So far it's been a smokin new year, with lots of great cigars to be enjoyed. I will be doing things differently this year. Chris Davidson (@psu_chris) brought up the question about tracking your inventory. I, with a boatload of help from Chris, have been playing with a variety of options, everything ranging from Cigar Boss and other apps, to my Journal, to excel. At this juncture I am leaning towards the excel option until someone (hint, hint) develops or releases a better mouse trap. Here are a couple of snapshots of what I have been doing, it also is helping me with my handwritten journal, which will soon consist of "many leather bound books."PS I also keep a printed copy folded inside my journal.
I started off the year, with another Foundry at the suggestion of another #BOTL, this time I tried the Cayley.
The Cayley measures 6 1/2 x 60 x 56 x 43 and has a wrapper that is proprietary to General Cigar. The Cayley was a much more enjoyable smoke that the Wells or the Lovelace, but it still not what a boutique cigar should be. With the Cayley I also experienced some construction issue up near the band, which I am beginning to thing has something to do with the metal gear positioned over the band itself.
The Mundos Semilia Habano Grand #1, Little is known about this cigar, except that this is or was a Tatuaje project. As I understand this particular cigar uses B & C grade tobacco and my experience with this particular blend was that it was a bit on the tight side and not overly complex.
I am becoming a big fan of the San Cristobal line from Ashton. Here is the San Cristobal Classico, this cigar had a nice amount age on it and good flavors throughout, it was dark, oily, earthy with notes of chocolate and espresso.
Short on time pick one of these up, the Oliva Series G SPCL G, a great value at $4.55. A nice medium bodied cigar, with a nice tight white ash.
I am also a big fan of Habano wrappers, This EP Carillo Club 52 had a bit of earth, wood, and leather. However there were some construction issues which consisted of unraveling in the last third of the cigar.
I love perfecto cigars, which is narrow at both ends and slightly bulged in the middle. I don't know why I just do. This Avo 787 is well aged, which is becoming quite common for my humidor, medium-bodied with plenty of sweetness and excellent balance. The cigar developed into a creamy cigar with flavors of roasted nut flavors.
Dark in color very oily, and very full bodied is the best way to describe the Viaje 50/50 black label. It is definitely not a first stick of the day. Viaje does it again, and is one of my favorite boutique cigars.
Here is a solid, and I mean solid, medium bodied cigar with a wood flavor profile that transitioned into a flavor profile that is not only rich, but earthy and includes notes of chocolate in the last third. This cigar is also slightly box pressed, which I liked a alot. Thanks to Stephen La Pre Jr (@CigarChairman) for the gift it was very much appreciated.
Until next time stay toasting, uh toasty...it's cold in the PHX!