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With its contrasting barber-pole wrappers and eye-catching package design, Camacho‘s Double Shock cigar is certainly one of the flashiest offerings to come out of this year’s IPCPR trade show, but the uniqueness of this new cigar line extends well past its surface. Beneath the Double Shock’s dual Ecuadorian Habano and Mexican San Andrés Maduro wrapper leaves lies an interesting interior blend of tobaccos from Honduras, Pennsylvania, and the Dominican Republic. Always a sucker for the multi-national combination blends, I just had to light up the Double Shock Robusto (5×50) and see what it was all about for today’s review.
Keeping with the theme of twos, inside of their 20-count boxes Double Shock cigars are adorned in two different band styles, half of them black, and half of them red. The sticks are grouped in pairs by larger bands that couple two cigars, one of each band color, together. For today’s smoke I grabbed one of the black-banded sticks, which was solidly filled, and of course very cool-looking with its two-tone top leaf giving off a nice oily sheen, particularly in the habano portions. Pre-light draws teased me with a warm cereal-like taste and a touch of sweetness.
Once this stick was up and running, base flavors were equal parts earth and wood with notes of sweet cedar, cocoa, and molasses. I was picking up lots of rich tobacco but very little spice. The burn was off to a jagged start but smoke flow was good and each draw produced ample smoke for the tasting.
By the time I burned into the 2nd third the cocoa note had vanished, but aside from that the flavors remained consistent. The body here was slightly more full than previously and the burn had evened out nicely. There was now a pronounced syrupy sweetness coming through and in this portion the earth gradually became much more prominent than the wood.
In the last third the smoke remained smooth as the flavors turned a bit “darker.” There were some new vegetal notes emerging, as well as some new and different shades of the ever-present earthiness. In the last couple inches the cocoa made a triumphant return, ending the smoke on a high note.
When you’ve got two flavorful wrapper leaves vying for your attention, things can sometimes get ugly. In fact, of all of the barber-pole wraps I’ve sampled thus far only two have managed to really make it work: the Asylum Ogre, and now the Camacho Double Shock. This stylish stogie held a good range of strong flavors that transitioned smoothly throughout the course of the smoke. This robust profile paired with Camacho’s usual high quality construction made the D.S. an absolute pleasure to review. In my opinion, the tobaccos in this stick have great potential for aging, and I suspect that after a few months rest these conversation-starter sticks will taste even better. Of all the new stuff that we picked up at the trade show, so far these are selling the fastest. Since they’re limited to just 5000 boxes produced, interested parties should probably scoop them up now.