Camacho Havana Review
A friend of mine sent me an email the other day. Earlier this week he went into a cigar shop, bought a stick, got home, smoked it, and thought it was a total loss. Hated every bit of it. I could hardly believe what I was reading—he was smoking one of my favorites (no name this time)!
So, as only a good friend would do, I brought a few cigars over. One was a great cigar that I found on the floorboard of my car—God only knows how long it had been there (what a waste). I also brought over a cheaper stick that I had been keeping with great care in my humidor.
After we settled in on the porch with some cold brews, I asked him to pick a cigar. He chose the expensive cigar without thought. So, I let him take it and show me how he prepared the cigar before he lit it up
The Cut: First, he cut the cigar about an inch from the top. Never do that! Cut off only the cap (about ¼ inch at most).
The Burn: Then, he put the cigar in his mouth and puffed it like a cigarette—holding the flame to the base and puffing like there was no tomorrow. Instead, toast the foot until it’s evenly lit, then put it to your mouth and gently puff. NEVER light a cigar with your 99 cent Bic lighter (the lighter fluid will overpower the cigar’s taste)! Use a butane lighter or wooden match. Hold the cigar over the flame and light the foot as described above. Puff it slow and steady.
The Feel: I had to stop him there and tell him how to pick a cigar. Squeeze the middle of the cigar. The wrapper should bounce back to its original shape. If the cigar makes a crinkly noise or snaps, that means it’s dried out. If it sags after you squeeze it—it wasn’t properly filled or contains too much moisture (this means it will likely have a poor draw).
The Finish: I told him you can smoke the cigar as far down as you like, but keep in mind that tobacco is its own filter and the oils that you draw toward you with each puff accumulate in the cigar and alters the flavor. When you smoke past the band, the cigar will become a lot stronger. If the cigar goes out, you have about 20-30 minutes to re-light before the oils crystallize and the cigar will taste sour.
The Camacho: Needless to say, we tried it again. This time he smoked the other cigar and I joined him—smoking a Camacho. The Camacho is a very nice looking cigar. Well put together. The taste was of strong tobacco with a hint of pepper. If you enjoy pepper, this stick is for you. The burn and draw was great with loads of white smoke and an even burn all the way down to the band. A perfect cigar to hit the golf course with you. I really reminds me of a Cuban cigar.
The Lighter: Instead of the Bic we tried earlier we used the Vertigo Tee Time Single Flame Torch Lighter. This is a fun lighter—perfect for the golfer in your life. It has a single wind-resistant flame, built-in divot tool, removable ball marker, and a built-in cigar stand. What more could a golfer ask for?
There are so many things that go into cigar smoking. So, practice and learn as you go. Everyone has different advice. Judge for yourself and do what works for you. So, I ask you, “What is a question you’ve always had about cigar smoking?”Wrapping It Up With Big Biv: Camacho Havana by Stephen Bivens