Partagas Ramon y Ramon Maxim Grande
There are a number of reasons to review the Partagas Ramon y Ramon. To begin with, we haven’t yet. That is generally reason enough. Then there’s the whole regenerated vintage tobacco thing. That’s also interesting. But the real reason I’m lighting up the Ramon y Ramon this week is that I won a box on my trip to the Dominican Republic based on my blending, bunching and rolling skills in the General Cigar factory. And each one tastes like victory.
Well, alright, I got third place in a competition that included about nine other cigar geeks who have also never operated a lieberman machine before. The point is, my cigars were better than Ben’s were. And based on the one I smoked upon returning to the U.S., I need to make the most of that, because they aren’t going to win any other awards. (I’m not going to say they’re awful, but I’m also not going to say they’re good either.) I think I’ll try another in a few decades when I retire, maybe they’ll be ready then.
But back to the Partagas Ramon y Ramon. As I mentioned, the blend features “a special variety of old-word Dominican tobacco” that was regenerated from vintage seeds specifically for this blend. Also, a high priming Cameroon wrapper, and some Nicaraguan Jalapa filler added for fun. It sounds promising. Click the play button on the video below (it runs about 7 minutes) to see if it really does taste like victory.
Size: 6 x 52
Wrapper: Belita Cameroon
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican PM01 and Piloto Cubano, Nicaraguan Jalapa
Price: MSRP $7.99