In July of 2002, the Eiroa family, owners of Camacho cigars, released a Honduran cigar to celebrate the freedom they had found in America. This specific cigar came to be known as the Camacho Liberty Series.

The original 2002 Liberty had a production run of only 25,000 cigars and included 5,000 cigars of each of these five vitolas: Corona, Rothschild, Toro, Torpedo, and Churchill. The original release in 2002 was the only year five different vitolas were released, and only one other year in the series had more than one vitola, the 2005 Liberty, which is what I am reviewing today.

Only 40,000 2005 Liberties were released. Each cigar is also individually enclosed in their own flag labeled coffin and wrapped in tissue paper as well, but I had to take that off to shoot the photo so you all could see the actual cigar. The cigar I smoked for this specific review was #14,222/40,00 according to the label.

The coffins look like this:

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The Camacho Liberty 2005 was rolled using only the top leaves (top primings) of the Corojo harvest, which are subjected to more stress and yield a more intense and full flavor. It also supposedly includes an unspecified amount of pre-embargo Cuban tobaccos cultivated in 1961. 

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  • Cigar Reviewed: Camacho Liberty 2005 11/18
  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Factory: Rancho Jamastran
  • Wrapper: Honduran Maduro
  • Binder: Honduras
  • Filler: Honduras
  • Size: 6 Inches
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Vitola: 11/18 (Perfecto)
  • MSRP: $13.50 (Boxes of 20, $270.00)
  • Release Date: June 2005
  • Number of Cigars Released: 2,000 Boxes of 20 Cigars (40,000 Total Cigars)
  • Number of Cigars Smoked for Review: 1

The cigar itself has an extremely dark brown smooth to the touch wrapper, not black, but pretty close. It is an impressive looking cigar. The band is simple, but effective. It is extremely firm when squeezed, and the wrapper smells like chocolate, pepper and tobacco.

The first third starts out with a small amount of spice and a very earthy profile. While the earth was dominant, there was some leather and a tiny flavor of tobacco present as well. A nice, albeit fairly mild, start. Camacho Liberty 2005 3.png

The second third has almost an explosion of flavor, especially right after the hump, with notes of sweet coffee, leather and chocolate with just a tad bit of spice thrown in. Even though I was waiting for it, as I said, I love the 11/18 vitola, I was still surprised by the about face that took place.

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The final third was basically the same as the second third, which is not a bad thing at all, with just a bit more spice on the tongue. While it did get a bit hot at the end, it was still a great ending to the cigar.

Camacho Liberty 2005 5.pngFinal Notes:

  • It is generally accepted that the 2005 Liberty has been the best of the series in terms of taste and construction, and I agree with that sentiment, at least compared to the years I have smoked so far.
  • There has been a Camacho Liberty released for the July 4th holiday every year since 2002, except for this year 2010. Rumors started early on that Camacho would not be releasing a Liberty for this year, but it appears it will come, just later in the year.
  • One of the reasons that I love the 11/18 vitola is the explosion of flavors that I get after the “hump” of the cigar. It happens quite often, and I am still surprised every time when it does.
  • The burn was a bit off and I had to touch it up a few times until after the “hump,” where it evened out for the rest of the cigar. The draw was great.
  • The final smoking time was one hour and 40 minutes.
90 Overall Score

I will be honest and say that I have not been impressed with quite a few of the cigars that Camacho produces, even some other years in the Liberty Series, but this cigar was a keeper. It was complex, easy to smoke, and the flavors kept changing over the course of the cigar. Just a wonderful, well-constructed, nice-looking, great tasting cigar.

Brooks Whittington

I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.