Drawing inspiration from the power of a V-twin motorcycle engine, Camacho Cigars is preparing to release a new biker-themed cigar called Camacho Powerband. It's made with a proprietary bunching method that the company says delivers bursts of accelerating flavor and strength intensity while maintaining even combustion throughout the duration of the smoke.
"Our method is the combination of two bunching methods that, in the end, produce peak combustion and airflow through the cigar, with perfect resistance," Dylan Austin, vice president of marketing for Davidoff of Geneva USA (Camacho's parent company) told Cigar Aficionado. "A blend of old world and new world techniques."
Camacho Powerband is draped in an Ecuadoran Habano 2000 wrapper, two Negrito San Andrés binders from Mexico and contains five filler tobaccos—three of which are fortifying ligeros, which grow on the upper portion of the tobacco plant and tend to be full bodied. The filler tobacco includes Corojo ligero from Nicaragua and Honduras, as well as Dominican San Vicente ligero. The rest is San Vicente viso (which is a lower priming than ligero) and Piloto Cubano both from the Dominican Republic.
"The leaves of the two Corojo ligeros are tipped outwards, so the cigar starts intense, drops down after the first third, where the performance peaks," Austin explained. "The cigar, after the performance peak, accelerates to be more intense and flavor-forward than before."
Powerband will launch in three sizes: Robusto, at 5 inches by 50 ring gauge; Toro, at 6 by 50; and Gordo, at 6 by 60. The cigars will retail from $11 to $13 and begin shipping to U.S. retailers on June 13. International customers, however, have to wait until May 2017.
Following Camacho American Barrel-Aged released last year, Powerband is the second installment in the company's Master Built Series. Like its predecessor, Camacho Powerband is manufactured at the Davidoff-owned factory Occidental Cigar Corp., located in the Dominican Republic. Other Camacho lines such as Camacho Criollo, Camacho Connecticut and Camacho Ecuador are made in Honduras at the AgroIndustrias Laepe S.A. factory.
This article first appeared in the May 3, 2016 issue of Cigar Insider.