that allowed the Eiroa families dreams to come true. If the name Vuelta Abajo doesn’t ring a bell to you I’ll remind you that it is where some of Cuba’s best tobacco comes from. Santa Ines del Corojo, which was a Vega in Vuelta Abajo, is the very place where the Eiroa’s obtained these seeds. But how? The grandson of the farmer of this particular plantation. So keeping that in mind, there is a lot of history in Camacho cigars that should not only be recognized but also appreciated from the moment you cut the cigar to the time the cigar is left standing in the ashtray burning itself out after an enjoyable experience.

The Camacho brand dates back to the 1960’s and actually originated in Miami, run by a Gentleman named Simon Camacho. The Brand’s newly found home is now in Honduras: the Eiroa family took over the company in 1995 and at this time, only Indonesian and Connecticut shade wrappers produced. Let me tell you a little bit about the family’s past. Generoso Eiroa was growing tobacco in Cuba in the 1900’s due to the revolution and his widow and three sons were forced to leave the country. Julio joined the Bay of Pigs invasion attempt with the US army. Julio Eiroa brought the cigar business into his life in the 1960’s when he worked at Perfecto Garcia in Tampa Florida. After a few years, Julio Decided to go to Honduras due to the Embargo issues at that time on behalf of Angel Olivia to help assist with a government-sponsored cultivation project.

In 1977, Julio had an unfortunate plane crash and suffered a spinal cord injury and became semi-retired. Following the crash, business opportunities arose back in Tampa with the purchase of the Perfecto factory which he was once employed (talk about the dream of being a boss.) A few more years pass and another move back to Honduras. In 1989, he took over a company called Fumas and then entrepreneured Caribe Imported Cigars.

Christian Eiroa is the “young gun” of the Camacho brand being the President of Caribe cigars and all. In 1995 Christian received his Masters degree in international business and later that year he entered the family business. Christian spent lots of time searching the world for tobacco and getting into the swing of sales as time moved on. I met Christian about six months ago and we had a good 45-minute chat about cigars and about his relationship with his father and how they both have very dissimilar palates and are complete opposites when it comes to blends. He has admitted that he likes a few of his father’s blends but wont boast about it too much. He also told me himself that he makes blends that he enjoys himself.

There came a time when the Camacho Corojo cigar was being distributed in huge numbers, which led to a lot of imperfections and quality issues. Christian decided to halt production until an adequate limit of good product was available on a limited release. Corojo tobacco can be blended as a Puro and be mind blowing in its taste profiles if the quality is there. I think Christian realized this at the right time and took advantage of this opportunity.

Enough about the “blah blah blah” lets get to the sticks…

CAMACHO COROJO MONARCH

  • SIZE: Robusto 5 x 50
  • WRAPPER: “Authentic Corojo”
  • BINDER: “Authentic Corojo”
  • FILLER: “Authentic Corojo”

This cigar has a very enticing pre light aroma and appearance. What I really like about this cigar is not only does it resemble Cuban by having Corojo wrapper, binder and filler, but the label is very Cuban-like, that being because its simple like most Cubans. It reminds me of the Cuban Fonseca or Vegas Robaina. This wrapper is a nice brown with a slightly oily texture and a few small veins, the pre light draw was nearly effortless. After lighting the foot my palate was indulged with some spice and cedar wood type notes, producing a great smooth amount of flavours—I really enjoyed this cigar already. The second third of this cigar became leathery with an increase in spice, but still maintaining a slight creamy finish and the draw persisted to be great. The final third increased into a fuller body smoking experience, heightening in its spices, but still once again maintaining its “coolness” which I really enjoyed. I don’t take this cigar to be as light as I might make it seem, as it is still definitely a full bodied smoking experience (not for the beginner smoker.)

Summary

Overall, this cigar is a good full-bodied experience that provides a “relief” with the creamy coolness that it offers. Plus, being a Authentic Corojo Puro makes it that much more interesting. Is it a Cuban Corojo ? No. Is it the next best thing? It’s pretty damn close.

Sincerely,
Eric D. Kukucka
Member of the Montecristo lounge, Sterling Heights, Michigan