Origin : Cuba
Format : Piramide
Size : 156 x 20.64 mm
Ring : 52
Weight : 14.26 g
Price : ~$25 each
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This Cohiba belongs to the Seleccion Piramides Series, a limited edition of 5 Cuban piramides released in 2003.
I knew that this was going to be the tastiest one out of the sampler. Cohiba is considered as the best cigar brand in the world by most people and although I always found their cigars above average, just a little something was missing. Well, I guess I found it in this Cohiba Seleccion Piramide. This is a truly magnificent cigar.
If not for a tiny glitch at the foot of the cigar (see first photograph), I would give it a 5 out of 5 without a second thought. The wrapper is dark (slightly brighter than Maduro 5), smooth and oily. Unlit, it smells like a good cigar should smell - a mix of strong, superior tobacco, and humus - a very intense smell that is almost unpleasant yet it makes you want to smell it again and again.
The cigar is superbly constructed, once lit I could easily forget about watching the burn. I also had a perfect draw throughout the smoke.
The beginning brings soft notes of precious wood mixed with some pleasant spiciness. At that moment I could already feel that I was holding a very complex cigar. A few minutes in, I thought that I distinguished a hint of cocoa. I was not sure about that until I reached the second third, where dark chocolate was really present. One flavor complementing another, the second third was extremely complex and delicious. In the beginning of the last third, the exciting flavors of spice and chocolate were progressively replaced by earthy and leathery notes, rather soothing. I will just say that, flavor-wise, the Cohiba Seleccion Piramide is as good as it can get.
I think that this one has a better price/quality ratio than some other high-priced Cohibas, such as Cohiba Esplendidos or Siglo VI. This is definitely a must-try.
Overall Rating :
I am sorry if I said too many good words about this cigar, but I couldn't help. It really impressed me and, along with the Opus X that I reviewed recently, will probably be my favorite high-priced cigar.