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Review Of The New Camacho Barrel Aged

About The Camacho Brand

Camacho‘s brand slogan says it all. ‘Live Loud’ is what sort of feeling you get with those cigars. Suddenly you see yourself driving in a convertible Mustang amongst the coast with a Camacho Cigar in your hand.

camacho logoIt’s pretty much all about the rock n’ roll feeling in life. And honestly which man doesn’t love the rock n’ roll feeling? Driving big muscle cars, motorbiking across the USA, living life as it comes? Absolutely my life has been much about adventure and that’s one of the reasons I love this brand so much. It’s a boundless feeling and an experience of freedom.

Camacho American Barrel Aged

Camacho Cigars was founded in 1961 by Simon Camacho and acquired by the Eiroa family in 1995.
They brand based in Danlí, Honduras and specializes in authentic handmade Cuban seed cigars.

The Camacho Barrel Aged

A couple of months ago, the Camacho Barrel Aged has been announced and I’ve been desperately waiting for it to arrive in Switzerland. Meanwhile, the Cigar is available in pretty much every lounge and cigar shop.

But what makes the Barrel Aged so special? 

The Camacho Barrel Aged is almost entirely made from American tobacco

The cigar consists three sort of tobaccos, two of them are American – the ‘Connecticut Broadleaf’ and a ‘Pennsylvania Broadleaf’ are combined with a tobacco from Honduras.

The main magic though, is the Honduras leaf has been aged for 6 years plus 5 months in a Bourbon Barrel. That’s unique on the market and defintely worth trying.

Of course, I was pretty excited to see if you can actually feel the Bourbon Barrel -massive yes, you can! The Barrel Aged meanwhile belongs to my favourite cigars – always a big pleasure to smoke it.

The following formats are available: Robusto (50×5), Toro (50×6) and Gordo (60×6).

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Camacho Barrel Aged Taste

Super fiery and passionate experience. Nothing for sissies! A full-body cigar with an intense and roast flavour. The barrel definitely shows it’s character and turns the whole smoking event into a totally exciting experience.

Else, the cigar comes up with an impressive array of flavours…
The construction and draw are excellent, and I was immediately amazed with notes of charred wood,
vanilla, leather, and some spice. As the cigar progresses, I was struck by flavours of fruit and sweetness
entering the mix with some notes of caramel. The Barrel Aged burned beautifully with an effortless draw

Camacho American Barrel Aged Cigars

Pairing with The Balvenie TUN 1509

Absolutely no question – the best pairing from my perspective is a good, old and solid whisky. The Balvenie TUN 1509 belongs to the most extraordinary and tasteful whiskeys I have tasted so far.

Camacho Pairing

To create the first batch of Tun 1509, Balvenie has carefully hand selected 42 of the finest casks – 35 traditional American oak barrels and seven European oak sherry butts – from the distillery’s precious aged stocks. All were transferred to Tun 1509, which sits in Warehouse 24, for several months before bottling. This is a rare interpretation of the marrying process and allows all 42 casks to come together to create a unique expression of The Balvenie that’s greater than the sum of its constituent parts.

Balvenie TUN 1509 Flavours

Deep and rich on the nose, with floral notes, sweet vanilla and orange peel. Velvety smooth to taste with tangy citrus, mellow cinnamon spice and blossom honey.

A Gentleman’s Closing Words

Camacho is a great and crazy brand, I love the adventurous brand strategy. The new Camacho Barrel Aged is a unique and intense experience – an absolute must for every gentleman!

(shot taken at the McLaren event)

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The New McLaren 570GT – Along The Roads Of Tenerife

Introduction Of My Story

It’s one of these days when suddenly the phone rings and you’re asked if you wanna join the McLaren team on Tenerife to drive the new McLaren 570GT. My adventure started with a smooth flight, of course I was totally excited to smoke across the island and discover this beautiful car.

McLaren 570GT Launch 2016 Tenerife

Arrived At The Ritz Carlton Suite

The team booked the supreme suite with the new 570GT standing in the middle of deck. I almost couldn’t believe my eyes, so I had to ask how they have managed to get it up there? Well, there was no helicopter on the island with enough power – at the end of the day the have used a huge crane to lift it on to the top of the Hotel – crazy!

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Over these days we had a very lovely team and wonderful food. Where ever and when ever we had all the support and help needed. I’d like to share a big thank you with the McLaren crew.

