April 8, 2008
Origin : Cuba
Format : Piramide
Size : 156 x 20.64 mm
Ring : 52
Weight : 14.26 g
Price : ~$25 each
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.
Appearance : [rating:4.5/5]
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.
Construction : [rating:5/5]
The cigar is superbly constructed, once lit I could easily forget about watching the burn. I also had a perfect draw throughout the smoke.
Flavor : [rating:5/5]
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.
Value : [rating:5/5]
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 : [rating:overall/5]
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.
December 9, 2014
I would pick the Arturo Fuente Opus X over the Cohiba Piramide.
March 22, 2011
One other question, what would be the cost for the 2010 Limited Edition? Also $25.00 range?
I just enjoyed a 2010 Limited Edition Piramide and must say that although i am new to the Cigar smoking world, this was the smoothest, best burning, cigar i have ever tried. I look forward to enjoying the other 24. Can you tell me if these cigars will age well in a humidor or should they be smoked asap.
October 17, 2010
*How would I rate the Cohiba Red Dot to the Cuban (authentic) Cohiba? I would say the Red Dot is the equivalent of comparing a dog rocket to a honeyed brandywine & spiced egg nog delight of the wonderful REAL Cohiba from Havana
August 7, 2010
i had 2 of these cigars in my house, i will let you know my point of view of them, in this moment i am a bog fan of Montecristo and Romeo y Julieta, have you tried colombian cigars like puyana,can you make a review of them? thanks
March 5, 2010
This is not the 2003 release of the Limited Edition. These Cohibas came in a wooden box of 5 pyramides from different brands. Habanos also released a Seleccion of robustos using the same concept. I have seen those boxes on sale in Duty Free and in several B&Ms and I’m pretty sure of their authenticity.
March 5, 2010
My question is if this is one the pyramides from the 2003 release of the Edicion Limitada, where is the second band which appears on each vitola of the EL. These were also released in a wooden latched box of 10 Cohiba Pyramide cigars, each double banded as the EL for that year. Without the additional band, I might question the authenticity of these cigars.
February 16, 2009
This one seems to be oft quoted as the ”best” Cohiba money can buy (bar say the maduro series of the same vitola) … you know what… they ARE.
I’d trade my Esplendidos in for some any day!
June 19, 2008
I did not try the Red Dot, but from what I’ve read and from my experience with other Non-Cuban “versions” of famous Cuban brands (for instance, Romeo y Julieta & Montecristo), they are nowhere near their Cuban namesakes.
June 18, 2008
How would you compare these Cubans to the non Cuban Red Dot please ?
Rgds – Roy.R, England
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