Ramon Allones Specially Selected
Specially Selected
92
points
Cuba
Cuba
50 50
Medium-Full
Medium-Full
Tasting Note
Toasty and tangy, this veiny robusto draws and burns evenly, showing the nutty qualities of walnut shell and a sweet nougat finish.
Body Medium-Full
Size Robusto
Ring Gauge 50
Length 4 7/8"
Filler Cuba
Binder Cuba
Wrapper Cuba
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Apr 01, 2017
Price £17.00
Box DateApril 2016
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2017 | Score: 89

Initial floral notes and molasses become spicy with a bit of bite, but intermittent intonations of chocolate and white wine throw this cigar a bit out of balance.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jan 01, 2016 | Score: 96

When it comes to Cuban cigars Ramon Allones isn't exactly a household name, as it's one of the smaller brands coming out of Cuba, but Habanophiles know it well. It's also a cigar that fans of more full-bodied tobacco tend to reach for, and the Specially Selected is probably the most recognized vitola in the Ramon Allones portfolio. Not that the portfolio is terribly large—over the years, official deletions have whittled down the brand to a mere three sizes. Ramon Allones is as rich in history as it is in flavor. Founded in 1837, it's one of the oldest brands still produced and is credited as the first manufacturer to decorate its boxes with ornate, branded labels. Other cigar companies naturally followed suit and now, more than 150 years later, the branding of cigars and cigar boxes is commonplace. What is less common, however, is the amount of complex character that the Ramon Allones Specially Selected delivers. The cigars we originally smoked and rated earlier in the year were from a box stamped with a 2013 production date. The Specially Selected cigars we revisited for the Top 25 test were from 2014—and they were quite magnificent. Forget, for a moment, that these cigars are supposed to be strong and rustic by reputation. While there is indeed an intensity to these cigars, the Ramon Allones Specially Selected smokes of 2014 are also dynamic and, at times, elegant. Each puff is layered with earthy espresso bean but notes of marzipan and citrus show the cigar's more sophisticated side.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2015 | Score: 92

A distinctly earthy smoke with plenty of espresso bean character balanced by sweet notes of marzipan and a hint of bitter, zesty citrus.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2014 | Score: 92

This streaky cigar has an even burn and an easy-going draw. Snappy kicks of pepper on the first puffs quickly mellow to toasty, cocoa sweetness and leather notes.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Dec 03, 2013 | Score: 92

This streaky cigar has an even burn and an easy-going draw. Snappy kicks of pepper on the first puffs quickly mellow to toasty, cocoa sweetness and leather notes.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2012 | Score: 89

A richly colored robusto that starts out light and herbal before picking up a pencil lead woodiness, earth and leather. The burn is slightly uneven.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2011 | Score: 92

Covered in a mottled wrapper, this rich and savory robusto is full of leather and earth and ends up being a more satisfying smoke than anticipated.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Apr 27, 2010 | Score: 92

Box pressed with a light wrapper, this cigar draws evenly, offering leather, maple and espresso bean flavors. A pleasantly toasty aftertaste lingers on the palate.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2009 | Score: 89

A box-pressed and oily robusto with an inconsistent draw and burn. The cigar is earthy and spicy with a black cherry finish. Full bodied.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2008 | Score: 92

An oily, golden brown leaf envelops some very aromatic tobacco that emanates a creamy aroma at first light. This rich, creamy smoke is toasty and leathery with an earthy coffee note and a kick of spice on the finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jun 20, 2006 | Score: 87

Well made, although some inconsistency was noted on the draw. The cigar offers nutty, wheaty granola flavors, as well as tart wood, and a woody finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2005 | Score: 88

A dark and toothy robusto with an attractive wrapper. It has a great draw, and a salt and pepper colored ash. The smoke is woody, with overtones of leather and cocoa, and a sharp note on the finish. Medium to full bodied.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2004 | Score: 88

An attractive robusto with a good draw. It’s herbal, spicy, rich and cedary, with a nutty taste and a hint of youth. Age will likely improve the smoke.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2003 | Score: 89

Pressed and orangey brown, this cigar has a firm draw and uneven burn. It warms up nicely, taking off with nuts, leather and cocoa flavors with a hint of cedar. Medium bodied.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2003 | Score: 87

A veiny but otherwise attractive robusto. It's leathery and earthy, but muddled, with some odd notes on the finish. Medium to full bodied.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2002 | Score: 86

Cream colored, this veiny cigar has hints of orange peel and wood, and a hint of brass. A medium bodied smoke.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jan 01, 2002 | Score: 88

Pale but oily, this cigar draws well and has an even burn. The smoke has hints of hay and leather, with an alluring spiciness.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2001 | Score: 85

A dark, well-made robusto. The draw is tight. The smoke is leathery and tangy. Medium to full bodied.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2001 | Score: 89

This attractive cigar has beautiful chocolate color. The draw is a tad firm. The smoke is bold and complex, with notes of cedar, cognac barrel and espresso bean.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Oct 01, 2000 | Score: 87

This cigar has good color and oils, but the cap is uneven. It's sweet and slightly fruity, and not very powerful.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2000 | Score: 88

A smooth tasting cigar. It has a medium body. There are notes of leather and coffee beans, with a good cedar quality too.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Feb 01, 2000 | Score: 88

A smooth tasting cigar. It has a medium body. There are notes of leather and coffee beans, with a good cedar quality too.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Sep 01, 1999 | Score: 88

A box-pressed cigar with a reddish wrapper. It has an inconsistent draw, but the cigar is loaded with rich flavors of coffee, cream and toasted nuts. A perfumed aroma.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 1998 | Score: 93

A powerhouse. This is extremely well-made with a great dark reddish brown color wrapper. Flavors of cocoa bean, leather and a deep, complex earthiness. It has an excellent balance, and a smooth taste.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jun 01, 1998 | Score: 90

An opulent wrapper that seeps with oil. It has a smooth, easy draw, with rich flavors of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. A brawny cigar with a spicy finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jul 01, 1997 | Score: 91

A full bodied cigar. It smokes beautifully, and it has a smooth palate of flavors including a spicy earthiness and a hint of toasted nuts and a sweet, cedar finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jun 01, 1996 | Score: 89

An attractive, box-pressed robusto with a slightly rough wrapper. It draws and burns well, delivering strong, complex smoke with hints of nuts and sweet fruit. Earthy and leathery.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 1994 | Score: 90

A rich, full-bodied cigar with spice and coffee flavors and a nice nut-and-cedar finish. Scored 87 in Vol. 1, No. 1.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Sep 01, 1992 | Score: 87

A rich, full-bodied cigar with spice and coffee flavors, and a nice nut and cedar finish.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale