Sunuvabeatch…I got a case of the beetles! A freeze was in order, so I made sure and grabbed a few cigars to review while the rest of my stash recovers from a bit of a temperature change. The Sublimes was a cigar that always caught my attention. For some reason, their advertising always caught my eye, so when I saw their booth at IPCPR within close proximity of ours, I made a point to stop by and say hello. I could not get much information about the blend from the rep, but their website suggests the cigar is made in Esteli.
Wrapper: Habano-Rosado grown in Ecuador
Binder: Habano-Corojo grown in Honduras
Filler: Habano-Criollo grown in Nicaragua
Dry draw: fruit, nuts, spice, very complex and long... Hope this is a precursor
First Third: The beginning of the Sublimes was very woody, with some spice on the retro. The body was somewhat medium, with a short concise finish that was to the point.
Second Third: I started to pick up some of the fruit notes I tasted on the dry draw. The retrohale became a bit stronger. I still found spice and cedar overall on my palate, and the profile was still a bit dry to me.
Final Third: My notes suggest a sweeter bourbon or scotch may pair well to wake up the profile. Sweetness developed as the Sublimes progressed, at times reminding me of brown sugar.
Construction: I had several minor pops and cracks in the wrapper
Final Thoughts: The Sublimes is a decent cigar I would recommend to medium bodied fans and folks whom like dry cedar profiles. I was not blown away by it, so I cannot say it had the depth and complexity in comparison to other blends I have reviewed recently. However, it may be that the Sublimes is not the right cigar for my palate. I want to thank the folks at Sublimes cigars for the chance to review one of their cigars.