Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Money Found In Your Pocket: Found Cigars In My Storage Building

The feeling of joy a person gets when they find unexpected money in their pocket is one that we all can relate to and love. I had a similar experience at my storage building a couple of weeks ago. I was going through some of my boxes looking for old uniforms, when much to my surprise I found a canister from Cuesta-Rey Milano cigars. Immediately my cigar senses and I began a more in depth inspection of my new found treasure. The tube had been in a box for at least four years, at best guess. I think I bought the four cigar sampler while on vacation, to start my new cigar hobby way back then. I gave the can a gently shake, and there was definitely something in there. I took a minute to prepare myself for the moment of truth, opening the top. I felt bad that I had allowed these little guys to suffer a fate such as this, especially now with my passion for cigars and cigar smoking. I popped off the plastic lid. I slowly looked inside the container, expecting to see the broken down remains of premium cigars, wasted. However, they were Alive, the little guys somehow were intact and in pretty good shape.

I quickly put the top back on the canister and headed to the house. I took the two cigars out a put them in the humidor to start the healing process. I directed my attention back to this miracle canister that I had found. The can itself was a cardboard tube with a metal top and bottom, with the top having a plastic cover. The inside was lined with a thin cedar material and once housed four cigars. The item that performed the miracle that saved the cigars was the Humi-System package. I have to admit that my experiences will products from Humidipak, the folk that developed this item, is very limited. I had read a few articles about their stuff and visited their website, but that was it. However, now I am a believer. Of course I don’t advocate using them for a long term solution but they will adequately handle any special humidification needs you may have. Travel is probably the best use of this product. Another great tip for use of humidipaks, I got from Mike down at Leaf and Ale, was on how to deal with storing flavored cigars with your non-flavored smokes. His advice was “You can get a nice freezer Ziploc with a Humidipak or water pillow that can be recharged with distilled water for humidification and keep the flavored cigars separate from the others.” This is especially handy if you only have one humidor. I sure that there are millions of uses for this product and would love to hear any tips, of tricks.

I will definitely be posting about how the Cuesta-Rey’s smoke. It may be awhile before I smoke them, they are in stable condition right now and I am optimistic about their full recovery. Unfortunately, I can not locate the other two cigars; I like to think that I smoked them and enjoyed them.

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