It’s Stog o’Clock – well, kind of. We can’t exactly smoke it, but today, we review a super unique accessory – the CigarMedics HumidiMeter.
CigarMedics made the HumidiMeter to find the relative humidity level within a cigar. Hygrometers have long been around to judge relative humidity inside a humidor, but we’ve never had a way to figure out the humidity level within a stogie. It retails for $29.99.
Enter: HumidiMeter. At first glance, this thing looks almost like a taser. Its compact design fits in a pocket easily. To us it, the cap is removed revealing two metal prongs. The device is turned on, prongs inserted into either end of a cigar, and then, it gives a reading after 5-10 seconds.
The CigarMedics HumidiMeter basis its readings off of a 70 degree environment. As many know, relative humidity is…well…relative. Temperature dramatically affects humidity which is why it’s so important to maintain a consistent temperature in a humidor.
You can see a few tests I did in my video review above, though I did do some additional testing off camera. I left a number of cigars in different air-tight travel humidors for different amounts of time all with the same Boveda packs inside.
During testing, many cigars had not been left in the humidors long enough to truly acclimate to the relative humidity level within. A number of cigars had lower levels in the foot with higher readings through the head.
Cigars stored longest in these humidors were the most consistent and stable. With 69% Boveda packs, readings ranged from around 58%-67% with the longest test running about a month. My house is kept around 65-68 degrees, so I expected them to be a little lower from the get go.
I even tested a few extremely dried out cigars and left them for a couple weeks in the humidor. Those cigars showed the lowest readings as expected floating in the high 50s.
Judging from these tests, most cigars should probably be left in a humidor over a month to acclimate and hit equilibrium. The more stable a cigar, the better it will burn, and the more consistent flavors will be. I’ve always let cigars rest at minimum 3-4 weeks before smoking. This indicates that should be an even longer timeline in most cases.
The CigarMedics HumidiMeter is a really cool tool. It’s one of a kind and is a fun gadget to have on hand. If you’re a reviewer or simply a cigar smoker looking to assure a cigar is ready to be smoked, the Humidimeter is right up your alley.
It’s seemingly accurate judging from my non-scientific testing, and it should at least give you a general idea of humidity level in your cigars. Price isn’t too steep, either. I recommend picking one of these up if you’re a serious cigar smoker.
CigarMedics Humidimeter is available through the manufacturer here, and at the writing of this review, it is currently on sale for a few bucks cheaper at Cigars Daily.
The Cigar Oasis booth was occupied every time we walked by this year. The booth itself saw a major update last year, and they’ve added some cool new graphics and images on the televisions that add character to the setup.
At IPCPR 2018, Cigar Oasis displayed the prototype of the company’s newest “set it and forget it” electronic humidification devices – Cigar Oasis 3.0 – which come in a variety of sizes . This year at IPCPR 2019, the new units were on display along with some additional accessories. We got the scoop from Chaim Kohn and Dan Barranco in the video above.
Cigar Oasis 3.0
The first thing to notice on the new Cigar Oasis 3.0 humidifiers is the much brighter and clearer backlit LCD display. Previous models made it a little harder to see from different angles, but this new screen is bright and beautiful. Cigar Oasis 3.0 also features soft touch buttons which make it very easy to adjust.
Each unit features built-in wifi capability for Smart Humidor technology. The remote monitoring service requires a subscription to the application which then gives you access to monitor temperature and humidity with current reports as well as history of both numbers for up to a year. You can also adjust the humidity settings remotely, and the app will alert you when water is low. There are a few annual plans for the subscription available.
The new Ultra, Excel, and Plus models will feature pre-treated white melamine cartridges designed to avoid mold issues often attributed to floral foam blocks common found in many humidifiers. The Magna 3.0 will come with humidification beads.
Cigar Oasis Plus 3.0 -Designed for 300-1,000 capacity humidors -$159 MSRP
Cigar Oasis Magna 3.0 (CutLightSmoke uses the Magna in his humidor) -Designed for use in 10-60 cubic foot cabinet humidors -$249 MSRP
Cigar Oasis Ash Stay
Cigar Oasis also showcased their Ash Stay ashtrays at IPCPR 2019. The Ash Stay is designed to be a wind-proof ashtray. It’s a circular melamine ashtray with three fingers to rest cigars. Rotating the lid then covers the openings preventing wind from disrupting ash within while assisting with odor control.
Being that each Ash Stay is melamine, they do not rust or warp. The material maintains its appearance and is very easy to clean (it’s even dishwasher safe!) making it optimal for an ashtray. Each Ash-Stay is 8″ in diameter and 2″ tall. Color options are currently white, coffee, and gun metal, and they retail for $30 each. Stay tuned for a full review from CutLightSmoke.
Cigar Oasis Hygrometers
The final accessory on display in the Cigar Oasis booth at IPCPR 2019 was their line of hygrometers. They offer three different styles. We’ve used the digital variants, and they are exceptionally reliable.
