Since rebooting its brand a couple of years back, Camacho has sought to broaden its appeal by introducing a series of limited-edition cigars, such as the Blackout and this year’s American Barrel-Aged. Between those two sticks came the Double Shock, a barber-pole offering featuring two wrappers. The Double Shock has been on the market for a while, but it’s still available in brick-and-mortars and online, so it’s getting a test drive here. Better late than never.
CIGAR STATS: The Double Shock’s two-tone look is courtesy of Ecuadoran Habano and Mexican San Andres wrappers around a Criollo binder and Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Pennsylvania filler leaves. It is offered in five sizes: Robusto (5 x 50), Toro (6 x 50), Churchill (7 x 48), Figurado (6 1/8 x 54 x 42), and Gordo (6 x 60). Prices range from $11-13 per stick. This review is based on smoking the Robusto.
APPEARANCE: This is an eye-catching cigar – alternating light and dark stripes, expertly wrapped, with a triple cap and few veins. There is some oil, and it’s firm to the touch.
THE SMOKE: There is quite a bit of sweetness in the cold draw, but once it is lit and after the first bit of pepper, the dominant notes are wood (cedar) and earth. An inch or two in, some coffee and sweetness join the party in a fairly smooth blend. Later on, some floral notes materialize. There is little change to the flavor profile in the second half of the smoke. The Double Shock is billed as a full-bodied cigar, but it felt closer to the medium range of the spectrum to this palate. The draw was fairly easy, and the burn line got a little uneven in the second half of the smoke, requiring a couple of touch-ups.
VERDICT: The Double Shock is an intriguing stick, and the first half of the smoke delivered a good measure of flavor and aroma. The second half of the experience was a bit underwhelming, so the return on the investment could have been better. It falls somewhere between must-try and don’t-bother. – Brian Coyne