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  1. Best - 2015 Partagas Short. Superb, rich smoke. Bought at Delhi Airport duty free. Tried one in the smoking room. So blown away I bought a second box with the same box code. Worst - 2015 Patagas Short from the second box. No flavor, bland. CC roulette. You win some, you lose some.
  2. Yes exactly, something airtight with no humidity packs. Humidity packs can do weird things under extreme conditions. I once flew with cigars (sealed up with Bovidas) in the hold of a flight to a very hot place (over 40 C without ac). They became totally unsmokeable until I dried them out. I assume it was the high temperatures but maybe it was the plane hold. Anyway, I never use humidity packs when I travel now. Just seal the cigars up in an airtight box and they are always fine.
  3. The cabin air will be very dry. IMHO it is better to carry cigars in sealed tupperware container or double ziplocks. That way they will keep the same water content as they have now. The travel humidor might not seal well enough to keep them humidified. Also don't put bovida or other humidifying agent in the box. Temperature changes might mess up what it does to the humidity.
  4. This is what I would do. 1. Calibrate the humidistat by putting it in a sealed tupperware container with a 65% boveda for a day. It should read exactly 65% give or take 1%. 2. Get a big tupperware container that seals well. Fill with cigars and put in humidistat. Leave for at least 24 hours. See where the humidity stabilizes. Now you know what you are working with. 3. Assuming the humidity is higher than 65 you need to get the moisture out of the cigars. Put dry beads into the sealed box. Humidity should drop. When it has dropped a bit below 65 , take the beads out and see
  5. Long, slow draws, rather than short, strong puffs seem to help for me I think.
  6. I disagree with the 'with good friends' idea. The sublime cigars (and they are but few) I have had have been alone. The thoughts begin to wander as I settle in with the realization that I am smoking a good cigar and don't have to stress about it, and then all of a sudden about half way through the realization hits that this is something truly special. It's maybe 1% of the time. It is pretty random but probably happened most often with 2014 Cohiba Esplendidos. Should smoke more of those come to think of it
  7. Experiment for yourself. Everyone's palate is different. Some cigars are better drier, others wetter imho.
  8. Easy to drop rh. Store in sealed tupperware with boveda packs. Temp control may be impossible without artificial regulation like a.c./wineador etc. You can dry out a cigar in a fridge. I am no expert but El Pres has mentioned drying fresh rolled cigars in Cuba in a fridge overnight. Some advocate a short spell in the freezer. If you go the tupperdor route keeping em in a cooler should even out temperature changes. Maybe only opening the cooler when temp is lower at night or the ac is on would help.
  9. I meant temperature and humidity where the cigars were kept, not when they were smoked.
  10. What temperature range - night/day? Is humidity constant?
  11. I had my first one a week or so ago. Unfortunately it was a disaster. Very tight draw that a poker couldn't fix. Had to cut the head off, and then the worst tunneling I have ever seen. Totally unsmokeable.
  12. Do you know the box code? El Pres has been raving about his recent ones. PUR MAR 16 were on his best of 2016 sampler, but a couple of earlier ones I tried (2015 I think) underwhelmed.
  13. As long as they are sealed they should be more or less fine I would think after they have been in your humidor for a few weeks. I would caution against the Boveda. Humidifying through radical temperature changes (heated warehouse to cargo hold at 30,000 ft) could wreak havoc with the cigars. When I took cigars in a ziplock with Boveda to a dessert once without a.c. they became absolutely, totally unsmokeably wet. Dried out pretty fast though
  14. There is a pretty good explanation of this (and other good stuff) somewhere in this series of videos where El Pres interviews the Cuban 'master' cigar blender/roller Ramses Herrera To summarize what Herrera says in a simplistic way: Thin cigars burn inherently easier than fat ones. Presumably for the same reason sticks burn easier than logs (surface area to mass ratio). So fat cigar

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