Country of origin: Cuba
Dimensions: 4 3/8 inches by 42 – ring gauge
Date smoked: Saturday 09/06/08
Time: 5:45 PM – 6:18PM
Location: Afternoon at my smoking patio.
Accompanying drinks: Filtered water, carbonated water, Cappuccino
Color of wrapper: Light coco brown wrapper. The seams held an earthen contrast as if dipped and the excess shaken.
Construction: Very firm with one vexing knot toward the cap. The cap was marked with beautiful contracting lines of thinning dark earth reminiscent of an artist’s dry brushing technique. Thin veins in the dainty wrapper brought definition and added texture that was tactually pleasing. A gem for the hand and eye.
Pre-light Aroma: Floral with overtones of hibiscus
Pre-Light Draw: very slightly restricted airflow with Honey and wood.
Combustion: Torch lighter.
Post Light Aroma: Wisps of smoke arose, entreating me to a floral bouquet intertwined with nuts and clover honey.
Initial Draw: I was pleasantly surprised to find my concern unwarranted stemming from the knot found close to the cap. This cigar produced an even draw, albeit only a moderate volume of smoke. Lightly toasted tobacco with honey sweetness lingered on the palate. Buried in the background were ripe comice pears, toasted pine nuts, and clover honey. Playing in the breezeless sky the smoke invited me to take in its pleasing bouquet.
First third: The polite introduction of toasted tobacco gently expanded to heartier tobacco while never loosing its balance of floral nuttiness. Moderate amounts of smoke were produced with the bouquet moving toward woodiness and ripe fruit. The burn was acceptable, but not completely straight. No attempts were made to correct the minor imperfections of the burn as the ash held perfectly tight.
Second third: The second third opened with further expansion of toasted tobacco and burning apple wood. Still maintaining balance, the fruit and nuts evolved to Christmas spice with roasted pine nuts dominating the ultra clean finish. Tight white ash scored with black tiger stripes held firm. The second third continued a stealthy increase of strength toward the finally.
Final third: At no time overwhelming, this medium bodied smoke continued to escalate in strength. Toasted tobacco, sweet clover honey, and veiled in an ultra clean finish was Christmas spice. The end the smoke became increasingly hot and dry. The last ¼ inch became slightly tannic.
Synopsis: Ramon Allones Small Club Coronas are balanced in flavor and strength from start to finish. Medium bodied and perfect for an afternoon smoke this polite cigar boasts toasted tobacco, sweet honey, and woody spiciness. In this reviewer’s opinion, the consummate companion for this little gem is coffee cut with milk and plenty of sugar.