The 2014 Edicion Regional Alemania Ramon Allones 898 is from a time long past.
This used to be a regular production cigar that was discontinued in 2004. Hard to find and cherished by those who own them.
This is a Dalias vitola that comes in at a 43 ring gauge and is 6.7 inches in length. There were 2,000 numbered 25 count varnished 8-9-8 boxes released.
Let’s see how this is progressing….
This is an elegant looking cigar. One of my favorite violas due to the wrapper to filler ratio. When made correctly, a Dalias viola is an amazing experience.
The wrapper is a honeyed, hazelnut hue of brown that is silky smooth to the touch. Looks like great care was taken to construct this cigar.
Aromas of barnyard, cream, hazelnut and leather emanate from the wrapper.
The construction is perfect. Firm throughout the cigar with a slight give when squeezed. The rounded triple cap looks good and the foot is packed.
A quick twist from my Siglo multi punch and we are ready to roll
The draw is nice. Good airflow with a nice resistance.
Initial flavours from the cold draw are: dried fruit, leather, earth and touches of light cocoa.
Time to take this to the flame…..
Woody notes, leather, earth and touches of stewed fruit start us off on our adventure. Strength is at a medium level. Very subtle flavour profile at this point, despite the robust nature of some of the flavours. Nice balance between strength and flavour as well.
The draw is perfect and copious amounts of smoke fills the air. I dry boxed this cigar for a couple of days to reduce the humidity within the cigar and reduce the chances of a wonk burn. The burn itself is razor sharp and the ash is a ‘Dirty’ grayish black.
The retrohale brings leather, earth, woody notes and touches of stewed fruit through the nasal passages.
The after finish lingers on the palate. The medium level of strength supports the flavours however, not overpowering in any way. Leather, earth, woody notes lead the way, followed by stewed fruit and inflections of honey and eucalyptus. Impressive start, considering the age of this cigar….
Heavier now as stewed fruit, honey and eucalyptus has exited the flavour profile completely. Earth, woody notes and leather are clearly in the driver’s seat. The strength continues to be at a medium level. Lacking the subtle interplay between flavours that occurred in the first third.
The retrohale is equally heavy as woody notes, leather and earth move with urgency through the nasal passages.
The after finish is brings woody notes, leather and earth, with touches of nicotine and oolong tea. Much more robust and unbalanced at this stage. Seems to have moved away from the traditional RA flavour profile….
Getting harsh now and showing its youth. Oolong tea and nicotine have fully entered the fray. Heavier as it combines with earth, leather and woody notes. Devoid of any sweetness. Seems unbalanced. Nothing subtle about this flavour profile anymore.
The retrohale is heavy as leather, earth and woody notes move aggressively through the nasal passages.
The after finish is one dimensional. All muscle, no finesse. The medium level strength allows the flavours to linger on the palate. Heavy layers of earth, woody notes and leather, followed by oolong tea and nicotine. Significantly different than the first third. Night and day. Brash, boisterous and youthful.
This will need some time in the humidor to settle down and mature. The subtle flavours of eucalyptus, honey and stewed fruit that were present in the first third were no where to be found in the final two thirds. The slow increase in oolong tea and nicotine tells me that patience will have to exerted in order to fully appreciate the flavours.
Not sure if I would pay up for boxes of these. Glad to have a box to try over time but would prefer to spend the money on buying the discontinued regular production Ramon Alones 898s if and when the opportunity presents itself…