The New McLaren 570GT

With their new model – the 570GT – McLaren is presenting their yet most comfortable sports car. So what’s different? Basically the whole concept of building a sports car has been refined and made more luxury. The 570GT contains a touring deck with 220 litres of storage space, a panoramic roof, comfy beautiful leather seats and a Bowers & Wilkins sound system! The McLaren 570GT is an ultimate sports car experience. One that’s perfect for daily use, longer journeys and weekends away.

McLaren 570GT Launch 2016 Tenerife

McLaren 570GT Launch 2016 Tenerife

McLaren 570GT Launch 2016 Tenerife

McLaren is of course using a carbon-fibre chassis to make the model light and protecting. Yes, the result of using carbon-fibre is exceptional crash protection, outstanding dynamics and an unrivaled power-to-weight ratio.

So let’s talk about the performance! McLaren is using their twin-turbocharged 3.8 – Litre V8 which produces pretty mad 562BHP and 600NM torque. The sound of the 570GT is a bit less loud compared to the other models – that ensures the common theme of building a comfortable sports-car.

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The seven-speed seamless-shift gearbox belongs to most responsive gearboxes I’ve experienced so far. Pretty sick how detailed you can adjust every single detail. There are two options, both separately adjustable from each other. So you can switch the engine in sports mode but keep the handling in normal mode which is ending up in some fancy driving cocktails.

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Interstellar Travelling – Along The Roads Of Tenerife

The journey we had on this island, was beyond anything I have seen and felt. The diversity of our ride across the roads was otherworld-like. And that’s why I wrote some style of a poem to express what we have discovered.

McLaren 570GT Launch 2016 Tenerife

McLaren 570GT Launch 2016 Tenerife

Deep in the Ocean of Time
Right into the layers of space
Dwelling through infinite dimensions

I’m here, paralyzed, under the vibrant sky.
Let go of past judgments
and embrace new paths of thoughts

Stormy waves across the coast
Along green woods and bendy roads
Up to the prideful volcano

Suddenly I’m reaching another planet, I’m diving into another universe
Lost in an abyss, only glimpses of far away stars, out of reach.
Is time an illusion, an interval or a passage?
Breathless by the emptiness and silence
On the darkside of the moon.

Rights by Ian Kuah – 9tro.com

McLaren 570GT Launch 2016 Tenerife

McLaren 570GT Launch 2016 Tenerife

The OMEGA Speedmaster Moonphase

The moon inspires mankind since we exist, it speaks his own secret language. My mother once told me that one of my first words as a baby was ‘moon’ – and I always looked up astonished by it’s mystery.

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The OMEGA Speedmaster Moonphase means so much more than just a time indication to me. It’s my personal fascination for precision and perfection.

As well as beautifully measuring every moment on earth; this timepiece follows the phases of the moon, which makes perfect sense given that the Speedmaster was the first watch ever to be worn on the lunar surface.

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A brief astronomy lesson: a lunar month is not 30 days, but slightly more than 29.5 days. A difficult time-span to manage for a standard gear train, but OMEGA’s Moonphase is up to the task.

The ‘Master Chronometer’ movement is the yet most precise movement, tested at the industry’s highest level. And that’s exactly the reason why it harmonizes so wonderfully with the 570GT.

Interview with Wayne Bruce

Wayne Bruce is the Global Communications and PR Director. Lucky me, I had the opportunity to ask him a couple of questions.

So you’re obviously not Batman, right?

No, it’s Wayne Bruce – not Bruce Wayne. But they call me ‘Man-bat’ in the UK

What was the goal by developing the McLaren 570GT?

It’s the most luxury McLaren that has been built yet. Means you can easily take it for a longer journey without any issues. It does take the brand into the ‘Gran Turismo’ territory for the first time in history, but it’s still very much a McLaren.

Some words about the future?

Sure, we just announced our business plan for the next 6 years. A few key points:

McLaren will stay self-funding and independent.

We’re going to invest a large proportion of our profits into future products which results in 15 new cars – half of them hybrid engines.

Describe a perfect gentleman

Of course he drives a silver McLaren 570GT (smiles). Being a gentleman is about politeness, understatement, tolerance of others and letting others go first.

Driving the McLaren 650S

After these endless roads and the tremendous beautfiul ride, I took the McLaren 650S to review a slightly faster and crisp model. I made some stopover at Los Gigantes.

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Now you have a chance to see me going mad in this car. And as well explain the details.

I’m very much looking forward to my next adventure with McLaren, I’m pretty sure we will have a look into the McLaren production soon!