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Answering Viewer Questions About Cigars & Such

by Bryan Glynn, December 27, 2011
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Answering Viewer Questions About Cigars & Such

  • JJO

    Great in-depth answers to questions that are sometimes glossed over.

    For the person who asked for suggestions for a Connecticut similar to the Camacho, I would highly recommend the EP Carrillo New Wave Connecticut, Oliva Connecticut Reserve, and even the Famous Artisan Nicaraguan Connecticut (although I hate the band which is difficult to remove cleanly).

    As for the cellophane, I generally keep it on, but only because I tend to do a lot of digging around trying to figure out what I want to smoke.

    Nice work!

  • DarthBarf

    This was great video. I absolutely love that for most of the video you want the viewer to make their own opinions for everything concerning cigars. I visit your site for information, but still rely on myself for opinion. Keep it up and I will always watch your videos!

  • Mikie

    Great segment Bryan. I like the way you provoke thought,and not talk at someone. That’s why I started watching you. I keep a notebook of cigars I’ve had. When I smoke one for the first time,I tape the labe in,then add notes about it. I can revisit it to see if there is something I want again.

  • Great video Bryan, thanks for answering my questions.

    Keep it up!

  • sindebad

    Thank you very much. Most informative. Loved it. sindebad

  • 523

    Great answers. It was very informative to me to hear your answers to the questions presented. I appreciate your honesty and that you continually press the follower to trust their opinion by not answering some questions. I am a relatively new cigar smoker and an avid fan of your reviews. I have posed the question many times about the cellos and I thank you for you’re answer. Do you feel the same about the tubos??? I have 1 humidor and typically store my cigars for a month or so before smoking. So I believe that since I am not aging them for an extended time that it probably doesnt matter much but I would appreciate your opinion either way. Also, Being pretty new to cigars I try to smoke many different cigars but recently I have been looking for an “every day” cigar. I am hoping to find something in the 3-5 dollar range to buy a box or two of that i can keep around to share and to smoke on a somewhat daily basis. Do you have any ” cheaper” cigar suggestions? Again thanks for your reviews I have found them very informative.

    • Tubes are a bit different – yes sometimes they are just marketing but they are really meant as a safe way to carry around a cigar in your pocket for a short time. Some come actually sealed and I would just leave those alone. Some are just a cheap screw on or plastic pop-top. If storing for a while or acclimating go ahead and pop the top on those.

  • Nice personal video. Always enjoy good advice!

  • Swede214

    That was good, I have said this before that I have been new to watching your reviews and find them very interesting. This was great for me because I’m also new to cigar smoking, I have smoked cigars on and off for 55 years, this time it has become serious, really enjoying them now. Thank you for answering those questions..

  • Basilisk

    I think there will be more “Bloopers”. Well, not real Bloopers, but still funny. Two examples:
    1.: One time you had a crappy sample and fired it into the neighbours backyard (canยดt remeber the exact review right now).
    2.: The end of the Cohiba Secretos 5 review also wasnยดt supposed to be online, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    No offense, but i find this blooper thing interesting. You really should try to think about it again please ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Nope, wasn’t supposed to be left in, but hey thanks for pointing it out ๐Ÿ˜‰ Stay classy ๐Ÿ˜‰


    after i let my cigars sit in my new humidor for around 3 days they started to get slightly mushy not really soft or anything just slightly less firm then when i put them in my humidor. is this a problem?? if so should i take them out and recalibrate my humidor??

    • I have no idea without knowing what RH they were before and after. Make sure you are using an accurate digital gauge and have your RH between 65 and 70.


    I keep mine between 67 and 70 depending on the temperature being off one or two degrees. The shop i buy from keeps right at 69 mostly.

