2012 Cohiba Piramides Extra Revisited

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Had a great, big dinner with the family and decided to go for a walk to settle the buudha down. Nothing like having a cigar on a beautiful evening to allow the food to digest. I haven’t tried this cigar in awhile as my first impressions was that it needed time in the humidor to integrate and settle in.

Let’s see how this is progressing…..

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The wrapper is a gorgeous, lightly honeyed, caramel hue of brown. Perfectly smooth to the touch with no veins. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, earth, roasted nuts and a touch of barnyard emanate from the wrapper. Very pungent and strong.

Construction is excellent. Firm throughout the cigar with a slight give when squeezed. The pointed triple cap is immaculate and the foot is packed.

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A quick snap of my Palio and we are ready for action.

The draw is good. Nice airflow with a slight resistance.

Initial flavours from the cold draw are grassy notes, leather, earth and a slight hint of vanilla bean.

Time to take this to the flame….

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First Third
Subtle and stealth like. Grassy notes, light cedar, nutmeg, eucalyptus and earth start us off. Strength is at a medium level. Very subdued flavour profile, like slowly waking up in the morning. Better integrated that the last one I smoked.

The draw and burn are excellent. Ample smoke production and the ash is a ‘Dirty’ light greyish white.

The retrohale is very smooth. Eucalyptus, grassy notes and a touch of earth coyly move through the nasal passages.

The after finish is a little short however, the flavours seem more in sync than I remember. Grassy notes, light cedar and nutmeg start, followed by earth and a healthy dose of eucalyptus. Very nice flavour profile. Strength could move up slightly so that the flavours have more staying power on the palate. Much improved since my initial sampling…..

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Second Third
Very relaxed cigar, in the way of the flavour profile. No much change. Nice flavours in eucalyptus, light cedar, grassy notes, nutmeg and earth however, not much nuance within the flavours. Consistent with little interactiveness. No heightening of a few flavours and easing off of others. Very monotone. Good cigar if you are looking for something to remain the same throughout the cigar so far. Hope that the final third brings a little action…

The retrohale is equally consistent. Layers of eucalyptus, grassy notes and a touch of earth move through the nasal passages smoothly.

The strength has picked up slightly, which allows the flavours to last a little longer on the palate. Nice layers of grassy notes, light cedar and nutmeg to start, followed by eucalyptus and earth. Consistent is the word that keeps coming to mind…..

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FInal Third
Nothing more to report. Very consistent. No change or nuance. Wash, rinse, repeat. Like playing the same record again and again. Eucalyptus, light cedar, grassy notes, nutmeg and earth.

Retrohale and after finish equally consistent. One dimensional. A pity, given the hype and premium these demand in the marketplace…..

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Final Impressions
Another miss for me. Quality tobacco and construction. Good flavour profile however, lack of strength and nuance makes it difficult to justify buying these in any volume. Maybe a box a year to see how they progress over time. I continue to be optimistic that these will develop over time however, it’s time is not now…..

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