I recently purchased a box of Genesis The Project cigars by Ramon Bueso in Honduras. I’ve been looking forward to this as I hadn’t previously tried anything by Ramon Bueso.
If this name doesn’t mean anything to you, Ramon has been a major player in the cigar industry since 1977 as he worked his way through growing to rolling, becoming a master blender and factory supervisor.
Genesis was initially meant to be a limited production exclusive to the Honduran market, made from a core of Nacaraguan and Honduran long fillers inside a Jamastran binder and finished in a dark, triple-fermented Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper. Thankfully the Project was popular enough to become more widely available in recent year.
The first thing you notice with this cigar is just how wonderfully dark it is, almost black in fact. Smooth to the touch and very well wrapped, the seams are near invisible with a tight double cap. You can already start to smell earthy notes like wood, spices and nuts, carried with a faint fruity sweetness.
On the first draw I found the smoke to be thick and creamy. It brought out hearty flavours like espresso, roasted nuts and nutmeg, all with a faint spicy sweet finish. While there is a lot of flavour within at the start, it is still quite refined at this stage and nowhere near overbearing, making for an easy medium smoke.
It burns evenly at the start, for the most part, with thick, soft plumes of white smoke.
As the cigar burns through, the flavour intensifies towards a more full-bodied smoke. It maintains its balance though, keeping a consistent flavour and finishing on a big note.
I bought this box to provide a friend with cigars for his wedding and am certainly not disappointed in my choice. It makes for a very classy cigar that would suit cigar enthusiasts and special occasion smokers alike.