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TopCubans Past experience:I have not met an aficionado who has not praised this Robusto. It is strong, excitingly piquant and packed with explosive nervous character, rather like a stallion. Equally appreciable during the day or with a meal, this Ramón Allones will impress you with its build, its smoothness and its ripe fullness on the palate and the nose. Smoking this cigar is a “real” experience !
TopCubans member's experiences:
" Not my favorite robusto but very good cigar.Minor construction issues,especially tight draw, not pleasant at this price and size :-(
" I was disappointed for the first ten minutes given the previous good ratings for this cigar, finding this rather one-dimensional, tho found it gained complexity as it approached half way. I was drinking mint tea with it so maybe a good scotch would alter the overall experience next time round. "
" I tend to like robustos - thick enough for a cool draw. This one has been my favor. Not available in many countries. I think a Swiss edition a while ago was areal gem. This one is not a kicker albeit is rated near strong. For me it's a unique aroma is more important. "
" Excellent draw and construction. Very spicy and medium to strong. Definitely not for beginners. "
" This has been one of the most consistent Cubans I have smoked. I would not rate it a complex smoke, but still very impressive in draw, build, flavor. "
" Smoked one of these for the first time, on Christmas Day. Draw was a little tight. I found it very spicy. Medium to strong, borderline strong. The strength went up and down in stages as it was smoked. Not sure how old the stick was. I've a few more resting in the humidor, so will see how slightly aged sticks compare. I wanted to rate it 3.5, but can't rate in halves. So it's a 3 for now. "
" I've been reading some of the reviews on here and one that stands out is comparing this cigar to a partagas D4
" A very complex robusto with leather and cinnamin notes. Very consistent, very smooth medium bodied lovely has always been a staple in my humidor. "
" smoked outside, probably not fair to the smoke, good draw, will need to re-evaluate. "
" Not what I remembered. The RASS was alot less flavor as compared to what I remembered. Burned a little uneven. Love the size. Love the box press presentation. Not a all time classic in my book. "
" Very nice cigar with exceptional draw and nice spicy taste. I don't think it is fair for someone to compare this to the Partagas D No 4 in giving a rating because one should not expect this cigar to be as strong and complex as the Partagas. "
" It's hard not to compare this cigar with the Partagas D No.4 It seems to posess the same earthy/raw qualities as the Partagas but does not have the same complex flavour and is not quite as strong. A good contender but not quite the winner I expected. "
" Quite simply the best cigar I've had - and I've had many...including all of the top cubans. "
" Few of my cigar buddies know this robusto and its a jewel. I love this one after a good grilled steak and red wine. It's rich tasting, similiar to, but more complex than my other favorite, Partagas series 'D' "
" After trying seveal different bands, I think I've found the one!! I read the feadback from others and place an order based on that. The comments on this smoke were right on. I received my cab this morning and I know they should go in the humidor for aging but I had to try one right out of the box. All I can say is "Perfect" I smoked it down to the nub and wanted more. This is a must try smoke!! "
" A well balanced Robusto with an acceptable flavour of havana. I always keep a box in my humidor... "
" The lot I just received is excellent! Jul-06,These are the best non E.L. Robusto I have tried yet from 2006.All thing,s considered they are a better cigar than the Bolivar Royal Corona!You must try these.. "
" believe it or not my first RASS was a disapointment. I rated it 3.0. I had more to smoke and it was evident that i had received a bad one which we all can atest to. Cuba is known for inconsistentcies to put it mildly. Smoking only one cigar of a certain brand and rating that cigar would be most unfair. The rest of the RASS are rated 4.8 "
" These are a great value and my go-to cigars when I want a full Cuban taste. Seem to impress all my smoking clients, as well. Matches well with a peaty single malt. "
" I must sy i tried it without expecting much but was extremely surprised by the whole cigar!!!
" VERY VERY NICE !!!!
