2012 Edicion Regional Canada Vegas Robaina XV Aniversario Sublimes

94243b9c-d485-4949-8bf6-6d87808a4c11_zpspq9a8gyuThe 2012 Edicion Regional Canada XV Aniversario Sublimes in a beautiful looking cigar.

One of my favorite moments in Havana was when I had the opportunity to attend a tasting of this Edicion Regional prior to its release.  The tasting was sponsored by Havana House and was attended by Carlos Robaina, a few VPs from Habanos SA and a number of Canadian distributors.

Let’s see how this is progressing….

 

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This is a Sublimes vitola that comes in at a 54 ring gauge and is 6.5 inches in length.

There were 5,000 numbered 10 count dress boxes released in 2012.

The wrapper is a beautiful honeyed hue of brown.  Smooth to the touch.  Aromas of milk chocolate, barnyard, cream and earth.

The construction is excellent.  Firm throughout the cigar with a slight give when squeezed.  The rounded triple cap looks good and the foot is packed.

A quick twist from my Siglo multi punch and we are ready to roll.

The draw is a little to open to my liking.  Hope it tightens up when I light it.

Initial flavours from the cold draw are: light mint, leather, earth and touches of cedar.

Time to take this to the flame….

 

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First Third

Cedar, cocoa, leather, earth and touches of roasted nuts and a hint of eucalyptus start us off.  A little heavy on the palate but not overpowering.  An assertive flavour profile.  Strength is at a medium level.

The draw is decent.  A little open for my liking but should be ok.  Lots of smoke billows from the cigar.  The burn is razor sharp and the ash is a ‘Dirty’ whitish light grey.

The retrohale brings heavy layers of cedar, earth, leather and cocoa that move with authority through the nasal passages.  Makes me happy that I ate before smoking this.

The after finish is equally heavy.  Strong layers of cedar, earth and cocoa to start, followed by leather, roasted nuts and touches of eucalyptus.  Powerful yet elegant at this stage.  Reminds me of Muhammad Ali.  Float like a butterfly.  Sting like a bee.  Hitting with some decent power and is fully supported by a medium strength level.

 

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Second Third

Roasted nuts has moved up in the flavour profile, tempering the heavy layers of cocoa, leather and earth.  The hints of eucalyptus have dissipated.  More robust but balanced.  No harshness to speak of.

The retrohale is more balanced as well.  The roasted nuts round out the leather, earth and cocoa.

The after finish is powerful yet integrated.  Nice balance between the flavours and strength.  The medium level of strength allows the flavours to easily linger on the palate.  Cocoa, roasted nuts and earth, followed by cocoa and touches of spice and black pepper.  No harshness to speak of.  Very rich yet elegant.  Liking this so far….

 

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Final Third

Very rich and refined.  The roasted nuts, cedar, leather, earth and cocoa are all working in unison.  Hints of spice, black pepper and oolong tea interlace with the core flavours.  Strength is at a medium level.  Nice balance between strength and flavours.

The retrohale brings leather, cedar, earth, cocoa, black pepper and spice.  The flavours continue to move assertively through the nasal passages.

The after finish is very complex.  Assertive on the palate but not overpowering.  Rich and full of flavour.  Muscular with finesse.  Cedar, roasted nuts and leather, followed by earth and inflections of black pepper, spice and oolong tea.  Lots of nuance within each draw.  Robust enough to take pause between draws and allow the flavours to slowly dissipate.

 

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Final Impressions

This is smoking well right now.  The core flavours have come together and the inflections of supplementary flavours keep things interesting.  The strength balances well with the overall flavour profile.

There is a nice richness and elegant to the cigar.  Muscular yet reserved.  No harshness to speak of.  Just pure flavour.  Looking forward to see how this develops over time as the overall flavour profile and strength have the pedigree to continue to evolve with time in the humidor.

 

 

 

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