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  1. Recently did a quick inventory of my 2 large humidors and found that a 50 cab of Punch DC and 10 box of Cohiba Piramides contained sticks that were damaged. It appeared the ends on some of the cigars were frayed and the wrappers seemed to be disintegrating somehow. Appreciate if anyone who has had this occur to them can clue me in on whether its a humidor humidity issue or possibly a knock off characteristic. I do not believe I had purchased these boxes from FOH and no other boxes seem to have his issue!
  2. Hola mi amigos! I'm new here. Though I've been reading this forum for well over a year. I must say a general thank you to all the advice given here. If it wasnt for some posts I would have never made it to my second wineador! Just like the warnings, once you start you always go bigger! I'm currently working on seasoning my second wineador. This one is much more complicated. It is compressor run, so I've made modifications to make it a running sealed unit. I currently have my RH to a 68% struggling for the 70-72% I've been striving. Racking my brain and reading, noting is coming to me. So patience and time is what I'm hoping. Just again, a thank you to all the helpful enthusiasts out there. You keep hope alive!
  3. Purchased a Wine cabinet off of craigslist for $20. After ripping out the wine rack I lined it with Spanish Cedar (as it turns out, the stuff is not cheap!) and built some shelves out of the same. Exterior made of pine but it is all sealed off from the inside using the cedar. The door is sealed fairly well and is held closed by several rare earth magnets. I have a Cigar Oasis Plus 3.0 in addition to some silicon beads keeping the humidity at 65-66%. Humidifier, fans and lights are all powered internally via a USB pass through port normally used to retrofit in a car/boat and rigged to run 12 volts off of an old computer power brick screwed into the bottom. No need for heating/cooling here in Minnesota as our basement is pretty stable at 65-70 year round. What do you think? Too much glass? - I know some of you like your cigars to sleep in the dark... Mostly Cubans in it with other cigars in the top humidor. Gives me a little room for growth of the collection Now... on to completing the powered vent in the cigar room (garage)
  4. Hi everyone, What are your thoughts on this: https://www.german.us/en/content/46-tightness-of-a-cigar-humidor-tight-sealing This company leaves minor "ventilation gaps" in their humidors, arguing that ventilation is important. Won't this make it really hard to maintain humidity?
  5. What sort of cigar related barn finds have you found? I was on craigslist and found a humidor for sale...immediately drove 1.5 hours to pick this thing up! An Aristocrat from 2005, complete with dry, broken, damaged and aged cubans! It was big mess, a bit of mold in the active humidifier, and lot of sad looking expensive cigars. Ruined Cohiba 35th I'm going to attempt to recover these guys https://imgur.com/dweCq4C but i doubt anything good will come of them. There's a slight warp in the inner door panel from who knows what, so i caulked it with low odor sealant and screwed the trim panel back on. Good as new! https://imgur.com/JzoeQzw After cleanup the humidifier should be good to go and shes now re-seasoning for the next few weeks until i move cigars in. Shop-vaccumed out the whole thing very thoroughly to get rid of anything bad. All in all, I was able to snag an Aristocrat with some cigar history for a steal and some elbow grease....Full Album I am curious to see what great finds you guys have had?
  6. I'm excited to show you guys my new humidor I've been working on with a good friend of mine. Decided a while back, after seeing some of the great humidors @BTWheezy was cranking out, that it was time for me to finish an old project of mine. It was actually my dad, that started building a humidor for me some 15 years ago. It was meant to be a surprise, but I kinda knew it was happening. Guess live got in the way, and the unfinished box has been sitting around my dad's shop for all these years. I've since moved to a different country, but as it turns out, my friend is a very talented wood worker, always looking for a challenge. He's never built a humidor before, but seeing his other work, there was no doubt in my mind, this project would turn out great as well. Just before Christmas, I received they old pieces of wood, my dad started working on all those years ago. Unfortunately time hadn't been too kind to some of the parts, and a touch decision had to be made to not use all of the original pieces. This on the other hand was an opportunity to redesign the layout and change the dimensions slightly to feed my current needs. Here is a sketch of what I came up with: I wanted something a little different, where the humidification device wasn't in the lid, but actually behind the cigars. This way I hope, the humidity will be more uniform, and not higher on the top tray. After a couple month of dedicated work on my friends part, I'm now proud to show the finished product: The inlay in the top is the main piece being reused from the original humidor and also the focus point I would say. The whole box is built from 3/8 inch Spanish Cedar and 1/2 inch of Sapele Mahogany. So hopefully retaining the humidity will not be an issue. The seal is also very tight, you almost lift the box off the table, if you're not careful trying to open it up! After taking the pictures it was time to get the inside cleaned out really well and start seasoning. I will post some more shots once it is filled! Thanks for tuning in, a very exciting day for me indeed.
