August 30, 2014

Cubanacan Habano Piramide (6 1/8 x 52)

Video review HERE.

Cubanacan Cigars are part of the Tarazona Cigar empire. The Habano is the second edition from Cubanacan following their successful Connecticut cigar. 

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Nicaragua

Available in the following sizes:
Chato (4.5 x 42)
Rothschild (5 x 50)
Piramide (6 1/8 x 52) Reviewed today
Churchill (7 x 50)
El Gordo (6 x 60)

The cigar is a beautiful shape. The wrapper is oily and has a well made piramide cap.

The foot:

After cutting the cap the test draw was a bit firm but workable. The initial flavors were freshly tanned leather, sweet cedar with cream undertones, and quite a bit or roasted nuts. The pepper is a black pepper but not a strong black pepper. I rated it at a 7.5. The cigar is medium bodied at this point. The finish is a toasted cream with some influence of the roasted nuts. There is also an average amount of lingering pepper.

At about one inch in the leather notes have really picked up. This is a very meaty cigar and it reminds me of a steak! The cedar is the secondary flavor but it's far behind the leather notes. The cream is tailing off but the roasted nuts are holding the base. 

About 1 1/2 inches in the burn is a little off but I am letting it self-correct. The meaty leather notes are the main flavor but the sweet cedar has made a resurgence. It is really moving up. There are also a lot more roasted nuts. The cigar is better tasting now, to me. The heavy leather notes without much sweetness was a bit much.

With about 2 1/2 inches remaining the cigar's burn issues did self correct. The primary flavor is still the leather but the sweet cedar and nuts have pulled almost even with the leather. The flavors are almost in an even split. The roasted nuts are also developing some creaminess to them. The cigar is still medium bodied and I thought it would have moved past that by now. The finish is about the same as before.

At the end the flavors remained fairly even but I give the nod to the leather notes. The cigar ended medium bodied. The finish remained about the same but the roasted nut flavors had more of an impact at the end. This has been a good, basic habano cigar. Had this cigar had more richness and possibly some buttery notes in the nut flavors it would have been better to me. However, this is a good cigar and I would buy more of them.

Score: 90

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