Origin : 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
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.
Not a very luxurious looking cigar with a lumpy feel, some large veins, and a green water spot on its cap. The colorado shade wrapper was well applied though, and this RASS had a nice box pressed shape. This cigar had an inviting sweet tobacco prelight smell.
This robusto had a perfect draw and a fairly even burn. The ash held very well and this cigar required no relights.
This RASS was toasty upon lighting then gave way to a heavy dried fruit taste, particularly dark cherries. The smoke produced by this cigar was so dense it almost seemed syrupy, and was medium in strength. It was a little unrefined in the 1st half, but smoothed out nicely in the 2nd with the flavors becoming more mellow, yet still very present. This cigar is unique in that it had a fruity taste without being sweet, and the taste of dried fruit remained on this cigar's long finish. I wouldn't say this cigar was real complex, but the sheer depth of its flavor was amazing. The flavor profile remained consistent from beginning to end.
This cigar is priced very reasonably compared to other Cuban robustos. It has been a consistent smoke for me in terms of construction quality and taste.
Overall Rating :
This is just a great cigar at a great price. Its flavors are in your face and to the point making it a good cigar for beginners as well. Also, I sense excellent aging potential in the box that I have and am looking forward to tasting them with 2-3 years more age. If you've never had one and get the chance try one. The RASS has become a staple in my humidor and is a no-brainer box buy.