The Legends cigars story began during the early 2000's when basketball legend, John Starks, was doing some charity work in the Dominican Republic. Twice a year, Mr. Starks and the owners of Legend Cigars would collect new and used sports equipment, and through various community youth groups in the Dominican Republic, they would distribute it to local children; a deed that continues to this day.
As an avid cigar smoker, John found himself surrounded by some of the best tobacco growing areas in the DR, and during his downtime on these charity missions, he began visiting a nearby tobacco factory. His keen interest in premium cigars led to numerous friendships with tobacco growers and cigar makers, which eventually led to an opportunity to invest in his own cigar factory. Once the factory was fully operational, Starks and his partners were able to implement high quality control and develop their own premium handcrafted cigar blends to their precise specifications.
The fruits of their labors were the original John Starks cigars, a medium-bodied blend rolled in a maduro wrapper. Named the "Dominican Legend," it had a red and gold band that featured the image of the "Monument of the Heroes."
The John Starks #3 Signature Series cigars shown here are a more refined version of the original blend. Using a more complex blend of Dominican Seco and Olor tobaccos, these boutique cigars are offered in a choice of Ecuadorian Connecticut natural or Brazilian maduro wrappers.
Legend #3 Signature Connecticut
The man behind the Legend #3 cigars is master blender, Rolando Villamil. By balancing the rich-tasting Dominican Seco long-fillers with the milder, aromatic Dominican Olor, then finishing them in an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, the result is a smooth, medium-bodied smoke that yields base flavors of spice, cedar, and roasted nuts.
Legend #3 Signature Maduro
Flawlessly constructed, the nuances found in the smoke of this all Dominican-core blend rolled in a toothy Brazilian maduro wrapper are rich in earthy, spicy and semi-sweet flavors. Medium-full in body, notes of coffee, cocoa, and pepper add to the complexity of this satisfying selection for both new and more experienced cigar smokers.