Cigar Reviews

Monthly Recap – April 2014 – Jeremy Hensley Edition

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At the start of 2014, I began tracking each and every cigar I have smoked. Well, I may have missed one or two. Based on discussions I’ve seen on Twitter and questions on this site and others, I decided to compile some information that I thought you might find interesting.

Monthly Recap – April

Number of Cigars Smoked: 38

Of those smoked:

  • Purchased: 25 or 66%
  • Samples Provided: 8 or 21%
  • Gifted: or 13%

Of those purchased:

  • Brick & Mortar: 10 or 40%
  • Online: 15 or 60%

Top Cigars Smoked by Quantity

#1. J. Fuego – Sangre De Toro (Original) – # Smoked = 4 : I am still in love these little sticks. Don’t worry they won’t remain number 1 on my list for much longer as I don’t have many left.

Three-way tie for the # 2 Spot

Room 101 – San Andres – # Smoked = 3: I have smoked through almost a full box of the San Andres 213 (Coronas) in the last five months. The cigar is a solid stick that delivers a mouthful of smoke and flavor with each puff. If you are San Andres tobacco fan, this is definitely a cigar worth a try.

Joya De Nicaragua Fuerte Serie B – # Smoked = 3: Looking for a cheap bundle cigar to burn when I am low on funds or pass out at parties, I grabbed a bundle of the Fuerte Serie B by Joya De Nicaragua from cigarsinternational.com. For $2 for the Corona Gorda, you get a good cigar that is consistent in flavor and performance. Nothing to write home to mom about, but nothing to complain about either.

Oliva – Serie V (Churchill Extra) – # Smoked = 3: These sticks are flying out of my humidor and this may be the last time they are on the list for a while. The Churchill Extra is an enormous size but the Serie V always seems to perform better in the larger formats. Always a solid stick to grab when I don’t know what else to smoke.

Most Memorable Cigars Smoked

#1. Drew Estate – Liga Privada UF-13 – Man, oh, man! I don’t even know where to begin with this cigar. Tony made a box purchase about a month ago and he hooked me up with a couple. I lit one up on a late  Saturday night and was taken on a crazy journey. While the flavors were bold and the strength was full, the smoothness and balance were unbelievable.  I may have to rob Tony of a few more of these puppies. Tony reviewed the UF-13 in 2013 here.

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#2. Crux Cigars – Nimfamaniac – The Nimfamaniac is unique with its branding, format, and flavors. While the format of the cigar is rare, I have encountered a similar format on the La Caridad Del Cobre Javelin. All in all, this is one heck of a cigar for $5.99. Make sure to check out Tony’s review of Nimfamaniac here.

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Cigars Reviewed

A.J. Fernandez – Mayimbe 

The Mayimbe is a slow smoking, full flavored, full strength cigar that takes you on a journey of deep, spicy flavors that are accompanied by notes of earth and cedar. While the cocoa sweetness played a minor role, it brought an amazing balance and roundness to the profile.

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Partagas – 1845 Extra Oscuro

I was immediately turned off by the Partagas 1845 Extra Oscuro within the first few minutes of lighting it up. But, after adjusting my smoking pace, I found the cigar to be quite enjoyable….I am not sure if I will hunt down this cigar on the internet but I would not hesitate to smoke one again if I am provided the opportunity.

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Partagas – 1845 Extra Fuerte

The Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte provided a balanced, medium flavor and strength experience (I perceived much more strength in the other sample). While there were not too many change-ups in the flavors, the flavors remained pleasant throughout….Overall, the construction, performance, and flavors were all solid.

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Jeremy Hensley is a bean counter for a non-profit in El Paso, Texas. He is married to the most understanding wife (he still can’t figure out how she puts up with his cigar smoking hobby), and blessed with two beautiful children. When he is not acting like a kid, he enjoys everything outdoors, especially fishing with his dad in the Great Lakes. Also, he meets the criteria of being a Casa Fumando reviewer: being a hockey fan. Feel free to contact Jeremy anytime via email (jmhensley13[at]gmail[dot]com). And make sure to follow him on twitter http://twitter.com/pdn_jdog

2 Comments

  1. jjo

    May 11, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Jeremy – I’m really liking these monthly recaps. I especially enjoy seeing what your “go-to” sticks for the month are. It’s easy to assume that you guys are smoking nothing but the latest and greatest, but there is a limit to that, eh?

    I really need to restart my own journal to keep track of things, especially as old age creeps in on me, doing strange things to my memory, lol.

    • Jeremy Hensley

      May 12, 2014 at 10:00 am

      Hey, Jeff! I really don’t have the cigar budget to be smoking the latest and greatest all the time. I am always on a lookout for great deals on great sticks. Hence the Serie Vs and the J. Fuego Sangre De Toro. Usually, at the local B&M I try to grab the new stuff hitting the market but that is only a couple of sticks a week, if that. I’ve been using Google Drive spreadsheets to track my cigars since I can update from my phone or computer. Pretty dang convenient and easy to use. I just hope my wife doesn’t stumble across the list. I am pretty sure it will lead to a disagreement over the number of cigars I buy and smoke.

      Take care,
      Jeremy

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