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Spotlight Brand: Ramon Bueso Genesis The Project

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 to full 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.

Q & A: The Bends: Cigars, Blood Sugar, and You

Why do strong cigars sometimes make me a bit light headed when most other times they don't?

8/09/12 | by AS of Glenburnie, MD

​Well, the short, simple answer is you need to eat something before you burn a cigar. Having a full stomach should allow you to handle a stronger cigar much better than on an empty stomach...but we assume most of our veteran enthusiasts already know this.

by Dave

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Article: Vintage Cigars

The term “vintage” gets used quite a bit; not just in the cigar industry, but across the global market. From cigars and wine to watches and t-shirts, the word ‘vintage’ is used quite liberally but its definition changes based on different classes of goods. So what does ‘vintage’ really mean in the cigar industry? Since the process of creating cigars and wine parallel each other, I’ll use wine as a comparison.

In the wine industry, the term ‘vintage’ indicates the year a particular wine was made or in other words, the year the grapes were harvested. With wine, it is nearly impossible to create the same flavor or style and keep that flavor consistent with each new crop or bottle from year to year. Therefore, a wine’s vintage is very important because it’s an indicator of how the wine has changed; a vintage 2007 will taste different from a vintage 2008 and neither can be replicated. However, in the cigar world, vintage takes on the opposite meaning. 

In cigars, ‘vintage’ refers more to the tobacco’s age, rather than the actual year the tobaccos were harvested. In cigars, it is important to maintain the same flavor profile and strength from stick to stick, from box to box, from year to year. This can be replicated by slightly tweaking the cigar’s blend from year to year, while still maintaining its core flavor profile. In order to do so though, some of the tobaccos from the blend’s original crop must be replaced with new tobaccos, especially if the original tobaccos were limited. Although the newer cigars no longer contain the same exact tobaccos from the original crop, they still present the same flavor profile, thus maintaining its vintage. For example, Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 should taste the same today as it did years ago when it was first released, but that doesn’t guarantee Rocky Patel is still using the same tobaccos from his original crop. In this case, ‘vintage’ refers to the flavor profile, which was created using different varieties of aged tobaccos to maintain consistency. How is this possible? The aging and fermentation processes.

Aging and fermentation play a big part in keeping a cigar’s vintage. These two processes allow blenders to use different crops of tobaccos, from different years, while still maintaining a cigar’s original flavor and strength. The longer tobacco ages, the less tannic it becomes, the smoother it tastes, and it also presents a more well-balanced character. The longer tobacco is fermented, the darker the leaves become and they can take on slightly sweet or hearty, earthy characters – all of which add complexity. By using these two processes regularly, manufacturers are able to keep a cigar’s vintage the same from year to year.  

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