A.J. Fernandez
Ramon Allones by A.J. Fernandez

Vitola: Robusto
Length: 5.5
Gauge: 50

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro
Binder: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99
Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo 99 Jalapa, Criollo 98 Condega, Hybrid Estelí & Pueblo Nuevo
Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A.
Country: Nicaragua
Purchase Source: Timber Valley Tobacco
Date Purchased: January 16, 2019
Price: $11.95
Date Smoked: March 30, 2019

Ramon Allones by  A.J. Fernandez

GA.J. Fernandez, Ecuador, Habano Oscuro, Nicaragua, Ramon AllonesAnytime I see Corojo 99 and Criollo 99 filler wrapped in a Habano Oscuro wrapper, I have to have it.

The Ramon Allones by A.J. Fernandez is a higher priced offering by the Fernandez brand that caught my eye during a visit to my nearby Tobacco Shop, Timber Valley Tobacco in Beaverton, Oregon.

I’m finally committing these cigars to my TupperDor.

A snip and a cut and the aromas and cold draw from the Fernandez Ramon Allones are earthy tobacco, wood and cocoa. This is usually a good sign for me.

By the second third, espresso, earthy tobacco, leather and cocoa are keeping me happy. The pepper spice is way in the background and just the correct amount for a milder retrohale.

So far I’m loving my experience with the Ramon Allones by A.J. Fernandez and I’ll be on the lookout for some affordable prices for this Premium offering the Fernandez folks.

Stay Chill
Stay Smokey


There seems to be some serious history behind the evolution of this firmly packed A.J. Fernandez Ramón Allones; the brand that originally dates to 1845 (Wikipedia)

This morning’s punch-cut delivered tons of creamy smooth earthy smoke and it won’t stop. There’s a little bit of pepper spice and cedar wood note somewhere on the retrohale; it is the perfect amount.

At the end of the first third, this is a hearty smoke

I’m approaching the final third (this is turning out to be a 2-hour cigar) and the spice has disappeared. This is a bold and flavorful premium cigar and it is priced accordingly

May I have another, please!

Stay Smokey
Stay Chill

History Lesson From Halfwheel

New-look Ramón Allones and accompanying Bolívar seemed to get even more lost within the General and Foundry portfolios. At the time, Foundry itself was trying to reinvent itself, namely by General’s even more bizarre decision to use independent sales brokers instead of its own sales representatives to sell the cigars.

While General had an existing relationship, it seemed to counter the aggression from Altadis U.S.A. by contracting Fernández to produce various Hoyo de Monterreys and now Punch. It also seemed to one-up whatever Altadis U.S.A. had done by letting Fernández take over Ramón Allones, one of its Cuban heritage trademarks.

The Experience

Ash: Even
Draw: Perfect
Smoke Output: Thick
Flavor: Earthy
Strength: Medium/Full
Body: Medium/Full
Finish: Complex
Value: Fair
Overall Rating (1-5): 4

The Cigar

Chocolate: 2
Coffee: 3
Cream: 3
Earthy: 4
Leather: 2
Pepper: 1