  • sjabari

    Hey Bryan,
    First of all, very informative video (as usual)! Thank you! One thinking I could not find on your site is a video on lighters. I’ve been smoking cigars for years, but only in the past year have started to get serious; I various cutters, a couple of humidors and 100+ cigars waiting for better weather (I live in Minnesota). What I have been reluctant to invest in is a good lighter; I’ve been buying cheap torch lighters and trying to refill them when they’re empty, but with very little success. I’ve tried different kinds of butane and different kinds of cheap torches, and asked different people at my local shops about refilling the lighters. I am wondering if I am making any mistakes in refilling the lighters or if it is just something to expect from cheap torch lighters. I don’t want to screw up a nice lighter. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated (lighter brands, butane brands/types, refilling process, lighter maintenance, etc.).


  • sportsman

    Hello Bryan,

    Your reviews are the most informative reviews on cigars I’ve seen to date. You don’t show any bias towards any manufacturer, type of cigar, etc. Your reviews help me choose cigars more easily because you review a cigar objectively and not by opinion. For saving me money through less trial and error, I thank you.
    I was hoping you could answer some questions for me.
    I have a particular love for two maduro cigars, one being A.F.maduro 858, and Ashton aged maduro. I recently placed some in my humidor with both to age and was then told by a friend that those cigars are already aged and probably won’t get any better. He basically said they are to be smoked now. Is that true?
    Secondly how do I choose a cigar best for aging by my own palate (meaning what qualities or shortcomings will change by aging). Aging seems like an enjoyable part of the hobby and I would like to be able to choose (I guess you would call it a “ripe”) cigar and make it better.

    Thank You.

    • Aging at home has very, very little effect on most cigars. It basically smooths them out and brings down nicotine over many years. 90% of any changes take place during the fermentation years, and that’s all stopped as soon as the cigar is rolled.

  • barney

    HI BRYAN, been enjoying your site for a few weeks and had to finally reply. excellent reviews and its nice to have cigars reviewed by a regular joe. So funny about total B.S tasting grape peel or something in a smoke? ive never had that flav. yet! excellent site and your a cool guy, keep up the top reviews my friend

  • barrelslime

    Bryan, Great site, love the reviews.
    I tried a little experiment with the humidi pack. I had a dry one, it was stiff and hard. I put it in a zip lock bag and misted 1 squirt of water in the bag and puffed it up before i sealed the bag. I set it in the window seal in the sun for a day allowing it to get hot and very humid in the bag. Pulled the pack out and it was slightly puffed up and supple. I think it recharged. Try it and see what you think rather that throwing them away.

  • danny cigar

    Hi, I was just wondering if you think the water pillows would be a good option for travel humidors instead of the little plastic discount that generally comes with the humidor?

    • danny cigar


  • robber

    hi bryan…sorry to hear you arn’t feeling well.rest-rest and more rest means a complete stop and plenty of liquids.feel better soon…robber rn

  • phaedron

    I apologize if this was asked and answered elsewhere– Re: humidification systems. I’ve just been using the crappy plastic box with the foam inside that comes with the humidors (I have three humis, coming in around 600 cubic inches each). I want to move to the 65% RH beads from Heartfelt. I saw a video a guy put up on YouTube where he just cracked open one of those plastic cases, removed the foam, replaced it with a pantyhose foot filled with beads and then glued the case back together and stuck the unit back into its usual recess in the humidor. Sounds like a plan to me, as I don’t think I want a nylon bag of beads just nestled in among the cigars (or do I??). Any reason why this replacement of foam with beads in the vented plastic shell is a bad idea? Thanks!

    • JJO

      Not a bad idea, as long as you keep the beads from falling out. In fact, Heartfelt sells beads encased in plastic pucks, as well as in tubes. The one problem with the pucks that attach to the lid is that since humidity rises, it can be difficult to keep the cigars on the bottom evenly humidified.

  • Sean

    I know I’m a bit late posting here but thought I would put in my 2 cents on humidor choice.

    I have a Treasure Dome from Cheap Humidors, it seals great, I can hear it and feel it when I open/close it. I leave it closed fro months and it stays at 69-70. I keep my cigars at 69-70 because I live in Perth Western Australia, it is very dry here especially in summer. I use Cigar Mechanic Bead 2 way Humidification Device and its great, in Winter when its very humid here I don’t really need to fill it up, it soaks up the excess.

