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Cigar Review: Cuban Ramon Allones RASS

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?

Rather flat.

Ramon Allones Specialty Selection

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*

Cigar Review: Camacho Criollo

This was a re-branded cigar from Camacho, owned by Davidoff now and I have to say, the cigar is good but I hate these ugly bands. Big, bold, yes but horrible LOL! The first few notes from the foot of this medium brown torpedo include plum, raisin, tobacco and chocolate.

Cold draw confirmed those findings only adding an orange zest sweetness. That was rather different for my palate even though I’ve been smoking cigars as long as I have.

Taking the first few puffs gave a good draw, with a lot of gray, semi sweet smelling smoke along with robust pepper and hints of leather. As it developed, the taste of wood slides over the palate to continue through most of the cigar. The burn line was good, clean. Well constructed.

Cigars I’m looking forward to in 2018

I have this one cigar that..honestly I know so little about because there’s some mystery behind it, but all I can tell you is that it’s supposedly reminiscent of the Opus Double Corona NOT made by A. Fuente.   It’s a fairly lengthy cigar made by Purity Cigar Group and when I can post a pic of it, I will.

It might be my new years smoke.

I’m looking forward to the ACC S. E. 12 year – which I’ve reviewed in a video here. It’s a great smoke and a fantastic way to ring in the new year at Highland Cigar Company.

Though who knows. I hear Highland is doing a Drew Estate/Kristoff event on New Years Eve – so I imagine drink pairing but probably no official review from me LOL!

Cigar Review – Cubo Toro

The prelight draw is heavily raisin with notes of wood.

Strong wood notes start the cigar off. Chocolate sweetness and light bodied flavors of cardamom. Slightly tight draw.

The flavors are consistent with some chalkiness but he draw isn’t top notch. The chocolate and cocoa persists along with hints of baking spices.

Draw improved. Cigar is well constructed and holds ash well.

The flavors hold well with some of the cocoa and baking spices disappearing or lessening.

Cigar Review – Cubo Toro

The prelight draw is heavily raisin with notes of wood.

Strong wood notes start the cigar off. Chocolate sweetness and light bodied flavors of cardamom. Slightly tight draw.

The flavors are consistent with some chalkiness but he draw isn’t top notch. The chocolate and cocoa persists along with hints of baking spices.

Draw improved. Cigar is well constructed and holds ash well.

The flavors hold well with some of the cocoa and baking spices disappearing or lessening.

Cigar Review: Diesel Grind torpedo

I managed to pick up the diesel grind torpedo at got cigars here in Decatur. This was a new blend from AJ Fernandez and came out at this last year’s IPCPR convention in Las Vegas. I’ve smoked two so far and the notes are consistent.

The cold draw really flavor heavy like fruit. From the first light, woodsy taste came across on the first few puffs. Raisin and plum prelight draw.

The first thing I noticed about this cigar was the rustic, basic look of the entire packaging. Simple wooden boxes of 20 cigars, band at the foot only in blue. Reminiscent of a simpler time.

When I lit up the cigar, the first thing I got was toast notes along with heavy earth and white pepper. Around the second third the cigar picks up in body, more intensity on the earthy flavors. Dirt, tobacco. Help the medium bodied finish go out on a good note. The cigar has a good, esau draw. It burned consistently nad had white-ish gray ash.

Decent cigar for a good price.  I’d call it a value smoke, honestly.

Henry Clay Tattoo by Pete Johnson

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you know

Henry Clay Tattoo by Pete Johnson

my favorite non luxury (read, not super ultra premium) cigars has been made by Pete Johnson. In everything of his I’ve smoked, I have found immense pleasure.

The Re-Imagined Henry Clay was no different.

The pre-light draw is really more mellow than anything else – like mulled wine and candy. This is a box press cigar with plenty of heft in the fingers.

The original Henry Clay band remained, but the addition of a second band just below it in typical Tatuaje-style font added to the aesthetic.

The first few puffs elicit cedar and hints of pepper along with that sweetness described earlier. The draw is good with wood notes sneaking up along the rest of the other flavor.

Flavored are much more mellow than expected. Hints of mint. Good draw. Gray smoke.   It’s a fairly complex smoke, something I would expect from Pete Johnson and Don “Pepin” Garcia. 

Sweet red pepper comes into play. Odd juice-like notes. Still solid burn and draw.

I was really happy to see Pete still kicking around and doing new things.

Wine review: 9 mile road langhorne creek Shiraz 2013

This is another hit from First Leaf Wine Club.  I’ve been enjoying the half case shipments when I could pick them up and I think you’ll enjoy them too. Unlike my preferred Underground Cellar, Firstleaf is a curated wine program in the more traditional sense of the word – that is, you buy in and are sent wine at specified time periods.

Deep red in color, slight purple tinge. The nose is mostly berry and herbaceous, but once the wine opens up, the herbal notes tone down just a bit. I was pleasantly surprised to not get hit in the face with typical, strong pepper notes from Shiraz, this wine is softer than that.

The flavor is very herbaceous, but hints of pepper, cherry and vanilla come through. Medium long finish and enjoyed with pepper steak and roasted garlic potatoes.

When things settle in for me I’ll start posting about the various wine regions I’m getting bottles from. I think you’ll be excited, just as I am!

Cigar review – Perdomo 20th anniversary barrel aged.

I picked this up at Got Cigars? in downtown Decatur a few weeks back and got to try it. The pre-light has heavy raisin and mulled wine tastes. Dark wrapper has no noticeable flaws. Speckled slightly, giving hope of spice.

6×60 and felt so right in my fingers!

The Cigar starts off easily with hints of red pepper and spice along with slight oak flavors.

Perdomo’s greatness continues at Got Cigars? in Decatur, GA.

Then it picks up as the smoke burns evenly, with hints of cocoa and bourbon barrel flavors.

The burn line corrected after a few minutes and the flavors became more like baking spices.

Coffee notes develop along with chocolate sweetness and light earth.  With a medium to full bodied finish that lingers, this is a definite keeper in the humidor.