Origin : Cuba
Format : Piramide
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm
Ring : 50
Weight : 11.66 g
Price : ~$25 each
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This Hoyo de Monterrey belongs to the Seleccion Piramides Series, a limited edition of 5 Cuban piramides released in 2003.
This is the very first cigar that I smoked out of that little beautiful box and I enjoyed the experience. Although the Cohiba and the Montecristo were superior (reviews coming up), this Hoyo is undoubtedly an excellent smoke.
The wrapper is quite dark and a little coarse. The weight of the cigar surprised me - it is in fact very light. The pre-draw is very earthy (common to other Hoyos I tried).
Easy clipping, easy lighting, easy draw. The Seleccion Piramide produced quite a lot of white thick smoke. The burn became a little irregular in the second third and remained this way until the end.
Whereas the beginning is quite spicy and dynamic, heavy and powerful earthy notes rapidly appear near the end of the first third. I first thought that these flavors will dominate all the way, but I was mistaken. After this initial hit, in the second third the taste becomes much lighter and almost elegant. It was quite complex as well, I was able to make out vanilla and cedar. Earthy scents are back in the last third, skillfully linked with woody notes. A pity I only had one to try.
The Habanos Seleccion Piramides is sold at around $120 (5 cigars), which makes it about $24 a single stick. This is of course expensive but seems to be a decent price for a limited edition cigar. Even better if you had it as a gift :)
Overall Rating :
It definitely was an interesting experience and I could even call this a real introduction to this format (I've smoked a few in the past but they haven't impressed me more than that). Big thanks to CigarOne!