    My humidor is also my first, it holds hundreds of smokes depending on ring gauge, I like large ring gauge so I don’t get the 300 cigar capacity but I’m fine with that.

    Just my 2 cents worth.


  • Texvet

    What is your feeling bout the scrap tobacco that is often used in cigar boxes. Is it only useful for shipping or does it provide any value for storage?

    • Very very rarely is more like it – and it’s just for looks.

    • JJO

      I use them for patches, or twined into bundles to use as buffers in my Tupperdors. Other than that, as Bryan said, it’s just there for presentation. Nice of them to turn us into their recycling centers, eh?

  • Lai

    Hi, Im new to cigars. I read a lot and watch most of your videos. I bought some cigars and a small humidor. Prepared it by the instructions and also bought a digital hygrometer. It constantly measures 75% humidity. Thats Ok or should i try to lower that number? How can I lower that number? Im using beads. Thanks for any info and help you can bring me.

    • playersrun1

      whenever mine gets a little high, ill just open the door for a couple hours and that usually brings it down a few %.

    • Rob

      Did you calibrate the Hygrometer? It’s super easy and only a calibrated hygrometer should be used as a guide.

  • stevenknisley

    How do you feel about using matches?

  • neocigaro

    That is why I love your videos, you take the time to answer some of our questions, even though some are really stupid and repetitive….haha thank you.

  • TimB

    I live in Vegas and until the heat hits I don’t have the AC on most of the time.I am worried about my cigars getting too hot did not know they should not get above 80.So this weekend I found a cooler double walled so I put freeze packs in the outer part and the humidor on the inside part.The temps stay around 70-76 with 70-75% humidity.Does this sound like a good range?

  • SsgtJerikUSMC

    I’m heading out on a road trip in 2 weeks to see an old Marine Corps buddy of mine. I’m obviously gonna bring plenty of Cigars, problem is I don’t have a travel humidor. I don’t really think loading up my entire 50 count humidor is appropriate, but I’d like to bring a nice selection. Does anyone have some tips on traveling with an assortment of Cigars without a traveldore?

    • swj045

      no tips on travel but I would like to say THANK YOU for your service.its people like you that make this country great.safe travel

      • SsgtJerikUSMC

        Thanks! I really appreciate it.

    • zanlamb

      Just get a small cheap cool box and drop a bag of beads in it. That should do the job.

    • Bpope31

      Sounds like any sort of Tupperware container or big ziplock will do if you have any boveda humidity packs. I’ve heard there that easy to use and u just throw one in there.

    • JJO

      If you’re driving, I agree with the Tupperware type container (even a cheap grocery store bought Glad or ZipLok container that’s been properly cleaned) or zip top bag with a Boveda pack or water pillow. Just keep it out of the sunlight, as that could cause a spike in humidity. I believe that Boveda also makes shipping/carrying bags with humidity control built into them.

      For future traveling, Herfador-type containers come up on the cheap quite often on the online retailer and auction sites. A worthwhile investment, IMO.

  • swj045

    i have a lucky seven and it has always kept70% untill last week now around 60% I put another tray with beads in it but still no change. anyone have a ideal?

    • JJO

      Recalibrate your hygrometer and check the seal on your humidor.

      • swj045

        did the salt test yesterday,only 2degrees off.

        • JJO

          The only other things I can think of would be the seal or a radical drop in the ambient humidity in the room. Possibly time to re-season the humidor?

    • Derek

      Hey I have the lucky seven too, its a decent humidor but i had the same problem. I got a little crafty with mine and drilled a hole in the back and installed a small fan that i pulled out of an old laptop in the center of the top drawer. It circulates the air and keeps the humidity just right.
      I also had problems with some of the drawers getting really tight, i just sanded them down a little and they slide smooth again.

