There were two limited editions made in 2006, the year of Cohiba’s 40th anniversary. One is the legendary Behike, the other was the Edición Limitada Pirámides, the fourth release for the brand since the series was introduced in 2000. Each Edición Limitada features a limited number of cigars produced using aged tobacco in sizes that were not normally part of the brand’s standard repertoire.
For the first four years, four to five of Habanos S.A.’s most storied brands saw appearances annually, but in 2005 Habanos cut the program to its now standard three releases per year, meaning that Cohiba has had only one Edición Limitada since 2006 with no plans for one in 2013.
The Pirámides was the brand’s first Edición Limitada banded as a 2001 release, but not appearing on market until 2002. It first appeared at the storied 1994 Dinner of the Century, then again as the Cohiba Millennium Reserva Pirámides, as part of the 35 Aniversario Humidor, in 2003 as part of the Reserva releases and as part of the Selección Pirámides release. What sets apart the 2006 release from all of those and the 2007 release that followed was the wrapper, it was dark.
As is often the case Habanos S.A. never disclosed production numbers of the Edición Limitada 2006 boxes, which were standard 10-count featuring the traditional secondary band. A year after the Cohiba’s debut Habanos S.A. changed the program to specify that all the tobacco was aged for two years. Prior, the releases were described as featuring wrapper leaves that came from the upper portions of the plant as a way to explain the uniquely darker wrapper.
Cigar Reviewed: Cohiba Pirámides Edición Limitada 2006
Country of Origin: Cuba
Factory: El Laguito
Size: 6 1/7 Inches
Ring Gauge: 52
Est. Price: $30.00 (Boxes of 10, $300.00)
Date Released: 2006
Number of Cigars Released: n/a
Number of Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
While the darkness is the initial thing you notice, the construction of the cigar is remarkable. It’s clean, heavy and about as well-rolled as any Pirámides I’ve seen, Cuba or not. As for the wrapper, there are tons of oils and a great color that is quite unique, simply put, hard to describe.The cold draw features an ideal resistance with dark cocoa, barbecue, lemon and a touch of twang. It’s a bit more muted than I was hoping for, but it’s mature and complex.
The first third begins with toasted grass, roasted notes, barbecue and a candied orange note through the nose. There’s a lot more Cohiba than I was expecting solely based on appearance, but it’s not a bad thing. The muted character of the flavor is once again present, but it’s north of medium in that category eventually developing into notes of leather, dark earth, dark chocolate and a citrus mixture of both orange peel and lemon.
As the second third develops the profile turns much meatier and earthier. The cocoa from the first third is reduced while the citrus note is gone. Leather and meatiness are the defining features of the profile, which is a nice contrast from the initial portions. While the draw is wonderful, the smoke production is only average and the burn requires some regular touching-up. Strength is mild to medium, a bit stronger than I would have expected given the marca and the flavor, which seems to have peaked a few years ago if I had to guess.
The final third continues the process of getting less and less sweet. While the cocoa is still around, it’s reminding me now of chocolates in the upper 80 percentile range. The meatiness and leather are both around, but gone are the citrus notes, replaced by somewhat of a creaminess and a coffee note that I can barely detect through the nose. Construction remains to be overall subpar, but it’s not the type of bad Cuban construction you tell horror stories about, rather, smoke production is average to below average and my lighter is needed every 10 to 15 minutes; annoyances, not major issues.
- Habanos S.A. claims the 2006 release was actual a rerelease of the most popular 2001 versions.
- While the Pirámides has now been released seven times, it’s still not a production vitola. I find it interesting that two of the releases, i.e. the first two, are some of the most sought after amongst top collectors as far as Cohiba goes.
- Pricing should be around $30 per cigar or $300 per box. I’ve seen prices dip into the mid-$20s and as high as $50 per cigar on the secondary market. As for buying these in stores today, I imagine you’ll pay a premium. Interestingly, the original release is priced north of $800 in the C.Gars Ltd. auction guides and often sells well into the four figure market.
- The wrappers are dark, really dark. I’d say they are darker than most Cohiba Maduros I’ve seen.
- Smoke production could get well above average, but it required some quicker smoking that seemed to have some, albeit not a major, effect on flavor.
- There is probably not a single cigar line in the world delayed more than the Edición Limitada series. It is now safe to assume that the cigars will begin shipping about a year after what the band says.
- I really do think this cigar was probably smoking best a year or two ago. It shows a lot of mellow and at times muted characteristics.
- Final smoking time was one hour and 45 minutes. It didn’t ever get harsh, even when pushed.
- This cigar was a gift, one of the few I saved to smoke for a certain time, albeit, not because of any ideas of how this was going to smoke.
I'll cut to the point, I wouldn't chase these. This is a good cigar, quite complex and unique, but at $30.00 per cigar after some time trying to find them, I would just rather smoke a Padrón, or two, or a plethora of other Cubans that are more in their prime than I believe these are. It's only one cigar, but the best way to describe it was, probably better two years ago. There was a lot right about this release, a lot that Cuba so often gets wrong, but ultimately, there were almost certainly better days.