I've always been a fan of the Montecristo flavour profile, the 'twang' along with coffee and chocolate notes. With it being winter and all, I felt the No. 5, would be the perfect size for a short smoke, and with the overall improvement of quality of the Montecristo marca in the last five years, it just reinforced my choice.
The box code for the Montecristo No. 5 is ATO ABR 11, so the Cigars are relatively young. This forty minute smoke will hopefully be a good companion for myself during the cold December and January months.
The second box I purchased was the Ramon Allones Superiors. Available exclusively at all La Casa del Habano worldwide, these were released in 2010. I've never smoked a Ramon Allones Superiors before. The experience I'd ideally would like is a smoother, more refined version of the Ramon Allones Specially Selected. Because of the size of the Superiors, I doubt I'll smoke any until mid next year, when the British Summer (hopefully) kicks in. There are still plenty of the Ramon Allones Superiors about, and like many other La Casa del Habano releases are reasonably priced.
Looking forward towards next year, I'm hoping to replenish my humidor with some bigger sticks in anticipation for warmer weather, where I can sit out in the back garden of my new house, sipping an alcoholic beverage while smoking a fine Cigar. I'm still debating however what Cigars I'll purchase however, I've narrowed down the list to the following:
- Bolivar - Coronas Gigantes
- Ramon Allones - Gigantes
- Montecristo - No. 2
- Partagas - 8-9-8 (Varnished)
I've tried to keep within the brands that I enjoy the most, and they tend to be the medium to full bodied Cigars, such as Bolivar, Partagas & Ramon Allones. The Bolivar Coronas Gigantes and Ramon Allones Gigantes I've smoked many times before, and never disappoint. I've always been a little reluctant to buy a box of Montecristo No. 2's, mainly because of the Cigar not being up to scratch. However, with the improvement of the Montecristo brand across the board in the last few years, I'm going to go for it and jump at buying a box.
The 8-9-8 is the jewel in the Partagas crown. A Lonsdale, the 8-9-8 should fit the bill where I'd like a good that will last in excess of an hour.
So that's it for box purchases for now... roll on the new year!