Sublimes – Cigar Review
When I went into Tobacco Plaza which is quickly becoming one of my favorite shops above the rest i told one of the owners that I needed something new to smoke, and he pointed me to today’s cigar. The Sublimes is a stick I never heard of but one of the customers there went on and on about how great of a cigar it is. So I picked up a couple and let one of them sit in my humidor as I tended to some other reviews. Search for Sublimes gets you a lot of returns, and it took me a bit to track down this cigar.
According the website,
Having been sold mostly in South Florida since 2004, our decision to go national was the only natural retort to the years of mounting local demand and popularity.
Skillfully hand-crafted in Little Havana, Miami, the end result is a cigar boasting a complex array of flavors that come together to produce an excellent medium to full bodied smoke. Sublimes cigars are truly the epitome of taste and excellence.
The cigars come in 5 sizes: Robusto: (4¾ – 50); Robusto Extra: (5¼ – 52); Double Robusto: (5¾ – 54); Grande: (6¾ – 56) and Magnum: (6¼ – 58).
Size: 6.75 x 56 (Grande)
Wrapper: Habano Ecuador Rosado
Binder: Habano Nicaragua
Filler: Habano Nicaragua
Number Smoked: 2
Appearance and Construction: The Sublimes is really a sight to behold. The amount of oils on this stick is amazing, and the sheen gives it a gorgeous mouthwatering appearance. There are some veins present, on the reddish brown wrapper that feels silky smooth under the fingers. The stick has a nice weight to it, with no soft spots and a well packed foot. The roll is as good as they come on this cigar. The simple white and gold band has more of a wedding invitation feel to it then that of a cigar band but if that is our only knock for this section.
Flavors & Notes: The nose of the cigar from the foot is slightly citric with some light earthy notes to the nose as well. The cold draw has some similar citric notes as well, reminding me a lot of orange rind. The pre light draw and foot is definitely different then most cigars I’ve smoked. But one thing I have learned is the pre-light rarely matching the smoke. Once the cigar is lit there is slight pepper before the cigar becomes floral. As we continue the smoke the 1st third the notes remain floral with some slightly roasted nuts. In the second third the focal point of the notes changes to a roasted nut that borders on cashews, with some earthy components in the background. The final third the floral notes return for a bit before the cigar finishes off with some notes nuts and cedar.
Smoking Characteristics: The Sublimes is a nice slow smoking cigar with a nice solid ash that easily held on for 1.5″ or more at a time. The burn was a little jagged oand the carbon line fairly large but it didn’t really effect the enjoyment of the cigar. My humidor was a little bit high at 71% humidity so that could of played into it. The draw was ideal and there was a wonderful volume of smoke with a really nice cedar/floral aroma.
Conclusion: I love it when I come across something new that I would smoke on an everyday basis and this cigar fits that bill. This cigar isn’t going to go down as one of the best ever made but it is very good and has an interesting profile to keep me interested long term. As it grows in distribution this cigar definitely has the chance to be around for a very long time.
Price: $9.00 MSRP