The new Ventura Cigar Co Project805

Yesterday, a post on Facebook grabbed my attention. It was from Ventura Cigar Co talking about a new tobacco being used in a new cigar. Huh? “New” tobacco? Couldn’t figure out how that part really worked, so I thought I’d take a look. Now I’m intrigued.

Project805 is using a tobacco called Andullo. As it turns out, Andullo isn’t a new type of tobacco, it’s not even an old type of tobacco. Rather, it is a curing process used on a small Caribbean Island. I learned this after a Ventura Cigar rep replied to a post I made over on Tobacco cured in the Andullo method is usually smoked in pipes, not in cigars.

Here is more infomation about the Andullo and Project805 from Ventura Cigar Co.

Andullo cigar tobacco

The Andullo process

You’ve never heard of it, you want to try it… But what IS Andullo?

Andullo is the mystery tobacco in Project805. It’s the soul of the stick, and is what gives this Dominican Puro uncharacteristic complexity and flavor.

Want to know more? Need to know all about Andullo? Read on my friend…

The Andullo in Project805 is native to the south Dominican Republic; however, Andullo has been enjoyed by the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean for at least 500 years. Traditionally users carve a pipe out of petrified Andullo, sprinkle fresh Andullo flakes into the pipe and smoke it.

Though the tobacco is colloquially referred to as Andullo, it is the process not the leaf that makes the Andullo tobacco unique. Typical cigar tobacco leaf processing includes tying together freshly picked tobacco leaves and hanging these bunches in a barn to cure, after which leaf is placed into 1-ton stacks (Pilons) to ferment. The Andullo process is different. Tobacco leaf from the Rabito and Quin Diaz tobacco plants is harvested and piled into a series of palm seed pods called Yagua. When filled, the palm seed pods are wrapped in a thick, natural rope compressing the Andullo into a dense, rigid, 6-foot long bar nearly 5-inches in diameter. Stacked in a barn, and rotated at regular intervals, the Andullo ferments in the yagua for up to 2 years. When fermentation is finally complete, the resulting product is a leathery, dark, aromatic, earthy sweet all-natural tobacco leaf.

The moisture content and natural aromas make it perfect tobacco for cigars, though it has never been used in premium cigars until now. Ventura Cigar Company brings it to you in Project805.

Want to know more about the cigar, frontmarks, and more? Click over to:

I’m hoping to find these soon so I can give them a try. So far it looks like local retailers might be limited.

About the author

Isaac Miller is a stay at home dad, kayak fisherman and a cigar fiend.