  7. Mods: Please delete if this is inappropriate, but wanted folks to know of a great deal available on a JC Pendergast 48 inch humidor (not mine). This is a large-style cabinet humidor in apparently excellent condition. Comes with humidification unit, though the seller indicates humidistat needs to be replaced. Only $350. Location is Greenville, South Carolina. If interested, please PM me and I'll connect you to seller. I was going to buy this but wife's car troubles put a damper on my plans. Seller is a collector and has two of these but no longer needs one. I do not personally know seller, but feel back backing out.
  8. These are the photos from Bob. I pick it up tomorrow. I went with a more modern style but using black walnut. There’s also an inlayed top. It is just in time, too. I have a few packages from our host on the way with nowhere to put them!
  9. Hi friends, So after completing my first 2 humidors (see: “Humidors and cigar boxes” thread), I’ve realized that while I like how those humidors turned out, they didn’t solve my main issue: I need a larger space to store boxes of cigars while they age. @BarryNY yes you were right! Furthermore, I don’t have convenient counter space to leave the humidors for months, let alone years, at a stretch. Sitting in my home office, I think I have come up with a solution: the Wheezydor, for lack of a better name. I’m going to retrofit a couple of bookcase shelves into humidors (initial photos below), giving me about 48” x 16”x 12” of space. Hopefully this will cover me for a while! If you’re interested in this stuff, circle back periodically, as I will update the thread with my progress. The original bookshelves (which I never use anymore). Hello, it’s 2004 calling...they want their DVD’s back!
  10. Hello everyone, I was hoping to get a little advise from someone who has successfully set up and maintained a coolidor. I just recently picked up a 55 quart cooler from the local Wal-Mart in preparation of receiving a couple boxes of CCs. I will pose my questions in list form. 1. Viable humidification options? I live in Arizona so we are extremely dry all year. Have some silica kitty litter to experiment with. 2. Hygrometers, and hygrometers accuracy? I have an older xikar hygrometer that can still be calibrated, but was curious about wireless probes to mount in the coolidor. 3. Optimal storage RH for CC? I've had multiple humidors, but none dedicated to full boxes of CCs. 4. To fan or not to fan? Cheap lap top fans seem to be a good option, but if it's not necessary... Well guys and gals thanks for the time and advice. -Kyle
  11. Not sure or have come across this in this forum. Searched but nothing. But has anyone ever did a collection of there sticks? I love watching videos on youtube with people showing off there box collection. Anyone want to post? There cabinet/boxes?
  12. My Montegue cabinet humidor has served me well, but the Tetris game is getting harder and harder! I’m at about 1,100 cigars, and with 8 more boxes in the air, it’s gonna be tight for a bit Fortunately, I have a MXT on order from Bob Staebell. It should be here in about 6-7 weeks. It can’t get here soon enough! My 24:24 activity will have to go on hiatus for a bit, I think.
  13. Hey, So I recently bought some Custom Rolls from local guy. He told me that they like higher humidity levels...72RH. I told him I'm using Bovedas in my Wineador...He said to get rid of em...Something about Boveda using a newer solution with some salts or something that Rob cigars of their natural oils. I searched around online and on this forum a bunch and didn't find anything on the matter. Has anyone else heard anything about this? Can anyone present evidence that Bovedas are ore aren't robbing cigars of their natural oils? Thanks! E
  14. Hey all - another question for you... some of my wrappers have been breaking apart while smoking...seem to be fine before....rh problem? Once I calibrated my hydrometer I'm at 64rh while staying pretty much at 61°f...any help greatly appreciated. Any suggestions on where to start on my rh target for this temp?
  15. I did a quick search on the model number and it did not bring up much, so I thought I'd ask: Anyone using (or know of anyone using), one of these: Liebherr ZKes 453 temp & humidity controlled Humidor? (link: https://home.liebherr.com/en/alb/household-appliances/floor-mounted-appliances-for-households/compact-devices/humidor/humidor/details/zkes-453.html ) Concept seems sound (and in-line with @PigFish concepts [I wonder who holds the component patents...], sans the data logging capability. It would be interesting, if one were so inclined to mess with a ~$3k appliance, to hack into the controller and rig some data output capability). But anyways, input from anyone who has first or secondhand experience with this unit would be much appreciated.
