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post #10816 of 10898
Thanks guys much appreciated
post #10817 of 10898
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Originally Posted by bsarosi View Post

So I've purchased two humidors (50 and 100 count) in the last year only to have them not perform as I'd hoped. I followed the initial instructions to wipe down the humidor with distilled water with a sponge and use a xikar crystal jar (with solution added every 3-4 months) to control humidity level and both times the cigars ended up way too dried out to the point the leaves were cracking. I realized on one humidor that the seal was not completely tight so maybe that contributed but both ended that way. So, a few questions:

Am I doing something wrong or not enough to properly control humidity? If so, would fellow SF members care to share some advice?

If it's the humidor, could folks recommend a trusted humidor to hold approx. 50-100 cigars or site you'd recommend purchasing from?

Many thanks!

Do you have properly calibrated digital hygrometers? Also cheap humidors often have bad seals and the seems of the Spanish cedar often aren't perfectly aligned, leaving gaps for moisture to transfer in or out. You should first buy an inexpensive digital hygrometer (Hygroset II or something like that), properly calibrate it using the salt test or a boveda pack inside a ziploc bag, and then test your humidors to see how quickly the rH drops. I like to keep it around 63-64%.

If the rH keeps dropping quickly that means you have a leak and you should either seal up the seams and joints inside the humidor with aquarium sealant or toss the humidors for a higher quality one. Usually you'll get the best ones from a custom humidor maker but there are some higher end store boughts that should serve your need too.
post #10818 of 10898
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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian View Post

Do you have properly calibrated digital hygrometers? Also cheap humidors often have bad seals and the seems of the Spanish cedar often aren't perfectly aligned, leaving gaps for moisture to transfer in or out. You should first buy an inexpensive digital hygrometer (Hygroset II or something like that), properly calibrate it using the salt test or a boveda pack inside a ziploc bag, and then test your humidors to see how quickly the rH drops. I like to keep it around 63-64%.

If the rH keeps dropping quickly that means you have a leak and you should either seal up the seams and joints inside the humidor with aquarium sealant or toss the humidors for a higher quality one. Usually you'll get the best ones from a custom humidor maker but there are some higher end store boughts that should serve your need too.

Don't have a digital hygrometer so will def grab one. Will check rH on them and see what happens. Appreciate the advice and apologies for the noob question.
post #10819 of 10898
Most dramatic for me was a cab of Trini Reyes I purchased maybe 7yrs ago. They were grassy and had a pretty bitter/herbaceous quality to them at first. The change was dramatic over the following years. Ended up being one of my favorite little smokes.
post #10820 of 10898
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Originally Posted by cocostella View Post

Most dramatic for me was a cab of Trini Reyes I purchased maybe 7yrs ago. They were grassy and had a pretty bitter/herbaceous quality to them at first. The change was dramatic over the following years. Ended up being one of my favorite little smokes.

Probably one of the most fascinating parts of the hobby which I enjoy is the evolution of cigars over time. I had a similar experience with a couple of boxes of Monte Petit Edmundo, when I first got them I didn't really like them and now just a couple of years down the road they've become quite delicious!
post #10821 of 10898


Switched to FdC and Mexi Coke Cuba Libre after the IIPA. The beer had enough malty sweetness to start, but something about the sweetness of rum and cola really pairs so well with a nice cigar.
Edited by cocostella - 10/5/16 at 5:30pm
post #10822 of 10898
90's Churchill, excellent...Epicure#2 Reserva from the Festival gift box, lovely, OUR 09 Fundadore great, awful Monte Media Corona. Not pictured from tonight: utter crap 01 Grandes de Espana, crap 01 LGC Sabroso (bad storage, bad tobacco), 07 Bolivar CE from dress box, strong and tasty.


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post #10823 of 10898
OPM 09 PL petit beli...not much honey or caramel one usually hopes for in a PL, they did nail the graham cracker at least.

post #10824 of 10898
Nice work as always J! @PartagasIV looks nice where you are..
I'm behind on the posts a couple of weeks but as you can see I'm still getting them in including more New World (really impressed with the Fuente)
BRS OCT12 RyJ wide Churchill courtesy of @PartagasIV
'14 Boli Belicosos finos from a BOTL in HK
'14 PLPC
Fuente Don Carlos Personal Reserva Robusto (so good!)
Warped La Colmena
Warped Don Reynaldo






post #10825 of 10898
The Warped cigars I've tried, can't think offhand, but there was a El Oso (bear band) and a Colmena in Laguito #2 vitola that I enjoyed--both were pretty impressive for New World stuff. Any others that people have tried and liked?
post #10826 of 10898
Caldwell Anastasia is excellent. Just had one today. Picked it up at The Party Source on my way down to school.

I also very much enjoy the L'Atelier Côte d'Or La Tache. I know I've talked about both on this thread but both are IMO the best NC cigars of the past few years
post #10827 of 10898
Paging V @jet to the thread as I've not seen him post for a while!
post #10828 of 10898
I've not had the Personal Reserva, but the Fuente Don Carlos is one of my favorite go-to smokes. I second Krish's love of the Caldwell Anastasia, going to try to get one in tonight!
post #10829 of 10898
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/10/14/obama-cuba-regulations-expands-trade-travel-rum-cigars/92042662/

Obama lifting travel restrictions for bringing back Cuban cigars and rum. Buying online still illegal (and therefore untaxed).
post #10830 of 10898
That usa today article was the only one I saw where it said anybody could bring them in. The other ones I've read all indicate that the restriction is lifted just on those traveling to Cuba, thus, still illegal unless you're on the "allowed" list.
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