      P.S. don’t use that garbage hydrometer on the front

  • vscarpine

    Love these vids watched them when I started the cigar hobby and they really helped me since I didnt really know what I was doing haha

  • zanlamb

    Can anyone point me in the direction of a site in the UK that has a good selection of cigars like the ones reviewed by Bryan? Its hard to find a good selection or is that just me?

  • SsgtJerikUSMC

    Question I thought of today during my mid day smoke. What do you guys do with your Cigar bands. I’m a sucker for cool art and it has gotten me in trouble before while trying out new Cigars, I know better now. However, I love the art on a lot of these bands so I keep all of them. Just wondering if anyone does anything cool with them. I’d like to display them somehow down the road but haven’t come up with a good idea yet.

    • JJO

      I flatten and save mine. Got a couple of boxes full, but I’m not sure what I’ll do with them, probably give them away. But as for suggestions, you need look no further than on this very site:

      • SsgtJerikUSMC

        Awesome thanks man. I’m still working my way through all of the 100’s of videos. Bryan has thought of everything!

    • Rob

      I have quite a few saved up but don’t know what I’ll be doing with them yet.

  • Kace

    Lol at the cheap plastic piece of $hit cigar cutter from Thompson. I think I ordered that kit too!

  • Andrew

    Do the veins in a cigars wrapper tell you anything about flavor or construction? Or is it just aesthetic?

    • Derek

      Veins won’t affect the flavor (that I’ve noticed), they are apart of the all leaves. Large ones can affect the burn though.

  • TigerToThe

    I just smoked my first cigar (casa de Garcia) and enjoyed the experience so I want to get into cigars more but want to do it right. After seeing some videos I have a pretty good idea of how to start, but just wondering the things I need to get my humidor started right and ready to fill. Thanks.

  • TigerToThe

    I bought 2 perdomo 10th anniversary champagne robusto cigars and me and a friend smoked them at the same time the day after buying from a b&m and about one third in both cigars developed bad cracking on the wrapper leaf to where taking it completely off was only option. Does anyone know what could be the reason behind this?

    • Buffalo Trace

      I just had the same problem with the same cigar. hmm. ??

  • Xavier4753

    So my buddy and I are wanting to get Padrons for our graduation night. So far I have narrowed it down to the 1926 anniversary and the the 1964 anniversary. I’ve seen the reviews you have done about both and they both seem to be amazing. I’ve smelled and held both and am having trouble deciding. These will be our first Padrons. Which ones did you enjoy the most? Maybe a suggestion? Our minds are totally open.

    • JJO

      Ah, here’s a new one for you in regard to cigar shop etiquette. Apparently, he went in, handled the cigar, put the stick up to his nose, and didn’t buy it. Poor etiquette or not? Speaking for myself, if I had seen him do that, I would not ever consider buying it.

      • Xavier4753

        I know that you don’t shove the cigar right up to your nose. Believe, I wouldn’t buy one that someone put right up there nose. Personally when I smell test a cigar, I hold it a good 9 to 12 inches away from me. Just enough so i can get a decent idea about its smell character. I feel that I practice pretty good etiquette when it comes to a shop.

        • JJO

          I believe you, and I apologize. I have heard of others doing it, and it is not appealing at all.

          BTW, congrats on your graduation. I hope your celebration smoke will be worthy of the occasion.

          I would still like to see Bryan address the problem, though.

          • Xavier4753

            It’s alright. Haha, I made sure that before I even stepped foot in the local shop that I had at least some idea of what and what not to do. I never touch a part were the mouth sits and I avoid even touching a cigar in the shop at all as much as possible. It’s just that with a high class brand such as Padron, I just wanna be sure that what I do purchase will be worth the high class price, especially with a buyer like myself who is a bit newer into the magnificent world of cigars.

            And as for my graduation night thank you. I’m sure that whatever the smoke turns out to be, just the company of 2 friends relaxing before starting the new experience of real world life will be worth more in value than any cigar ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Pete

    Im looking for a good torch lighter. Have had the Black Ops and was ok but didnt last long. What do you recomend.

