35 years in the making and it's just the beginning...
Ramon Bueso's story is a bit different from most cigar manufacturers. For starters, he's not Cuban. He's actually a Honduran native. His grandmother owned the first tobacco farm in Honduras and it was there that Ramon got his start in 1977. Working from the ground up, Ramon has performed in (and perfected) every aspect of the cigar business. From growing to rolling to blending, Ramon mastered his craft at the famed Villazon factory and was an essential part in the factory's success. It is now, after nearly 35 years in the industry, that Ramon Bueso has finally stepped into the spotlight...and it's not a spotlight that will ever be relinquished.
From the very first puff, you know you're in for a special experience with The Project. This is a perfect blend for any enthusiast, it truly is. The blend releases a medium body with a rich flavor and satisfying aroma. It manages to maintain its balance and smoothness throughout as well, giving it a consistent character from head to foot. The fillers consist of a mixture of Nicaraguan and Honduran long leaves taken from three different primings for an unrivaled complexity. These tobaccos are then wrapped inside a Jamastran binder and finished off with a Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper; the flavorful cherry-on-top. The Project exudes deep flavors of espresso, which serves as a base for the myriad of flavors that complement it. Genesis The Project: a must-try for all.
Ramon Bueso is a master of his craft. Draped in a thick, toothy Connecticut Broadleaf maduro, Genesis has rich nuances of dark chocolate, earth, and espresso complimented with a slight cherry note. If you are a maduro hound like me, you will want to pick up more than one of these beauties.
I met Ramón Bueso a few years back and was thoroughly impressed with his achievements at that time. So in 2012, when Ramón finally released his own maduro blend, I was stoked. I’m more of a Habano guy, but the well-fermented Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper caught my eye and its rich flavor put the nail in the coffin; my favorite maduro.
Toro (6.0”x50): Simply stunning. We barely hand out 95 ratings. In fact, this is one of the only blends we've ranked so high but we're proud to do so because we've never tasted something so consistent, flavorful, yet mellow. All of our experts agree here too. This is a cigar you can enjoy one right after the other. It doesn't destroy your palate but it constantly keeps your interest. Mild, medium, and full-bodied enthusiasts will find something special about this cigar so it really is the epitome of "the perfect blend."
Robusto (5.0”x50): Same great flavor profile as the toro size but in can be enjoyed in under an hour. The only reason why this size lost a few points is due to the fact that it doesn't last as long or become as complex as the toro.
Muy Bueso (6.5”x60): Not usually a big fan of the mammoth cigars but the boldness and richness of this blend is just captivating. While not an everyday cigar, this size is perfect if you’ve got plenty of time to kick back and relax.
Torpedo (6.0”x52): Hey, we have to nitpick somewhere. Don’t get us wrong, this is still an excellent size but we found that some of the cigar’s boldness is a little sharp on the finish when you first light it up. Otherwise, this size is still worthy of the Genesis name and is still nothing to scoff at.
The best new cigar of 2012. A Connecticut-grown Oscuro wrapper, Jamasatran binder, with masterfully chosen Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers melt perfectly together. Rich in oak and heavy enough on the bittersweet espresso notes that it's chewy with a good measure of spice to hold up to anything with which you'd pair it.