Up for review is the yet to be released Ramon Allones cigar. There is a popular cuban brand by the same name, not to be confused with these. We are initially impressed with the pigtail cap, closed foot, and pungent tobacco smell. Once lit up, our two cigars were wildly different. One of them was plagued with construction problems, but had almost enjoyable flavor. The other stick had good construction, but the flavor profile was dominated by an awful bitterness. We suspect these were not properly aged and may have been released too early. Either way, we cannot recommend buying these at any price.
Flavor and Taste: 5/20
Price Point: ?/10
Would I buy a Box: 0/5
Flavor and Taste: 13/20
Price Point: ?/10
Would I buy a Box: 1/5
StraightUpCigars: This one has a really pungent tobacco smell, smells really delicious.
Terry1: Interesting the Ramon Allones has a pig tail cap and a closed foot. Cut the head and the draw really tight. I’m hoping it’s the closed foot causing it. Getting a charred woody note on the cold draw.
Terry1: Lighting up.
Terry1: Draw is still overly tight so it wasn’t the closed foot. The head is solid. I need to open this up or I’m not going to be able to smoke this cigar.
StraightUpCigars: My draw is solid on mine.
Terry1: Oh yeah, that’s better. Used a drill bit and drilled a hole through head. Not getting much in flavor. A little sweet cedar and tobacco. As strong as the wrapper was smelling I was expecting more.
StraightUpCigars: I have a somewhat bitter cedar flavor dominating at the moment. Not much else going on, but I feel like this one could pop with a bunch of flavor at any moment, we’ll see where it takes us.
Terry1: I am assuming the ugly band is just something temporary to identify the cigar for the people General has given these to.
StraightUpCigars: I’m not sure on that. I think this may be a re-brand of the old Allones cigars.
StraightUpCigars: Looking up info is confusing b/c you get the cuban (original?) version of Ramon Allones.
Terry1: That’s what I kept running into. I found a backorder page on CI’s site. The artwork looked more like what I would expect to see on the band. Thus the comment.
Terry1: Burn is excellent. An inch into this cigar and I already have to take this large band off. The wrapper is really mottled. Looks like well worn leather.
StraightUpCigars: Agreed, rough looking wrapper leaf, but very oily. I like the look and smell of the wrapper.
StraightUpCigars: I feel like there is a delicious cigar underneath these overwhelming bitter tannins that I am tasting right now. I worry that this one may be a bit too young, needed aging.
StraightUpCigars: The burn is great on mine too, but that ash falls off very quickly, watch out!
Terry1: You’re right about anticipating some flavors. The cigar acts like there is something good coming in the next puff or two but it hasn’t delivered yet. I’m not getting the bitterness but what little flavor I do get is muted. There is a touch of pepper on the tongue, a very mild cedar, tobacco, not much else.
StraightUpCigars: Never in a million years would I have guessed a cigar that smelled that good would taste so blah. It must be the binder and filler that are the problem on mine.
Terry1: About halfway and the pepper has finally arrived. There’s also a vanilla sweetness building in the background. Mine is nothing to get excited over but it sounds like it’s better than what you are experiencing. The aroma in the room is surprisingly quite pleasant.
StraightUpCigars: That’s good. That’s what I feel like mine should taste like, but I just get this dry bitterness so far. I haven’t given up hope yet.
Terry1: Ahhh, my wrapper cracked. Dammit. This might be a problem. It split about an inch up the cigar from the foot.
StraightUpCigars: That ain’t good. I’ve found it’ll be ok unless smoke is coming from the split, then you’re royally screwed.
Terry1: Yeah it looks like just the wrapper not the binder. It’s still drawing okay. Getting a nice sweetness now, pepper has eased up some.
Terry1: This is off topic but what is feeding the add off to the right? I’m looking at a Russian dating add. Nice looking girls!
StraightUpCigars: Lol! It’s a google ad… so it looks at your google history. For some reason it thinks that’s what you’ll like!
StraightUpCigars: I have a Cabela’s ad and a website building site as, for instance. I’ve had dating sites on there before though, it can be random
Terry1: Well I guess it could be a lot worse. Not sure what I clicked on to get the Russian girls but it makes for some nice eye candy.
StraightUpCigars: Google hates tobacco and guns, so you can’t advertise either using Google adsense. Due to Google’s new SEO rankings (we touched on that a week or two ago), Google Adsense is our only option – traditional advertising is mostly dead on the web. Making a deal with the devil.
Terry1: As bad as the split was I have almost burned through it without it spreading or affecting the draw. That sweetness has developed into a caramel note. Other than that I’m not getting much else. Did yours get any better?
StraightUpCigars: Mine is godawful, Terry. The finish is so bitter that it voids anything else going on. It’s truly unsmokable, but I’ll trudge on for the benefit of our readers
StraightUpCigars: Had I purchased these, were they not a gift from General, I’d be irate.
Terry1: Yeah that’s what I’ve been thinking about. Would I actually purchase these? Probably not at this point but I have a feeling these will start to show up in CI samplers so this may not be the last time I smoke one of these. Too bad Darren didn’t make it. I’d like another opinion since ours are so different.
Terry1: I’m getting close to the end if you want to rate it now.
StraightUpCigars: So true, I wonder what the 3rd one is like.
StraightUpCigars: I’ll draw up some ratings, but I’m in no hurry. It’s really nice outside tonight, so I’m actually enjoying the evening despite my bum stick.
Terry1: Totally agree. This is the time of year I wait for to smoke a cigar.
StraightUpCigars: Same here. I’ve been averaging a cigar/day for the last month, which is absurdly high for me. I get off a little earlier now, and with the weather being good the wife and I sit out and talk before dinner. Surely is a phase, but I’ve enjoyed it a lot.
StraightUpCigars: I’m doing the ratings, and looked up the Thurman Thomas, the only cigar I can think of that is worse than this sample that I smoked. We didn’t even score that one, so I don’t know how to score mine.
StraightUpCigars: Here’s what I have for now, I may forego the number rating on mine, I
StraightUpCigars: ll decide that later.
Terry1: My score wasn’t much better. Hard to score the price on a prerelease. First half was bland but the second half got better. The draw and the crack got dinged a couple of points. Wouldn’t recommend this one at this point. Maybe with some time it will improve.
StraightUpCigars: Agreed, just can’t recommend this.