Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Allones Superiores from RAMON ALLONES for La Casa del Habano

Length: 14.3 cm
Ring Gauge: 46
Factory Name: Coronas Gordas

I'm so excited to finally get a hold of these RAMON ALLONES Superiores that are exclusively made for La Casa Habanos outlets for 2011. Only 5000 boxes of 10s are made and these babies will rest in my humidor for at at least two week before having the pleasure to light one up. I can't wait to review them, so bare with me please :)

Thanks to Ajay from HAVA HAVANA Store in Teddington, London UK. For hooking me up! And if anyone who is in the area, they are the only official La Casa Habanos Store in the country. Check their website

Sunday, July 3, 2011

MONTECRISTO Grand Edmundo Edicion Limitada 2010

After a routine check on my humidors today, I carefully examined and rotated my last 8 MONTECRISTO Grand Edmundo EL 2010 that I planned to age, only to decide that I want to mellow out and enjoy the rest of the night with one of these beautiful cigars.

Length: 15 cm
Ring Gauge: 52
Factory Shape: Robusto Extra
The Grand Edmundo Edicion Limitada (Limited Edition) 2010 is one of my top picks. A 52 gauge ring with an astonishingly smooth dark wrapper and a perfect draw. From the first few puffs you can quickly sense a taste of mild spice with fresh earthy aromas producing bountiful smoke. Before reaching half way on the cigar, the smoke smoothly mellows and the taste becomes sweet with a hint of coffee and wood that pleasantly lingers in the mouth. The taste intensifies and changes as you reach the end of the cigar giving a bitter chocolate and tangy taste that can be off. But after smoking a few of these beauties, I found out that it is best to limit relighting them to avoid any changes in taste, as sometimes bitterness develops near the end.

As these beauties continues to offer me a wonderful experience, I strongly recommend you age them as their flavors keeps intensifying and develop as they grow older. My only worry is that the last box of 10s that I was planning to age are now down to 7 and I'm not planning to stack some more because I am saving some space for the new MONTECRISTO N.2 GRAN RESERVA which should be released sometime this month!

Lastly of course, the perfect espresso coffee roast that complements the MC GRAND EDMUNDO EL 2010 is the Brazilian Arabica Nespresso Dulsão. With an intensity marked 5, the Dulsão offers a well balanced roast revealing sweet notes of honey and malt.

Go on, brew yourself a Dulsão and light up a MONTECRISTO GRAND EDMUNDO EL 2010 and savor every bit of it!