It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the 2014 Cuban Regional Edition cigar for Germany. The Ramón Allones 898 comes in one size, the Dalias, a 6.7×43 Lonsdale. Only 2,000 boxes of 25 have been rolled. As with any Cuban cigar, this one is made entirely of Cuban tobacco. Price is around $14 to $15 per stick.
The cold gives me a light wood flavor. The wrapper produces a slight earth aroma while the foot emits the same with cedar. Once torched, wood with spicy black pepper come through on the draw. Through the nose, I pick up creamy cedar with vanilla. On the finish, there is wood, leather, and very spicy black pepper.
The first third closes out at twenty minutes. On the draw, I pick up hazelnut with shortbread and honey. Through the nose, I get a bomb of nougat alongside toast and spice. The finish offers a distinct green pepper with ginger and herbal tea. Both strength and body settle in at the medium mark.
After fifty minutes, the second third ends. A very salty earth makes an appearance on the draw with a hint of honey and cashew. On the retro-hale, I pick up more nougat and toast with caramel. The final third gives me leather on top of spicy cedar and black pepper. There is no change to strength or body.
The final third finishes at one hour and thirty minutes. On the draw, I find nutmeg with the return of hazelnut and some grass. Through the nose, I’m treated to a combination of nougat and vanilla. The finish consists of a bomb of almost-burnt toast and oak with black pepper. Strength and body close out at the medium mark.
The Ramón Allones 898 is an exceptional Cuban cigar. There is no negative display of its youth, and the flavor profile is to die for. This cigar also has some serious aging potential. Even though it’s a bit of a pricey smoke, it’s still worth every penny. As these are a limited release, they should be snagged up whenever possible. I highly recommend this delectable cigar.