The Señorial by Jose Blanco was a hit, but what could be better that this?
If you said a Maduro version, you’re goddamn right! Wrapped in a San Andreas wrapper, with Dominican fillers, Las Cumbres is knocking things out of the park.
The pre-light starts off with raisin and what I’d describe as terroir. Once lit, strong spice and oak come through. The cigar burns evenly with an enjoyable amount of smoke.
Black pepper starts to show itself in the second third, and on the final notes, we taste oak and mellow flavors. Overall, it’s a really satisfying cigar with a good, even burn line, good construction and a fantastic presentation.
Hint of vanilla.
The oak comes through stronger at the halfway point with the black pepper being nuanced.
The Ramon Allones Specialty Selection was a great cigar the first time I had it back about seven or eight years ago. It was a quick, delicious but not overpowering, forty-five minute smoke with decent tasting notes of tobacco, bread and maybe some yeast.
This version I have?
Awful. I hate to say it because I really don’t like to talk smack about products, but this RASS? It sat in my humidor for a good few months before I lit it, and I know the humidor it was in prior til was golden. But this cigar, honestly? Lighting it up, it smokes well. It’s not plugged, the wrapper was clean, shows no veins or blemishes. But taste profile?
I mean it had a very light tobacco taste. Very faint toast.
It burned well all the way to the end, ash held up well too. But I have no idea the age of this cigar, only that it wasn’t what I remembered it being from all those years ago. We’ve talked loosely on this blog about the problem with Cuban cigars and how many cigar makers out of Nicaragua, Honduras and even the Dominican Republic produce higher quality tobacco and products. Oh and let’s not forget about Ecuador. Half of what is on the market (at least) has some form of Ecuadoran tobacco involved. There’s even a Wikipedia article on it.
But the RASS? Perhaps they are meant to be smoked new. *sigh*