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Monday, 10 February 2014

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If you like highly rated cigars with solid reputations, then you’ll want to read these two reviews of the Herrera Esteli Piramide Fino and the Curivari Buenaventura BV560.

Herrera Esteli Piramide Fino

The Herrera Esteli brand is one that’s been put out by Drew Estate.  Willy Herrera, formerly of El Titan de Bronze, is the main man responsible for blending the cigar, and he began his quest to create it once he was signed to the Drew Estate team back in 2011.  The brand finally launched in 2013, and it was a hit, making Cigar Aficionado’s top 25 list for the year.  That lofty rating is what nudged me to picking one of these up, and I’m hoping that it lives up to the hype.

The Herrera Esteli Piramide Fino measures 6 x 52 and is just one of several sizes offered.  Others include the 5 ½ x 46 Short Corona, 5 ½ x 52 Robusto Extra, 6 x 44 Lonsdale, and the 6 ¼ x 54 Toro Especial.  The cigar’s filler is made up of Nicaraguan tobacco, while the binder is Honduran.  Capping it off is an Ecuadorian wrapper.  It’s worth noting that the Herrera Esteli is made in the entubado style, where the filler tobacco is rolled into tubes inside the binder.  This obviously makes it tough on the cigar rollers, but the end result is a better distribution of air that’s noticed when you draw on the cigar.  As for the cigar’s strength, it’s generally listed as being medium-bodied.

The appearance of the Herrera Esteli Piramide Fino is inviting thanks to its brown, toothy wrapper.  There’s some visible minor veins here and there.  The cigar feels firm to the touch with no soft spots.  The band near the head is attractive with its overall light colors.  It features the Herrera Esteli name and “Imported from Nicaragua,” which makes sense considering the Esteli part of its moniker.  The red, white, and gold colors of the band mesh nicely with the wrapper.  There’s a spicy pre-light aroma to the Piramide Fino, while its cold taste is a mix of spice and earth.

Moving on to the burn department, the Herrera Esteli Piramide Fino is a solid performer.  The draw is easy, which I expected after reading about the whole entubado style rolling that the cigar undergoes prior to completion, and plenty of cool smoke is produced.  The ash is solid and light gray in color.  No touch-ups are needed, and no re-lights are necessary.  The entire burn is just over an hour and a half.






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