  16. I apologize for this noob issue, I felt it was fairly unique...but then PigFish suggested I post here (after I messaged with him alone) for further scrutiny among friends, so here goes, and I am sorry for the length... I bought my first mail order box of sticks from - somewhere overseas as some of you saw my post from Saturday- they arrived perfectly. In preparation, my 2+ year old desktop 50 cigar humidor with glass top...was empty and with 4 72% Boveda packs - struggling to maintain 62% humidity according to the little Xikar circular hygrometer, that in a test earlier that week performed well, reading the precise 72% during zip lock calibration with just one Boveda 72 inside with it. So, I added a 84% seasoning packet to the humidor, along with the 4 72% packs...and within 1.5 days, was reading 71%...so I was happy...very happy. I know my desktop humidor isn't the greatest, at $60 and with the glass is just begging to leak humidity...but, its alright. So, once my box arrived, after 3 weeks in the mail...I promptly added all 25 sticks to the humidor, took out the 84% boveda, which was sort of hard by this point...and kept 3 72% bovedas inside as well. Within a day, the humidor was holding at 64%. Then it dropped the next day to 63%, then yesterday to 62%, and today its at 60%. I also added a new 84% boveda yesterday in the hopes of bringing it back up...no joy. Interstingly, the cigar shop guy says even if I add the 84% boveda, the xikar may not read a higher humidity, even though, he says, it will still keep cigars fresh. I live in an apartment, with steam heat, which for my cigars is the enemy. temps range during the day from 71-78. My question, when it comes down to it...what should I do to protect my investment...with three 72% and one 84% boveda inside with 25 Partagas Serie P no. 2's inside...what did the shop owner mean when he seemingly knew that even with the 84% boveda inside, the humidity would not register as rising...and why could it keep 70% while empty, and struggle with 60% when half full? recap: empty humidor + three 72% boveda's and one 84% boveda, humidor held steady at 70% - add 25 new sticks - take out 84% boevda (which turned fairly hard over the past week) - keep three still fresh 72% boveda's...and we are struggling to keep 60, even with a brand new 84% boveda added yesterday. Thank you in advance for your willingness to help!!!!! Rich
  17. This might turn into a very long post, but I wanted to share this build with everyone in case you are thinking about doing something similar. I'm going to keep this very high level, if you have questions, just let me know. First and foremost, I am just a marketing nerd that knows how to build webpages and code. My garage turned into a workshop a few years ago and I do as much woodworking when I have some free time. Background I have 3 humidors in various parts of the house and recently my daughter started to use one as a step stool, and I decided that I needed to consolidate everything into one location for many reasons. The second reason why I wanted to take on this project is because I wanted to make my humidor fully connected and smart. I want a system that I could check in without having to be at home, it needed to be fully automated. The other reason for building vs buying is that what I wanted in a humidor comes at a high premium. I looked at the Gerber One, but those things are way out of the budget. Round 1 Around May I started out modeling the first build around the principals of the Gerber One, and built a cabinet that was going to be a piece of furniture. I had an idea of the basic build, but had way too many competing ideas running through my head, daily design changes, new features to be added. Long story short, things were spiraling before even getting started. So I took a break, during which time I built a 500 sq ft deck, and dislocated my kneecap playing soccer. That was my summer... Round 2 A few months ago I started to renovate my office and decided that I was going to make a built-in humidor instead of a piece of furniture. I started to pair down the list of features and simplified things significantly and started to map out the automation process to help with the planning process. This was the first concept I put together. The brains of the system Once I had the concept in mind, I started to look for wifi enabled micro controllers that could make my vision a reality. After researching many different products and options, I decided to use the Particle Photon. This lightweight dev board was perfect for what I needed. It was built on Arduino, and designed for IoT projects. I got two Photon's, one to use for the sensors, and one to control the humidification and fans using wifi enabled relays. What was needed now was a whole lotta code and connecting the sensor data to a web service. I decided to use AWS for all of the data, API connections, and configuration. Once again I needed to map out how all the services would need to connect to one another. This is why I chose to use AWS, it was one platform and I didn't need to patch many services together. Below is very simplified mapping that helped to break down the coding in sections. I tackled one element each week essentially. All said and done I have about 7 individual programs, 5 triggers, created 15+ API endpoints, 6 or so webhooks, error logging, and even SMS alerts. In order to make all of this possible, I had to create a user profile for myself and set my tolerances, sensor calibration values, and ideal humidity settings. With all of this information I created a program that figures out when the fans need to kick on to