  • MJL

    I’ve been checking out your reviews and they all seem to be different variations of the same terms. Do you have any reviews where you say ” This taste like crap and isn’t worth smoking”.
    Personally I can taste things like earthy,leather,coffee,nutty, but I never had a creamy mocha latte with a cherry, as I have heard some reviewers describe.
    Also, have you tried the new La Gloria Black?


  • Texvet

    I’m pickin up what your droppin.

    Somewhere between puking out endless descriptions of exotic flavors with seasonal under-tones, and “this tastes great” and “this tasted like crap” are the better reviews.

    I start everyday by checking CO for reviews, because I find them some of best on the web.

    I also enjoy video reviews, versus written reviews, but that’s just me. I do recall Bryan tossing a cigar or two over his shoulder – which was great!

    It’s a balancing act. But to your point Mike – sometimes, I think you just gotta call a turd, a turd.

  • Chris

    Ok Im putting this up but am happy for any answers I get as we all come here because of the same thing the love of cigars…

    Ok I honestly don’t have a humidor but next month after completing some of my first year of studies and before starting my second, I wish to buy a few cigars (about 3) will it effect them much if at all if I keep them in a clear fridge bag in a cool part of the house, will be smoking within 7 days of getting them.

    2nd, as I miss out on so many over here in the UK does anyone know of any secure manufacturers in the states that would willingly deliver overseas.

    Thank you one and all,

    Enjoy your smokes.

  • Bombora42

    Hey Bryan,

    Got a bit of novice question regarding humidors. I’ve got your basic entry-level Bally’s IV, which comes with one shelf, and a Cigar Oasis XL humidifier. My issue is that I found that my hydrometer when placed at the bottom of the humidor comes in at about 70%Rh, but when the same hydrometer is placed on the top shelf, it comes in at about 64-65%Rh. Is this normal? Is there anyway to make the humidity uniform throughout the humidor?

    I’m a fan of your blog, and I figured if you were ever in need of more questions for another video that this may be an interesting topic for us novices.

    Thanks Bryan,


  • kraut80

    Hey Bryan,

    just recently discovered your web-site, an amazing work, hat down really. I like the reviews a lot (great close-up photos) but I enjoy more watching videos like this one, you way of answering the questions is just superb.

    However, I would like to comment one thing you said in this video, concerning Cuban cigars and availablity (or actaully the lack of it) of the other brands on non-US market. I live in Germany and most of the local shops I visited are very well stocked with various brands, including those from Cuba, Dominican Republic, Nicaraqua, Honduras, Panama etc.

    I do understand the reasons why you don’t review Cuban cigars (apart from the fact that they are illegal in the US) but I am very interested if you ever tried some real Cuban Cohiba and if you did, what do you think of it?

    Best regards and keep up a good work,


  • Salamander

    I may have posted my earlier question in the wrong area, just wondering why you haven’t done any reviews on the Asylum line or Esteban Carreras?

  • Thrash

    I have a personal question about cigars and wives. How does your’s put up with the cigars smoking (even doing it outside) and the cigars everywhere inside? I’m not sure mine would.

    • I make sure to brush my teeth, use mouthwash and washup when I’m done and sometimes clothes go right in the laundry. Storage is in my studio part of the house. She has her places too ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Thrash

        Sounds like me, except I don’t have as many cigars. I also keep “smoking cloths” in a garbage bag in the garage between cleanings. Thanks.

  • Utahraptor

    Bryan, I’ve noticed that the strength tends to go up in the final third of the cigars you review, and I’ve noticed it myself while smoking. Could it be that the nicotene is there throughout the whole cigar, and it builds and builds in your body, to the point that you feel it after you have been smoking an hour? Are there any cigars you have smoked where you detect the strength from the first few draws?

  • Captain Cigar

    I think this is in your neck of the woods. I’ll be in St. Pete on Sunday. Have you been to Ruby’s Elixir? It looks like the only cigar place where I’m staying.

    • Cool place, but not great for Cigars. Nothing right downtown is.

