Back when Jerry and I started Stogie Review, way back in 2006, I was an adventurous cigar smoker. I would seek out new sticks to try, eager to share my thoughts on our little cigar blog. No matter how the cigar turned out – good, bad, or indifferent, smoking and reviewing new cigars was a fun pastime.
A few years back, things began to change. My wife and I were raising a young daughter and free time was getting harder to come by. When things got crazy and I only had the time to sit down with a cigar one day out of the week – being adventurous with my cigar selection became a big gamble.
Would I choose something new, which could potentially suck and ruin my rare bit of downtime or would I light up a tried and true regular smoke? After a couple of duds, my mindset quickly changed to “I’ve only got this limited amount of free time, I’m not willing to gamble it on a long shot”
As my cigar budget shrank (which happens when you have kids), I found an amazing regular smoke in the AJ Fernandez New World. Over the last few years, I’ve smoked boxes upon boxes. Need something quick while I’m driving home from work – AJ Fernandez New World Robusto. Sitting out on the deck after everyone has fallen asleep for the night – AJ Fernandez New World Gobernador.
With all of the vitolas coming in at under $6.00 per stick (B&M Price), the line was an absolute no-brainer for a guy on a budget. Rich flavors with a spicy component and solid construction had me coming back for fistfuls every time I visited my local shop.
About two weeks ago, I walked into my local shop and headed for the humidor when the owner called out “The New Worlds came in but they increased the price about sixty cents per stick”
There, sitting on the shelf, was a fresh box of Robustos priced at $6.30 per stick. Ever since I’ve been picking up the old stock a few sticks at a time. As much as I love the New World, I just can’t bring myself to spend $6.00 to $7.00 per stick.
Don’t get me wrong, the cigar is certainly worth the asking price, however, the price hike takes them out of the budget category and pits them head to head with some serious contenders.
As you would imagine, this poses a serious question. With the AJ Fernandez New World now out of the Everyday Smoke category (We’ll call that the $5.99 and under category), which cigar should I look to next? I’d love to hear some suggestions.