recirculate the air. I am further refining it and had to take it offline. The Build Now that I had a plan in place, I started writing a whole bunch of code during the evenings and testing things out. On the weekends I would work on my office and started to build the cabinet. I didn't take many pictures at this stage, I just pushed right through. I essentially built a box within a box within a box. The exterior plywood shown here is a no-VOC plywood with Maple veneer. I lined the entire cabinet with 6mil poly (the stuff used as a moisture barrier in home construction), then added blu-wood, a moisture resistant treated plywood. Blu-wood is very safe to use, and used in wet locations like bathrooms or basement construction. The idea is to use the poly as a way to seal the cabinet, the blu-wood allowed me to glue the Spanish Cedar. All in, I lost about 1.5" of interior space. Lined with Spanish Cedar. The thing in the top corner is actually the sensor in prototype phase. The electronics of the humidor are all mounted below. I didn't want to take up too much internal space with all of this. Here's what everything does: Main power. This is used to power the wifi unit of the Relay Shield and provide AC power for some of the relay circuits. The sensor unit. All Temperature and Humidity readings are sent by this unit and connect to #5 This is a junction box that splits the AC current to the appropriate relays. The relay shield that powers the humdification, fans, and any other electronics. In some cases the relays are powering 12V DC for the fans, and in other cases the relay is powering an AC plug The bottom outlet is powered by the relay. Sensors are connected using Power Over Ethernet PoE. I have about 500' of ethernet cable and a few hundred ethernet ends so I decided to use that for the sensors. This allows me to scale the number of sensors without having to take anything offline, plug and play. I just rig up a new sensor, and plug it in. Instantly readings come through. It's only 3.3V so it's very low power. This was the trickiest part of the programming, how to scale the unit with additional sensors. All of the electronics are connected through a GFCI outlet, if even the slightest short circuit occurs, everything is shut off by at least 3 failsafes since there is about 2L of water above the electronics. All of the electrical components are rated for outdoor use. I also need a few outlets for other aspects of the office remodel. Humidification I didn't want to buy a cigar oasis for a number of reasons. I know they are great units, but it just didn't fit my criteria so I started to think about building my own unit, and one day I got some inspiration. My daughter had a bad cold and the doctor suggested getting a cool mist machine to help her at night, he described it as a humidifier that saturates the air in a room with cool atomized mist. As soon as I saw it working I had to learn about the system. I quickly found what I needed and built a humidification unit. It's hard to see, but there is mist being funneled out of the vent and pulled in by the fan. Once the humidity drops below my threshold, the unit cycles up for about 1 minute, and jumps the average RH by 10-12% quickly. At the current time, it takes about 3hrs for the humidity in the unit to hit my lower limit. I need to add some beads in the roof to help keep the humidity stable for longer. There is also a door open sensor that I built using Home Depot parts and a few ft of wire. If the door is open, the humidification will not turn on. Where I'm at now... With cigars. There is tonnes of room for expansion, and I still need to add in one more humidor worth of cigars. I just need to build another shelf and re-align these shelves. The dashboard is pulling in live data can update every minute or so. Right now I have it set to track the last 5 hrs, but I can adjust that to show as far back as I want. The bottom values are the sensor readings, I only have 2 sensors hooked up currently. The chart is actually a Google chart that is plotting the data from AWS, the humidity value is an average of the two units. The status is actually dynamic, so if the door is open, the status will change, if any element of the system that I built is down, it will indicate an outage, if water runs out, same thing. The fan cycle is actually disabled at the moment, so I am just pulling in the last reading value for the time being. Water consumption is another program that calculates depletion based on usage. Next Steps I am building an air filtration unit for the roof of the humidor that will pull air in, run it through a 3M filter and then circulate it around. I need a weekend of free time to finish this up. I have 4 more sensors coming in sometime next week, and once those come in, then I will rig them up. I have to make a few wifi sensors for a friend of mine, so I need to create a nice enclosure for the sensor and the wifi unit to be housed in. Once I get that in place I will apply those designs to my build. For those looking to build something similar Make sure you have things well planned out and understand how the data will flow from humidor to your data warehouse. I had the intention of building this to meet my needs, but started to think about how it would be built if it were an enterprise solution. This meant that I had to think through lots of scenarios and possible circumstances that could arise, as a result, the data component is totally scalable now. Right now I have a database of 20,000 readings in there, and the data gets delivered lightning fast. Make sure your data platform is solid. More to come as things get done.
