The Corona Project: Declassified
Made by cigar Geeks, for cigar Geeks
What happens when a master cigar blender is driven mad by two cigar geeks? Through a series of interactive (both online and in-store) events to share information about cigar making and give consumers a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes at a boutique cigar factory, The Corona Project will take you deep into the world of covert blending and stealth tobacco processing techniques.
The Corona Project that comes to mind from the 1960’s was in an era of Cold War confrontations and spy programs. The US Corona project was a series of spy satellites that were able to film Soviet activities and return to Earth from 1959 to 1972 and remained classified until 1992. The Dominican version hatched by Bowersox has been in development for some time now and is being declassified before the 500 12-count box limited release in the coming months.
George Rodriguez of Rodrigo Cigars, master blender William Ventura, and veteran cigar maker Kevin Michaels are collaborating to bring The Corona Project to market for Summer 2012. The project is being underwritten by Rodrigo Cigars but is the brainchild of cigar broker extraordinaire Brett Bowersox, an independent broker in New England.
The premise is simple, develop exemplary Dominican Puros in Corona, Corona Gorda, and Corona Doble sizes. The process, however, is extensive. The first Corona Project release will be exclusively to 12 Brick & Mortar tobacconists. Customer feedback from the most passionate smokers in the cigar community will drive the future releases.
The Corona class of cigars are tried and true vitolas that have been ignored by the mainstream but remain the first choice of cigar makers when developing and sampling a blend.
Wrapper: Dominican Republic, Bonao Maduro
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Factory: Tabacalera Ventura, Dominican Republic
Vitolas: Corona, Corona Gordo, Corona Doble