October 21, 2012

Genesis The Project (5 x 50)

Video review HERE.

This cigar is the first in a 5 cigar review of house cigars by Cigars International.

(from the Cigars International website)

Telling the Genesis story with just two paragraphs - or even three - is extremely difficult. Not to mention, it can’t possibly come close to doing the cigar and its creator justice. Genesis deserves pages of praise, but catalog pages cost a whole lot of money, so our space here is limited. That said, here’s the skinny.

Genesis is a small-batch super-premium, meticulously hand-crafted by Ramon Bueso in Honduras. Who is Ramon Bueso? Trust me when I tell you he isn’t some ho-hum street corner vendor. Quite the opposite, in fact, Ramon has been an integral player in the cigar industry for nearly 4 decades. Since 1977, Ramon has been honing his mastery of cigars and has perfected every facet of cigar production. From grower to roller to master-blender to factory supervisor. Early in his career, Ramon Bueso was vital in catapulting the legendary Villazon factory to new heights, working alongside cigar legends Frank Llaneza and Estelo Padron, and producing some of the world’s biggest and most successful blends in the process. Blends you enjoy early and often, from the likes of Hoyo de Monterrey, Excalibur, Punch, and so much more.

Truth is, Ramon’s mind and hands have created more brands and blends than one can accurately count, let alone imagine. But this....this is by far his most irresistible creation yet. His raison d’etre, if you will. Genesis began as ‘The Project,’ a limited production, local favorite exclusive to the Honduran market, mostly used for gifts and events. Now available on a grander scale, the Genesis is ready to make its mark. The lush, well-aged tobaccos used to craft Genesis deliver a scrumptious and complex medium to full-bodied bouquet. An exceedingly complex core of vintage long-fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras, including select ligeros, visos, and secos. This complex recipe is expertly blended, secured inside a feisty Jamastran binder, then cloaked by a dark and inviting, triple-fermented Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper boasting gorgeous oils. From the very first puff, it’s clear this cigar is something special. Each Genesis wastes no time asserting its distinct array of eventful flavors. Thick and creamy smoke coats the palate, dusting the taste buds with hearty notes of espresso, roasted nuts, earth, and nutmeg. The finish is long and savory, offering a unique spicy-sweetness after each puff. Complex, yet highly refined and skillfully balanced, Genesis is a mere peak into the window of Ramon Bueso’s extraordinary talents. Genesis The Project....it’s just the beginning.

Now, what I want to know is exactly how good the cigar is. So, today I'm reviewing the robusto.

The cigar is obviously dark and very oily. The shine is unmistakable. It appears to be well made with nice density.

Once I cut the cap the test draw was great. After light up the initial flavors were espresso, black pepper, and a lot of it, oak, and vanilla. On my pepper scale this cigar comes in at a 7. The main flavor is the espresso and it is very intense. There seems to be a lot going on so I need to let this cigar sit.

About 1/2 inch in the cigar settled down into one of black pepper, espresso, cedar and nutmeg. The finish is one of a thick, sweet cream with a lot of lingering pepper.  The cigar feels medium to full bodied. There is a touch of richness in the cedar and nutmeg.

About 1 inch in the lead flavor other than the espresso is the nutmeg and it is rich. There are still underlying notes of cedar but the nutmeg is the leading flavor. This cigar would make another good after dinner cigar. The pepper remains very good.

About half way through there are a roasted nuts mixed in with the nutmeg. The espresso has filtered over to the finish so you now have a little cream in your coffee. The cigar is burning very evenly. The pepper is still quite intense.

The cigar did not change much from the midpoint on. The espresso and pepper remained the main flavors. The nutmeg lost a little richness at the end but not a lot. There are a lot of earthy flavors in this cigar. The roasted nuts made it a little interesting. Those of you who live heavy coffee cigars will like this cigar. And, if you also like nutmeg you'll also like this cigar. I really think this is a great after dinner cigar. I found this to be a good cigar.

Score: 88

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