Ramon Allones Gran Robusto (Benelux Regional Edition)

Ramon Allones Gran Robusto Benelux Exclusivo

Ramon AllonesOrigin : Cuba
Format : Robusto Extra
Size : 155 x 20 mm (6.1 x 50)
Ring : 50
Released in : 2007 & 2008
Hand-Made
Price : 13.50 EUR each
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This guest review comes courtesy of our friend Nick, a.k.a. @wristriction. Enjoy!

The Ramon Allones Gran Robusto Exclusivo Benelux (yes that’s a mouthful) is a Robusto Extra Vitola originally released in 2007 in a rather exclusive quantity. Six hundred numbered boxes containing 25 cigars and 204 numbered cabinets containing 50 cigars for a total of 25,200 cigars were made available for the Benelux market. These first samples proved to be such a success that Ramon Allones decided to repeat the feat by re-releasing the cigar in 2008 on rather generous terms: 1,400 boxes of 25 and 600 Cabinets of 50 cigars (65,000 cigars in 2008) flooded the market. A lot of the cigars are still out there and a trip to my regular cigar supplier (Le Roi Du Cigare, Koningstraat 25, 1000 Brussels) proved ample supply. Not that its availability detracts from its appeal, but let’s say that I’m a sucker for everything exclusive. After purchase these cigars have been sitting another 6 months in my humidor at 72% humidity.

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Ramon Allones Superiores

Ramon Allones Superiores

Ramon AllonesOrigin : Cuba
Format : Grand Corona
Size : 143 x 18.26 mm (5.6 x 46)
Ring : 46
Wrapper, Binder, Filler : Cuban
Hand-Made
Price : $15+- each
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If I am not mistaken, the La Casa Del Habanos exclusive releases were started in 2004 and this is the 6th one of the series. There were originally 5,000 unnumbered boxes produced but I am sure they rolled another batch of these as they are quite popular. I am a big fan of the Ramon Allones marca and of the grand corona vitola. It was only right for me to do a review of this cigar.

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Ramon Allones Specially Selected

Ramon Allones Specially Selected

Ramon AllonesOrigin : Cuba
Format : Robusto
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm (4 7/8 x 50)
Ring : 50
Weight : 11.66 g
Hand-Made
Price : $230 for a box of 25
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I bought of box of Ramon Allones Specially Selected back in July 2010 on the advice of a friend. I smoked a few when they were very young and gifted a couple others. I set aside 15 for the sole purpose of aging them. They were fantastic when I bought them so I was really looking forward to tasting them after two years in my humidor. Robustos are generally my preferred vitola so I was eager to have a go. Short and sweet, before I get into the review let me tell you that I was absolutely floored with this cigar and I will not hesitate in buying more.

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Ramon Allones Extra 2011 Limited Edition

Ramon Allones Extra 2011 Limited Edition

Ramon AllonesOrigin : Cuba
Format : Corona
Size : 143 x 17.07 mm (5.6 x 44)
Ring : 44
2 cigars smoked for the review
Hand-Made
Price : ~$13 each
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The Ramon Allones “Allones Extra” is part of the 2011 Limited Edition collection by Habanos S.A, and was the first Ramon Allones Edicion Limitada cigar since that brand’s inception in 1837. The band on the cigar is a historic one, which contributes to the collectible status of the cigar. The wrapper, binder, and filler have all been made out of aged Cuban tobacco leaves from Vuelta Abajo. The Ramon Allones “Allones Extra” is widely regarded as a top notch cigar, and it’s easy to see why.

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Ramon Allones Superiores

Ramon Allones Superiores

Ramon AllonesOrigin : Cuba
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 143 x 18.26 mm (5.6 x 46)
Ring : 46
3 cigars smoked for the review
Hand-Made
Price : $10-12 each
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Ramon Allones Superiores is a La Casa del Habano-specific release that was supposed to hit the shelves in 2010; while perhaps it did in some places the few LCDH that I visited in the beginning of 2011 didn't have it yet. At first I was very excited about this new vitola from one of my favorite marcas, but when I failed to get it on the first couple attempts I somewhat forgot about it. Only in February 2012, on my trip to Rome, I finally picked up a fiver of these beautiful cigars. I really should have done it earlier!

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Ramon Allones 8-9-8

Ramon Allones 8-9-8

Ramon AllonesOrigin : Cuba
Format : Lonsdale
Size : 170 x 17.07 mm (6.7 x 43)
Weight : 11.86 g
Discontinued in 2002
Hand-Made
Price : N/A
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One of these cigars was initially sent to me by a generous BOTL as a result of a forum contest I had won. Coming with a specific request to review the smoke, I happily agreed to do so after it received some rest. Long story short, the flavor of the smoke was fantastic but it was unfortunately plugged to the point that, less than halfway in, it had to be abandoned or face the inescapable likelihood that my head would implode had I tried to continue. After informing the contest holder of the unfortunate occurrence he indicated that it was generally known about their construction flaws and despite my protests, he would send another. After receiving the second cigar and putting it down for several months to rest at 65% Rh I decided to fashion a follow-up attempt at the Ramon Allones 8-9-8.

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Juan Lopez Obus VS Ramon Allones Especial (RE France)

Juan Lopez Obus VS Ramon Allones Especial (RE France)

Juan Lopez Obus Regional Edition France
Release : 2007
Format: Figurado (140 x 20.60 mm)
Price: 9.80 €
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Ramon Allones Especial Regional Edition France
Release: 2008
Format: Figurado (140 x 20.64 mm)
Price: 12 €
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Thanks to a friend, I managed to get my hands on those beautiful regional editions for France. Juan Lopez Obus was released in 2007 and the Ramon Allones Especial a year later, in 2008. I decided to do a comparative review of these rare smokes because I clearly found that one is superior to the other.

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Ramon Allones Specially Selected

Ramon Allones Specially Selected

Ramon AllonesOrigin : Cuba
Format : Robusto
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm (4 7/8 x 50)
Ring : 50
Weight : 11.66 g
Box code : POS MAR 07
Hand-Made
Price : $230 for a box of 25
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The Ramon Allones Specially Selected (RASS) is a popular Cuban robusto that has a pretty loyal following and you can count me among them. This is a cigar I've enjoyed for a while now and thought it was time for a formal review. This cigar is available in dress boxes of 25 and cabinets of 50.

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