Ramon Allónes Cuban Cigars - Models, Tasting Notes & Ratings
Ramon Allónes is one of the oldest Cuban brands in current production. Registered in 1845 by the brothers Antonio and Ramon Allónes. The brand is accreddited with introducing colour lithographs for box art, the bands that adorn Cigars, and the 8-9-8 packaging style.
Ramon Allónes is known for it's deep stewed fruit flavours, that I find to be unique within the brand. Both the Specially Selected and Small Club Coronas are highly regarded within the Cigar community.
- Caprichos - Spain
- Robusto Corto - The Netherlands
- Eminencia - Switzerland
- Estupendos - Asia Pacific
- Gran Robusto - Benelux
- Especial de Allones - France
- Grandes - Spain
- Celestiales Finos - Asia Pacific
- Petit Unicos - Canada
- Belicosos - Germany
- Gordito de Allones - Canada
- Lusitanos - Portugal
- Especiales - Switzerland
- Super Allones - Canada
- Eshmoun 30 - Lebanon
- Hunters & Frankau Aniversario 225 - United Kingdom
- Petit Belicosos - United Kingdom
- Sidon - Lebanon
- Sur - Lebanon
- 8-9-8 - Germany
- Perfectos - Switzerland
- Short Perfectos - Italy
- Dubai - TBC
- Hexgone - TBC
- Patagon - TBC
- Phoenicios - TBC
- Robusto XXL - TBC
- Terra Magica - TBC
One of the most consistent and popular Cuban Robustos in regular production. Launched in 1980, the Specially Selected contains all the hallmarks of the brand - stewed fruit, honey all balanced in a complex smoke.
Specially Selected in cabinets of fifty are usually difficult to source yet are well worth time tracking down.
The first time that a Limited Edition Cigar has been ordained by the Ramon Allones brand, the Allones Extras was released in 2011 and immediately became a big hit amongst Cigar aficionado's who were impressed by it's flavour profile and ageing potential.
A recreation of an old vitola within the Ramon Allones brand that was discontinued long ago in the 1960's, the Allones Extra has been faithfully recreated, right down to the band. The band that the Allones Extras sports is in fact an old style that ordained all Ramon Allones Cigars before the revolution until around 1972 where it was replaced with a band very similar to what we have today. Although two toned white and ivy, the band is quite striking and in fact unique against other Limited Editions.
The flavour profile of the Allones Extra is typical Ramon Allones, in a supercharged form. Medium to full in flavour, there’s plenty of fruit cake like flavours, with a hit of espresso. In terms of ageing, the Allones Extras will no-doubt slowly start to calm in flavour profile, into a smooth, complex smoke, if you can manage to lay the Cigar down.
The second and final Limited Edition for 2015, the Ramon Allónes Club Allones was released in September 2015. Initial reviews of the cigar have been mixed.
Ramon Allónes Caprichos - Spanish Regional Edition
Ramon Allónes Robusto Corto - Dutch Regional Edition
Ramon Allónes Eminencia - Swiss Regional Edition
Ramon Allónes Estupendos - Asia Pacific Regional Edition
Ramon Allónes Gran Robusto - Benelux Regional Edition
Ramon Allónes Especial de Allones - French Regional Edition
Ramon Allónes Grandes - Spanish Regional Edition
Ramon Allónes Celestiales Finos - Asia Pacific Regional Edition
Ramon Allónes Petit Unicos - Canadian Regional Edition
Ramon Allónes Belicosos - German Regional Edition
Ramon Allónes Gordito de Allones - Canadian Regional Edition
Ramon Allónes Lusitanos - Portuguese Regional Edition
Ramon Allónes Especiales - Swiss Regional Edition
Ramon Allónes Super Allones - Canadian Regional Edition
Ramon Allónes Eshmoun 30 - Lebanon Regional Edition
The Ramon Allones Eshmoun 30 is the largest of all 2012 Regional Editions, measuring in at 164mm and 54 ring gauge.
