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Ramon Allones Estupendos RE Asia/Pacific

The Ramon Allones estupendo is the 2006 regional release for the Asia & Pacific region. The cigar is a Julieta #2, which means that it is a 7 inch long cigar with a 47 ring. They were released in 2006, 1500 boxes of which 260 50 count cabinets, the 1240 remaining boxes were dress boxes of 25. In 2007 they released another 1400 boxes of which 200 were 50 count cabs. I got this cigar as a gift from a friend during my 2009 US roadtrip.
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The wrapper is light brown with lots of small veins. The cigar has a mild barnyard smell and the construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I taste dry hay.
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I taste a smooth and sweet leather with some wood. After half an inch the flavors I taste are just the sweet and smooth leather. I like the flavor because it is so smooth. The flavors won’t change anymore in the first third of the cigar. The leather then gets a bit dry and stronger while the sweetness gets a little less. I also taste a bit of dark chocolate.
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The leather and the chocolate are well balanced and mixed, I also taste some spicy herbs on the background and I get a dry feeling in the back of my throat. The cigar slowly gets stronger and I taste more herbs with the dark chocolate, the leather moves to the aftertaste. After two thirds I taste a nice mixture of herbs and leather which is mild sweet. Near the end the cigar gets spicy with leather, herbs and even some pepper.
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This cigar lasted me for an hour and a half. The draw was great, but I had to correct the burn. The ash is ugly, medium gray and frayed, and it won’t stay on the cigar for long. This cigar has a nice build up, from mild bodied in the beginning to full bodied near the end, and all medium flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I might have to find a few more

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Partagas Salomon

Habanos started the production of this 7.2 inch ring 57 Partagas salomones in 2008 and they are a cigar exclusively made for the La Casa Del Habano shops all over the world. The cigar has that signature La Casa Del Habano band as a second band that is placed under the Partagas band.
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This cigar is beautifully shaped and it has a nice and warm mocha color. The wrapper is oily and has a few veins. The construction feels good. The cigar has a mild barnyard smell. The predraw is a bit hard and I taste some raisin and earth, really mild and dry.
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I taste a full earth flavor and a mild leather. After an inch I also taste a nut flavor. The leather fades away a bit, the nut flavor disappears completely and all I taste is earth after an inch and a half.
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After two inch I taste a mild toast flavor as a support to the earth. Halfway the leather gains power again and becomes the dominant flavor. The cigar starts to get more complex and interesting. The texture is mild creamy and the aftertaste is an earth flavor. After ⅔ I taste some nuts again with the leather and I can even taste some wood.
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Make sure you got plenty of time when you light this cigar, it took me two hours and fifteen minutes to finish it. The draw is good although the smoke starts out poor, but fortunately I keep getting more and more smoke the longer I puff on this salomones. Due to the shape I had a bit of a crooked burn in the beginning but the burn corrected itself. The ash is quite firm but frayed and has a salt & pepper color. This cigar is medium to full bodied and medium to full flavored.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Next time I am at Mike’s Havana House I will buy a few more

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Bolivar Simones RE Canada

In 2007 Canada got their first Regional Release from Habanos SA with the Bolivar Simones, a 5×48 Hermosos #4. I was able to get my hands on a few due to some trades and a group buy.
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The cigar has a pale brown wrapper with some spots and one vein. It is a Cuban cigar, so it’s triple capped. The construction feels good but the cigar doesn’t have a lot of aroma. I have to try hard to smell a bit of wood. The predraw is fine and leaves a soft, mild spicy, nut flavor on my palate.
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I taste a mild bitter coffee flavor and some leather, but the coffee is clearly the dominant flavor. The feeling in my mouth is dry. After half an inch the bitterness disappears and a hazelnut flavor joins the party, but the nuts taste mildly burned.
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After an inch and a half the flavors change to earthy tones, leather and a hint of the hazelnut. Halfway the leather becomes stronger and the dominant flavor, the earth favor becomes the support and the hazelnuts are just an aftertaste. At ⅔ the nuts become a bit stronger, but still a support for the leather and the aftertaste.
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I got a lot of smoke during the 55 minutes this cigar lasted. The draw is good, just like the burn. The ash is quite dark. I would rate this cigar medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I still have a few, won’t buy them again. They are nice, but there are better Bolivars out there

