Ramon Allones Specially Selected 25p
Rating: 96p TOP 25 OF 2015 | RANK: 2 by Cigar Aficionado magazine
"When it comes to Cuban cigars Ramon Allones isn't exactly a household name, as it's one of the smaller brands coming out of Cuba, but Habanophiles know it well. It's also a cigar that fans of more full-bodied tobacco tend to reach for, and the Specially Selected is probably the most recognized vitola in the Ramon Allones portfolio. Not that the portfolio is terribly large—over the years, official deletions have whittled down the brand to a mere three sizes.
Ramon Allones is as rich in history as it is in flavor. Founded in 1837, it's one of the oldest brands still produced and is credited as the first manufacturer to decorate its boxes with ornate, branded labels. Other cigar companies naturally followed suit and now, more than 150 years later, the branding of cigars and cigar boxes is commonplace.
What is less common, however, is the amount of complex character that the Ramon Allones Specially Selected delivers. The cigars we originally smoked and rated earlier in the year were from a box stamped with a 2013 production date. The Specially Selected cigars we revisited for the Top 25 test were from 2014—and they were quite magnificent. Forget, for a moment, that these cigars are supposed to be strong and rustic by reputation. While there is indeed an intensity to these cigars, the Ramon Allones Specially Selected smokes of 2014 are also dynamic and, at times, elegant. Each puff is layered with earthy espresso bean but notes of marzipan and citrus show the cigar's more sophisticated side."
Absolutely amazing. The pre-light aroma has some cedar tones and sweet tobacco scents. The pre-light draw is sweet, easy and mouth watering. The cigar start with some cedar tones with a cracked pepper finish. The flavours are full bodied. The peppery on ignition do not last long at all and it quickly give way to hints of black cherry and honey sweetened coffee with some mild nutty undertones that make their appearance after approximately 1 cm. The cigar remain sweet with small hints of salt on the lips for the first third. The best way to describe the sweetness of this cigar would be “creamy sweet” often tasting like a very rich and creamy cappuccino sweetened with a touch of honey. The final third is absolutely mouth watering.
If there is one thing that shall be noticed with this cigar - and that is a good thing - is the volume of smoke it exhaled and how cool it stay.
- Shape: Pajero
- Vitola de Galera: Robustos
- Length: 124 mm (4 7/8")
- Ring Gauge: 50 (19.84 mm)
- Weight: 11,66gr
- Body: Medium to Full
- Origin: Cuba
- Filler: Cuba
- Binder: Cuba
- Wrapper: Cuba
- Color: -
Ramón Allones is one of the big names in the history of Habanos. Founded in 1837, it is also one of the oldest brands still in production.
A Galician by birth Ramón Allones was the first cigar manufacturer to pack his Habanos in boxes decorated with labels and stamped with his brand’s emblem. He was the pioneer of the packaging tradition that we know today.
All the sizes are filled with a blend of filler and binder tobaccos from the Vuelta Abajo zone, characterised by their intense and complex taste.
Amongst the best known sizes are the Gigantes and the Specially Selected.
The whole range is composed of Tripa Larga, Totalmente a Mano – long filler, totally hand made Habanos.
Goes well with:
Limited / Special Edition: Yes
Machine made: Yes