Sunday, January 03, 2016

Ramon Allones Reserve Corona Gorda
Aged 6 years and 9 months

New Year's Day was a blast. We gathered with friends at Steve & Diane Laster's house for bloody mary drinks and a breakfast of stuffed cabbage, black-eyed peas, cornbread, and hog jaw bacon. There were SEC bowl games on the television. I followed this feast with a nearly 7-year old Ramon Allones and a glass of 20-year Pappy Van Winkle bourbon.

This cigar was older than my son (now in 1st grade) and it came from the now-defunct Villazon factory where Punch, Hoyo de Monterrey, ERDM, Bolivar, Belinda, and Flor de A. Allones used to be rolled.

The cellophane was dark yellow. Prelight aroma was rich and earthy. I spotted a fair amount of tooth on the wrapper.

I wrote back in 2009:  "just a hair shy of full-bodied; burn well; loose draw; lots of earth and gentle spice, as opposed to pepper spice."

Like the best cigars, this one had mellowed noticeably over time. It started mild for the first quarter, then picked up some subtle spice, tipping over into medium bodied by the finish line.  Pepper spice was definitely present now. The draw was perfect, no longer loose. It did require a touch-up about the halfway point.

The tastes and aromas were richer than they used to be.  The nose and aftertaste were certainly longer. 

As a side note, on Jan 2 I also smoked a very noteworthy Mi Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor at the Liberty Bowl. It had a dark sun-grown wrapper just covered in tooth. I unfortunately paired it with cheap well liquor from the pre-game barbecue buffet, but all ended well... these two cigars were a great treat and a great way to start 2016!

Friday, January 01, 2016

State of the Humidor - New Year's 2016

New cigars to try in 2016: 
  1. Mi Barrio (this brand has been revived!)
  2. 5 Vegas Miami (I want to try the new blend by George Rico of Gran Habano Cigars)

Last cigar of 2015: Henry Clay Honduran Grandes.  Smoked while watching the Clemson-Oklahoma college football semifinal game on New Year's Eve; paired with Monkey 47, a high-end gin from the Black Forest in Germany.

First cigar of 2016: Ramon Allones Reserve Corona Gorda.  Aged 6 years, nine months in my Lost Sticks tray. I sat this down to rest before my son was born.  Paired with Pappy Van Winkle 20-year bourbon.

New cigars I tried in 2015 -- would purchase again: Oliva Serie V Melanio, La Aroma de Cuba, Rocky Patel Prohibition (natural), Ashton VSG, Honduran Factory Corojo, Gran Habano 'VL', Padron 1964

New cigars I tried in 2015 -- would not purchase again: PdR Small Batch Black Corojo, Rocky Patel Prohibition (maduro), Jesus Fuego Corojo Oscuro, Cuba Libre One, Te Amo World Selection Series Cuban Style

Humidor contents:
  • Consuegra Governor #16
  • Henry Clay Honduran Grandes
  • Maria Mancini Magic Mountain
  • La Gloria Cubana Double Corona (made at Miami factory)
  • Omar Ortez Originals Belicoso
  • Gran Habano Vintage 2002 Churchill
  • 5 Vegas High Primings Box Pressed
  • 5 Vegas Cask Strength Toro
  • JR Alternative - Rocky Patel Edge
  • CAO Extreme
  • Inferno by Oliva
  • Mi Barrio
  • La Flor de A. Allones Maximo