Origin : Cuba
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 102 x 20 mm (4 x 50)
Ring : 50
Released in : 2013
Price : ~9 EUR each
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Ramon Allones is a brand we see quite a lot when it comes to regional releases. On October 25th, 2013, the Netherlands was granted a Petit Robusto called the Specially Selected Robusto Corto. This was a limited edition with just 2,000 slide-lid cabinets produced, each containing 25 stogies. Price is quite reasonable; if you can get your hands on one of these, you’ll pay about 9 EUR per cigar.
I bought my sampler in Amsterdam quite some time ago, let's see what these 14 months in humi did to this smoke.
The wrapper leaf is a warm, almost reddish brown, a very nice inviting color. I can’t make out a lot of veins, and the texture is quite smooth with just the right amount of oil to the leaf. I spotted a small crack but that was the only flaw; the cigar seems very evenly packed with no hard spots or soft spots. On pre-light, I smell wood with a hint of spice.
Construction is very nearly perfect. The draw is a little tight, but not too much. The stogie produces a lot of thick, aromatic smoke, and the ash clings nicely to the end. The only flaw I noticed was that the burn would get uneven now and again, but this was really very minor and didn’t disrupt the experience.
Flavor : (4.25)
Starting out, I taste earthy wood with some pepper and a nutty, roasted flavor. There is also just a hint of citrus, which really adds something nice to the mix. During the second third, that earthy background becomes more pronounced, and the roasted nuts take the foreground with the wood taking more of a backseat. The nutty flavor gets even stronger in the final third. There’s something sweet in the last third too, possibly a hint of cocoa and cream—but just a hint. The flavors are subtle and well balanced. They change just enough to keep things interesting, but overall have a lot of consistency to them. The changes, like the flavors themselves, have a lot of subtlety. There was at times a bitterness that came through that I did not like, but this is yet another minor flaw.
Overall Rating :
I came at this one without knowing what to expect; these things seem a little hard to get your hands on, and I hadn’t seen much in the way of reviews. In light of that, I was very pleased overall. The slight bitterness at times is a drawback, but it was offset by a subtly nuanced experience that was very pleasant. I was also surprised at how well this stogie smoked in light of its age; I would have expected more harshness. Instead, the flavors and aromas were very smooth. I would definitely try another!