Cigar Pairings | Ramon Allones Superiores LCDH Edition

Cigar Pairings

The Habano tobacco is considered by the aficionados as one of the best earthly pleasures. So what better than pairing a fine Cuban cigar with a nice malt whisky or a craft beer. But…

How do I perfectly pair my Cuban Cigar?

When thinking about making cigar pairings it is necessary to consider various factors. The strength of the tobacco as well as other attributes such as the diameter and length are the main factors to take into account. This should be compared with the characteristics of the drinks that we are going to pair the cigar with.

For example, a malt whiskey or a Cuban rum that has been aged over 10 years could pair well with for example a Cohiba Talisman or a Partagas Serie N1. But if we are having a glass of Champagne it can be a Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Deluxe. Flavours in both the drink and the cigar are more subtle.

Now that we are aware of the basics of cigar pairing, let’s start with this month’s pairing.

For this first pairing we have selected a very dear cigar to us which is the Ramon Allones Superiores, La Casa del Habano Edition, and a Havana Club añejo 7 años. While the 7 años añejo is a very popular rum and could even sound cliché to include in a pairing, it is really one of my favorites. Specially when pairing with medium to full cigars that are mid sized. The earthy notes in the Allones in the first part of the smoke contrast extremely well with the rich and honey notes of the first sips of the Havana Club.

Ramon Allones Superiores LCDH

Yes, Where and when matters

As the summer heat gradually wears off, and the sun sinks slowly beneath the horizon, I sit at the porch of my house in the mountains of Spain to enjoy this combination. Usually I would enjoy my rum with a fair amount of ice, as it creates a refreshing sensation during the summer months. In this case however, since I’m smoking a Ramon Allones Superior LCDH, which is a medium to full body cigar, I would not want the subtle flavours of my Havana Club rum to be watered down by the ice.

For today’s paring I have chosen my usual torch lighter to toast the cigar and my Colibri V-Cut, a personal favorite. The climate is pretty dry, so after not too long of rotating the cigar at a fair distance from the light, there is an even burn to the tip, which I ensure with a few long puffs to get it started.

1st Third

This well rounded cigar starts off very well. With an exceptional drag it is sweet and mellow. Not many flavors to start with but you may feel a slight pepper note. As it heats up it starts developing more with rich honey notes, which are enhanced by the sweet flavors of the Havana Club rum. It is interesting to see how the flavors intertwine. I must say that at this point it feels more like a light-medium than a full body smoke.

2nd Third

As the cigar gains heat and is reaching the half of the stick many more flavors come into play. Its intensity starts to increase into a medium to full bodied cigar. Cedar wood notes are definitely present. Here is where the rum really starts playing a more important role, refreshing the palet as the body of the cigar increases and complements the flavours that arise on the way.

3rd Third

The final third is full of flavours. Even though it is a rather young cigar from 2017 it is well developed. You can taste a large bouquet of flavours, but the predominant tastes are leather and wood notes. I must admit that at this point of the cigar I did include some ice in my rum, to refresh my palet and enjoy the new flavours that would persist to the very end.

Conclusion

As a conclusion it is a well constructed and full bodied cigar good for an afternoon or evening smoke. A very recommended pairing. After trying one of the most conservative pairings that can be done, I am left asking myself how this cigar would pair in the morning with a nice medium-strong coffee, or even with a craft beer which is becoming quite popular lately. The goal of these Cigar Pairing blog posts is not just to describe usual pairings, but also to learn throughout the process with less traditional concepts. Feel free to suggest any new ideas you have for interesting combinations you would like us to review!

Don’t forget to check back soon as we will be having more entries and our monthly cigar pairings.

Alonzo J.

 

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52 thoughts on “Cigar Pairings | Ramon Allones Superiores LCDH Edition

  1. Reply
    Alexander Wairose
    28 August, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Hey,

    Loving the content guys keep it up!

    Best,

    Alex

    • Reply
      Joe
      13 September, 2018 at 10:43 am

      Best breakfast pairing is Earl Grey Tea and a Por Larannaga Montecarlo or Petit Corona – love how the peppery flavours mingle

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        P. M.
        13 September, 2018 at 3:04 pm

        thanks for the pairing review. have you considered a cigar pairing with Port Wine?

    • Reply
      Daniel
      13 September, 2018 at 11:03 am

      I like to pair this cigar with a lovely coffe the flavours go well from the Ramon Allones

    • Reply
      Nazaire
      13 September, 2018 at 12:52 pm

      Lovely content, keep up the good work.
      Sometimes i prefer a Dr.pepper soft drink or coffee. Surprisingly it is a nice compliment.

      @thecigarbum

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      Hoosier Tobacco Guy
      13 September, 2018 at 1:35 pm

      I love having a cigar with my coffee. A strong Nicaraguan bean with a Padron 80 years. Mmmm.