      • Captain Cigar

        OK, thanks. I’ll bring my cigars. I’m stuck downtown without a car, so Ruby’s is my only choice. It sounds like they are trying to get away from cigars and into more music. I’m having a hard time enjoying cigars on the road. Many lounges closing down.

        • Yeah there’s a TON around here just not right downtown St. Pete. It’s turning into more of a younger party/lounge district now. With the pier shut down there’s hardly any tourist traffic now.

          • Captain Cigar

            I found Central Cigar next to and “part of Ruby’s Elixir”. It was ok, better than I expected. I could smoke and drink, but for only an hour. they closed at 7pm on Sunday.

  • John Withem

    Great video Bryan. I really enjoy them. Very informative.
    I have a question on hygrometer calibration. I use a wineadore. I keep the temperature at 66 deg. My house temp. is kept at 80 deg. While I calibrated my hygrometer at the house temp. I noticed that there was a 5 % difference once I put the calibration package in the wineador. I think the difference in temperature influenced the winding spring on the hydrometer.
    I use the wet salt in a Ziploc bag method for calibration. Once I calibrated in room temperature
    I put the Ziploc bag with the wet salt and hydrometer in the wineadore at 66 deg. and it went down to 70% instead of 75%. Is it possible that the temp. change influenced the winding spring inside the hygrometer?

  • Thrash

    I bought this Oliva G at Famous Smoke in person. I smoked it outside and it cracked badly at the cap and the main body near the foot. I complained to the manager. He said the cigar is fine and it’s just the weather. It’s too dry outside. I’m smoked cigars in Vegas and Phoenix and never had this instant drying and cracking problem. Am I missing something or they full of crap?

    • TimB

      That manager was full it and I would not buy from them again. The cigar was not maintained by them if it fell apart like this. I live in Vegas and this only happened to me once from a shop with questionable storage. I never been back.

    • TimB

      That manager was full of it and I would not buy from them again! The cigar was not maintained by them. I live in Vegas and the only time this has happened was when I purchased from a shop with questionable storage. I never been back.

      • Thrash

        My thoughts exactly. Cigars International treats me better anyway.

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  • A Huge Nerd


    First of all, thanks for all the work you do. It is appreciated. I was a casual cigar guy for about 20 years. I would but 1-3 sticks and keep them in a baggie, usually smoked within a week. Otherwise, I would get a cigar now & then from a friend or family member. I finally put on my big boy pants and bought a humidor and a sampler to get started. I seasoned the humidor and it was ready for cigars after about 3 days. I left the cigars there for 2 weeks before I started in. The first smoke was a Torano Exodus Gold 1959 Robusto. In my opinion, a very good smoke. I am going to ramble into my question now…

    Most of your review videos show close up photos of the cigar during the first few minutes of the video (fantastic pictures, by the way). On a couple of these I have seen very tiny green spots on the wrapper. Are these spots caused by mold or some anomaly in the leaf? If it is mold, what is the rule for going ahead with a smoke when it has molded? How much is too much? Is any amount acceptable? How can you stop it from getting worse once it happens?

    I was made curious based on a few of the photos. I am fortunate enough that I haven’t had any mold issues, but I’ve only had my humidor for about 5 weeks. I will be getting beads soon so I can throw out the green foam disc.


  • Raul Rodriguez

    Hi bryan am new here can you recommend me a few good sites to buy cigars or the ones you mostly use thank you . You doing a good job with the reviews have been watching for week now .

  • Vincent padula

    I’m concerned about throat cancer should I stop smoking cigars you smoke a lot. I smoke one. Hate to give up my past time .

  • Fred Thorsell

    Hi Brian,

    I appreciate all of the information you share. I watched the coolidor video and it got me wondering. If you put loose cigars in freezer bags how do they benefit from the humidity? The same with boxed cigars; if they are still in cellophane how do they benefit from the humidity? Thanks in advance for clearing up this question.

  • Rachelle

    My mom bought me a used humidor. I think she thought it was for jewelry. I actually don’t smoke cigars. I was thinking of selling it, how much should I ask for?

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