Origin : Cuba
Format : Petit Corona (Minutos)
Size : 110 x 16.67 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 7.46 g
Price : $5+ each
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RASS a.k.a Ramon Allones Specially Selected being one of my all-time favorite Cuban cigars, my expectations concerning its little brother were high. Perhaps I was unlucky, but unfortunately the Ramon Allones Small Club Coronas was far behind it. Please note that I didn't smoke a whole box of these and this review is based on 4 cigars.
The cigar is nicely box-pressed and the wrapper is of decent quality. If you have noticed, the band is of lower quality than the one found on RASS. I first thought that I bought fakes and visited another cigar shop to inquire about it. In fact, the picture is only embossed on RASS, the other Ramon Allones have plain, rather ugly bands. I have no idea why though.
On two cigars the draw was extremely tight and I had major wrapper problems on one of these. Really not impressed by the construction (again, I cannot refrain myself from comparing it to the Specially Selected).
Not much in the flavor department. I found it almost full-bodied. The flavors are initially woody with spicy notes kicking in at the half-mark. I am pretty sure that if you keep them in the humidor for 6 months, you will get a richer bouquet. Don't get me wrong - the taste is quite good - but nothing special.
I hope I just got unlucky with the construction, because if the issues are persistent, then the Ramon Allones Small Club Corona is definitely overpriced.
Overall Rating :
If you like the RASS, don't even try this minuto - this will save you the disappointment. I must admit that if I were to smoke it blindfolded, I would have probably rated it a little higher, but I couldn't help remembering the Robusto's amazing flavor. If you're up for a petit corona, better grab a Monte No. 5.
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