2011 Edicion Regional Suiza Ramon Allones Especiales

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was gifted this from a great SOTL in Europe. She knows my affliction for the Ramon Allones marca and sent this over to try. Been starting to get different regionals here and there to both enjoy and review.

Let’s see how this is progressing….

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The 2011 Edicion Regional Suiza Ramon Allones Especiales is a stumpy, little cigar. It is a Magicos vitola. It has a 52 ring gauge and is 4.5 inches in length. There were 1,200 numbered Semi Boite Nature boxes released. Each contained 25 cigars.
* information courtesy of http://www.cubancigarwebsite.com

The wrapper is a darkened, leathery hue of chestnut brown. Fairly rustic. Smooth to the touch but a little bumpy in spots. Aromas of earth,leather and molasses emanate from the wrapper.

The construction is excellent. Nice and firm throughout the cigar with a slight give when squeezed. The triple cap is like a flat top and the foot is packed.

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A quick twist from my punch and we are ready to roll.

The draw is good. A little open for my liking but nice, none the less.

Initial flavours from the cold draw are honey, leather, molasses and earth.

Time to take this to the flame….

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First Third
Very rich up front. Big doses of leather, earth and roasted nuts, offset by molasses and honey. Strength is at a medium level. Very subtle and soothing flavour profile.

The draw is perfect. Seems to tighten up once lit. The smoke production and burn are excellent. The ash is a ‘Dirty’ greyish white.

The retrohale is filled with leather, roasted nuts and honey. Wonderful as it easily passes through the nasal passages.

The after finish has some good legs to it. Gently coats the palate and stays for a while. Comforting. Nice layers of leather, earth and roasted nuts, supported by honey and molasses. There is a nice balance between savory and sweet. Strength keeps things interesting and holds up the flavours nicely.

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Second Third
Just singing right now. Soooooo good. Just what the doctor ordered. Nice layers of earth, leather, roasted nuts, molasses and honey. Very consistent throughout the first 2 thirds. Just subtle changes in terms of how the flavours are portrayed. A little emphasis on molasses here, a touch of approval to leather there. Very complex despite its youth.

The retrohale is slightly sweeter now with a nod of approval for molasses to take the lead, followed by earth and leather. Gentle and relaxed as it moves through the nasal passages.

The after finish is just firing on all cylinders. Great balance between flavour and strength. Nice layers of molasses, leather, earth, roasted nuts and honey. Stewed fruit starts to make an entrance here and there. Wonderful!!!

Final Third
Just a delicious cigar. No question. The stewed fruit note has been fully added to the mix, combining nicely with leather, earth, roasted nuts, molasses and honey. Adds another dimension of complexity to the cigar. Just glorious. Strength is consistent at a medium level.

The retrohale has a nice balance between molasses, stewed fruit, earth and leather. Just gorgeous as it moves through the nasal passages.

The after finish is striking. The addition of stewed fruit really brings everything together. The savouriness of the earth, leather and roasted nuts are beautifully offset by the honey, stewed fruit and molasses notes. Just an enjoyable experience.

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Final Impressions
A solid cigar. Just a joy to smoke. Thank you for the great SOTL who sent this over to try. This had everything going for it. Complexity, refinement, balance and a plethora of flavour and nuance. I can only wish that this was a regular production cigar as the size is perfect for our long, Canadian winters….

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