Received a generous gift from a great European BOTL. He asked me to review 5 fantastic cigars over the course of 2014. This particular cigar I have rarely seen smoked and was excited to give it a try.
Let’s see how this is progressing…..
The 2006 Vegas Robaina ‘Art Edicion’ Famoso Ramirez is a nice looking cigar. It is a Hermosos No. 4, comes in a 48 ring gauge and is 5 inches in length. There were 200 numbered 25 count dress boxes released. This was the first Habanos Art Edicion by Angel Ramirez, who designed the second band and four limited edicion art works.
* information courtesy of http://www.cubancigarwebsite.com
The wrapper is a milk chocolate, hazelnut hue of brown. Aromas of barnyard, earth and leather emanate from the wrapper.
The construction is solid. Nice and firm throughout the cigar, with a slight give when squeezed. A little firmer in the middle. Hope this doesn’t lead to draw problems. The triple cap looks good and the foot is nicely packed.
A quick twist from my multi punch and we are ready to go….
The draw is perfect. Nice airflow with a slight resistance. Just the way I like it.
Initial flavours from the cold draw are hazelnut,cream, earth and leather.
Time to take this to the flame…..
Rich with nuance. Nice combination of flavours. Very smooth….. Nice layers of cocoa, leather, earth and nougat start off. Slight touches of hazelnut come in and out of the profile. Strength is medium. Nice balance so far. You can sense that there is a possibility of an increase of strength and power waiting in the wings.
The retrohale shows glimmers of pepper, combined with cocoa, leather and earth as it moves smoothly through the nasal passages. A very complete profile.
After finish has some staying power. Leather, earth and nougat start off, followed by cocoa, glimmers of pepper and hazelnut. Very smooth yet rich flavour profile. Taking breaks in between puffs to respect (or maybe anticipate is a better description) the flavours and strength.
Interesting flavour change. More focused on roasted nuts and earth right now, with touches of leather, nougat and cocoa. Still very smooth however, seems more richer now. Lots more depth to it. Hints of oolong tea come into play occasionally. Strength is sneaking up however, stays in the medium category.
Retrohale also brings roasted nuts, nougat and leather. Pepper is gone; much smoother as is moves through the nasal passages.
The after finish is like eating mixed nuts. Touches of cashews, peanuts and walnuts (giving a sour note occasionally) lead the way, followed by nougat, leather, earth and cocoa. Heavier on the palate. Maybe preparing for a bang up finale? Strength balances out things however, really supports the flavours on the palate. Very interesting how decisive the flavour profile has changed. Slight integration of oolong tea, but not consistent.
Heavier now. Oolong tea has really joined in a big way, combining with roasted nuts, earth, nougat and cocoa. Cedar has also shown up sporadically, changing places with leather occasionally. Strength has stayed consistent with the second third. Three distinct flavour profile changes. It’s like being at a Chinese wedding where the bride goes through a number of dress changes. Distinct and all equally beautiful.
The retrohale has more kick to it as Oolong tea, roasted nuts and earth tap dance through the nasal passages.
The after finish is heavy. Really coats the palate from all angles. No harshness but very dense and hearty. The strength stays at a medium level but the flavours really evoke their will on the palate. Roasted nuts, oolong tea and earth lead the charge, followed by nougat, cocoa, cedar and leather. Lots of transition as it sits on the palate. Fascinating…..
What an adventure. The threat of becoming too powerful, unbalanced and discombobulated was always present however, this cigar delivered in spades. Three distinct flavour changes, excellent balance between strength and flavours and a transition of rich, richer, heavy all in one cigar. A fantastic and educational experience. Thanks to the great BOTL for providing me the opportunity to smoke this….
Found an interesting tidbit when I was photographing the bands. The inside of the second ‘Artist’ band was numbered. 1532/5000. Very cool!!!!