Ramon Allones Small Club Coronas

Ramon Allones Small Club Coronas
Ramon Allones
Origin : Cuba
Format : Petit Corona (Minutos)
Size : 110 x 16.67 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 7.46 g
Hand-Made
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.

Appearance : ★★★★☆
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.

Ramon Allones Small Club Coronas

Construction : ★★★½☆
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).

Ramon Allones Small Club Coronas
 
Flavor : ★★★★☆
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.

Ramon Allones Small Club Coronas

Value : ★★★★☆
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.

Ramon Allones Small Club Coronas

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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14 Comments on “Ramon Allones Small Club Coronas”

  1. rickey ricardo says:

    You got what you hoped for, unlucky. I can see by the wrapper color you got as light a wrapper as you’ll ever see on a Ramon Allones cigar. I’ve had the same experience with the RASS. That’s what makes this brand so great. At their worst you’ll get a very nice smoke and when their on you’ll get some of the riches tobacco in the world. Open a box with dark oily wrappers and you’ll have the same experience as you’ve had with a RASS, only shorter. RA ONLY makes three cigars right now. You make it sound like they use lesser quality tobacco for this format, which they don’t. But thanks for the bad review, I hope it keeps the price down on this gem.

  2. Bought a box of these. Have smoked three now after two weeks in the humidor. All I can say is if you like the smaller vitola’s you have to try these! A wonderful half hour smoke. Like another review I read says, “Hard to get and I never leave a shop without some”

  3. Dear inspector, when i saw the photos that you take of this RA, it came immediately to my mind that those cigars you tried were fakes… i think is better to buy a couple of these small club coronas and make another review

  4. @javiblel
    What makes you think these are fakes? They were bought in a B&M shop and I highly doubt they are selling non authentic Cuban cigars.

  5. It is because of the band of the cigar,you can see an image of a true RA band at the following link: http://cubancigarwebsite.com/images/Ram%C3%B3n_Allones_band_1324953067full.jpg

  6. The band on the Small Club Coronas has way less detail than on Specially Selected. If you want to use that website as a reference, you can compare the two:

    http://www.cubancigarwebsite.com/images%5CRam%C3%B3n_Allones_Specially_Selected_cigar_orig.jpg

    http://www.cubancigarwebsite.com/images%5CRam%C3%B3n_Allones_Small_Club_Coronas_cigar_orig.jpg

    And check my review of the Specially Selected here:

    http://www.cigarinspector.com/ramon-allones/ramon-allones-specially-selected

  7. Yeah, i saw it, thank you inspector! i think now you are right, the band is just different…

  8. Maltaman says:

    A great cigar which was suggested by the salesman in Dubai Duty Free.
    Have thoroughly enjoyed this cigar which has given me an exceptional smoke. Would recommend this cigar to all lovers of quality cigars. Shall hope to purchase more here in Malta.

  9. It is another very good Cuban. I like it as much as a Paratagus D4 and it can be a good substitute of it.
    But for a little difference in price and for the looks of it I may buy the D4 instead.

  10. Well inspector I suggest u keep those fine cigars in ur humidor !!

    For at least 1 year and than re smoke one ull completely change ur view toward this fantastic cigar !!

    I have from those stick couple of boxes I agree if they are fresh they won’t compete montecrsit n5

    But trust after a year plus !!
    All I can say that it’s fantastic even the aroma and the taste of the cigar changed completely from the first day That I smoked one !!

    By the way i don’t have any construction issue even draw problems !!
    Perhaps u grabbed a bad one !

    Cheers :)

  11. Maybe they were fake after all. The band on the ones I buy is embossed, and the cigars are excellent, every single one of them.

  12. Ikpatt says:

    The poor quality ring, and the construction of the draw end shows that cigar to be an obvious counterfeit.

  13. JamesE90 says:

    Looks like a pre 2010 band to me, newer bands are indeed embossed.

  14. Seedeater56 says:

    Ramon Allones minutos

    Prelight: Well constructed, lightly veined leaf. Excellent pre light draw, end cap punches out well with no deformity of the exceptionally well constructed end cap.
    1st ⅓: Toasted foot lights well and draws well. Very scant flavour, no significant notes other than lightest earth and nut.
    2nd ⅓: Slight increase in roundedness and intensity, but no real presence for a stick this size.
    Final ⅓: Moisture build up in head, draw becoming laborious. Slight evidence of uneven burn and leaf separation. Intensified bitterness, but no real flavour. Very disappointing.
    In sum: Frankly, not a worthwhile cigar.

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