Monday, October 10, 2016

Cigar Review: Aguila Sublime

Recently,iHavanas released a new brand that is their brand. It is called Aguila and it is made in Nicaragua. Little information is given out about the blend right now, but iHvanas asked for my thoughts and I told them I would be more than glad to share them. I did not know any information about the blend before I smoked it, so I was going in blind but I was quickly surprised by how much I enjoyed the cigar. Information about the cigar is still unknown, something that I find fun, but what is more important is how much I enjoy the cigar. I have always been a fan of non-Cuban cigars that are made for the European market, I find they are more balanced and flavorful than strong, and that is what I was hoping when I first smoked these cigars. Anyways, let's see what I thought of this exlusive cigar, Aguila. 

Cigar: Aguila Sublime
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Unknown
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Maduro
Binder: Jalapa, Nicaragua
Filler: Esteli Nicaragua
Length: 6 1/2"
Ring Gauge: 54
Vitola: Double Robusto

Aguila comes with a faint brown wrapper that is Natural in definition, and it has that antique brown color to it. The wrapper is silky with a little bit of tooth and it has few small sized veins present throughout. The cigar is incredibly smooth, rolled well and a nicely applied cap. The cigar has a nice firmness and the aroma at the foot is that of spices, rich manure and some faint fruity qualities. The wrapper is showing some fainter notes, but it still has that manure and sweet spice to it. Asian spice notes overall. 

The first third begins by showing some great spice notes and it has an Asian Spice quality to it which is quite enjoyable. I am getting a nice balance between sweet and spicy. There is a touch of cedar and earthy qualities present and the finish is a great barnyard and cream profile on the finish. It is not overly complex or strong in any means, but it is very flavorful. I would say the strength is between mild and medium, the body at a medium level and the flavors are medium-full. The construction is top notch with that and I am getting an even burn line with a firm charcoal on the end. The draw is cool with a good bit of smoke being produced and this is a solid start. 

I am in the second third of the cigar now and finding that it is fairly in line with the first third. It has some light Asian spice notes to it and there is a nice cedar, hay and barnyard quality. The finish is delivering that creamy quality as well and it is a balanced blend. The flavor profile is very enjoyable and while it not overly complex it has solid qualities present. I would still say that the strength is still smoking at a level between mild and medium, body at medium and flavors at medium-full. The construction is remaining top notch and on the end is that firm charcoal ash. The draw remains cool, it's producing a nice amount of smoke and this is a consistent and solid cigar.

When I get into the final third of the cigar, I find that the cigar is continuing to deliver the flavor profiles of the first and second third and as I have said before, it is a solid flavor profile. There is a nice balance between sweetness spice, and it has that earthy and creamy quality as well. It is not overly complex, I will admit, but it is enjoyable and a cigar you can really sit back and smoke without having to really focus on the flavors. It is still medium-full in terms of flavors, body at that medium level as well, and the strength is between mild and medium. This is a very approachable cigar that many, if not all cigar smokers could enjoy. The construction remains top notch and with that is the solid burn line and firm charcoal ash on the end. The final draw is cool and I am able to enjoy the cigar down to the nub.

Aguila is a solid line and it has a lot going for it. The blend delivers a solid flavor profile that many can connect with and it is not too strong and complex, or mild and one dimensional. It is truly balanced. The flavors remains present from beginning to end, and there is just enough depth to prevent from the cigar from being monotone. It is consistent and delivers in all sizes, and in choosing a vitola to review, I could do no wrong with any choice. I went with the Sublime, mostly because I think that is more in line with the American market, but the Robusto and Torpedo are at the same level. The price is incredible, and I love that the cigars come in ten count boxes. It makes adding a box two to each order doable, and it is something I will do in the future. I am giving the cigar a rating between 89 and 91, and I will be interested in seeing how this cigar smokes with some age on it. 

Young Rating: 89-91
With Age Rating: Inconclusive