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Humidor/Cigar Update

DHDDHD Member, Swaye's Wigwam Posts: 886
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Did some updating to my humidor to try to figure out a way to make humidification easier and stupid-proof, because I was spending WAY too much time messing with, and worrying about, my stash going bad. It's supposed to be fun, not stressful.

So, I bought some acrylic Boveda mini-humidors to put inside of my bigger cabinet. They have been GREAT! Best purchase I've ever made as far as cigars go. The Boveda packs fit in the bottom of each individual case and they've kept my smokes perfect and I only have to attend to them about once every three months. Stress-free and stupid-proof.

Here are some pics, and some comments on some stuff that I'm currently smoking ...





Top shelf, from left ...



Zino Platinum Scepters: Tubed (tops off for storage), great smoke, spendy, people seem impressed when given one of these

Perdomo 10th and 20th Anniversary: One of my current favs, smooth, consistent and Fox Cigar has a weekly special on them as a 5 pack, best value for quality cigars that I've found

Camacho Variety: Was never a big fan, but they've sorta' re-branded and I gave them another shot and I've been very pleased, and they look good in the humidor (that's part of the fun)

Cohiba Red Dot: Meh. Inconsistent. A bit disappointing. First one was harsh. Second one, much better. Gonna' let them sit for a bit and see if that helps.



Caldwells: Absolutely fantastic. My best current cigar(s) in my humidor. Perfection. Smooth, consistent. Smoke these until they burn my fingers. Blown away by how good these are. Currently have 'The King is Dead", "The King is Dead, Jalapeno" and "Savages". All are wonderful. I can't recommend these strongly enough ... OUTSTANDING.

JP Carillo Inch: Another really quality smoke. Was a freebie thrown in by Fox in one of my orders and I ended up buying more. Hearty and consistent.

Camacho: Good, but can be a bit strong. Gotta be in the right mood to light one of these up.

Second row, from left:



LaBomba 601 Napalm: Got these because they're kind of a novelty smoke (long twisted cap, which doesn't show well in the pic) but they've actually turned out to be pretty good. Robust, but tasty.

Drew Estate Larutan: Has been a favorite for a long time, mainly due to consistency and taste, but these seem to be a bit more bland than I remember. Still good as a casual smoke.



Rocky Patel Howitzer: Got these entirely as a novelty. Fun to pack one of these and show off when people who don't smoke are around. 7 inches by 74 ring gauge. Like smoking a baseball bat. They're ok for awhile, but ... you'll wear out before getting half way through. Good conversation starter though.

Fuente: Feels like every humidor should have a couple of these, so I do. Good smokes, always consistent.

Montecristo White: One of my go-to smokes for a lazy afternoon. Not overwhelming, consistent and predictable. I always keep a constant supply of these around.

Bottom row, from left:



Far left mix: Various infused cigars. Usually for when people who don't smoke a lot visit, and a nice change of pace.

Middle: Drew Estate "Toast" and "Plush". Also infused and frankly, very good. Usually grab one or two of these a week, mainly just as a palate cleanser, but they're actually very good. Great for friends who rarely smoke cigars. They don't taste like perfume, like some infused cigars do.

Right: CAO Vanilla. Disappointed in these. Vanilla flavor is almost non-existent and the smoke itself is pretty bland. Was a nice experiment, but mostly a fail.



Undercrown Sungrown: Really good. Smooth, consistent and needing to be re-stocked!

Buenaventura Pralines: This was a Fox freebie that turned into an order. Chunky, strong and consistent.

Warped GR88: Inconsistent, but not disappointing when good. Mild, but not lacking flavor. Burn has been inconsistent though, which is frustrating.
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  • YellowSnowYellowSnow Moderator, Swaye's Wigwam Posts: 27,465
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    Bummer man on the Warped GR 88. Got a five pack from Fox recently based on the CA 94 rating. Haven’t smoked one yet.

    @Swaye told me to buy 94 rated cigars.
    PurpleBazeSwaye
  • SwayeSwaye Moderator, Swaye's Wigwam Posts: 39,346
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    edited May 2021

    Bummer man on the Warped GR 88. Got a five pack from Fox recently based on the CA 94 rating. Haven’t smoked one yet.

    @Swaye told me to buy 94 rated cigars.

    Don't sweat. He likely got a rough rolled batch. Can't imagine the #3 cigar last year isn't usually rolled for consistent burn. It happens. I've gotten batches of all kinds of smokes over they years that had draw issues when they usually don't. I've got an entire box of the GR88's aging in one of the humidors upstairs. They better not suck.