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      MRNUTT
      13 September, 2018 at 1:46 pm

      A good pairing for something earthy with coffee notes, monte 2 or the petit 2, one of the partagas range something like that I think goes really well with an espresso martini, the flavours would complement one another I think and the drink adding a hint of sweetness into the mix as well. Plus you can then take your time to appreciate both drink and cigar

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      MRNUTT
      13 September, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      A good pairing for something earthy with coffee notes, monte 2 or the petit 2, one of the partagas range something like that I think goes really well with an espresso martini, the flavours gwould complement one another I think and the drink adding a hint of sweetness into the mix as well. Plus you can then take your time to appreciate both drink and cigar

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      Brandon
      13 September, 2018 at 2:13 pm

      Love the new page guys. As for pairings, I would love to see Cohiba EL 2014 paired with a willet whiskey.

      Cheers,
      @smkntyme

    • Reply
      Jacob
      14 September, 2018 at 12:03 am

      Cigar and rye pairing?

    • Reply
      Uncork_SA
      14 September, 2018 at 11:45 pm

      This was really great.
      I would love to hear some tips on cigar and wine pairing. Hoe to match as well as clear clashes

    • Reply
      _sirdok
      15 September, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      Awesome page and content. I really enjoy a stick like the Trinidad Vigia paired with coffee stout craft brew.

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      Nicholas LaPoma
      28 September, 2018 at 6:17 am

      My first experience was in Rome. Dom suggested some purchases, I smoked a Bolivar which was spendid as well as an open eagle. My second experience was after a purchase from Montefortuna which came in great condition. I have smoked several H Upmann LCDH edition and now can never go back to non cuban 😂

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      Nicholas LaPoma
      28 September, 2018 at 6:17 am

      My first experience was in Rome. Dom suggested some purchases, I smoked a Bolivar which was spendid as well as an open eagle. My second experience was after a purchase from Montefortuna which came in great condition. I have smoked several H Upmann LCDH edition and now can never go back to non cuban 😂. I paired with a gran cafe coffee from a famous coffee shop in Rome.

  2. Reply
    Andy Thomas (NW cigar reviews)
    13 September, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Amazing content! Would love you to write your favourite pairings for bolivar cigars, they are spice and strong and I never know to go with a darker drink to follow those notes or lightens it up to cut across the cigar

  3. Reply
    luke_young
    13 September, 2018 at 10:12 am

    I like to pair my cigars with any whisky from the Jura distillery, especially Superstition 👌

    Love the content!

    Luke

  4. Reply
    RockAndRolex
    13 September, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Behike & Cardenal Mendoza Brandy

  5. Reply
    Karl
    13 September, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Would love to see a venezuelan rum (diplomatico/pampero)/cigar pairing.

  6. Reply
    Cigarguyuk
    13 September, 2018 at 10:25 am

    One of the the best pairings for me is the Hoyo Epicure 2 and a nespresso. I normally go for a strong, dark coffee (always without milk; normally just a double espresso shot). Can’t be beaten in my opinion. Not everyone drinks alcohol so finding soft pairings is a top priority for me.

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    Ibraheem Toure
    13 September, 2018 at 10:30 am

    I love this brand of cigars! Always give me a lovely dragon-smoke output haha! Perfect pairing for me is Goslings double on the rocks with all the boys smoking together!

    Smoke Easy!
    Ibraheem
    Insta- toooooure

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    Dr. Robbert
    13 September, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Great! I would suggest pairing a Cohiba Maduro 5 Genios with a full bodied champagne like a blanc des noirs (100% pinot noir). Think that’s interesting!

  9. Reply
    JDF666
    13 September, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Very interesting article. What you think about pairing with tea? I usualy drink White tea when I smoke (i don’t drink alcohol) keep the good content 🤘🏼

  10. Reply
    Tom P
    13 September, 2018 at 10:52 am

    I like a good Nicaraguan cigar and Kentucky bourbon.

  11. Reply
    oysterholic
    13 September, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Trinidad Vigia and Diplomatico Rum

  12. Reply
    smokebutt
    13 September, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Green Tea Sencha and Cohiba Lancero

  13. Reply
    smokebutt
    13 September, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Green Tea Sencha and Cohiba Lancero.

  14. Reply
    Max
    13 September, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Monte Cristo 80 Aniversario & Ladyburn Limited Edition 42 Years Single Malt Scotch Whisk!

  15. Reply
    iAMCigarAnarchy
    13 September, 2018 at 11:25 am

    I uduslly pair my Cuban cigars with a cup of French Roast coffee or a delicious bourbon. My most recent Ramon Allones was paired with Mitcher’s Bourbon! A BLISSFULLY perfect combo❤

  16. Reply
    David Mathey
    13 September, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Love your blog 👌🏼

    I would love to see a Bolivar – Libertador and Oban 14 years pairing 🙏🏼

  17. Reply
    David williams
    13 September, 2018 at 11:51 am

    I would like to see you pair a chocolate wine with a any monticristo or Ramon Allones.