  18. I've been thinking about starting this topic for awhile, yet was a little hesitant to list my stock count as it may be perceived as vainglorious and boastful, when in actuality I am trying to future-proof my cigar hobby as best I can against legislative changes and tax increases. After discussing with planetary how to go about getting collective data via pm, I relented and thought I would so in the best interests of our FoH cigar community. My marca breakdown is below... Cohiba - 210 or 21.3% H.Upmann - 123 or 12.4% Partagas - 115 or 11.6% Montecristo - 88 or 9% Por Larranaga - 75 or 7.6% Ramon Allones - 70 or 7.1% Trinidad - 68 or 6.9% Hoyo de Monterrey - 55 or 5.6% San Cristobal - 34 or 3.5% Diplomaticos - 29 or 2.9% La Gloria Cubana - 29 or 2.9% El Rey del Mundo - 25 or 2.5% Vegas Robaina - 25 or 2.5% Bolivar - 13 or 1.3% Cuaba - 7 or 0.7% Punch - 6 or 0.6% Romeo y Julieta - 5 or 0.5% Saint Luis Rey - 5 or 0.5% Sancho Panza - 4 or 0.4% La Flor de Cano - 2 or 0.2% I am expecting H.Upmann to be the most represented marca in your humidors, but we shall see. Certainly, I think H.Upmann, Cohiba, Partagas and Montecristo will have the highest representations. Although Habanos S.A does not publish sales figures annually, we have had some data in the past. The seven global brands, Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, Jose L.Piedra, Cohiba, Partagas, H.Upmann and Hoyo de Monterrey account for over 80% of sales (In fact, one could probably estimate that Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta and Jose L.Piedra alone account for 50%!). I believe it is pertinent to mention that although Multi-Local brands such as Bolivar and Local brands such as Ramon Allones generate probably 1 to 2% of annual sales for Habanos S.A, they would be more proportionate among cigar enthusiasts such as ourselves. The information gathered here, I think, would be interesting data for our generous host Rob (El Presidente) and Alex Groom at Cuban Cigar Website. Below are some other related topics similar to this one... Which cigars are you deepest on? Going Deep...What and Why? Best Represented Marca in Your Humi... Year to date movement by volume (2015) Finally, I'd like to thank planetary, who has graciously agreed to do an overall tally with weighted and simple averages of cigar counts and percentages.
  19. So, if one could maintain their home at 60/60 or 65/65 this would be perfection. Just replace the books with boxes of cigars. Does anyone actually have an open area humidor? I've not seen one yet.
  20. I just bought one of these to store 6 or so boxes in at the office. I like it a lot so far. Temperature seems to be spot on although the humidity is still "off" a bit when comparing my OasisXL vs. my electronic gauge...not sure why that is. I seem to see a direct correlation between when the "fridge" is running and lowering/maintaining temperature and the humidity. If I see the humidity up a bit it's almost because the compressor hasn't kicked in to lower/maintain temp. Once it kicks in the humidity goes back to spot on. What's the trick here? Or will it be constantly adjusting itself? I'm currently attempting 62/62. Also, do most of you keep a humidifier "running" in your wineador/coolador all the time? Anyone have a NewAir?
  21. This thing is SO tempting. Would basically need nothing IMO, but 60mm CPU fans up at the top blowing right to left and inside the ice box itself blowing up would promote wonderful circulation I'm thinking.... Each side is 14x14" square and ought to handle two dress boxes side by side easily. Metal shelves already in place would not hinder air circulation. I have an unused LeVeil humidification unit that ought to be ideal for this box and I don't believe I would even have to drill any holes to get power inside. A wire should easily fit up through the ice box water drain hole.... Doors seal quite well already, but maybe a foam weatherstrip would be a benefit. Someone (besides my wife) tell me it's a bad idea please.....
  22. Let me preface this post by noting I am only 20 years of age and am still living at home, so space is limited, parents hate cigars. I have just a 50 count desktop humidor that is filled to the brim, I really want to buy more boxes... but frankly don't have enough space. Where do I go from here? buy more desktops? or look at cabinets/custom wineadors? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
  23. I've done some research on seasoning a "tupperdor", but I have to ask, is it possible to get 100% rid of any lingering plastic smell? I just got a few Ziploc Weathertight 44qt containers and soaked them in a baking soda and water mix overnight. I still can smell plastic, but it's pretty faint. It's almost like smelling the inside of a Ziploc bag. Do you suggest I try a lemon rinse or scentless soap rinse? Thanks.
