Uber-bump. I came across an intact box of these on another forum and grabbed it lickety-split, THEN I read this review. I have always been a fan of RA and had just smoked a superb mille fleur from 00 and was blown away. ANYWAY, after pulling the trigger on these, I found out that most of my CC buds who I consider seasoned smokers have two boxes (some, more than that) and I am psyched. We are talking 2 years and 5+ months after your review, and the cigar should be quite special. Cheers ~ Jack
Review: Ramón Allones Lusitanos (ER Portugal 2010)
Ramón Allones released their first Edición Regional series of the year a few months ago and we enjoyed quite a bit. The second Ramón Allones release this year in the Regional Edición series is the Petit Edmundo sized Lusitanos for the Portugal Region. If you know me, you know that I have been nothing but impressed with the Ramón Allones regional offerings in the past few years. In my opinion, they have proven to be the most flavorful and consistent regional’s in the bunch. The Lusitanos is only one of 2 PetitEedmundos to be released this year, the other being the Juan Lopez Selección No.3 for the Benelux region. The Lusitanos is limited to just 2,500 boxes of 10 cigars (25,000 cigars total worldwide), and like most regionals are individually numbered.
Here are some photos of the box itself:
This cigar is obviously very small, but despite it’s measurements I actually like the size of it. It looks to be a perfect hour long smoke and feels really great in your hand. It sports a nice Colorado shade wrapper with minimal veins and a slight oily sheen to it. It has a perfect triple cap and a firm pack to it. The Pre light is sweet and spicy. I get a nice tobacco aroma mixed with some barnyard and a little bit of cinnamon. The pre light draw is full of the sweet tobacco and a touch of cedar…
- Cigar Reviewed: Ramón Allones Lusitanos (Edición Regional Portugal 2010)
- Country of Origin: Cuba
- Factory: Fernando Perez German
- Wrapper: Cuba
- Binder: Cuba
- Filler: Cuba
- Size: 4.3 inches
- Ring Gauge: 52
- Vitola: Petit Edmundo
- MSRP: $13.00
- Number of Cigars Released: 2,500 Boxes of 10 Cigars (25,000 Total Cigars)
- Date Released: 2010
- Number of Cigars Smoked for Review: 2
The First Third starts off very toasty and sweet. Right off the bat it reminded me of roasted marshmallows; a very nice combo! A few puffs into the cigar I also get a nice roasted nut flavor as well as some coffee on the finish, a very nice opening.
Coming into the Second Third I am still getting a really nice toasted tobacco flavor but the sweetness has mellowed. The cigar has become a bit creamy as well, especially through the nose. I also get a faint wood flavor followed by a dark roasted coffee bean flavor on the finish. The cigar is burning very well, almost a perfect burn line so far and the ash is holding strong.
Finishing up in the Final Third the flavors haven’t changed much from the last third. I attribute this to the small length of the cigar and find it to be pretty common. I did notice that the creamy note has turned into a buttery like flavor and feel. The smoke is very thick and velvet like on the tongue. The finish is quite long as well. The rich coffee bean flavor just sits on the tip of my tongue and slowly drifts to the back of my throat.
- While some people are turned off by this size cigar I actually really enjoyed it. Granted, I enjoyed the cigar so much that I wish it wouldn’t end, but still I respect what the size has to offer. It provides a very cool smoke and easy draw that is quite enjoyable.
- Although I loved this cigar, I still recognized some youth in it, after all, it was boxed in April, and I believe this cigar has many years before it hits its stride. You know those cigars that you just know will be great in years to come? This is one of those cigars.
- The toasty sweet opening was very impressive. It’s the first time I have ever tasted anything like marshmallows in a smoke. I have heard that description before and always thought it was ludicrous. I am excited to know that my palette is expanding.
- The Final Smoking Time was 1 hour 15 minutes.
The Bottom Line: I enjoyed this cigar a lot! I am glad to know that Ramón Allones is still putting out amazing regionals. I loved the toasted flavors this cigar had to offer. It had a perfect balance of sweetness and managed to stay so enjoyable and consistent through the whole smoke. If I had any complaint it would be the lack of spice and pepper. It really didn’t have much kick to it, but for some reason, I was ok with that during the smoke. The flavors were so clean that I forgot all about it. It’s a shame they only come in 10 count boxes.
Final Score: 90