Hello everyone, welcome to 2012! I hope you all enjoyed the Christmas and New Year's festivities. I'm sure you all had managed to smoke one of two great Cigars over the last few weeks. Hopefully you managed to find somewhere sheltered and warm to enjoy the Cigar you were smoking to it's fullest.
The last week I have managed to purchase a few new boxes of Cigars to add to my humidor. I'm just going to briefly run through what I've purchased and the reason why I like them.
Montecristo Petit Edmundo
One of my favourite short smokes of the last few years, the Montecristo Petit Robusto is strong, yet flavourful. Medium to full, the Petit Edmundo has Espresso and nutty characteristics. A perfect 45 minute smoke.
It's no secret that James Suckling loves this Cigar, and I do too. While it's bigger brother, the Edmundo has had a tarnished reputation due to it's smoking characteristics when it first came out, the Petit Edmundo has been consistently great ever since the vitola was launched in 2006.
Ramon Allones Specially Selected
Ever since I've started smoking Cigars back circa 2005/06, one Cigar that has always been highly regarded for being flavourful, dependable yet smokeable when young, and that is the Ramon Allones Specially Selected.
A Cigar that you should never be without in your humidor, the Specially Selected, along with the rest of the Ramon Allones range, are noted for it's deep, fruit flavours. One of the best Specially Selected that I smoked was back in 2007 (I think) in London from a cabinet of 50. (Thanks SerieSteve!) I believe that the cabinet had been ageing for around 10 years. The initial punch of the Cigar had mellowed, leaving a lovely fruits of the forests, stewed fruit profile. That was a 96/100 Cigar.
Por Larrañaga Petit Coronas - Cabinet of 50
An insider's Petit Corona, the Por Larrañaga is an interesting one. I've found that these need a little bit of time in the humidor to settle down before they are smokable. The last time I had a cabinet of 50 of these in the humidor was back in 2007 - I found that after a year they had transformed delightfully. What was a flavour profile of harsh tobacco with a metallic finish had changed to a much more rounded, creamy smoke.
Some people have said that these could do at least with five years in the humidor. I can definitely see where they are coming from. The way these start harshly from a young age and transform delightfully after a year nods towards great aging potential for the Por Larrañaga Petit Corona.
Partagas Serie P No. 2
While the Partagas D4 has floundered a little over the last few years when it comes to construction and smoking characteristics, I have found the many boxes I have had the privilege to smoke over the last five years to be highly consistent.
Romeo y Julieta Mille Fleurs
Back in October of last year, while in Hamburg, Germany, I was lucky to pick up a few singles of the Romeo y Julieta Mille Fleurs. A Petit Corona that was originally machine made but since 2002 have been solely handmade. The Mille Fleurs are cheaper than other Petit Coronas, therefore in my opinion are great value for money.
I was blown away with both the construction and flavour profile of the Mille Fleurs. All the Romeo y Julieta flavours were there, but they were right at the forefront. I can never describe exactly what the RyJ flavour profile is, but I guess it's somewhere between toasty tobacco flavours and
I've also been told that the Partagas Mille Fleurs are an even better smoke than the Romeo y Julieta's... no doubt they will be on my next Cigar shopping list!
Have you any box purchases in the pipeline?
If you're like me, and are looking to stock up for when the weather is a little better than now, then why not share with us what Cigars are you looking to purchase? Myself, now with the publicity regarding the Edition Limitedas have died down, I'm looking to purchase at least a box each of the Hoyo de Monterrey Short Piramides and Ramon Allones Allones Extra. Both Cigars are a little too young at the moment, however in as little as six months we both should already start becoming great Cigars.