A Camacho Candela for St. Patrick’s Day


While everyone was smoking Alec Bradley Filthy Hooligans on Monday, leave it to me to be different. Long before AB’s master stroke of marketing the candela wrapped Black Market (which I really like, and despite them being sold out at the event I went to, as well as at Holt’s, I grabbed a couple more at a local shop) I bought a box of Camacho Corojo Monarca (robusto) with candela wrappers. I believe it was 2008. I’ve been enjoying these sparingly over the years, and it was my usual St. Patrick’s Day smoke until last year’s Hooligan interceded. I dug into the depths of the humidor and came accross the last two of the Camacho, which are now lightly dusted with plume, giving them a very light, flat appearance. I noticed early on in this box that they were loosely rolled, so I’ve been punching these so that a too open draw isn’t overwhelming. These are the original Camacho Corojo blend, so they pack a punch, but I find that the candela wrapper tempers the blend a bit, while the heavy filler blend compensates for the grassiness of the candela, much like the Filthy Hooligan (as an aside, last week when my brother-in-law, Jeff, asked for a cigar recommendation as he was on his way to Holt’s, I texted him “Alec Bradley Filthy Hooligan” and he replied “OK, you dirty bastard”, which I thought was pretty funny). I enjoyed the Camacho down to the nub, it burned perfectly and was quite the satisfying smoke. Green cigars don’t have to be grassy, mild smokes. I am going to make an effort to try the La Flor Dominicana and Illusione candelas one of these days.


I have a question for all my readers: Do you want me to post the press releases I receive from the cigar companies? I know several of my blogger brethren do it, and I’m not in a position to be able to do it immediately as I receive them. I guess I just want to know if there’s a need for me to do it, or if you are getting information on other sites and don’t need the repetition. I ask in an effort to provide what the people want! Please let me know in the poll below.


Would you like to see cigar company press releases published on CigarCraig.com?

  • Sure! The more news the better! (35%, 14 Votes)
  • No, all that stuff is on other sites anyway (38%, 15 Votes)
  • Just put them on a separate page with a link at the top! (28%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 40

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I’ll leave the poll run until the end of the month.  In the mean time, here’s one of the press releases that came in today:



Springfield, VA (March 17, 2014) –Omar de Frias is proud to announce a new addition to the Fratello line of cigars. The new vitola will be a 6 ¼ x 52 Box Pressed Torpedo. “We are very excited about this new vitola, it has a punch of flavor thanks to its ring style and slightly modified blend but staying true to the Fratello flavor,” said de Frias.


The Fratello Box Pressed will debut in a 20-count box. Prices have not been set yet but it will be in the range of the current line. Please visit www.fratellocigar.com/thecigar for a description on the cigars.


The new vitola will have a soft launch at a Fratello Authorized retailer prior to this years IPCPR and readily available shortly after. “Fratello Cigar Company has grown exponentially since the IPCPR show and this new line will add to our calculated expansion in America’s humidors,” said de Frias. Fratello is currently being sold in 25 states. For the complete list of all our retailers please visit www.fratellocigar.com.


I’m hoping to catch up with Omar this weekend if all goes as planned. Omar makes some darned tasty cigars and I’m looking forward to smoking some again.  He makes me feel short (and I’m 6’0″) because hes exceptionally tall.  I also may be appearing once again on Kiss My Ash Radio Saturday morning.


That’s it for now, until the next time,





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2 Responses to A Camacho Candela for St. Patrick’s Day

  1. jjo

    One of these days, I’ll have to pick up on the Camacho, Illusione, and LFD Candelas. I appreciate that they are available pretty much year-round and not accompanied by a huge marketing blitz.

    As for the press releases, there are a bunch of other sites who parrot these ad nauseum (we all know who they are), and I think you should save your precious time and site space for more important things, such as concentrating on your entertaining write ups. 😉

  2. Commish

    Will read everything you post! Didn’t have a chance to smoke any “green” cigars on the 17th since we’re still freezing up here!