Newbie user returning to the hobby

Started by Alekso, 06/20/2023 08:36 AM

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Alekso

Hi geeks!

I'm Alex, I just turned 49 and I am a long time pipe smoker returning to cigars after a long (20+ year) hiatus.

I rage quit cigars all those years ago after loosing about $200 worth of cigars due to a cigar beetle infestation. It was devastating and back then cigar info and knowledge was not near as available as it is today.

I had been eyeing cigars off and on for the last year or two, and recently saw a 10 stick sampler with a 50 CT glass top humidor deal on one of my pipe tobacco sites. My birthday was coming up, and so I decided to take the plunge again.

Since it arrived a week ago, I have been reading obsessively on how to care, store and smoke, when I stumbled on Cigar Geeks. What an awesome site and community! I am looking forward to learning more and participating in this community!

I live in the Houston, TX area, and as mentioned before I am a long time pipe smoker (since college). I am an equal opportunity smoker when it comes to pipe tobacco, though English and burleys are my go to blends (PS proper English, Kramer's Father Dempsey, Prince Albert, C&D Haunted Bookshop).

As for cigars, I was pretty boring and unadventurous when I was a regular cigar smoker. I tended to prefer Connecticut shade wrapper smokes like Macanudo cafe, Ashton classic, Davidoff signature, etc.(I also preferred slimmer panatella 38-44 gauge sticks)

Back then I was an aromatic and codger burley pipe smoker, but over the years my tastes have changed and matured significantly. I am looking forward to working my way through my 10 pack once my humidor finishes seasoning this week, and I have been drooling over so many samplers that I think I sometimes hear my wallet weeping in the other room.

Look forward to the journey ahead of me, just glad I found this place.

Cheers!
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Brlesq

Welcome, Alex.  To avoid a repeat of the past disaster, just freeze ALL of your cigars, even if they come from a merchant or "trusted source". I know that we have an article or 2 here in the knowledge base on this.
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Welcome Alex!  Enjoy the journey, and show that wallet some tough love!   :biggrin:
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Alekso

Brlesq,

Indeed! That is why I haven't smoked any of the 10 pack I got late last week, they have been in the freezer since Saturday. They come out tonight and go into the fridge for 24 hrs. So  am hoping to be sparking up one of them by Friday, or Saturday for sure (beach trip).

It's funny you mention the freezing, i believe in my obsessive reading the posts about freezing cigars are what initially lead me to Cigar Geeks!
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Old age is not convenient.
- L. Zamenhof
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Welcome to CG enjoy the site :biggrin:
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Welcome aboard, Alex. Just soak up the knowledge available here.
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Brlesq

Quote from: Alekso on 06/20/2023 09:30 AMBrlesq,

Indeed! That is why I haven't smoked any of the 10 pack I got late last week, they have been in the freezer since Saturday. They come out tonight and go into the fridge for 24 hrs. So  am hoping to be sparking up one of them by Friday, or Saturday for sure (beach trip).

It's funny you mention the freezing, i believe in my obsessive reading the posts about freezing cigars are what initially lead me to Cigar Geeks!

After you take them out of the fridge, its best to get them into a humidified environment (humidor, bag with Boveda, whatever) for a couple of weeks to let them acclimate, rehumidify and stabilize a bit. If you are on a tighter schedule and want to smoke them soon after buying, just don't freeze them at all and keep them in a ziplock with a Boveda. Just don't commingle with your long term stash
Bruce
Chief Enabler 
Guru of Decorum & Sarcasm


Hey! How come Habana is written on here with a Sharpie ?!?

A day without whiskey is like . . . just kidding, I have no idea!


Alekso

Nods, that's the plan for the bulk of them. Maybe I'll just head to my local b&m and pick one up for this Sat.
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Welcome Alex from the GWN glad your retuning to the hobby  :smoker:

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Alekso

@appollo Thanks! What I wouldn't give to be in the GWN this week, i am looking at 109°F/43°C heat index right now. :hitme:
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Old age is not convenient.
- L. Zamenhof
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Welcome :welcome: enjoy the site! Lots of information here, nice to see some new people :smoker:
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Welcome to CG Alex!

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