It’s been a couple of years since I smoked my last sample from this box. I’ve been hesitant to smoke any of my older Edicion Limitadas as the last time I sampled them, I felt that they had peaked and were on the decline.
I recently heard about some of the prices that these are fetching in the after market. Not sure if these are worth the money and wanted to see how they are smoking.
Let’s see how this is progressing…
The 2004 Edicion Limitada Cohiba Sublime is a significant cigar as it comes in at a 54 ring gauge and is 6.5 inches in length.
This is a sublime vitola that I think was the precursors the trend of larger ring gauge cigars that are popular today.
There were an undisclosed number of 25 count varnished boite nature boxes released in 2004.
The wrapper is a deep chestnut hue of brown. Slightly rough wrapper. Aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut and barnyard.
The construction is a little firm. Hope this doesn’t lead to draw issues. The triple cap looks good and the foot is packed.
A gentle twist from my Siglo multi punch and we are ready to roll…..
The draw is firmer than I like. Hope that this does not become an issue.
Initial flavours from the cold draw are: eucalyptus, earth, grassy notes and a touch of cocoa.
Time to take this to the flame….
A very rich start. Expresso, grassy notes, cocoa and a touch of spice. Medium strength level.
The draw is firm. Hope it opens up over time. Tight at this stage. The smoke production is limited yet the burn is razor sharp. The ash is a ‘Dirty’ whitish grey.
The retrohale is muted. Cocoa, earth and grassiness lightly move through the nasal passages.
The after finish is fleeting. The lack of draw mutes the flavours on the palate. Grassy notes, expresso, cocoa and touches of spice lightly touch the palate and make a dash for the door. The strength is reduced due to the lack of draw. This would be a great start if there was staying power on the palate.
The flavours are good but fleeting. The strength tries to bolster the flavours however, the draw stifles the experience. Nice layers of grassy notes, expresso, cocoa and touches of spice continue to tantalize the palate however, it is only for a short time.
The retrohale is also muted. Layers of grassy notes, expresso and cocoa move through the nasal passages meekly.
The after finish gives hints of greatness however, the flavours do not stay long enough on the palate. There is a nice richness to the flavour profile as grassy notes, expresso, cocoa and spice all work in unison however, the draw doesn’t allow me to enjoy the experience.
The draw has finally opened up and the flavours come rushing out. The grassy notes, espresso, cocoa and spice are alive on the palate. Textured and refined. Very smooth. There is an absence of sweetness throughout the experience and a nice depth and richness to the flavour profile.
The retrohale brings wonderful layers of grassy notes, earth and cocoa.
The after finish finally profiles the flavours the way they deserve to be. Luscious, rich and cloying. Grassy notes, espresso, cocoa and touches of spice are dancing on the palate. A hint of eucalyptus and sourdough bread enter the fray, enhancing the experience. Delicious.
This could have been a great experience however, the draw muted everything. The flavours are well integrated and refined as there is a nice richness to the overall profile. It has come together nicely. I can only imagine what this could have been if the draw was cooperative…