  24. Hi all, If I dont have time in day, I smoke cigarillos like Cohiba mini or Davidoff mini. What do you think that should I put them into humidor or not?
  25. Padron 50th Anniversary Cigar review Introduction. These cigars were released late 2014/early 2015 to commemorate 50 Years for the Padron brand. These were released in Natural and Maduro versions. 1000 humidors in total. Learn more here: http://padron.com/50anniversary/more-details-padron-50th-anniversary-cigar/ This cigar came to me via an epic bomb by some friends in Winnipeg. Now. On to the review! Date: Thursday December 17, 2015 Place: Huatulco, Mexico, Secrets Resort Specifications: Vitola: Toro Extra Length: 6.5 RG: 52 (box pressed) Serial# 022623 Prelight Notes Claro wrapper, light veins, box press, some hard and soft spots along the cigar. Surprising at this price point. Foot has hints of cocoa & chocolate; wrapper has a slight barnyard aroma Took Credo punch to head, wrapper cracked a bit but held together throughout. Evidence of a Cuban style divot in the head where I made the punch. Nice touch. Cold draw is smooth and easy. Reviewers Notes: My style of cigar reviewing is “open”. I try to jot down what I’m experiencing with every draw. When you see a “//” consider that a break in between puffs. What I leave out in fancy prose is made up with observation. Consider each segment a play by play. This style works for me. I hope you enjoy it. Start Time: 2:22PM First Third Easy to light // Initial flavour is “wheaty” // Hints of pepper // Decent burn line // Lots of creamy smoke // Burn goes askew almost immediately // Light cocoa // Burn starts to correct itself // Slightly bitter finish in most draws // Toasty tobacco // peppery finish // cocoa // wheaty again // not too much going on besides pepper finish // chocolate // mild to medium bodied thus far // ash firm and holding strong // excellent construction // Smooth, but not very exciting thus far. Second Third Cocoa // more of the same // Ash falls on its own // More toasty tobacco // cocoa now and then on the next handful of puffs // Medium bodied pepper subsidies // Toasty tobacco // Burn goes askew again after being straight // nutty flavour changes things up a bit // Creamy coffee // strength picking up // Oily mouth feel // Rich tobacco on the next two draws. Final Third Strong tobacco flvavour // cocoa // sweetness now and then // strength crept up over time on this cigar, but flavour did not // getting the “brain swims” // Toasty tobacco // hints of cocoa, charry, hickory/BBQ taste now // back to toasty tobacco // light headed a bit // this final third definitely showed off the strength of the cigar. Very sneaky. Similar to a La Escepcion Selectos Finos that way, sadly, minus the complexity. End 4:35PM Conclusion Easy smoking cigar. Burn corrected itself for the most part, only one touch up needed. Last third had a bit more flavour but nothing to warrant the price tag. I get more range from a low end Partagas than this. I don’t smoke many Padrons but so far their top tier offerings haven't impressed me as much as their low end 1000's series. It makes me wonder if aging the tobacco leaf then rolling it is such a great idea. Maybe take that tobacco, roll it, then aging the cigars over time before release would yield more impressive results? I look at the Hunters & Frankau Ramon Allones 225, which used two year old tobacco which was rolled, then aged for a minimum of two years. The result was a glorious tasting cigar. Expensive mind you, but it still sold out within weeks of release. I’m betting if the Padrons used that approach, the result would be a far better cigar in terms of flavour range. I’m definitely a Cuban puro fan but I’m not bullheaded about an NC being as good or better given the right blend. For instance, I found the Davidoff Geneve 100 to be excellent. As good or better than many of the top Cubans I’ve smoked. Unfortunately, that’s a ~$100 per cigar too. Similar to the price point of this Padron. But after smoking that, I felt the experience was worth it. The blend reminded me of the few Cuban Davidoff’s I’ve smoked. This Padron did not make me feel the price point was warranted. Score: I can’t think of giving this more than an 85 in terms of points. This should have been a real treat given the exclusivity of the release. In cigar rating terms, 85 is considered to be on the “low” side. But it is not hopeless. I’m hoping the next time I pick one of these up, the cigars will have settled down a bit, the oils between the wrapper, binder and filler will have melded a bit and will add some flavour complexity. Anyone else have the chance to try one of these or the Maduro version? Thanks for reading.

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