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
Price : ~$13 each

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.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★½
This cigar impresses from the first glance. The historic band encloses a dark wrapper which is almost devoid of veins and beautiful to look at. It isn’t very oily, but it feels consistent without any noticeably hard or soft spots. Pre-light, there is a scent of chocolate.

Construction : Rating: ★★★★☆
The Allones Extra offers a really excellent draw (I’d recommend dryboxing it for 1 day though), while the burn is just slightly uneven during the early part of the smoke. This self-adjusts without much interference and then is completely even through the rest of the smoke. Excellent all in all, after that first little bit with the burn.

Ramon Allones Extra 2011 Limited Edition

Flavor : Rating: ★★★★½
This is a medium-bodied cigar; the flavors and aromas are initially mild coffee, but as the smoke progresses, chocolate notes start to surface and gradually become more powerful. There is something sweet in here as well, like sugar cane. This definitely would work as a dessert cigar. While there isn’t a lot of complexity here, the flavors present are smooth, elegant, and delicious.

Value : Rating: ★★★★☆
This isn’t a cheap smoke by any means, and it’s kind of tricky to find, but that’s because this is a Limited Edition cigar. If you purchase just one of these, you will probably be spending about $13.00, and it’s easier to find them in boxes of 25. This is an exquisite cigar, however, and it’s worth the price.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★★½
The Allones Extra impresses from start to finish—right from the moment you see it, you know that this cigar has a lot of promise. And it delivers with the perfect draw and the excellent palate of flavors and aromas. The price is high, but this is to be expected. If you can get your hands on one, it deserves a try!