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Partagas Serie D #5 LE 2008

This 4.3 inch cigar with the 50 ring gauge was one of the three limited editions that was released by Habanos S.A. in 2008, together with the Cuaba piramides and Montecristo Sublime. I have not smoked the other two LE’s, but I did smoke this Partagas Serie D #5 LE 2008, that I got from Serts at a herf. This cigar has a fixed price of € 10.50 here in The Netherlands.
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The cigar has a nice oily wrapper which is quite dark for a Cuban cigar. The aroma is classic Cuban barnyard, somehow the aroma is different than cigars from other countries, but the aroma is quite mild. The construction feels good and the predraw is fine. I don’t get much flavor from the predraw, only a little bit of pepper.
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I can taste some earth and coffee, mild and flat. After half an inch I can also taste some hay. After an inch I also get some chocolate, just a little bit, with the hay and earth flavors. The coffee has gone.
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The texture of the flavors is quite dry. After ⅔ I taste dry wood with just a hint of chocolate and a few puffs later some herbs come to the palate too.
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The cigar has a good draw, but the burn got a bit crooked after a third. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied. The firm ash is pepper and salt colored and the smoke is quite thick and I get enough smoke from the cigar. It lasted me for about 70 minutes.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Nah, don’t think so.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Ramon Allones Small Club Corona

I got this classic from Ramon Allones from a Dutch friend when we were smoking in our favorite B&M in Amsterdam, Hartman cigars. This minuto is only 4¼x42 but its reputation is much bigger. Even though I am a Ramon Allones fan, I have never reviewed this cigar so it is time to change that.
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The cigar is box pressed and the medium brown and medium oily wrapper has one big vein running over it. The color of the wrapper goes great with the brown in the band. The cigar feels silky and well constructed. The predraw is fine but tasteless. The cigar has a mild hay smell.
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I taste some earth, quite full flavored and that’s about it. The cigar starts very one dimensional and only after ⅓ it gets a little spicy.
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After ⅔ the cigar gets some pepper with the earth and I also discover some leather, but a spicy earth flavor remains dominant. Near the end I also taste some herbs.
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The smoke time of this small cigar is about 45 minutes. The draw was good and I got a lot of smoke. The burn was crooked. The compact and firm ash is light colored, almost white. This cigar is full flavored and medium to full bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Bolivar Libertadores RE France

A friend gave me this Bolivar Libertadores, the 2006 French Regional Edition, a 6½ x 54 monster. He knows I want to smoke all Regional Editions and that I am a self proclaimed Bolivar whore and he did me a huge favor by giving me this cigar. Now collecting cigars is one thing, smoking them is another and as all cigars are mend to be smoked I decided to light my one and only Libtertadores.
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The looks of this cigar aren’t up to Bolivar standards, the wrapper has a dirty brown color and the wrapper lacks oil and has a lot of veins. The cigar also lacks smell. The construction feels good and after punching the cigar I get a good predraw with a wood flavor.
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I taste a nice full flavor of freshly toasted coffee beans. After a quarter of an inch I can also taste a citrus like sourness. The citrus disappears after an inch, the coffee is slightly sweet but the cigar becomes flat and less full flavored.
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The coffee turns to wood, but not a very nice wood flavor. After ⅔ the flavor turns a bit musty. A few puffs later I taste a very dry chocolate flavor, it is so dry that cocoa powder is a better description. I purge the cigar and get a salty flavor with the wood and cocoa powder.

This 6½ inch cigar lasted me for about 90 minutes. The draw is good but the amount of smoke is poor. The burn is good and the firm ash is light colored, almost white. I got a huge flame while purging this medium flavored, full bodied cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? No. I am a Bolivar fan but this Boli is disappointing

Appearance: 6 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 6 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

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Ramon Allones Lusitano RE Portugal 2010

In 2008 the Vegas Robaina petit robusto became the first edicion regional for Portugal and two years later, in 2010, Habanos released the next Portugese edicion regional, the Ramon Allones lusitano. Again it is a short, relatively thick cigar. The Vegas Robaina was a 4×50, and this Ramon Allones is a 4.3×52 stogie, so I guess the Portugese aficionados like their cigars short and thick.
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The wrapper is quite dark for a Cuban cigar and has some even darker stripes running over it. It makes the wrapper stand out. When punching the cigar I notice that the wrapper is quite thick too. The cigar has a mild barnyard aroma. The construction feels soft. The predraw is a bit on the loose side too and I taste spicy raisin.
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I taste a mild spicy coffee flavor with earthy notes and some pepper in the aftertaste. The coffee disappears almost immediately. Far on the background I can also taste some chocolate and nuts. After half an inch I taste leather with the earty flavor and the chocolate and nuts.
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After a third I taste more nuts and the cigar gets a bit spicy. Halfway the chocolate gains power. The nut, leather and earth flavors are background flavors now.
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This small stick provided me pleasure for an hour and five minutes. I got a lot of smoke which was reasonably thick. The ash is dark and frayed but firm. I had to correct the burn a few times. The draw was good. This cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I really should

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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Bolivar Gold Medal

