Being very new in this hobby I have been doing a lot of reading in books/magazines and on puff about when is the right time to smoke your cigar purchase. Almost every source I have read says that any handmade high quality cigar has tobacco that has been aged for at least 2-3years minimum berfore it is rolled and then rests in bundles at the factory for a few months before they are packaged so that all of the sticks can pick up the other flavors and aromas from the other sticks to help create a continually perfect stick.
Now is where I get confused. Some people say that once a cigar has left the factory it is at its best and is ready to be smoked and stored. If stored it was only get fractionally better no matter how long is stays in a humi. Others say that you need at least 6 months - 1 year of rest in a humi before they will start to taste good. But 1 you dont really know how long the stick has been sitting at the B&M, unless you ask someone knowledgeble there and 2 when you are new in the hobby when they hell do you actually get to smoke?
I tend to agree with the resting period as I have been given smokes out of a buddies humi that have tasted great, I then go buy my own and smoke one instantlly and they taste bad or nothing like what I had previously smoked. Being new in the hobby, I have spent the last month buying any high quality stick I could get my hand on. I have around 100 cigars in my humi that were all purchased at the begining of January. Tons of Fuente, Ashtons, La Aromda de Cubas, few Cubans, etc... all very top quality smokes. Granted I bought at least 2 of every cigar I have so that I can either have 1 for a buddy so we can discuss the cigar and learn about it or 2 smoke one and then rest one. My thing is though if cigars due dramatically change in that 6mo rest period I really dont want to smoke a well rated cigar early and have it taste like crap as it will just turn me off from smoking the other one. I know the flavors that I like and I buy sticks based off of other peoples ratings (because I am new) in order to find out more what type of cigars I like. But I know the La Aromda de Cuba Magnifico is supposed to have creamy flavors, but I have seen a lot of people rate it on here and say that it tastes terrible and they should have let it rest for 6 months.
Should I be buying older cigars to enjoy now and then store my other ones? I have a notebook that tracks all the cigars, purchase date etc as well as having blank cigar bands on the cigars that tell me the purchase date. If I am buying the best I want them to taste as best as they can. But I always buy cigars to enjoy them. So should I be waiting 6months to smoke the sticks in my humi?? What do I do in the mean time