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Stogie Reviews: Puros Indios Piramide No. 3

14 Mar 2007

Frustrating. I found so much conflicting information on the web about Puros Indios – too mild or too strong, loved it or hated it – that I really didn’t know what to think before lighting up a Piramide No. 3.

Thus, for what it’s worth, I really went into reviewing it with a completely open mind.

For starters, this five inch by 50 ring gauge cigar has been a pleasure to look at for the past six months or so. That is, after all, why I kept it directly under the glass top of my humidor. The Ecuadorian sungrown wrapper provides a nice oily sheen, and I think the irregular figurado shape makes it a bit more interesting.

Before I toasted the foot or took the first puff, I expected this stogie to be light and sweet. That’s what the subtle hay and honey notes led me to believe, anyways.

But once lit, I found those aromas were mere sirens calling my ship to a rocky shore. My preconceived notion of mildness was replaced by the harsh reality of a cruel black pepper spice and burning wood flavors. Not pleasant, even for a guy who enjoys full-bodied smokes.

To its credit, the stogie does mellow out a bit after the first third, but I still found this blend of Dominican, Brazilian, and Nicaraguan tobaccos to be too harsh for my liking.

Unfortunately, the stogie is plagued by some physical flaws as well. For one, it’s very cumbersome to establish an even burn (that may or may not be a side-effect of its irregular shape). Second, on multiple sticks, I found the wrapper has a tendency to tear when the band is removed. Finally, while the ash may hold firm for up to an inch or more, the edges often flake away, which makes an awful mess.

For all these reasons – and despite its friendly price of about $4 per stick – I give the Puros Indios Piramide No. 3 a substandard two out of five stogies.

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Patrick A


12 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Puros Indios Piramide No. 3”

  1. Sam Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at 3:55 am #

    Strange… personally I have never had a problem with any Puros Indios. I always likened them to a CAO product as far as quality and construction. I do know they are all still prepared in wood molds as opposed to the industry standard plastic molds which may explain the inconsistency you noted.

  2. Mac and Nudo Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at 4:18 am #

    Patrick, I've also had my share of troubles with this cigar. Even though I kept hearing from people how great it is, I never really found the harsh flavor to my liking. Thanks for the review.

  3. George E. Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at 7:21 am #

    Patrick –

    I smoked a lot of Puros Indios a few years ago but over time I found them so inconsistent that I cut them back to an occasional smoke. I though they were quite enjoyable when they were good, but too often they were troubled in just the ways you describe.

  4. Patrick A Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at 9:02 am #


    For what it's worth, I smoked three of these (not all at once, of course) before writing the review. I suppose it's possible that I got three bad ones from the batch.

    But given the fact that many readers like Sam had good experiences with the brand, it seems like the only thing that's consistent for Puros Indios is inconsistency.

  5. Doug Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at 9:14 am #

    Good Review and comments!

    Due to the wide range of reports it looks like this is gonna have to be a "try with caution" stogie. 🙂

  6. Kevin Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at 10:43 am #

    I don't think you got duds, Patrick. Sounds like typical PI to me. After years of second chances, I've given up on Puros Indios, Cuba Aliados and all things Reyes. Just not worth the trouble. The construction is wildly inconsistent, and the flavor isn't payback enough for my patience. Almost always grassy and tart. The only consistently decent Reyes smokes I've had are, oddly enough, the JR Special Coronas.

  7. Robert Thursday, March 15, 2007 at 4:26 pm #

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  8. Kilobyte Friday, February 29, 2008 at 6:53 pm #

    Post a review of the delicious Cuba Aliados Anniversary, and the upcoming awesome Reyes Premier!



  9. Anthony Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    I too stay away from Puros Indios. Too many construction and, yes, flavor issues. Judging by what these cigars are now going for online, I think a lot of folks must have had similar experiences.

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