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Stogie Tip: Pyramid Schemes

5 Feb 2008

I smoke plenty of cigars of all shapes and sizes, and I’ve come to a conclusion lately: I really like torpedos, pyramids, belicosos, or what ever else you want to call them.

Torpedo CigarsSome of the classic cigars of all time – including the Montecristo No. 2 – are torpedos, but the vitola has more to offer than just a fantastic heritage.

Belicosos can be a real work of art, making you wonder just how skilled the rollers that create these cigars must be. In many factories, only the most talented torcedores work on the belicoso sizes.

But the benefits of the torpedo aren’t simply aesthetic either. Pyramids focus the flavor on your palate, concentrating it on one spot. If the cigar is good, this means that those good flavors are even more intense.

So if you’re in the mood for a great cigar, consider a torpedo, pyramid, or belicoso. Here are five of my favorites:

• Montecristo No. 2 (Cuban)
• Arturo Fuente Don Carlos No. 2
• Cohiba Edición Limitada 2006 Pirámide (Cuban)
• Davidoff Millenium Blend Piramide
• Padrón Serie 1964 Piramide

So what are your favorite pyramids?

Patrick S

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11 Responses to “Stogie Tip: Pyramid Schemes”

  1. Mark Bresky Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at 7:28 am #

    How could you forget the Oliva Series V torpedo??? absoluteley one of the best.

  2. Patrick S Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at 8:57 am #


    I suspect the Serie V torpedo is very good, but actually I've never smoked the torpedo from that line.

    It is on the top of my list of sticks to try.

  3. Joe Holub Thursday, February 7, 2008 at 7:04 pm #

    I have enjoyed the Arganese brand Figurados….they are unique in that their head and foot are a very long skinny torpedo shape unlike any other torpedo I've seen. Very cool design and like you say, would be even harder than a normal torpedo to roll.

  4. Cigar Inspector Saturday, February 9, 2008 at 11:19 pm #

    I'm not very excited about piramides. Never had an extraordinary experience with these. Monte No. 2 is fine, but not the best from the line (Edmundo is the one I prefer).

    Joe, the Figurados were what I liked the least from the Arganese line. The ones I smoked were a little bland.

  5. rob Sunday, February 10, 2008 at 1:01 pm #

    Nice list… but there was no Cohiba Piramide produced in 2007.

  6. Daniel Monday, February 11, 2008 at 4:49 pm #

    I have to say, I just tried the CAO Vision and I have to say that it's right up there. I also enjoyed the Funacion Ancestral Pinar del Rio 1941.

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