Pleasure / April 2016

Holy Smokes: Cohiba Sublimes EL 2004

“I love my job” is something you’ll hear me say and it’s totally true. Ever since I made the move from bars and restaurants to cigars 4 years ago, I’ve never…

“I love my job” is something you’ll hear me say and it’s totally true. Ever since I made the move from bars and restaurants to cigars 4 years ago, I’ve never looked back. Thanks to Eddie Sahakian (Davidoff of London) who took a huge leap of faith and gave me the opportunity to take my hospitality skills into the world of cigars and to Edward (Owner of Davidoff of London and legendary cigar aficionado) and Eddie Sahakian or having the 2 best mentors in the world to guide me.

Cigars are my passion and life.

The Rake is celebrating opulence and decadence in the month of April, so I’ve chosen one of the first “legendary” smokes I've ever had. During my time as Bar Manager at Franco’s on Jermyn Street, I was lucky enough to meet not only the Sahakian family but, many cigar lovers. Franco’s had 4 tables outside and during the day there were many cigar smokers. One of whom was a Swiss/Korean chap who had an inexhaustible supply of vintage cigars and the ability to smoke everything with a long ash and to the nub. He invited me to a cigar and cognac tasting at The Ritz hotel about ten years ago, this was no ordinary tasting I found myself in. The small group enjoyed Louis XIII cognac and the Cohiba Sublimes EL (Edición Limitada) 2004 and I was hooked on both the spirit and the cigar.

A decade later, I’ve chosen the same cigar to start off this series of reviews.

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Mike Choi

These views are my personal views and you are welcome to yours and I respect that. They come from my experience of both smoking and managing a cigar shop. I have my own vintage cigar company called Casa Puro, I am a Master of Havana Cigars, Runner Up Habanosommelier World Championships, Winner UK Habanosommelier Championship and also won Cigar Journal’s World’s Best Cigar Lounge Award.