Special EL and ER Cuban Cigars


On a daily basis I go to my humidors and decide which fatted calf will be going on the altar but I usually tell myself that only a very special occasion is reserved for either a Limited Edition or a regional edition. And why wouldn’t I ? The beautiful Phonecios from Ramon Allones that came out in 2008 and was only available from the Beirut duty free is a birthday cigar.. I still have a few months to wait before I light that one again.. Christmas day is when I light up the 2006 Piramides from Cohiba and the others??? Well, we’ll just have to wait until that special day presents itself.. Maybe the birth of a family member’s baby or when the Canucks win the Stanley Cup in a few weeks time.. That’ll have to be a Canadian regional edition.

These cigars that Cuba produces are usually rolled from the finest tobaccos that are available and something tells me that extra care is used when rolling these beauties. I’ve smoked hundreds of Cubans and have run into many different favorable and unfavorable production standards but have never found anything with these double bands that have ever given me either a draw or burn issue.. Have I been lucky?? Maybe..

One thing to consider is that these tend to be a bit more costly but not to a very extreme degree when you consider what you are getting for your money. Its usually the best rollers that are chosen to roll these cigars and because of the pride taken when Cuban factories put these out, the quality speaks for itself.

If you’ve ever purchased art to adorn your walls you’ll appreciate what Cuban cigars, such as these, do for the ego of the collector… I think that it takes a special kind of passionate smoker to understand what a rare cigar these are and these individuals who love great Scotch, Port or old cars usually have no problem paying for and aging them until their time finally arrives.

No, today isn’t going to be a day when I light up one of mine…. It is grey and cloudy, the Stanley Cup finals aren’t here yet and one of my Ramon Allones Specially Selected will do just fine to pass away the next few hours.

Montecristo A…. The Big Daddy


Since we’re talking about Montecristos lately, I felt that maybe it was time to pay homage to the biggest Montecristo of them all. The Montecristo A is the biggest Monte out of Cuba at 9 1/4 inches long with a ring gauge of 47. Think about it, this is almost the same ring gauge as a Robusto but 4 1/4 inches longer ! I can easily get 2 hours of smoking from a Robusto, when I take my time, so you can only imagine the evening ahead of you after you light up one of these majestic wonders. Plan on sitting back and whatever you do, don’t make any plans for at least the next 3 or so hours.

This gran corona will not start with intense strength, instead you’ll notice it building in intensity in a very slow curve. This is an earthy Montecristo, subtle and leathery, with all of the bean flavors gently evolving in a very mellow manner throughout. Different large cigars coming out of Cuba will vary in strengths but the “A” is one of the richest contributions that Habanos gives us without ever getting harsh in the process.

People are sometimes wary of a large cigar because they will often equate a larger cigar with a stronger cigar but the Montecristo A is one of the milder Montecristos available. One of my favorite things to do is to hand out a few different cigars to my friends as we sit down and spend time comparing the different profiles and strengths. The “A” almost always surprises everyone with it’s gentle approach and elegant performance.

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