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Tuesday, 11 January 2005

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What does it take to be a "Super-Premium cigar?

Pryme cigars are the first from Alec Bradley Cigar Company to play in the rarified atmosphere categorized as "Super Premium" cigars.  We're not sure of everything it takes to be classified as Super Premium, but we do know two of the qualifiers are a big marketing budget and a fancy band.  We reviewed the Pryme Limited Edition Gold No. 200X, a toro sized cigar that came fully dressed in its own cedar jacket and magnificent band.

While we are on the subject of super premium, allow us to let Alec Bradley describe their Pryme cigars.

"Pryme uses wrapper leaf from the corona, or flowering top part of the tobacco plant. More popularly known as ligero, it is generally used in the filler's central core, to boost its power. The wrapper displays a lustrous sheen, due to the extra oils that protect this top leaf from the sun.

Pryme's production is limited and costly, because there is less than a 10% yield from an entire year's crop. The medium-to-full bodied cigar gains its depth of flavor by balancing the ligero's full aromatic flavor with a rich-tasting Mexican binder and four-nation filler blend from Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic."

Now that you have the scoop, lets take a look at what we found.  First, what about that "lustrous sheen"?  It's there, and it is very attractive.  Not sure why you would want to cover this up with a cedar wrap though.  While the wrapper is on the lighter side, it does display an attractive sheen that beckons the smoker.

Once smoking the Pryme LE Gold, there are no surprises.  No surprises is both good and bad.  Good in the sense that nothing has popped out to spoil your experience.  Bad in the way that you almost expect a surreal experience from a cigar dressed like this with a name containing more syllables than a Dennis Miller ramble.

Construction is good with a nice even smoke.  The flavor is on the light side.  We expected a fuller bodied cigar, or at least a medium-to-full bodied cigar like Alec Bradley's statements would indicate.  It's our opinion that Pryme doesn't even make it out of medium bodied.  Then again compared to all the palate attacking strong cigars on the market, Pryme Limited Edition Gold is a nice break.

If your looking for a premium mild bodied smoke, this one will work for you.  At $9.25 a pop, we're not sure how many people will be looking to this as their go-to cigar.  The Pryme Limited Edition Gold 200X cigars that were smoked by our staff were extremely solid well made cigars.  The challenge in this price range is to create a smoke that sets itself apart from the rest of the 10 buck a pop smokes.  Pryme will do that, but only for those that are craving a medium bodied cigar.

Vital Statistics:
Size: 6 1/8 x 50
Shape: Toro
Wrapper: Ecuador Corona Priming
Binder:  Mexico
Filler: Dominican Piloto Cubano, Esteli Nicaragua, Jamistron Honduras, Moron Mexico

Est. Cost: $9.25

 




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