Origin : Cuba
Format : Grand Corona
Size : 143 x 18.26 mm (5.6 x 46)
Ring : 46
Wrapper, Binder, Filler : Cuban
Price : $15+- each
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If I am not mistaken, the La Casa Del Habanos exclusive releases were started in 2004 and this is the 6th one of the series. There were originally 5,000 unnumbered boxes produced but I am sure they rolled another batch of these as they are quite popular. I am a big fan of the Ramon Allones marca and of the grand corona vitola. It was only right for me to do a review of this cigar.
My sample is a great looking cigar. The wrapper has a solid appearance, without much sheen or oil.
It has a good feel in hand without any soft spots. The cap is nicely applied and it lets my punch go through easily. The draw is exactly how I like it, clean with some resistance.
The Superiores is starting off slowly by giving me a nice amount of smoke. This is a medium-bodied cigar with silky smooth smoke. I get some milk chocolate flavors. It is almost like the powder you put in milk to make chocolate milk. The finish is short and light but pleasant. There is a nice creaminess to it that I really like. It shows some vegetal flavors buried in the back that hopefully will pop out later on.
The second third is following up nicely. It has the same milk chocolate taste but adds notes of coffee and grilled nuts. This is great, tons of flavors and a good amount of smoke. It is still smooth and silky but the amount of smoke has thinned out. Maybe it is because the cigar isn’t burning properly. This cigar doesn’t have the Ramon Allones profile you expect find in a Specially Selected but it is pretty damn good.
The body is picking slowly to a medium/full body. Still no sign of the marca’s signature stewed fruits flavors but a good mix of chocolate, coffee, hazelnuts and hints of vegetal notes. This is one to keep.
I think these are great and well-priced. They come in 10-count boxes and are readily available. I have had 3 boxes of these with different date codes and they all have been consistent and great. You can buy a box of these and be sure they will be worth your dime.
Overall Rating :
Here we have a good solid cigar that will only get better with age. Even now, they smoke well, so I can only imagine how the Superiores will fare with 5 years on them. This is not a true to the line release (what is these days anyways?) but a worthy addition to this classic marca. Now that I am thinking about it, I should buy more to keep for a few years...