Club Humidor is one of the leading brick and mortar cigar retailers in San Antonio, TX and they have FIVE shops in town. The number one thing I like best about these shops is the staff. They are all knowledgeable about their trade and treat everyone like royalty. I’ve personally been to three of their shops in town, and my home away from home is the shop on Huebner Road. The environment you smoke a cigar in can make or break the moment, and the Club Humidors provide multiple settings in which you can enjoy your cigars. They have two membership levels that give you access to private lounges, lockers, an awesome discount on cigars and cool reward points system. At the Huebner Road location there is a private Davidoff Lounge, a beautiful Montecristo lounge, a private conference room, a comfortable outdoor patio, and huge main lobby that you can sit in and socialize with all of the patrons. They carry a great selection of cigars (both new and old), humidors for the house and any cigar accessory you can think of. For you pipe smokers out there, they have a huge variety of pipes and pipe tobaccos to choose from as well. Learn more about Club Humidor by visiting their website at http://www.clubhumidor.com/about-club-humidor/
In this video review I will show you how to properly season your humidor at home. Seasoning your humidor simply means wetting the inside of the natural wood humidor so that it won’t suck all of the moisture out of your cigars when you put them inside. Be patient because it takes about a day or so to do it right because you have to give the humidor some time to soak in all the moisture. After you wipe down the inside of the humidor with distilled water, you will also want to get a shot glass and fill it up with distilled water or propylene glycol solution and leave it inside the humidor overnight. I also like to put my Xikar wireless digital hygrometer inside the humidor as well so I can keep an eye on the humidity levels. Don’t be alarmed if the humidity level inside the humidor is high at first (75% – 80%) because keep in mind you did just wipe down the whole inside with distilled water. One of the nice things you will also notice after you properly season your humidor is that it will have a better seal when you close the lid. The wood expands a little bit when it is moist, and the result is a nice, tight seal. Good luck!
I made this cut using my esteemed Colibri V-Cut cigar cutter. Isn’t that cut just beautiful? It almost brought tears to my eyes. I put that cut on a La Flor Dominicana “Oro” cigar that I did a review on as well if you want to check it out under the “Cigar Reviews” page.
Overall Rating = GREAT!
This Colibri cigar cutter looks pretty cool, but it isn’t my favorite. I bought this cutter online from Amazon for pretty cheap, but like I mentioned in the video, it’s not perfect. I bought this cigar cutter before I purchased my Colibri V-Cutter which is my all-time favorite. If you’re going to buy a guillotine cutter like you see here, I would recommend that you buy it at a local store so you can test it out in person before you buy it. If you want to take a chance, or if there isn’t a store nearby, you can get one on Amazon.
Overall Rating = Good
Have you ever tried to maintain a wood humidor at the house but you couldn’t get it to hold the humidity? I have, and that’s why I decided to start using a tupperdore. The solution is simple. All you need is the right size Tupperware, a Boveda pack, some pieces of cedar, a digital hygrometer and you’re good to go. I usually check on my cigars about once a week to make sure everything’s okay and to let some fresh air in. I’ve been using my homemade tupperdore for about a year now and it’s been perfect. That’s all I use to store my cigars.
In this review I will talk about the PuroTemp Digital Hygrometer from Xikar. This is another essential piece to helping me store my cigars at home. I prefer to have a digital hygrometer in all of my storage cases because I think they are more accurate than the old school analog hygrometers. The digital ones are also simple to use and easy to read. I stick my digital hygrometers inside of clear tupperware containers at the house so I can see the hygrometer’s reading without having to open up my cigar tupperdore. Pretty sweet! The specific model you see in the video is the model number 837XI. I purchased mine at the Club Humidor on San Pedro, but you can also find them on Amazon.
We all know how hard it is to keep our cigars at the perfect humidity level at the house. If you haven’t heard of Boveda packs, or if you’re wondering if they really work… they do! I’ve been using Boveda packs for over a year now, and I’ve been very happy with them. If you can’t find the specific humidity level you are looking for (65, 69, 72, 75 or 84%) at your local retailer, try ordering them on Amazon.
Overall Rating = GREAT!
When I was just starting off, I would smoke my cigars way too fast. I think smoking too fast burns the cigar and makes it less enjoyable. Now I’ve learned that it’s important to take my time in between puffs. It’s also important not to take too hard of a puff on a cigar when you’re smoking it because you’ll get it too hot. Try to take soft, smooth draws on the cigar so the smoke feels “cool” and not “hot.” By taking your time with a cigar, you can taste the flavors on your palate better, and you won’t get burned out too quick. Also, when you feel like you’ve had enough of a cigar (either due to taste or feeling “smoked out”) just put it out. It’s not worth burning your lips, or feeling like crap afterwards. You know your limits better than anyone else, so always try to end your cigar on a good note. After all, smoking a cigar is about the environment, and the experience while you’re “enjoying the moment.” Don’t turn a good experience into a bad one. If you want to learn more about becoming an expert, read the Tobacconist Handbook.
This is one of my favorite types of cigar cuts. The Double V Star Cut! This was easily done using my Colibri V Cutter. This type of cut usually works best on larger ring gage cigars like robusto size or larger. The cigar you see here is a Romeo Anejo by Romeo y Julieta (Robusto Size 5 x 54). Hopefully your local retailer carries this cutter. If they don’t, you can usually find pretty good deals on Amazon.
This is the one of the best cigar cutters around. I got tired of messing up great cigars with bad cuts so I decided to look for a good cutter, and guess what… I found one! This Colibri V-Cut cigar cutter has been one of the best investments I have made. All of my cigar cuts have been precise and perfect. Say goodbye to tight cigar draws! I purchased my cutter at the Club Humidor on Huebner, but you can also find good deals online at Amazon.
Rating = GREAT!
A great start for the Cohiba Red Dot Gigante. I enjoyed this smoke over at Club Humidor at Hueber. As of May 2015, this is my favorite cigar. One of the things I like best about this cigar is what it is made up of. This is a mild smoke with a nice Cameroon wrapper.
Wrapper = Cameroon
Binder = Jember (Indonesian)
Filler = Dominican Republic
Size = Gigante (6 x 60)
Ring Gage: 60
Cut Type = Single Deep Colibri V-Cut
Overall Rating = GREAT!