    I have many thoughts on the OP and will try to get some in later. GREAT POST @DHD
    PurpleBaze
  • YellowSnowYellowSnow Moderator, Swaye's Wigwam Posts: 27,465
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    The Boveda 75 cigar acrylic humidor is my next move. Glad to hear it's kicking ass for you. Right now, I just have the pour people acrylic jar which holds about 25. That alone though was a huge upgrade over my previous hunter/gatherer cigar life style- i.e., roll on down to the local shop every time I needed some sticks.
    SwayePurpleBaze
  • 1to392831weretaken1to392831weretaken Member, Swaye's Wigwam Posts: 5,697
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    While we're discussing putting 7-inch brown shafts in our mouths and sucking, can I also get an honest review of @huskyhooligan's glory hole?
    BennyBeaverRoadDawg55
  • RaceBannonRaceBannon Member, Swaye's Wigwam Posts: 81,547
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    In the arid high desert keeping it humid is a constant battle against nature at certain times of the year. Two juice boxes and a shot glass of glycerin

    Its a job but worth it
  • YellowSnowYellowSnow Moderator, Swaye's Wigwam Posts: 27,465
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    In the arid high desert keeping it humid is a constant battle against nature at certain times of the year. Two juice boxes and a shot glass of glycerin

    Its a job but worth it

    Did you move again?
  • RaceBannonRaceBannon Member, Swaye's Wigwam Posts: 81,547
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    I haven't moved
  • YellowSnowYellowSnow Moderator, Swaye's Wigwam Posts: 27,465
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    I haven't moved

    Temecula has a warm Mediterranean climate (Köppen:Csa).[32] August is typically the hottest month of the year with December being the coldest month. Most precipitation occurs from November to March with February being the wettest month. Winter storms generally bring moderate precipitation, but strong winter storms are not uncommon especially during "El Niño" years. The driest month is June. Annual precipitation is 14.14 inches. Morning marine layer is common during May and June. From July to September, Temecula experiences hot, dry weather with the occasional North American monsoonal flow that increases the humidity and brings isolated thunderstorms. Most of the storms tend to be short-lived with little rainfall. During late fall into winter, Temecula experiences dry, windy northeastern Santa Ana winds. Snowfall is rare, but Temecula has experienced traces of snowfall on occasion,[33] some as recently as December 2014.[34] A rare F1 tornado touched down in a Temecula neighborhood on February 19, 2005.[35]
    Fire_Marshall_Bill
  • RaceBannonRaceBannon Member, Swaye's Wigwam Posts: 81,547
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    1300 feet

    15% humidity most of the year

    But I just live here
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  • YellowSnowYellowSnow Moderator, Swaye's Wigwam Posts: 27,465
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    1300 feet

    15% humidity most of the year

    But I just live here

    I lived there for 11 years. It's a nice climate.

    Just reporting what I'm seeing out there on the internet.
  • YellowSnowYellowSnow Moderator, Swaye's Wigwam Posts: 27,465
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    Craves the Rocky Patel Howitzer
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  • DHDDHD Member, Swaye's Wigwam Posts: 886
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    Just loaded up on Caldwells at cigarpage.com ... great deals for the weekend and I've had good luck with stuff I've gotten at cigarpage.
  • SwayeSwaye Moderator, Swaye's Wigwam Posts: 39,346
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    I got this hand-me-down Cartier cutter recently. Cooler than the one @UW_Doog_Bot got me? You be the judge.








    Can you will this to me please? Thanks
    YellowSnow
  • SwayeSwaye Moderator, Swaye's Wigwam Posts: 39,346
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    The Boveda 75 cigar acrylic humidor is my next move. Glad to hear it's kicking ass for you. Right now, I just have the pour people acrylic jar which holds about 25. That alone though was a huge upgrade over my previous hunter/gatherer cigar life style- i.e., roll on down to the local shop every time I needed some sticks.

    This is a GOOD plan. Make it happen.
    YellowSnow
  • YellowSnowYellowSnow Moderator, Swaye's Wigwam Posts: 27,465
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    So just finished my first Warped GR 88 with some 12 year old Appleton Estate. Very mellow, smooth smoke. Not the best burn/draw but not terrible.

    I’d enjoy some again, but just not on par with the E.P. Carillo and My Father stuff I’ve been enjoying lately.
    PurpleBazeSwaye
  • SwayeSwaye Moderator, Swaye's Wigwam Posts: 39,346
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    So just finished my first Warped GR 88 with some 12 year old Appleton Estate. Very mellow, smooth smoke. Not the best burn/draw but not terrible.

    I’d enjoy some again, but just not on par with the E.P. Carillo and My Father stuff I’ve been enjoying lately.

    Very little is.
    YellowSnow
  • DHDDHD Member, Swaye's Wigwam Posts: 886
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    My humidor dimensions are 48'' tall x 32'' wide x 24"" deep.

    I agree on the E.P. Carrillo recommendations. (Called it JP in my original post, duh, was late)

    Every Friday afternoon, Fox Cigar releases a 5 pack Fuente special and it always includes one of the Opus X varieties along with other good Fuente sticks. And it's very reasonably priced. If you're on their email list, you'll get a heads-up, but you gotta' act fast because they sell out quickly. Unfortunately the last 2 Opus X's I got from them seemed very dry to me, not what I was expecting because Fox does very good work, and I've gotten some top-notch freebies from them.

    Cigarpage always has a deal going where you can get 5 packs of most anything at a reasonable price. Huge variety and I've been pleased with their shipping and quality. (No freebies like Fox though).

    Of the Camachos that I've got, the Connecticut Churchill has been outstanding. Every one has been consistent. They're mild, but very even burn and easy draw. I've been pleased with all the Camachos lately, but the Connecticut Churchill has been great.

    I'm missing Padron's from my stash, but that's only because I blaze through those as quickly as I get them. Always outstanding.

    So, gotta ask. When you're getting the real Cubans, are you satisfied with the condition that you receive them in? Not dry? Does the shipper take care to throw in some Boveda in the shipping? I would guess the turn around on shipping has got to be a couple of weeks, right?

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