December Recap & 2014 Wrap-up – 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.
Number of Cigars Smoked: 23
Of those smoked:
- Purchased: 12 or 52%
- Gifted: 4 or 17%
- Samples Provided: 7 or 30%
Of those purchased:
- Brick & Mortar: 7 or 58%
- Online: 5 or 42%
Number of Cigars Smoked: 384
Of those smoked:
- Purchased: 201 or 52.3%
- Samples Provided: 90 or 23.4%
- Gifted: 77 or 20.1%
- Traded: 16 or 4.2%
Of those purchased:
- Brick & Mortar: 95 or 47%
- Online: 106 or 53%
Top 10 Cigars of 2014
December Cigar Reviews
In my opinion, the Tatuaje Brown Label really found its groove in the middle third and kept the groove all the way to the very end of the 7 1/2 inch cigar. If you are looking for the most complex cigar, you will not find it here. But if you are looking for a cigar that showcases satisfying, balanced flavors for over an hour and 20 minutes, this is a cigar that should be high on the list.
The Sindicato Maduro carries a premium price tag of just under $13, but it is completely justified by the experience received. The buttery flavor and texture of the smoke sat easy on the palate meshing well with the toasted popcorn and pepper spice, rounded out by the ever-evolving sweetness. From the first third to the very end, the flavors were right around the full arena complimenting the medium/full strength
It is hard enough to release one excellent cigar, it is even harder when it is your first year of business as a manufacturer, and it is almost impossible to release more than one exceptional cigar in your first year of business. Crux Cigars has done the impossible. The Crux Classic adds a new dimension to their already quality line-up. This is is an easy box purchase in my book.
The Norteno is probably one of the more unique blends in his portfolio. The Norteno is complex, yet super balanced which is something Willy is known for. The flavors are very complimentary and enjoyable yet very bold in this blend. The price may be a bit steep but I personally wouldn’t mind paying the coin to include the Norteno in my daily rotation especially with the box count of 10 which makes it much easily to pull the trigger on.
It’s easy to see just want I love the Goldie series. They are incredible cigars from the packaging and construction down to the burn experience and the amazing flavor profile. In comparison to the No. 2 I’d say the Laguito Especial is rather similar. If anything I think the flavors were slightly more pronounced in the No. 2, but other than that they preformed the same and that’s a good thing cause the Laguito Especial lasted quite a while longer than the fast burning No. 2.
Guest Reviews by Jeff Oda
I smoked each of the sizes and this was by far my favorite, although the others were very nice in their own right. The corona gorda just brought a better concentration of flavors to the table while not throwing off the balance at all. Add to that ideal construction, burn and draw, and this makes for a cigar that I can easily recommend to anyone, even taking into account what would normally be for me a somewhat borderline price, which will certainly not deter me from getting my hands on more of these.
The Bodega Reunion Digestivo proved to be an enjoyable smoke despite the initial tough draw. The double robusto I smoked previously also had a fairly snug draw; not as tight as the toro, but still a little more effort inducing than I prefer. Although I have not yet lit up the corona gorda, the unlit draw on it seems to be perfectly normal, so I would have to chalk up the tight draws on the others as a bit of an anomaly, especially since I experienced nothing of the sort with the Aperitivos I had. Once I got past that, though, the flavors took off.
2014 Cigar Reviews