The original Bolivar Gold Medal is a pre 1960 release but production was discontinued in 1992. In 2007 Habanos decided, partly due to the success of the 2004 special release of the Gold Medal, to start producing these cigars again as a La Casa Del Habano only cigar. I bought a 2007 box of 10 Bolivar Gold Medals soon after they hit the market and realized I had only one left for a review. The other 9 I had given away to friends or in bombs.
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The packaging is quite original. The upper two third of the cigar is wrapped in gold colored tin foil and has both the Bolivar band and the La Casa del Habano band glued to the tin foil. When I remove the tin foil I see a smooth mocha colored wrapper with a few veins, some water spots and some damage at the foot of the cigar. The construction feels good. The cigar has a deep Cuban barnyard smell. The predraw is good and I taste raisin with some pepper on my lips.
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I taste some coffee, earth and a full flavored leather. The leather becomes the main flavor. The coffee disappears after an inch. I get some wood next to the leather, even though the leather is still the dominant flavor. The structure of the flavors is dry.
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Halfway the wood becomes the dominant flavor with leather and earth on the background. This is the mix of flavors I keep getting till I burn my fingers on the nub.
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The smoke time of this cigar is 95 minutes. The draw is good just like the amount of smoke. The frayed dark as isn’t firm . The burn is great. This full flavored cigar is medium bodied. I got a big flame when I purged the cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, this will be another box purchase.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Ramon Allones Grandes RE Spain 2008

Now some of you know that I would like to try all different Cuban regional editions and I have collected quite a few of them. An American friend, who studied in Madrid for a semester, used his spring break to travel Europe and I offered him and his friends a place to stay in Amsterdam for the few days that they were in town. As a thank you Ben brought me one of each Spanish regional edition, the 2007 Vegas Robaina Maestros, the 2008 Ramon Allones Grandes and the 2009 Punch Gran Robusto. I decided to light the Ramon Allones Grandes, there is something about the Ramon Allones brand that I like better than the other two brands.
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This chocolate brown cigar measures 7.1 inch with a 49 ring and looks quite impressive with that length. The mild oily wrapper is a bit messy and has lots of veins, but the finish is flawless. This stogie has a recognizable Cuban barnyard smell and the construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I taste dry flavors of nuts and wood.
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I taste a full leather flavor with some earth. I have said it before and I am going to say it again: these flavors are classic Cuban and these specific flavors you can’t fine in cigars from other countries. Leather and earth from other countries does taste different. I am not saying that Cubans are better than non Cubans or the other way around, I love both Cubans and Non Cubans. I am just saying that you can taste the difference. The aftertaste is a bit nutty. After an inch I also taste some chocolate on the background and the chocolate flavor is a bit creamy and sticky.
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After ⅓ the nuts are getting a bit stronger and the flavor comes close to the strength of the leather and earth. The aftertaste is a mild chocolate. The nut flavor tastes a bit like hazelnuts. All flavors gain a bit strength and the nut flavor becomes the dominant one. The background is now leather, earth and chocolate. The chocolate gains power after ⅔ while the nuts and leather disappear. The nub also reveals some herbs and is quite spicy.
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The smoke time of this Pacos is exactly two hours. This cigar gave me a good amount of thick smoke, a good draw, a good burn and some light colored firm ash. This cigar is full flavored yet medium bodied. The cigar burns clean, I did not get a flame when I purged.
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Would I buy this cigar again? I suddenly have the urge to visit some old colleagues from the Barcelona office ;)

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Partagas 8-9-8 varnished cabinet

This cigar was a gift I got at a herf at my place from a friend. I don’t know the box code, so I can’t tell if this is an aged cigar or not. I think it has some age, as the tax band mentioned a price lower than the current (government fixed) price, but no more than 7 years as the tax band mentions a euro price and the older bands mention the price in euro and guilders or guilders only.
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This 6.6 x 43 Dalias has a nice oily wrapper with a few veins but the cigar itself has some spots, like it has acne. There is also a distinct waterspot on the wrapper. The construction feels a bit soft and the aroma of the cigar is a quite strong barnyard aroma.
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I can taste some earthy tones, spicy and quite full. I taste some leather too, it is all classical Cuban. The flavors are complementary and well balanced. The texture is quite creamy.
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After two inch I also taste some citrus like sourness, just a little hint of it though, and some toast. The leather has left the building. Halfway some nuts join the party but they disappear just as sudden as they appeared. The flavors is a mix of earth flavors with some toast, but mostly earthy notes.
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After ⅔ I can taste a mild chocolate flavor on the background of the earthy with toast flavor.

The cigar produces a nice amount of smoke with a nice thickness. The draw is a bit on the loose side, but not so much that it bothered me. I had to correct the burn in the beginning, but after that it burned good. The ash is pretty dark, frayed and not very firm. I would rate this as a medium bodied, medium flavored cigar.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yes, a single every now and then or maybe a box at one of the online retailers.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 6 / 10
Draw: 6 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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