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.
AJ's finest creation...
Manufactured at Tabacalera Fernandez in Nicaragua, Man O’ War cigars have gone from obscure start up to certifiable legend overnight. Now reigning as one of the top full-bodied blends in the business, Man O’ War remains as a center piece in humidors everywhere...
Man O’ War’s success stems from its rare and luscious Habano Ecuador wrapper. The leaf is taken from the upper middle portion of the plant, known as viso, which is where some of the richest, oiliest and most coveted tobacco can be found. These viso leaves are then put through a three-year fermentation process that is personally overseen by AJ Fernandez himself. Once this incredible wrapper is ready, it is combined with a blend of aged Nicaraguan fillers, harvested from three separate farms. AJ then personally proportions the tobacco, since this blend is one of his most closely guarded secrets, to create an incredibly rich and complex cigar that falls right in line with the best premium sticks on the market. These cigars have all been aged at least six additional months after being rolled, to ensure that the wrapper blends harmoniously with the complex mix of filler. Man O’ War produces hearty, earthy flavors with hints of cashews and almonds that are masked by a peppery aftertaste and a touch of sugar. It’s easy to see how a blend this delicious has risen to the top of the class overnight.
Oliva adds a new addition to the Saison family.
Combining the best yield of tobacco from their farms in Nicaragua, this time from a 2011 crop year, Oliva Saison Maduro is then finished with a dark Broadleaf maduro wrapper.
Oliva cigars utilize some of the most exquisite leaves in the industry, and the Oliva family is easily the biggest producers of tobacco in Nicaragua. With exceptionally high quality control and masterful blending techniques, it's no wonder Oliva is one of the hottest names in the cigar industry today and can boast a slew of ‘90' or higher rated options. If you're a fan of high-quality handmades, no doubt you'll be a fan of Oliva as well.
Oliva Saison Maduro is really something special. The leaves are from a 2011 harvest of the best tobaccos from their farms in Somoto, Esteli, and Condega. The Broadleaf maduro wrapper is complemented by this hearty core of Nicaraguan filler leaves, and the combination offers up a complex, medium to full-bodied strength profile filled with notes of dark tobacco, spice, and cedar. If you're one of the many Oliva fans, or looking for a new hearty maduro made in the original Cuban tradition, you'll want to clear a space in your humidor for Oliva Saison Maduro.