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edmundo
19-12-2008, 10:15 PM
<TABLE cellSpacing=6 cellPadding=0 width=450 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD vAlign=top width=40>Origin:</TD><TD vAlign=top width=80>Cuba</TD><TD vAlign=top noWrap width=150 colSpan=2>Manufactured: Hand Made</TD></TR><TR vAlign=top><TD width=40>Gauge:</TD><TD width=80>Thick</TD><TD width=40>Length:</TD><TD width=80>124</TD></TR><TR vAlign=top><TD width=40>Format:</TD><TD width=80>Robusto</TD><TD width=40>Ring:</TD><TD width=80>50</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

Ratings for this particular smoke:

Appearance 5 out of 5
A great pale brown. Firm and springy to the touch.

Aroma 4 out of 5
A woody smell which filled the room quickly.

Burn 18 out of 20
Well constructed and held the ash very well, despite my slightly uneven lighting. Wasn't hard to keep going at all.

Taste 14 out of 20
Strong but smooth. Changed as I moved through it, getting more powerful.

This was my first go at a Ramon Allones (being more of a Partagas or Montecristo man myself). Probably not as creamy as my palate is used to but well worth the effort. The man in the shop compared it to a Bolivar; I'd pretty much agree with that assessment.

larrysputnik
20-12-2008, 04:54 PM
Nice review. What do they typically cost?

edmundo
22-12-2008, 06:16 PM
Picked two up for ?13 each.

TJCoro
09-02-2009, 02:06 AM
Picked two up for ?13 each.


:41:As it should happen, I smoked a Ramon Allones Specially Selected tonight before I came across this post. I agree the the RASS is similar to the Bolivar Royal Corona (CA's 2006 cigar of the year), but I find the Bolivar RC far superior to the RASS, IMO. I used to think of the RASS as the "poor man's" Bolivar RC, but that's not true today since you can buy a box of either for under 125 euros.

I keep a box of both in my humidor and choose which to smoke depending on my mood. Tonight I was in the mood for the RASS. I'll save the Bolivar for another day.:bandit:

Olls
16-02-2009, 08:59 AM
Had a RASS over the weekend - very nice. One of the better ones I've had so far. Didn't particularly have any flavours jump out at me this time so my palette still has some way to go, evidently. Excellent construction, burn and draw, though.

Got a Bolivar Royal Corona ready to go in the near future, too, so I'll be able to compare the two.

Stevieboy
17-03-2009, 11:15 PM
Hi Edmundo!!

LOVE the RASS. Always keep a box in the 'dor. I've found that the newer boxes ie 2006 onwards have been smoking way better than previous years. Habanos SA seems to have finally gotten its act together re: quality control :hail:
I see this was your first venture into RA! I too used to stick to Party/Monte but I find RA to be a perfect companion to them. The RA Gigante is one hell of a smoke but they cost about ?17 each in the UK

bigjohn62
29-03-2009, 12:34 AM
i had the pleasure of smoking one of those bad boys excellent smoke very powerfull imo

daverave999
13-04-2009, 11:52 AM
I agree the the RASS is similar to the Bolivar Royal Corona (CA's 2006 cigar of the year), but I find the Bolivar RC far superior to the RASS, IMO.

TJ, after reading your comments I recently tried a Bolivar RC and enjoyed it a great deal. I wouldn't like to comment on which was 'superior' after only one, but could definitely see the similarities.

whisky77
14-04-2009, 09:48 AM
Edmundo, liked the format and content of your review and i think you are correct in relation to the RASS, it is a very good smoke indeed.I think they are underated by a lot of cigar smokers as they don`t have the same marketing behind them as the likes of Partagas, R+j or Cohiba.Still, highly rated by people in the know.Read through any decent cigar book and you will always find the RASS as being one for connoisseurs.

TJCoro
14-04-2009, 11:17 AM
TJ, after reading your comments I recently tried a Bolivar RC and enjoyed it a great deal. I wouldn't like to comment on which was 'superior' after only one, but could definitely see the similarities.


Senor Dave,

Glad you enjoyed the Bolivar RC and who knows, after a few more sticks you may prefer the RASS over the BRC. Bottom line, they are both excellent and underrated puros - at least until CA ranked the Boliver RC the No. 1 cigar in 2006. Between your an me, senor Dave...I hope they stay that way! :smile:

:bandit: Names TJ, TJCore, and I smoke 'em both.

Ramon
14-04-2009, 11:30 AM
Both great cigars. Another robusto that's overlooked a lot is the RyJ Exhibition No.4, a great cigar, especially the cab version :41:

edmundo
26-06-2009, 11:09 PM
Cheers fellas for all the comments here - was a while ago when I savoured the RASS and hadn't noticed them!

