Monthly Recap – June 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 – June
Number of Cigars Smoked: 46
Of those smoked:
- Purchased: 23 or 50%
- Gifted: 15 or 33%
- Samples Provided: 5 or 11%
- Traded: 3 or 6%
Of those purchased:
- Brick & Mortar: 15 or 65%
- Online: 8 or 35%
Top Cigars Smoked by Quantity
While the cigars I smoke in any given month are diverse, the cigars I smoke more than one or two of don’t seem to change much month to month. Instead of boring you with the same cigar each month in this section, I think I will either eliminate it or replace it with something more appealing and less repetitive. Leave a comment if you have any ideas of what you would like to see in place of this section.
Most Memorable Cigars Smoked
#1. EO Brands – Cubao – My wife surprised me with a box of Cubao’s by E.O. Brands for Father’s Day. Yes, you read that correctly. An internet company still had the original Cubao under E.O. Brands in stock. After the split of Eddie Ortega and Erik Espinosa’s partnership a few years back, Ortega gained ownership of the Cubao brand. The Ortega Cigar Co. Cubao made my 2013 top ten list. I estimate that these cigars have three plus years on them, and I couldn’t have hoped for a better smoking experience. I am going to try and hold onto these for awhile but I am no sure how long they are going to last in the humi because they are just so dang tasty.
#2. La Flor Dominicana – Litto Gomez – A couple of my co-workers gifted me this cigar during a farewell party that was thrown for me before I departed to Michigan. I lit this cigar up on my last evening in El Paso while hanging out with Tony Casas and a few other of my close buddies. The Litto Gomez was an absolute treat satisfying with its flavors, as well as the strength that calmed by anxieties of the next day move. I highly recommend this cigar. The price is a bit high for a cigar I would visit often, but the LG is a cigar I would grab for any special occasion.
#3. La Gloria Cubana – Rabito De Cochino – A couple years back, I stumbled across these cigars on cigarsinternational.com. I was so impressed with the Rabito that I gave a handful to Tony, which he then sent a few to Jeff Oda who fell in love with these very affordable cigars. As fate would have it, Jeff sent me a handful of Rabitos down last month. As soon as I burned the first one, I remembered the reason I was so drawn to these sticks in the first place. Perfect size, medium in flavor and strength, affordable, and just down right good.
The Kuuts Miro Lancero is a very nice evening smoke that delivers in the spice department for sure. Don’t let the small ring gauge trick you. This Lancero packs a punch with its strength
I didn’t know what to expect going in to but I can say I wasn’t disappointed. The first two third were very enjoyable, and even when the diesel-like flavor arrived in the final third I wasn’t put off by the cigar at all. This cigar did not present many new flavors as it progressed, but it did show variations within the main flavor components, which worked well in the Corono Gorda size.