Among the many questions I have about this cigar:
- El Legend-Ario. Why the hyphen?
- On the Camacho website the following helpful information is available about the components of this cigar: Wrapper – Shhhh! Binder – Shhhh! Filler – Shhhh! Why the secrecy?
- Why no band?
I have my theories, but no real answers to these questions. My guess is that it’s for the same reason all new cars look like electric shavers– it’s marketing and hype, fashion even. Like Rocky Patel’s very successful Edge line, the El Legend-Ario has no band and is packed in crates of 100. The hyphen is probably an attention getting gimmick for crazy people like me who think about these details, and the secrecy behind the makeup is traditional marketing sorcery. The bigger the secret, the larger the draw.
But in reality, what really fascinates me about this cigar is simply that it is made by Camacho. The Eiroas have been producing some of the most distinctive cigars on the market in the past few years, and I’d try anything they make, at least once.
Cigarcyclopedia has apparently infiltrated the Camacho operation in Danli, and they have come away with the highly classified information that the El Legend-Ario is a Honduran puro, composed entirely of leaf from the Jamastran Valley. The one I’m smoking today is the figurado, which is about 6 inches long and flares to a 54 ring gauge at the foot.
The construction on this stick is good, but not great. Both of the samples I’ve tried were a little soft, and though they burned evenly the loose roll contributed to a fast burn. I’m a fairly slow smoker and I burned through these in about 40 minutes per stick. A little fast for a torpedo.
The El Legend-Ario is mild by Camacho standards. I’m accustomed to the Corojo and Havana lines, which are comparatively strong and peppery. This one is almost bland by comparison. The predominate flavor is mildly bitter coffee, with a nice woody overtone. There isn’t too much of a transition as its burns to the end, just a smidgeon of pepper making an appearance on the finale.
I’d say this is a middle-of-the-road cigar for Camacho, a brand that has a reputation for big Honduran flavor. It’s a good cigar, but I have to say I was mildly disappointed. A nice July 3rd cigar. But not for the 4th.
N.B. The “electric shaver” comment was stolen from the movie Sin City.