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A Honduran Holiday

  • Richard Carleton Hacker

When we think of Thanksgiving, we can’t help but think of a grand holiday meal. On a day when overindulging is rarely scoffed at—heck, it’s almost encouraged—an equally big and bold cigar is the perfect accompaniment. Honduran tobaccos tend to have a deeper, meaty flavor, and they provide an ideal segue from an unctuous meal to a complex, oaky, fragrant Cognac (or the cordial of your choice). You can’t go wrong with the following three cigars—each one a unique expression of Honduras’s full-bodied tobacco.

Camacho Corojo

After its recent acquisition by Oettinger Davidoff AG, Camacho undertook a dramatic repackaging and reblending of most of its cigars. This Honduran Corojo puro, Camacho’s flagship cigar, has been reblended to closely approximate the original power smoke, which was one of the strongest stogies to come out of the Jamastran Valley. It still is, with three Corojo leaves in the filler now instead of one. Six sizes round out the lineup, ranging from a 5½ × 44 corona to a 6½ × 54 gigante. ($6.50–$8)

Camacho Scorpion Blackout

In honor of the Mayan belief that scorpions venture into the fields at night to protect the crops, Camacho has adopted the arachnid for its new logo. The brand’s first limited edition is the Blackout, with 1,000 boxes in each of five sizes using multiple vintages of tobaccos for their Ecuadoran wrapper, Nicaraguan binders, and Nicaraguan, Brazilian, and Honduran fillers. After rolling, the cigars were aged two years, further intensifying flavors stronger than a scorpion’s sting. ($11–$13)

Namakubi

From Room 101, a subsidiary of Camacho, Namakubi is a medium-full smoke, thanks to its Honduran and Dominican filler, Honduran Corojo binder, and an Ecuadoran Habano wrapper, all of which produce a solid gut punch of flavor with an extra dose of ligero in the filler. The name Namakubi is a reference to the ancient practice of presenting a victorious samurai with the head of his foe. We prefer to interpret it as a reference to severing the cap on the head of the cigar. ($7–$12)

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