Posts Tagged With: pyramid

Don Duarte Reserva Pyramid

About a decade ago I met up with a now retired cigar distributer in Amsterdam who was introducing a new cigar brand, Don Duarte, and the owner of the brand, señor Duarte, was there as well at the beautiful shop of Hajenius. I smoked a few cigars and I did like them. The brand never took off, I haven’t seen them in shops for a while now and when I look online I can only find them on German webshops.


A few years back I was helping an account to re-arrange his humidor and found this Don Duarte Reserve Pyramid. The account said “I had it for so long, it’s the last one, take it” so I did. And now it’s time to review this Plasencia made Nicaraguan puro with the H-2000 oscuro wrapper.


The thick wrapper is dark, it looks and feels like leather. The cigar has the right amount of sponginess, the shape of the cigar is great too. The ring is brown with silver and golden details, a classic crest and a knights helmet. The cigar has a vegetable and wooden aroma.


After cutting the cigar I taste some raw tobacco. After lighting I taste coffee and leather with some spice and pepper. After a few puffs I taste a mix of spices with sweetness and a little pepper, well balanced. After a third I taste wood and spices, it reminds me of a forest in the autumn. Halfway the cigar is more leathery, woody and spicy. The flavor remains like this till the end.


The draw is perfect. The smoke is perfectly white, thick and full. The ash is light gray and coarse. The burn is good. This is a medium full bodied and flavored cigar. The smoke time is an hour and forty minutes.

Would I buy this cigar again? If I can find them I get some.

Score: 91


Categories: 91, Don Duarte, Nicaraguan cigars, Tabacalera del Oriente | Tags: , , ,

Hoyo de Monterrey piramides

A friend gave me some Cuban piramids, including this 6.1×52 Hoyo de Monterrey piramid, a vitola that is not in regular production. It was released in 2003 for a ‘seleccion piramides’, a box with 5 piramids, the mentioned Hoyo de Monterrey but also Cohiba, Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta and Partagas.
The wrapper is dark for a Cuban cigar and oily with a few veins. The cigar has a strong barnyard smell. The construction is a bit inconsistant. The predraw is great and I taste tobacco with a spicy aftertaste.
I taste a peppery spice on the tongue but also mild fresh and some wood, but the wood tastes different than anything I ever tasted before in a cigar. After half an inch I also get some citrus and sweetness.
A few puffs later the cigar turns peppery again with a sour flavor on the background and that strange wood flavor. After an inch I also get some chocolate. Halfway I mainly taste citrus with a very spicy aftertaste. This flavor is what sticks with me till it is time to rest the nub in the ashtray.
Even though this is a six inch cigar, it only lasts me for sixty-five minutes. I got a decent amount of medium thick smoke. The draw is good, just like the burn. The ash is silvergray, coarse, frayed and firm. I got a huge flame when I purged. This cigar is full flavored and medium bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? No, Hoyo just ain’t my marca.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 6 / 10
Aroma third part: 5 / 10

Categories: Cuban cigars, Hoyo de Monterrey (Habanos), La Corona | Tags: ,

Cohiba Piramides LE 2006

I do like Cohiba, the flagship of Habanos, but I think they are way overpriced. This Cohiba piramides edicion limitada 2006 has a price tag over over € 25 in The Netherlands, but when I saw this cigar, covered in bloom, at my favorite cigar shop in Amsterdam, Hartman Cigars on the Beethovenstraat, I decided to pick one up. The 2006 release is a re-release from the 2001 Cohiba Piramides and measures 6.1×52. The cigar has the well known Cohiba and the edicion limitada band.
The wrapper is dark and oily and I can see two veins. The construction feels good and I smell a Cuban barnyard. The predraw is fine.
I taste coffee and earth, but the earth becomes the main flavor quickly while the coffee disappears. After three quarters of an inch I also taste some leather to go with the earth. The leather slowly gets stronger and I also get a herbal spice on the background.
Halfway I also taste a bit of cacao powder on the background and in the aftertaste and it is quite dry. The leather and earth are well balanced with a hint of herbs. The cacao powder disappears. After two thirds I taste some dark chocolate with the leather and earth. Near the end all I taste is leather with some pepper.
This cigar lasted me almost two hours. I got plenty of thick smoke. The draw is great but I had to correct the burn a few times. The pepper and salt colored ash is coarse but firm. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? Too expensive, but a great cigar nonetheless

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

Categories: Cohiba (Habanos), Cuban cigars, El Laguito | Tags: , , ,

Ashton cabinet pyramid

The Ashton Cabinet series has 10 different sizes, amongst which this 6×52 pyramid. The Dominican filler for this cigar has aged 4 to 5 years and the Connecticut Shade wrapper has aged for even longer. Six different kinds of tobacco are used to create the blend, which Ashton calls “the white burgundy of cigars” due to the complexity of the flavors.
The wrapper is pale and light colored with a few thin and sharp veins. The cigar has a mild barnyard smell. The construction feels good and the cigar has a great predraw, I taste a spicy and peppery tobacco.
I taste a smooth, mild spicy, peppery and bitter coffee flavor with some pepper in the aftertaste. After half an inch I taste herbs with pepper and a herbal aftertaste and a slowly growing cedar flavor. The mild sweet and sour herbs are nice, the sour flavor reminds me of lemon or citrus and I get some pepper in the aftertaste. Every now and then I also taste some chocolate in the aftertaste.
Halfway I taste something bitter and herbal with far on the background even some chocolate. The pepper has gone. Later I taste a full wood flavor with some herbs and after two thirds the flavors get company from a bitter and spicy pepper. The pepper grows in strength towards the end.
This cigar has a smoke time of an hour and fifteen minutes. The draw and burn are great and I got plenty of thick smoke. The pepper and salt colored ash is firm. When I purged the cigar I got a nice big flame. This cigar is medium to full bodied and full flavored.
Would I buy this cigar again? I might, just a single every now and then.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

Categories: Ashton, Dominican cigars, Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia | Tags: , , ,

Gran Habano shorty pyramid

A friend handed me this cigar at a herf in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Gran Habano has never been good for me, but with age we’re all getting milder, so am I, so I decided to give this shorty pyramid a try. It is a nub like torpedo, 4 inch long and a 58 ring gauge.
Like I already said, it looks like a nub and is probably created to get in the slipstream of the whole nub hype. The oily wrapper is quite dark and has a few veins. Once I removed the cellophane wrapper I smelled a strong barnyard flavor. The construction feels good. The predraw is fine and I can taste peppery raisin.
The first flavors I discover are a peppery coffee flavor with some herbs. These flavors change slowly into dry wood, and dry wood only. Even later the cigar gets herbal and harsh.
The bitter harshness gets a little less strong and at ⅔ I get a toast flavor to go with the dominant herbs.
Even though this is a short stick, it still took me 90 minutes to finish it. I got enough smoke with a good draw and burn. The ash is dark and firm. The cigar is medium to full flavored and medium bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? Hell no. Another let down by Gran Habano/G.A.R.

Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 7 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 5 / 10
Aroma second part: 5 / 10
Aroma third part: 6 / 10

Categories: Gran Habano, Honduran cigars, STC Cigar Manufacturers | Tags: , , ,

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