Gary Korb takes one more look at the Holidays with his list of top shelf cigars adorned with fancy white & gold bands. Whether it’s a last minute gift idea or a humidor-worthy primo to ring-in the New Year, you’ll find 12 of them all dressed-up and ready to smoke.
#nowsmoking: Ramon Allones by AJ Fernandez Toro
Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez
Size: 6″ x 52
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano (Medio Tiempo Hybrid)
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua
Dominant Flavors: Earth, pepper, sweet spice, espresso, leather, bittersweet chocolate
Where it’s at: First things first: This impeccably handcrafted cigar has already charted the “Top 25 Cigars of 2018” lists of Cigar Journal, Cigar Aficionado, and Cigar Advisor. Here’s why: A peppery start quickly rounds-out to notes of earth and charred wood, then segues to sweet spice. The smoke is remarkably creamy, surprisingly cool, and well-balanced with a spicy aroma. Sweetness increases in the second act, as the pepper surrenders to notes of espresso, leather, and bittersweet chocolate. A complex masterpiece that hits the bullseye on all counts.
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