Like many previous regional editions intended for the middle eastern markets, the Eshmoun 30 continues the tradition of large, hefty Cigars. This bucks the trends of regional editions for other countries, particularly European markets, where the Regional Edition Releases are usually smaller in size.
The Eshmoun 30 started to appear on the market around April 2013.
An interesting side note, there have been 6000 boxes produced of the Ramon Allones Eshmoun 30, with each containing twenty five cigars. That's a lot of Sublimes. Will be interesting if the Eshmoun 30 sell out very quickly or will be around for a few years.
Ramon Allónes Hunters & Frankau Aniversario 225 - United Kingdom Regional Edition
The Ramon Allónes Hunters & Frankau Aniversario 225 commemorates two hundred and twenty five years since the founding of Hunters & Frankau, the exclusive distributor of Cuban Cigars in the United Kingdom. The Cigars were rolled in 2012 and shipped over to Hunters & Frankau in June 2013, where they will be aged for two years in the company's own warehouse.
Launched at the 2015 Hunters & Frankau Summer Party, at the Belgrave Square on June 19th in London, the Hunters & Frankau Aniversario 225 is the most anticipated United Kingdom Regional Edition since 2007's Por Larrañaga Magnificos.
2015 Habanos Festival
During the 2015 Habanos Festival, that was held in February of that year, a few lucky people were able to smoke a sample of the Hunters & Frankau Aniversario 225. Pictures have been posted via social media sites as Instagram and Twitter, with the general consensus that the cigar is going to live up to hype.
Long term aficionado and cigar forum contributor Ryan posted an image of the Ramon Allónes Hunters & Frankau Aniversario 225 that he received whilst at the Habanos Festival in Cuba:
Ryan's verdict on the cigar: they're very nice. His tasting notes:
A very nice wrapper, colorado, smooth with no veins and a silky feel rare in modern Habanos cigars. Nice volatiles of sweet spice in the pre-light aroma. On cutting, about halfway down the shoulder, the draw is perfect. The cigar feels good in the hand with a nice weight for its size. Not underfilled. 1st third. Main impressions are of sweet caramel with a spice on the nose. Not the ammonia spice of a young cigar. Christmas spices. From the rounded finish and lack of harshness I would guess that this was not a freshly rolled cigar. The flavour progresses into something like creamy, toasted marshmallow. Very nice. 2nd third Less sweet now, spice on the nose with caramel back again, this time with more depth, a longer finish. Last third Quite strong now and the spiciness increases. Not harsh but strong. Overall Impression This is a very good cigar. Good to smoke now but has the strength, sweetness and finish already to age very well. This combination of sweetness and spice can age extraordinarily well. This could be a great cigar in 2-5 years. Patience could be rewarded, the longer you can wait.
Ramon Allónes Petit Belicosos - United Kingdom Regional Edition
Released Monday, 8th October, 2012. Advertised as the 'little brother' of the 2005 United Kingdom Regional Release, the Ramon Allones Belicosos.
Ramon Allónes Sidon - Lebanon Regional Edition
Ramon Allónes Sur - Lebanon Regional Edition
Ramon Allónes 8-9-8 - German Regional Edition
Originally due for release in 2014, the 8-9-8 was finally released in the first week of October 2015.
Ramon Allónes Perfectos - Swiss Regional Edition
Released in the second week of November 2014, the Ramon Allónes Perfectos utilises the same white band design as 2011 Limited Edition, the Ramon Allónes Allones Extra. The cigar is reminicent of the United Kingdom Regional Edition, the Bolívar Británicas (although does not quite share the same size)
The Ramon Allónes Perfectos is an attempt in resurrecting the style that is the 'Cigars of old'. The perfectos shape, along with the retro Ramon Allónes band tries to highlight that fact.
Word is that there will be a strictly limited release of one hundred humidors, each one containing ten Perfectos.
Ramon Allónes Short Perfectos - Italian Regional Edition
Edición Regional 2016
The Ramon Allones Superiors is an release exclusive to all La Casa del Habanos.