Joe Brown Is All Wet:
Your customer Joe Brown was all wet last month in his letter to the Editor which claimed that this newsletter is biased toward Perdomo cigars. Ironically, he then proceeded to endorse your recent addition of Joya de Nicaragua Antanos, which happened to have been my suggestion. I’ve never met Mr. Brown but I have learned that he is obsessed with Chubby Shorts (the Cuban Stock line). I happen to be Irish and, as such, I resent someone with an English name trying to push his own faulty taste in cigars onto the rest of us.
Customer, Kenny (last name withheld)
Kenny, it just so happens that Joe Brown occasionally smokes Perdomos as well as Chubby Shorts – and, incidentally, he’s African American, not English. So don’t get your Irish temper all fired up.
The hygrometer in your home humidor indicates the humidity in that box and has no relation to the outdoor humidity. There are two types of hygrometers – analog and digital. Since analogs are mechanical devices, they often can be inaccurate. Your analog can be adjusted with a small screwdriver if it has a screw in the rear or, on other models, by rotating the entire hygrometer so that the dial reads appropriately. Otherwise, an analog should be replaced when it is no longer accurate.
But that raises the question as to how to test your hygrometer’s accuracy. There are at least two ways.
- Wrap a damp cloth around the back of the hygrometer for an hour. After that time it should read 95% - 100%. If it reads lower or is off the scale, then it needs to be adjusted or discarded. OR
- Place a teaspoon of salt in a shallow container like a Snapple cap and add a few drops of water – just enough to get it damp, but not watery. Place that container in a see-through baggie or an empty mayonnaise jar along with the hygrometer on the other side. Seal the baggie or jar for six to eight hours, at which time the hygrometer should read around 70% - 75%.
The Depot has a way that you can sample different brands and save money at the same time. Say you want to compare several styles of Perdomos with Padrons with Cigar Aficionado’s “Cigar of the Year” and with a more established Macanudo? Just buy any combination of ten sticks and get 10% off or buy 15 and get 15% off.
Cigar Aficionado magazine’s “Cigar of the Year” is Flor de Las Antillas. It’s an ultra smooth smoke, and it’s selling like hot cakes at the Depot ($10.25).
But sometimes fame can be short-lived. Case in point is that The Depot also has Casa Magnas, voted “Cigar of the Year” five years ago. The Casa Magna is still a great cigar that we love, but many guys seem to have forgotten it; so you might want to try one out before we smoke them all up ourselves.
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