" Very nice cigar, smoother than Partagas D4, yet still very tasty. A bouquet of nice flavours : including a strange (but nice) salty/spicy kind of thing :) Just bought a box of 25... "
" A good robusto.Nice draw,contruction,flavor is mild and a good finish. "
" When they're on, superb. A lovely Autumn smoke, as Richard says, but smoke em whenever you can. Benefit more than some others from a few months (or years if you can resist them!) in the humidor. "
" After smoing many robustos I have to say that this is my favorite. The flavor is complex and superb, some coffee, nuts, cedar and a touch of spice. RA SS deliver good punch, power, with smoothness, more powerfull than Juan Lopez #2 and bit less harsh and spicy than D4s. Got them from Richard a few weeks ago, superb smoke, everyone should try these and have it in a humidor. "
" Wow! Strong and evolving flavor. Definitely that oldtime companion- steadily tickling my nosehairs- that nice lingerering force with a high gravitational coeff. It's funny how there's a bit of deviation from the 2005 ones I mysteriously obtained at this anonymous location. Yours are still as delightful, but I kinda want to age them a bit, if possible. Your stuff really seems meticulously cared for. Ours, 2005 Robinias also, were a bit darker and crunchy. But oily and without any degradation whatsoever. I don't think yours are green, but ours were a bit more maduro. Maybe it's a microbial thing? I still am full of gratitude! All my boxes were impeccable ( Bolivar, Robaina, Diplomaticos, and these.)! "
" A very fine robusto. Smooth to the finish. "
" Ago, one more time..Cohiba $385 these $220 you tell me. Once again an unreal smoke. EVERYONE should have a few of these in their box no matter what else you smoke. "
" Everything else about this cigar is great but I was most impressed by the fullness of flavor, so thick and creamy...and a very pleasant, long lasting aftertaste that reminds you that you smoked a premium cigar. The R.A.S.S. has a harmonius balance of flavors that complement eachother very well-coffee with subtle tanned leather, then cinnamon is invited along with nutmeg, a full house of multidimensional smoke. Any serious smoker should try this robusto!! Goes great with a nice steak dinner. "
" Wow - just back from smoking one of these in the royal parks in central London. Amazing multi layered smoke, lots of taste, very 3 dimensional smoke. Lovely full meaty clouds. Contrary to some comments I would say they are little full bodied, took me by surprise when I stood up. Closer to Bolivar than Cohiba I would say. Everyone should try one, but possibly after a meal as apposed to sunbathing ;-) "
" Well true to form I made another order of these wel priced smokes. The construction was much better and they really seem to grow on me as I am down to only a few sticks left I am thinking that I might just get another box of these they I think will become a stable in my humidor and just the right size to smoke sitting in traffic. If more people smoked these in their cars there would be less of a rush to get places "
" Always the cigar I come back to. Very Vry nice. Anyone who has never tasted these and spends twice as much for Cohibas is really missing out. "
" The smoke was a great smoke good body all the way through with a developing flavor throughout. the only down side was that the construction was a bit off. loose wrap and an uneven burn. These are the risks of a true hand rolled smoke. The quality of the smoke though will have me getting another box before I pass full judgement. "
" After a few glasses of champagne and few glasses of Cabernet, this little gem of a stogie took my buzz to a whole new level...I tasted cinnamin and a frind of mine thought nutmeg, but both of us agreed...this one packs a mean punch. Thick rich smoke, perfect draw and ash. A blast to smoke...This one is now my favorite and will always be in my humidor...will be getting more Richard ...Thanks!!!
" They have long been a standard in my humidor. A great day time smoke for the more experienced palate. "
" I loved the flavors in this cigar, the spices alone kept my palate busy, but the hint of coffee, and every so often and very nice cedar taste/scent would emerge. This batch, however brought the rating lower, as they didn't burn too smooth. Nice, draw, large mouthsful of rich smoke, but they burned pretty hot. I look forward a box of "5's"! "
" My first R.A.S.S., an incredible Robusto! Though the flavors of spice, cedar, some coffee, among others, are many, each is easily distinguishable in a palateful of some of the richest smoke ever. I think I like this at least as much as the Cohiba Robusto, and at $5.00, it's an absolute steal. "
" received my order, packed to perfection by richard,
" Outstanding!!! A truely fine robusto. Excellent aroma and taste. Great job Richard in the Quality of the box that your company sent to me. I will be purchasing many more of these. "
" I have smoked a number of these be be sure I was not fooling myself. This cigar has one of the most alluring rich spicy aromas I have experienced. Great taste which builds to the last. Best robusto I have smoked this year. "
" LG 2003-9-18
" There seem to be some great boxes coming through right now. Dark, oily wrappers, rich flavours. Needs time, then should be a lovely smoke. (Only negative - the most recent example was a little loosely filled.) "
" My favorite robusto. Excellent construction and a perfect draw. Flavors that are uniquely mild yet powerful. Works well with a latte. "
" a very complex robusto with leather and cinnamin notes.. this very consistent, very smooth medium bodied lovely has always been a staple in My humi. "
" An amazing burst of flavors from start to finish. Full bodied, lots of smoke, espresso, cedar and spicy flavors. "
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