Unlike the burn, the cigar had a nice draw from beginning to end. It wasn’t too loose or snug, and produced a great amount of smoke with each draw. Wrapper and burn issues aside, a nicely constructed cigar.
I am one that enjoys candelas but at the same time will tell you that they can be awful. Like any cigar, you need a good blend but the candelas that have been released with more strength, complexity and body show a lot of great qualities. They offer that candela experience while at the same time deliver something more. I think they are terrific spring and summer smokes, but are often released in March for St. Patrick’s Day and become gimmicky. The Camacho Candela delivers those candela qualities while at the same time shows some peppery and earthy qualities. It had guts, and that is what you need with a candela wrapper to make it successful. I know that candelas are not overly popular and usually have terrible names revolving around the color green, but if you sit down and smoke good candelas I think you would be pleasantly surprised. Do I think they will make a comeback and become popular again? No, but it does not mean manufacturers should not strive to make good ones. I think Camacho should keep it as a seasonal smoke but start to teach smokers to have them in spring and summer and not just for the St. Patrick’s Day. This is a good cigar that I fear will be overlooked because of when it is being released and the awful packaging that comes with it. Candelas are great morning or afternoon smokes and are just something different. With so many Ecuadorian Habano and Mexican San Andres releases, don’t you want something different? Go green this spring and summer and smoke some Camacho Candelas.