Ramon Allones Phoenicio

As promised I said I’d write a small piece on this cigar after I smoked it on my birthday..

I looked at these cigars in my humidor for almost a year in my humidor and kept saying that I was going to wait for a special occasion before clipping and lighting one up and am I ever glad I let the time pass.  WOW !!!!  I knew that this was going to be a good cigar, after reading a few reviews online, but nothing could have prepared me for the flavor and the experience this one gave me!!  I paired the cigar with a Scotch called A’Bunadh and the evening was a whirlwind of flavors.

The one thing that I can say about this cigar is that it was very easy to smoke.  It was mild but at the same time it had multiple flavors, some that were a bit difficult to detect so I’m not sure I’d recommend it to a novice.  Since I lit the cigar before dinner and the fact that it burned for a considerable length of time, over 2 hours, we ended up smoking it through dinner as well.  I can tell you that if you are planning on having a pork tenderloin with a maple glaze, this would be the perfect pairing with food!

This 6 1/2 inch, 54 ring gauge sublimes was the most difficult cigar to get since it was only sold at the Beirut duty free in Lebanon.  Good luck!!  I ended up with 4 and I can tell you that I won’t be smoking these gems at just any occasion.  The cigar was the first of it’s kind for Ramon Allones for a few different reasons.  This was the first cigar to be named after a trading company, the first time Ramon Allones has made a cigar this thick and the first time they have produced a cigar in boxes of 30.  The cigar was designed in dedication to the Middle East’s Phoenicia Trading Company’s 30 year anniversary. I guess things went so well between the two entities that the dedication took place and we, the consumers, cashed in on a very very beautiful cigar.

In closing I just want to mention one strange thing.  This is the first cigar I’ve tasted that didn’t suffer one bit from losing an ash, every puff was pure magic!