Have you ever gone to your refrigerator because you are craving a snack only to stand there peering into the abundance of food but not being able to find what you really want? That’s the same case with cigars sometimes. Even though I have a tower and a few other humidors loaded with cigars, there are those times that I can’t make up my mind what to smoke and I’m left feeling like I need to go out and buy the latest releases or the ones that are trending this month.
The current cause of that angst has been a budget crunch. I’ve had to cut back on my cigar purchases in the recent weeks and will do so for the next several months. We’ve all been there from time to time so you know what I’m talking about.
What I’ve inadvertently discovered though is a pleasant revelation. AJ Fernandez has been my saving grace. I find myself reaching for one of AJ’s creations and having that cigar “itch” satisfied. More times than not I’ve settled for an AJ when I want something really tasty, well constructed and reliable. The “others” in my large inventory are good and/or really special but don’t always satisfy the craving I have for a well balanced and above average cigar.
Once I had this mini epiphany, I started to think about the cigars that I’m drawn to in those moments and they are all AJ’s. Even on a nasty tight budget, if I run out I can afford to pick up a couple replacement sticks. AJ does it right with great cigars that also have great price points.
Hoyo La Amistad is a “go to” for me. Complex and well-balanced with great construction and a price between $7 – $9 definitely suits my palette and budget.
For my before bed cigar I lean toward the Last Call. Another flavourful and well constructed cigar that wets my whistle at an inexpensive cost.
As if it can’t get any better, AJ has been on a roll with collaborations. I haven’t bought or tried the Montecristo Crafted by AJ Fernandez yet (and coincidentally the most expensive of the recent collaborations) but the Romeo Y Julietta Crafted by AJ Fernandez and the H. Upmann by AJ Fernandez have definitely become new favourites of mine. Smooth and tasty these hybrids are also in a great price range of $6 – $9 a cigar.
There are other AJ’s that definitely fit my current criteria; New World, Enclave, San Lotano, to name a few, are superb cigars that checkout at $6 – $7 a piece and definitely provide a great smoking experience.
When I want to “splurge” I reach for the delightful Bellas Artes which runs from $7 – $10 each.
Any of these cigars are what I deem “box worthy” and in the interim of my self-imposed budget crunch, I’m able to re-supply with a few sticks here and there at a price that doesn’t break my bank and doesn’t make me feel guilty that I’ve spent a few bucks.
I’ve realised that if I ever got to the point that I could not afford to buy the “latest and greatest” for any great length of time, I’d still be a happy cigar smoker as long as AJ Fernandez keeps making his phenomenal and affordable cigars. If I could only take one brand of cigars with me on a deserted island, you guessed it, I’d take AJ’s.
The moral of the story is that if you find yourself in a bind financially but still want quality smokes in your humidor, AJ Fernandez is the brand to buy. Heck, even if I was a millionaire, this guys cigars would be “go to” smokes that delight my palette and keep some money in my purse.
Until next time my BOTLs / SOTLs, Stay Smokey and Be Blessed! I know I am!