Cuaba Piramides 2008 Limited Edition

Cuaba Piramides Limited Edition 2008

Origin : CubaCuaba
Format : Piramide
Size : 156 x 20.64 mm (6.1 x 52)
Ring : 52
Hand-Made
Price : ~$20 each
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For some reason, this is the very first Cuaba cigar that I had the chance of trying. I will not be able to compare this 2008 edicion limitada to cigars in regular production. Obviously, this piramide features an inflated price due to the second band.

Appearance : ★★★★½
The Cuaba Piramides has a dark, almost maduro-like wrapper with a couple of large veins. It has a very nice sour smell. The combination of the regular and the limited edition bands is quite nice as the gold is present on both. The pre-draw, tight, has a strong tobacco flavor.

Construction : ★★★½☆
The cigar was quite slow to wake up, with a tight draw during the first few minutes. However, it soon became rather comfortable. The burn was not very regular, but bearable. The ash would randomly fell when it exceeded one inch in length.

Flavor : ★★½☆☆
At the moment I smoked it (August 2009), I found the cigar quite disappointing flavour-wise. It had a powerful tobacco flavor all the long, with irregular notes of coffee and cocoa. There was perhaps a hint of sweetness near the middle, but that’s kind of all I could detect in this cigar.

Value : ★★½☆☆
Right now, the Cuaba Piramides is clearly not worth its price tag despite the pretty looks. Maybe it will be in a few years, but there’s no way to be sure about it and I’m not going to buy a pig in a poke.

Overall Rating : ★★★☆☆
I am perfectly aware of the fact that Habanos SA release their limited editions when they are not really ready to be smoked yet. However, in this case the cigar is way too young even to see its potential! Considering that it was released one year ago, I cannot wholeheartedly recommend buying a box of these.

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13 Comments on “Cuaba Piramides 2008 Limited Edition”

  1. Oh well… I am glad to see that more experienced smokers feel the same as I do about this cigar. I tried one earlier this year and was profoundly disappointed. The draw was so tight I could barely pull out any smoke from inside the cigar. The ash was flaky. I had the impression that the flavors – i.e., if I could detect them properly in such a small amount of smoke – were very delicate, sweet, almost floral. That is not a stick I’d buy again.

  2. I will be interested to see, if the cuban embargo gets lifted, if Cubans will loose their mistique. Good review, glad you gave your honest opinion :)

  3. What a shame, since CA’s James Suckling praised the Piramides as ‘the Bomb’.

  4. Living in the US I’ve never had the chance to smoke a cuban. Hopefully the embargo will be lifted so i can see if the fuss is worthwhile.

  5. I have only tried to smoke a Cuaba once myself and it was totally plugged :/

  6. They are very plugged, terrible cigars to even try and get combustion from. Very disappointing and I have tried several sizes this past year. I WILL NEVER PURCHASE THIS JUNK AGAIN!

  7. I tried on of these last Friday after picking up a few cubans while in California. I bought 1 Cuaba 2008LE, 1 Monte no2, and 2 Upmann Magnum 50. The Cuaba was by far my favorite of the bunch and I went back and bought the last 4 in the box to bring home. The draw was perfect so maybe they needed the extra rest time. I paid $12 for each stick which if I didn’t know the seller would raise ?s. I’d recommend them to anyone to try now, especially if you see them in the $12-16 range. My favorite Cubans are Monte edmundos and HdM epicure no. 2s but these cuabas may be better.

  8. wow!!! thoes might have been fakes you smoked? i have every cuban cigar you can think of and the cuaba piramide limitada is one of the best cuban cigars i ever smoked and it willl get better and better with age i have 12 boxes and i cant say what cigar is my favorate but i do agree with james suckling it is the bomb we just talked about that cigar last night emailing eachother i love this cigars you mght of had a fake or just a bad cigar. but i had 3 boxes i smoked through my self and they was all consestient! sorry you had a bad one maybe try anohter one and tell me what you think

  9. @nfleric
    You know, if a Cuban cigar tastes horrible, it’s not necessarily a fake. I only purchase from certified B&M stores so this is not an option. This is just a question of quality control and, more importantly, personal preferences of each person.

  10. I had this cigar a few moments ago and it was nice. I like the taste (much more then some other popular cigars like R&J), but the draw was pretty tight. It seems like a very strong cigar (nicotine wise), but despite some flaws I think to get few more of these.

  11. This is the very first cigar I couldn’t finish. Very disappointed

  12. I’ve smoked a ton of Cubans but just smoked this Cuaba LE for the first time. The draw and burn were just about perfect and the taste was excellent. I would classify this as a strong cigar with a high nicotine profile. I do think that it needs to be dry boxed (or stored at low humidity) for awhile before smoking to ensure draw and burn are at their best. I have had draw problems with the smaller Cuabas and generally this is not a preferred brand for me, but this one was top notch. If you’re looking for a strong stick with classic Cuban flavour this is a good one.

  13. Erichansen82 says:

    I bought a single one last summer and liked it so much I bought a box for myself for my 30 th birthday. Wish I could say I had 12 boxes squirreled away like some other guys

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