  18. Reply
    Thomas Dignum
    13 September, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    I would love to see a pairing with an Upmann Royal Robusto and a light flavoured rum.

  19. Reply
    Christopher Tsouprakos
    13 September, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    I would love to see a write up on pairing the mac daddy of cigars…the ultra elusive Behike with either coffee or a nice scotch. It seems like people post pictures of Behikes just to show that they have them, however they never actually talk about the cigar. A solid review on how complex the cigar is using the hard to get medio tiempo leaf paired with a select roast or also elusive scotch would be amazing.

    Cheers!

    Chris

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    Chris
    13 September, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    The ultra elusive behike and a select coffee or scotch!!

  21. Reply
    Charlie Araneda
    13 September, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    I would love to pair it with a Romeo Y Julieta Wide Churchil and some Honey Whiskey

  22. Reply
    nunoxavier
    13 September, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Love the afete lunch Vinho do Porto with a Romeu y Julieta short Churchill

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    DondePuros
    13 September, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Best pairing for me is Quai d’Orsay No.54, and Columbian coffee accompanied by Toblerone (Swiss chocolate with honey and almonds). Otherwise for most cuban and nicaraguan cigars I love to pair them with either coffee or rum in any form (Mojito, Cuba libre…). Dominican cigars on the otherside go great with Darjeeling black tea (Black tea from India). As far the pairing goes I would love to see more Cigar & Cocktail pairings…

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    Ryan dawson
    13 September, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    I Like to pair my cigars with a rum. My Favourite being Bumbu rum.

  25. Reply
    MrNutt
    13 September, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    A good pairing for something earthy with coffee notes, monte 2 or the petit 2, one of the partagas range something like that I think goes really well with an espresso martini, the flavours gwould complement one another I think and the drink adding a hint of sweetness into the mix as well. Plus you can then take your time to appreciate both drink and cigar

  26. Reply
    Dan
    13 September, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Very informative thank you !!

  27. Reply
    Brandon
    13 September, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Cohiba EL 2014 and Willet

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    Gee Quiroz
    13 September, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    I prefer having a nice coffee but in hot weather a nice Dr Pepper or cream soda

  29. Reply
    Luis prieto
    13 September, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    One of my favorite morning pairings is a bolivar Royal Corona with a nice creamy espresso.

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    nunoxavier
    13 September, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    Love the after lunch Vinho do Porto with a Romeu y Julieta short Churchill. You shoud trie that

  31. Reply
    Bob Langmaid
    13 September, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    I would like to pair that Ramon Allones with some Willett Blue Swift Cognac!!

  32. Reply
    Andrew
    13 September, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    For instagram giveaway — Please do a pairing for a Monte #2, Hoyo epicure #2, or Romeo y Julieta short Churchill for a hot summer night. Thanks 🙂

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    mr.pipesmokingman
    13 September, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Hi, mr.pipesmokingman from IG here. What a fantastic website. I would love to see a pairing of a Quai D’Orsay No. 54 and a Jameson Crested 10 Whiskey or even perhaps a Mozambiquean Rum. I love a good whiskey with a Cigar every now and then,but generally a good Coffee and a Cigar or Cigars, would be my daily ritual. Love what your doing, keep up the good work. ps…i would love to be entered in your IG giveaway, thoes cigars look fantastic 😉✌✌

  34. Reply
    Lissette Williams
    13 September, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    I would like to see a Ramon Allones paired with a moscato. Which is the best and why?

  35. Reply
    Fernando
    13 September, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Love reading all of the wonderful content here. As I am very new to the Cuban cigar world, I would love to learn as much as I can. I recently purchased some Por Larrañaga (Países Bajos) and i tried pairing it with a nice ice cold porter!

  36. Reply
    _sirdok
    15 September, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Awesome site and content. I like the pairing of Trinidad Vigia with a coffee stout craft brew. I also enjoy the Monte #2 with a tawny port when the weather is cool.

  37. Reply
    Theo
    16 September, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    The Montecristo A paired with a auchentoshan american oak would be a great review.

  38. Reply
    Theo
    16 September, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    The Montecristo A and the auchentoshan american oak Whisky would be great for a rivew .

  39. Reply
    rfrjordan33
    29 September, 2018 at 1:23 am

    Dismountedmedic

    My first Cuban cigar, was a Bolivar Royal Coronas, I had bought it just before I attended my medic course. It sat in a baggie with a boveda pack for months till I graduated. I still haven’t enjoy a cigar as much as I did that night.

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