After months of teasing, Camacho is taking the lid off its newest project, American Barrel-Aged.
While it’s made no secret that it would be working with tobacco aged in bourbon barrels, the biggest news might be that this is the first Dominican-made Camacho.
Camacho American Barrel-Aged uses an American broadleaf wrapper and binder. The filler also contains broadleaf tobacco, a maduro leaf from Pennsylvania, and a six-year-old corojo leaf that was aged in bourbon barrels, which Camacho is describing as the centerpiece of the blend.
“This project marks the first time a Camacho core line has been made outside of Honduras and we are extremely proud of what our master builders in the Dominican Republic have brought to life,” said Dylan Austin, director of marketing for Davidoff of Geneva USA, in a press release. “Barrel aging is a very tedious and hands-on process. We are aging around 2,000 lbs of Corojo filler tobacco and rotating the barrels one leaf at a time every few weeks. Each batch takes a full five months to complete and requires constant attention to ensure the proper journey for this special tobacco.”
Sizes are not being announced at this time, but the cigars are expected to carry a suggested retail price between $10-12. Images released by the company shows three parejo sizes—including a gordo—with main bands similar, yet smaller, than the current Camacho portfolio. The factory producing the cigars has also not being announced yet, and while the images would indicate 20-count boxes, that too has not formally been confirmed.
Camacho will be hosting 25 events nationwide to coincide with the launch of American Barrel-Aged, which ships on June 15. With the exception of the week-long launch event at Corona Cigar Co., the events will be three days per retailer.
The tour is as follows:
- June 8–13 ￼— Corona Cigar Co. ￼(Orlando, Fla.)
- June 18–20 — Prime Cigar (Boca Raton, Fla.)
- June 25–27 ￼— Emerson’s ￼(Virginia Beach, Va.)
- July 1–3 — Cigar Realm ￼(Ashland, Va.)
- July 9–11 — Tinderbox Waldorf ￼(Waldorf, Md.)
- July 30–Aug. 1 — Humidour Cigar Shoppe (Cockeysville, Md.)
- Aug. 6–8 ￼— TBD
- Aug. 13–15 ￼— Two Guys Smoke Shop (Nashua, N.H.)
- Aug. 20–22 ￼— Cup of Joes ￼(Queensbury, N.Y.)
- Aug. 27–29 ￼—￼ TBD ￼
- Sept. 3–5 — Blend Bar (Indianapolis, Ind.)
- Sept. 9–11 ￼— Just For Him ￼(Springfield, Mo.)
- Sept. 17–19 — Outlaw Cigar Co. (Overland Park, Kan.)
- Sept. 23–25 ￼ — Addison Cigar ￼(Addison, Texas)
- Oct. 1–3 ￼ — Heroes & Legacies ￼(Austin, Texas)
- Oct. 8–10 ￼ — Club Humidor ￼(San Antonio, Texas)
- Oct. 15–17 ￼— Serious Cigar ￼(Houston, Texas)
- Oct. 22–24 — Cigar Shop Biloxi (Biloxi, Miss.)
- Oct. 29–31 —￼ Franklin Cigar ￼(Franklin, Tenn.)
- Nov. 5–7 — Cigars & More (Birmingham, Ala.)
- Nov. 12–14 — Havana Phil’s (Greensboro, N.C.)
- Nov. 19–21 ￼ — Ansteads Tobacco ￼(Fayetteville, N.C.)
- Dec. 3–5 ￼ — 5 Point Bottle Shop ￼(Athens, Ga.)
- Dec. 10–12 — Smoke Inn (Boynton Beach, Fla.)
- Dec. 17–19 ￼— Tampa Humidor ￼(Tampa, Fla.)
Camacho is part of the Oettinger Davidoff AG family and distributed in the U.S. by Davidoff of Geneva USA.
Update (June 12, 2015) — The events at Heroes & Legacies and Club Humidor are now on different dates.