Origin : Cuba
Format : Piramide
Size : 156 x 20.64 mm (6.1 x 52)
Ring : 52
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.