So, now it has arrived, the new Humidor ordered from these guys http://www.cigarrlagret.nu . I´ve spent the evening unpacking it and starting the priming with distilled water. As I´ve said before I´m quite a novice at this, so it´s good to have all of the great sites on the net where you can learn just about everything you need to know about cigars and cigar-smoking. This one, for example, has a lot of useful stuff http://www.cigaraficionado.com
This one is supposed to fit about 300 cigars, which of course is much more than I currently own. Some extra space for future acquisitions is never out of the way, though. It looks kind of nice, and has a reasonable wife-approval factor (meaning no serious complaints so far). Along with the humidor I also bought two boxes of limited edition Cubans – the Romeo y Julieta Escudos Edicion Limitada 2007 and Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Roi 1999. A notch up from what I´ve tried before, obviously. The boxes are in a cool place waiting for the humidor to be primed and ready.
Of course I couldn´t stop myself from trying one of the Romeo y Julietas, sitting in front of the house in the cool late evening, smoking it while drinking a cup of Brasilian coffee. This particular one felt a little spongy to the touch, quite unlike the A Turrent triple play I smoked the other day which was very firm and fully packed. Before lighting, the R y J had a pleasant earthy aroma with hints of leather. Beautiful wrapper with some fine veins, a bit darker than the other R y J´s I´ve tried but much lighter in colour than the A Turrent. It had an easy draw but burned a little irregularly, which might of course have been my fault. About midway I neglected it a little and had to top it up twice. For someone with my limited experience the taste was fairly full – strong coffee, dark chocolate and black pepper. The first third had some cedar notes which was overwhelmed by the stronger flavors as I got into the second and final third. All in all an enjoyable smoke leaving a long and rather complex after-taste. This one has of course already been stored for some time, but I´m still going to let the rest of the box sit in the humidor for later tasting.