21 responses

  1. rickey ricardo
    March 18, 2009

    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. Tashaz
    November 14, 2009

    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. javiblel
    September 17, 2010

    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. Inspector
    September 17, 2010

    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. javiblel
    September 18, 2010

    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. Inspector
    September 18, 2010

    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:



    And check my review of the Specially Selected here:



  7. javiblel
    September 18, 2010

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


  8. Maltaman
    July 31, 2011

    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. YJ
    September 11, 2011

    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. Anthony
    January 22, 2012

    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. HiramH
    January 28, 2012

    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
    May 4, 2012

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


  13. JamesE90
    April 23, 2013

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


  14. Seedeater56
    May 13, 2014

    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.


  15. yayaWHO
    July 13, 2015

    the SMALL CLUB … Corona? I have not been aware Man. Citeh have their own cigar …

    Sorry Guys about this one, could not resist facts though …


  16. Beneluxor
    October 12, 2015

    My experience with the Ramon Allones Small Club Corona Minutos was very positive, quite different than in the article.

    But my cigar looked quite different, with a very pleasing darker wrapper. A surprisingly mild smoke, the first half was a really delicious set of flavours, generally rather chocolate-like. Was a nice slow burn, a leisurely 50 minutes for this short stick.

    A very tight draw at the very beginning & in last half, where it also got a bit sour … but the first half was so tasty I must say overall this was great value.


  17. Gus
    June 25, 2017

    Got a box in at Hotel Nacional de Cuba. Wish I’d gotten 3 boxes. Nuff said


  18. Raafha
    September 24, 2017

    I too concur it looks like a counterfeit batch. The RASCC I regularly buy/smoke have the same detailed embossed band as the RASS,and a dark oily wrapper.Pleasing characteristics of RA, no issues so far.


    • Philip Bates
      February 14, 2018

      Purchased from The Finest Cuban Cigars. Great smoke with notes of coffee, cocoa, and all spice. Overall, an exceptionally smooth smoke with a long oily finish. Mild to medium body and strength.


  19. Chuck
    June 28, 2018

    I find it a little unfair you kept trying to compare this to a much larger and expensive cigar. It would be like comparing the monte no2 and no5( which is not a petit corona btw). I also get mine from FCC like someone said and my bands are not as nicely embossed as the larger cigars but it does have a lot more detail than the one pictured. Also the letters especially in “Habana” look big and smudged. Def looks alittle suspect. Taste is woody and hay like; I find them to be a solid medium bodied smoke and the cigars I have smoked were not too tight if anything I would find a couple loose ones. At 140 a box these are a well kept secret in my honest opinion.


  20. Tohsan
    October 21, 2018

    Beautiful looking cigar from a box of 25

    Nice little cigar for a quick smoke. Good taste of wood and spice. Can’t complain about the taste. Finally third was really spicy but in a nice way.

    But I had major issues with burn and the binder. Perhaps I removed the binder too early which I usually like to do.


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