This is another Cuban Cigar donated to CM by the most generous 1kilogram of Instagram fame. 1kilogram gifted this to me earlier this year so it’s about time I get on this review to give him (and you) my impressions.
By: Francisco Pérez German
Country of Origin: Cuba
Smoked for review: 1
Size: 5.6×46 (Corona Gorda)
A milk chocolate colored wrapper adorns this dual-banded cigar. It is slightly bumpy from cap to foot but nonetheless has a solid pack and substantial feel in the hand. The cold draw has the right amount of resistance where notes of dry earth and a very faint red pepper spice could be detected.
The very first characteristic I’m exposed to after lighting the Allones is an exceptionally velvety smoke characteristic. It’s not the flavors that initially peak my interest, rather it’s way the flavors linger on every corner of my palate. Aside from how the flavors are delivered, the flavors themselves consist of a light red pepper that is more flavor than sensation. The other dominant notes are floral tones accompanied by dry earth. Accents of tea and mulling spice combine with a slight non-descript sweetness that waivers underneath. A long finish of dry earth, red pepper spice and floral tones comprise the finish. Mild-medium body. Mild strength.
The second third brings more aromatic floral tones that are reminiscent of potpourri. This almost become unbalanced, yet manages to maintain its equilibrium. This is partly to do with the velvety smoke characteristic letting this flavor linger on the palate making it that much more intense. The dry earth has become an undertone at this point, along with the red pepper which has become nearly indiscernible. The tea and mulling spice departed during the second third, but that same non-descript sweetness remains. Long finish of potpourri and dry earth. Med body. Mild-medium strength.
Once again, the potpourri is the singular flavor and stays a slight notch below overpowering. Amplifying all of this is that lingering finish, delivered by the substantially velvety smoke characteristic. The dry earth is now paired with a leathery tone, adding a little more dimension than the second third had. The red pepper has been completely absorbed into the potpourri notes which still dominate the cigar. Tea has become more discernible, but is still very much an undertone. The non-discript sweetness becomes more of a dark, molasses note during the final third. Potpourri, dry earth, leather and molasses on a long finish. Medium-full body. Medium strength.
Towards the last 1.75″ of the Allones, it finally attains a wonderful balance. The potpourri backed-off just enough to let the dry earth, leather and molasses balance-out the profile leading to a well-rounded, exceedingly enjoyable smoking experience. The addition of salt on the palate added more complexity to the Allones in its waning moments.
While the floral and potpourri notes dominated the majority of this cigar, this is not a main characteristic of any of our classes. There was leather (Marquee), dry earth (Santa Fe), red pepper (Santa Fe) and molasses (Regal) but as you can see, there isn’t enough from one class to label it with any of these in my opinion. Not a Wild Card because of an abundance of unique flavors, but a Wild Card due to its presentation and delivery of said flavors.
I know I may break the hearts of a few close friends who love this cigar, but I have to be honest about my experience. With the potpourri getting close to making the cigar unbalanced for most of the smoking experience, it was close to VI. Deficient. What is right above that on our quality scale? V. Pedestrian. The first third was IV. Pleasant and the last 1.75″ was damn near II. Memorable, I feel that a IV. Pleasant quality placement is a fair label from my experience with this cigar. As we all know, a smoking experience becomes dynamic due to having a handmade product that can vary in consistency, personal preference, personal variables (parings, food, mood) and environment (weather, indoor/outdoor). As a reviewer, I do my best to keep all of these things consistent when reviewing a cigar. One thing at this point is certain, I’ll be anxious to try another if given the opportunity to compare my experiences.