Ramón Allones Club Allones, Editión Limitada 2015

Ramon allones club allones limitada

Vitola de Galera:  Grand Corona
Vitola de Salida:  Club Allones

Shape: Parejo
Body: Round
Dimensions:  47 RG /  5.3  inches
Presentation: Dress Box/ 10
Vintage:  Sept 2015 / ENE
Age When Tasted:  1 yrs. 7 months

 

CHARACTERISTICS

Strength: 7
Look:  Rustic
Touch:  
Very firm
Color:   Colorado Maduro
Draw:  Firm draw
Burn: 
Slightly off center –volado does not surround the seco and ligero
Progression: Linear
Finish:  Easy
Smoking duration:  1 hour

 

AROMAS


Pre-Light: 
Toasted, bitter coffee, undergrowth
First Third:
Earth-truffle.  Spice-cinnamon.  Nut-Brazil nut
Second Third: 
Spice-bittersweet.  Pepper-black pepper.  Toasted-bitter cocoa. 
Last Third:  
Earth, spice, leather

FLAVORS

Chocolate, bitter coffee,  leather


PAIRINGS

It is a chilly evening in Northern California, and a stiff ocean breeze has made its way down the Petaluma Valley which makes me crave something bold and rustic.  I’ve poured a glass of Elijah Craig bourbon as its sweetness and depth will complement the vitola’s rich flavors.  I could also see it working with a vintage port or even a zinfandel such as Rombauer’s 2014 Napa Valley Zinfandel, a wine I sampled yesterday at the vineyard.  The wine had flavors of ripened berries, clove, carmelized banana and honey–and I think it would be a perfect match for the Club Allones.


EXPERIENCE

Ramon Allones is unquestionably one of my favorite brands as I have mentioned before.

Every vitola in the line has it’s merits and all are undeniably excellent.

The Club Allones is a rustic vitola–a dark veiny wrapper, and rolled in a rustic manner.  The double band is quite elegant–gold foil, the classic Ramon Allones red, and a limited edition band.  But since this vitola is so rustic, the fancy band is a bit of a disconnect in my mind.

I’ve never seen nor smoked a Grand Corona–( A vitola with a 47 RG and only 5.3 inches in length.)  Was this vitola created specifically for this limited edition cigar?  I suspect so.  It has a nice feel in the hand and in the mouth.

While lacking refinement, this cigar does have a solid backbone of earthy, nutty, and cocoa aromas–and a progression that does not overwhelm the palate.  It has a chewy mouth-feel that is somewhat addicting.

I decided to pull this out of the humidor at a relatively young age (less than two years old) because I did not detect any hint of ammonia on the nose.  My guess is that it utilizes a more well aged blend that was designed to be smoked relatively young.

On a high level, this cigar is enjoyable–rich and relatively round flavors–it has classic Ramon Allones earthiness and nuttiness.  On a micro level, I was was a bit disappointed at how rustic it is, given that it is a Limited Edition cigar, and it didn’t evolve very dynamically.

All and all, a good smoke for a novice palate, or a simply a vitola to enjoy when you don’t want to be particularly challenged.

 

 

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