Still not as sold on them as I am on other robustos - had a Padron Series 2000 the other day - fuck yeah, that's what cigar smoking is all about!

G-man
27-06-2009, 11:33 PM
Had a Padron Series 2000 the other day - fuck yeah, that's what cigar smoking is all about! For the $ U can't beat that stoogie.Every time I lite 1 up the first couple of hits remind me of the taste of hash.Don't ask won't have to tell. LMAO But the 2000 series is 1 hell of a smoke.Always keep a suppy on hand. Did u smoke the Natural or Maduro? IMHO the maddy has a better taste profile.Try and see if U like the maddy better.

jdawg
29-06-2009, 04:32 AM
Cheers fellas for all the comments here - was a while ago when I savoured the RASS and hadn't noticed them!

Still not as sold on them as I am on other robustos - had a Padron Series 2000 the other day - fuck yeah, that's what cigar smoking is all about!


Nice review, edmundo! I really like the RASS. I also agree with your assessment of the Padron 2000. Nice smoke.

sicnic
14-08-2009, 12:11 PM
I put this second only to the HDM EPI 2. I love this cigar and have a box from 2007. I think that they taste better than the Bolivar RC IMO.

Deano
14-08-2009, 12:27 PM
Smoked neither. Must pick some up. So much to bloody try!

misterbulgarin
14-08-2009, 01:17 PM
I had a RASS for the first time last friday and it was really enjoyable, infact it made me want to order a box there and then. It was with some friends and over some cards so my attention wasnt fully on it, but it smoked nice, ash was great, even a mate said , cor yours is smoking well. Some tunnelling! about just after half way, very unusual for me, its normally coning, but it could of been how I was holding it during the duration of the card games.

Ive got another one after trading with daverave so im happy that I can test one out so soon from the last, ON my own this time so I can dedicate my attention to it. Got a real nice impression from the RASS, and hope the second is even better.

monkey66
15-08-2009, 01:52 PM
Both great cigars. Another robusto that's overlooked a lot is the RyJ Exhibition No.4, a great cigar, especially the cab version :41:

I will second that, RASS are great, D4's are great and i am a big fan of box pressed R and J Ex No4 - when they are good they are great.

TJCoro
15-08-2009, 02:26 PM
I put this second only to the HDM EPI 2. I love this cigar and have a box from 2007. I think that they taste better than the Bolivar RC IMO.


Senor sic (sicnic),

I thought you quit the leaf (:nerd: tobacco leaf, often used to refer to cigars or puros)? :hmmmm2:

:bandit: TJ

Big_T_UK
29-08-2009, 07:22 PM
I finally chose something shorter then usual and tried this last night. I enjoyed but I cannot see myself selecting this over a Hoyo E2 very often. Then again that is rare choice, I tend to default to the double corona, I just love that smoke whenever.

T.

Kdot
29-08-2009, 08:26 PM
I tried the bolivar RC last year, what a bloody good smoke it was.

Was recommended the RASS by the guy in the cigar shop in Gibraltar, he said it was his favorite smoke. I only bought two and they're still sitting in the humi. they do look good, lovely oily wrapper...mmm

Paulie
29-08-2009, 09:28 PM
I really need to get myself one or two of these, seems a good few people enjoy them a lot.

Stevieboy
29-08-2009, 10:05 PM
You won't regret it Paul...phenomenal cigars. I have a few left from a 2007 box and they've all been wonderful...get some in :)


I really need to get myself one or two of these, seems a good few people enjoy them a lot.

Big J
30-08-2009, 03:42 PM
One of my favorite robustos. I have half a box left from 2008 that
are smoking great right now.

misterbulgarin
01-09-2009, 07:58 PM
I really need to get myself one or two of these, seems a good few people enjoy them a lot.

A nice all rounder imo

TJCoro
02-09-2009, 12:17 AM
One of my favorite robustos. I have half a box left from 2008 that
are smoking great right now.


:nerd: A Classic Robusto, no doubt, senor BJ. I have a few sticks left from a box I bought in '02 that I almost returned because the wrapper was slightly pale-green and the quality of Habanos was still suffering from the :smoke:cigar boom, but they smoked fine, so I kept them. Now they are like a slice of heaven! :angel:

:bandit: TJ

Big J
02-09-2009, 06:46 AM
:nerd: A Classic Robusto, no doubt, senor BJ. I have a few sticks left from a box I bought in '02 that I almost returned because the wrapper was slightly pale-green and the quality of Habanos was still suffering from the :smoke:cigar boom, but they smoked fine, so I kept them. Now they are like a slice of heaven! :angel:

:bandit: TJ

TJ, that must be one very DELICIOUS cigar! :smoke: