Origin : Cuba
Factory Name : Piramide
Size : 156 x 20.64 mm
Ring : 52
Weight : 14.26 g
Box code : FEB 2006
Price : ~11 € each
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I am really into piramides lately, probably because of the pleasure I had smoking the Habanos Seleccion Piramides. I am currently experiencing some Montes No. 2 and Partagas Serie P No. 2. Here is the review of the latter.
The colorado wrapper is very oily and moderately veiny. The cigar feels quite heavy and imposing.
I noticed that it is very tightly packed, which sometimes results in a tight draw. You can compare photos of the foot to those in my previous review of the Montecristo Edmundo to see what I am talking about. The burn was regular if not totally straight.
The pre-draw is spicy (surprisingly, there is not that much spice later on). After an easy lighting, the first third provides mostly vegetal and cedarwood flavors, with a good punch of nicotine. The beginning is moderately strong. In the second third, the spice tries to take over but fails and almost disappears from the bouquet. The smoke becomes very round and we're almost there - in the royal last third. The PSP2 is overwhelming, with powerful woody and vegetal flavors. The strength is similar to Partagas Serie D No. 4 and might frighten off a new smoker.
All good Cuban piramides are in the same range, it's really hard to find a bargain.
Overall Rating :
The Partagas Serie P No. 2 is often compared to the Monte No. 2 and H. Upmann No. 2 when people try to determine the best Cuban piramide. I am not yet familiar with the H. Upmann, so all I can say is that the Montecristo provides slightly more complex flavors but has a very unstable construction as the downside. To me, these two are on the same level. However, they all pale before the Cohiba Seleccion Piramide...