Cigar Dojo, the world’s first and largest social cigar app, has partnered with Camacho, the world’s leading brand of bold cigars, to introduce an entirely unique smoking experience for craft fanatics: Cigar Dojo Imperial Stout Barrel-Aged by Camacho.
In 2015, fresh off the heels of Camacho’s ground-breaking introduction of the American Barrel-Aged cigar—where Camacho mastered the art of barrel-aging tobaccos in used, American whiskey barrels—the brand partnered with Cigar Dojo to highlight the unique characteristics from barrels of a different variety. With Cigar Dojo being based out of one of the top craft beer meccas in the country (Denver), the decision became obvious on how these two brands would collaborate.
The quest became centered around the best, most quintessential beer to represent Cigar Dojo, Colorado craft beer, and the Cigar Dojo community’s demanding palates
For Cigar Dojo, the quest then became centered around the best, most quintessential local brew to represent Cigar Dojo, Colorado craft beer, and the Cigar Dojo community’s demanding palates. This choice materialized in the form of Ten FIDY by Oskar Blues, which is brewed out of Longmont, Colorado and has long been a favorite among craft beer/cigar enthusiasts on the Dojo app. But while the intentions were noble, the approach had been flawed from the start—as Ten FIDY is simply a high gravity imperial stout, lacking the barrel-aged requirement for the project. On a whim, Eric (aka Master Sensei), owner of Cigar Dojo, contacted Oskar Blues in hopes that the brewery had been experimenting with barrel-aging the Ten FIDY recipe. Not only had they been experimenting, but Oskar Blues had recently finished their first mass effort at canning Barrel Aged Ten FIDY for the company’s first “official” release of the beer! Thirty barrels were used to age Ten FIDY, and Camacho/Cigar Dojo managed to secure four such barrels after the beer had been dumped. While multiple barrel types were used to bring the eventual beer to market, the four barrels selected for this project were from Heaven Hill Distilleries, located in Bardstown, Kentucky and the producer of other Dojo favorites—such as Larceny, Elijah Craig, and Parker’s Heritage.
Here, the barrels began to impart their unique characteristics of roasted malt, charred oak, and sweetness of the original whiskey to the Honduran tobacco leaves
Camacho then shipped these four barrels to their facilities in Danlí, Honduras, where Camacho’s prized Original Corojo tobaccos were meticulously aged and rotated within the beer and whiskey-soaked barrels for a minimum of six months. Here, the barrels began to impart their unique characteristics of roasted malt, charred oak, and sweetness of the original whiskey to the Honduran tobacco leaves. This process differs from other beer barrel-aged projects, as the tobaccos are allowed to ferment inside the barrels prior to being rolled; making for a more traditional, sophisticated, and complex experience when compared to cigars that have been rolled prior to barrel-aging. The barrel-aged Original Corojo leaves were then paired with Brazilian and Dominican maduro leaves in the cigar’s filler, an Original Corojo maduro binder, and a San Andrés maduro wrapper; allowing the unique characteristics to shine through without becoming too overpowering. Cigar Dojo Imperial Stout Barrel-Aged by Camacho kicks off with a punchy spice, which is later rounded out by loads of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a touch of sweet vanilla/bourbon buzz in the retrohale.
This all-maduro blend is based on Camacho’s world-renowned Triple Maduro cigar, making slight adjustments to accommodate the added attributes imparted from the barrel-aging of the Original Corojo leaves in the cigar’s filler. This makes for a whole new spin on a fan-favorite classic! In addition, Imperial Stout Barrel-Aged marks the first time that Camacho’s Triple Maduro has been introduced in a Toro vitola.
Launch & Availablity
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Imperial Stout Barrel-Aged is not only a unique collaboration between Cigar Dojo and Camacho, but Smoke Inn Cigars as well. As such, the cigars will be sold exclusively through Smoke Inn’s online store and Florida-based brick & mortar locations.
A very limited allotment of 4,000 cigars (400 bundles of 10 cigars) have been rolled for the first batch of this project, with the potential for additional cigars in the future.
As Smoke Inn became known for their unorthodox “late night” release parties years ago, Imperial Stout Barrel-Aged will bring the party back—with the limited edition project going up for sale during the evening of June 30, 2017—allowing for a party-like atmosphere for the cigar’s launch! Cigar enthusiasts are encouraged to share their experiences live on the Cigar Dojo app during the sale, embracing Cigar Dojo’s motto of “Never Smoke Alone.”
Imperial Stout Barrel-Aged Breakdown
- Wrapper: San Andrés Maduro (Mexico)
- Binder: Original Corojo Maduro (Honduras)
- Filler: Barrel-Aged Original Corojo Maduro (Honduras) | Brazilian Maduro | Dominican Maduro
- Factory: Diadema Cigars de Honduras, S.A. (Honduras)
- Production: Limited Edition (4,000 cigars)
- Packaging: 10-ct bundles
- Vitola: 6″ × 50 Toro
- Price: $9.99 ($99.95 / bundle)
- Release: June 30, 2017 (Smoke Inn Exclusive)
- Flavor: Full
- Strength: Medium-Full
- Body: Full
After 6 long months, this is what it’s like to break the seal on a heavily-fermented barrel of premium tobacco! Camacho Cigars unveils the result of a bourbon barrel-turned Imperial Stout barrel-turned premium tobacco barrel. As cool as this looks, it’s the aroma that you won’t believe!