These RA SS Serie Sevilla are a Spain exclusive, aged a minimum of five years, and come in traditional handmade ceramic jars made in Seville. They are limited of course but I'm not sure if they are individually numbered or have any box codes.
The series goes back a few years. Two years ago it was a Romeo Julieta (tried one, didn't impress me), last year a Juan Lopez, and this year it's RASS turn.
Yesterday I picked up two sticks at a local shop that offered singles for €13, as opposed to having to buy the whole jar of 19 blind. The jars are beautiful though, and plenty of availability currently if it seems worth it to spend the €400+ after tasting these.
This one had a slightly cracked wrapper, so I decided to try it ROTT and leave the other to rest a bit. Considering these are already aged I don't feel too bad about going to town on it right away!
Cold draw was light and balanced. Solid construction and a good looking cigar. I imagine Habanos selects the better-rolled sticks for this series, at least I'd hope so!
Certainly a flavorful cigar right off the bat, smooth and a bit of nutty sweetness, almost caramel on the exhale.
Right around the second third Mr. Allones started to pick up steam, in flavor and body. The smooth creaminess stuck around but throw an herbal touch of pepper and spice on top, and kick everything up a notch while you're at it. Glad I enjoyed a full meal beforehand.
Final third settled down, still a strong cigar by all means but the flavors certainly melded together - a peppery honey bun shall we say.
The second band turned out to be overly glued to the wrapper, which led to an unsatisfying appearance in that section but didn't ruin the flavor or experience. It's the price you pay to look sophisticated with multiple cigar bands, I suppose. Habanos knows best
Total smoke time 1:20. Overall I'm very satisfied, even though I normally prefer the Superiores to the SS. I'll have to leave the second stick at my preferred rh conditions and see how it compares in a month or two.