Monthly Recap – April 2014 – Jeremy Hensley Edition
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: 5 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.
#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.
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.
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.
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.