Weekend Cigars - Ramon Allones, Montecristo & Partagas


A three cigar weekend results in a fruit bomb Ramon Allones, a Montecristo not quite ready for prime time and a Partagas with some great potential.

It was a three Cigar weekend here in somewhat sunny but definitely blustery Wales. First up on Saturday was the Error: Cigar Not Found. This Minutos sized short smoke, the Short Club Coronas is hands down my favourite thirty five minute Cigar. The Bolívar Coronas Junior and Trinidad Reyes come close, but the Short Club Coronas has the right balance of flavour and punch for my taste.

This specimen was more in the full bodied category than other Short Club Coronas that I have smoked from the 2013 box, with a deep fruit cake element. Burn and draw excellent as usual. The Short Club Coronas is a great cigar to have in the humidor. 91/100.

Montecristo No. 3

On Sunday afternoon, after a few hours washing and vacumming the car, I sat down with the Sunday Telegraph and a Montecristo No. 3. I've always loved the Montecristo brand, with the Montecristo Petit Edmundo being a firm favourite of mine. The No. 3 came from a 2013 box, and whilst the construction on these sticks has been exceptional, the youth on these sticks shows.

Montecristo No. 4 in the sun reading The Sunday Times.

I've had one or two sticks from the box that have been spot on in terms of flavour. coffee, chocolate and that Montecristo twang that is a hallmark of the brand. This one however had a toasted tobacco element that overpowered the normal Montecristo flavours that you notice when smoking one in the brand. Maybe I will need to revisit the rest of the box in six months or so. 87/100

Partagas 8-9-8 Varnished

Sunday evening was the perfect opportunity to smoke a new arrival to my humidor in the last seven days, the Partagás 8-9-8. First thing first, the box code for this cigar is ENE 14, so being from January of this year, it only has eight months of age on it.

The construction of the cigar is perfect. Partagás in cabinets are a sight to behold, well formed, and the draw was perfect to boot. Flavour wise, the cigar reminded me of a youthful Partagás Serie P No. 2, medium bodied with a dominant toasted tobacco profile that had some interesting moments when a more robust marmite and espresso element came to the for fore. A nice enough cigar, but would need a couple of years before the cigar shows it's full potential. Back in the humidor for this box. The smoking time for the 8-9-8 was around an hour and a half. It will be interesting to see how the Cigar will develop in the next few years. There's great potential in these. 90/100.

Partagas 8-9-8 Varnished.
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