Connoisseur’s Corner: Partagás Corona Inmensas Extra Maduro

Partagás Corona Inmensas Extra Maduro

Cuaba Salomones II (1999)

Twenty years in a limited-edition humidor has brought this shapely cigar to near perfection. It’s a bit shorter than a regular Salomon, and the foot is open, slightly beveled around the edge. The smoke is brilliant and rich, with a foundation of maple, brown sugar and nutmeg that supports its dense, fruity notes of dried figs and raisins before the creamy, milk-chocolate finish. —Gregory Mottola

Ramon Allones Specially Selected (1995)

This well-made, chocolate-brown robusto was rolled 24 years ago, the year I began working at Cigar Aficionado magazine. It has a leathery heart, and just a touch of spicy licorice at first. After the first inch or so, it warms up and loses the spice, taking on a heavy note of coffee bean, especially on the finish, with a touch of flinty earth. Quite pleasant, if not a blockbuster. —David Savona

Ramon Allones Phoenicio Exclusivo Líbano (2008)

This was the first Regional Edition cigar made for Lebanon, and the limited-edition smoke still retains some of the feisty earthiness and spice from its youth. Today, the thick cigar also shows maturity with more refined notes of hickory, gingerbread and cinnamon. It still has plenty of strength and plenty of life left. This sample aged in its original wooden box. —Gregory Mottola