RAMON BUESO PROJECT
Wrapper origin: Honduras
Wrapper type: Habano Connecticut Maduro
Filler / Binder: Nicaragua and Honduras
Cost: 5.50 per
PRELIGHT: At Cigarfest 2012 there were quite a few people wearing a yellow sticker that asked “Who is Ramon Bueso?” with a date on them of 07.05.12. this caught my attention. I was able to get hold of two of these for testing. This toro sized vitola was wrapped in an absolutely wonderful Maduro wrapper.Here is the web site for further reading. http://www.whoisramonbueso.com/ . notes of barnyard and peat were strong on the foot. The exterior felt smooth and very well packed. Testing various parts of the cigar yielded no areas of concern at all. The foot had some nice ligero showing.
THE FIRST HALF: This one ignited well and the wrapper produced a good flame that stayed lit for several seconds from the oils. The toro produced strong flavors of spice with notes of espresso and cocoa. the draw was slightly tight but after a few moments this opened up nicely.by the half way point I was getting that “nica tingle” on my toungue.
THE SECOND HALF: the second half of this toro began to exude strong notes of spice and a sweet maduro taste began to take the forefront to the espresso flavors. Of note along the length of this smoke was the burn on the wrapper. it began to outpace the filler several times and this can pose a problem. The burn corrected itself after some torch touch up and did not greatly affect the draw.I enjoyed this one. it reminded me of the classic maduro smokes of the early ninties and I will keep my eye out for them at my B&M.
THE FINISH: This toro is well priced and I enjoyed the plumes of smoke this cigar produced. the only down side is the wrapper’s thickness and burn rate as compared to the filler. A good thick, oily maduro wrapper is a smokers dream. However as a producer its a real trick to get the filler and binder and wrapper to burn at a decent rate together. Over all you should kick the tires on this one if you like a classic maduro. ALL THE BEST-SMOKINJOE