Analog – MSRP $10
Caliber IV (Digital) – MSRP $30
Caliber 4R (Analog Style Digital) – MSRP $32 (Available in gold and silver)
Enrique Sanchez, owner of 1502 Cigars and Global Premium Cigars, probably takes the cake at every cigar event, trade show, and herf for biggest smile. As always, he was grinning ear-to-ear ready to talk about his cigars.
Enrique didn’t technically have anything new for us this year, but he did announce he would be selling some of the original release 1502 XO Toros which received very high ratings on iROBUSTO. We were thrilled to hear this news as it’s one of our favorite blends.
Also on display was the Global Premium Cigars Cachitos, a small format blend launched at IPCPR 2019.
” We wanted to follow up the extraordinarily successful Protocol K9 with something special for the Cigar Dojo community! We wanted the Dojo Nation to have a very memorable cigar experience, so we blended this beauty especially with them in mind! I hope you guys enjoy the Night Stick as much as we do; We actually love it and am sad that it will not be a regular-production cigar. I made myself a few extra because I know they are going to sell out fast!
– Juan Cancel, co-owner of Cubariqueno Cigar Co
Cigar Dojo enthusiasts and stick connoisseurs alike swarmed and claimed all 500 Limited Edition bundles of 10 from Famous Smoke Shop. Both online and at an in -store release party.
Priced at $89.99 per 10ct bundle, the Protocol Nightstcick is comprised of an Ecuadorian Habano Rosado Oscuro wrapper. The 6 1/2 x 54 Toro Gordo boasts both binder and fillers fron Nicaragua, including fillers from Condega and Jalapa. The Nightstick was manufactured at the La Zona factory in Nicaragua.
On Point is exactly how this cigar hits the eye. It is very inviting and makes you want to smoke it immediately. My patience was certainly tested early on, as I really wanted to see what the hype was all about. I tend to let any newer cigar rest awhile before lighting up as a rule. But, I had also heard from a few folks that the cigar needed a little time. Needless to say, I also had a few people rave about it. The quintessential yet cliche, “One person’s trash” ideal was ultra present in this case. The good part of course, is that I get to find out for my damn self!
Packed well and firm with a slight spring to it, this officer’s club is triple capped with tiny veinage along the wrapper. Is veinage an actual word? If not, you gon learn today! on the wrapper I’m getting an almost sour musk and faint leather. the foot is blessing me with chocolate, a raisin or fig like nuance and cardboard. Honestly, the cold draw is lack luster and not providing any real previews to the ProDojo Show. A generic baccy and that same cardboard from the aroma test are all that I can detect.
First Third | Walking The Beat
Initial puffs from the Protocol NightStick were earthy and mineral driven with a hint of bitter cocoa. Already, I’m getting the impression that this cigar is carrying youth but has potential if the contents are allowed time to blend and marry. However, we are only a few puffs in so before I jump on the bandwagon, let’s see what comes.
It started slow but midway thru the first third, the spice picked up bringing the flavor along with it. There was a nice combination of caramel and raisin, parallel to a generic leather (pleather). The potent spice was a cinnamon and black pepper tandem coated with a touch of brown sugar.
“Damn, Damn, Damn!” My 5 to 7 minute flavor explosion was short lived by burn and draw issues. The cigar kept dying on me and the burn/mascara line suffered right along with it. As I sit and pray for a revival, the room is filling with aromas of charred oak and leather.
Second Third | Ping Pong Smoke
Starting off with the coining of a new phrase: “Ping Pong Smoke”, the flavors of the Nightstick are going back and forth. Although this isn’t a new occurrence, this is the first time I named it. LOL! Basically, on one puff, I want to throw the cigar across the room into a wall. On other puffs, I want to rub the cigar against my chest and talk dirty to it. Actual flavors are consistent with the 1st third when they are on the good side of the ping pong table. At this point, it’s less of me talking dirty to it and more of the cigar just doing me dirty.
I’m reassured of my original assessment and in agreement with a few of my fellow smokers that this collab definitely needs a moment to get right. It might even be really good by my next birthday. Ughh! It went out completely by the half way point after fighting with it and numerous re-lights.
Final Third | Go With Your Gut
Lesson of the day is to trust your instincts. It got you this far in life. I literally re-lit this Nightstick at least 8 times. In any other case I would have tossed this cigar along time ago, but for the sake of this review, I kept fighting. Of course, the constant relighting, puffing and correcting destroyed any chance of getting back to the tasteful yet brief moment in the first third. And although the cigar isn’t getting ample time to heat up it is a complete sponge at this point. So soft to be exact that my fingers are imprinted in the cigar itself.
The closing flavors are wood and pepper balanced out by sheer frustration and disappointment. For the record this was my first experience with protocol and I have 2 more of these for later review, which I’m hoping and assuming will be better experiences. I try not to judge cigars on the first attempt but I also like to share my initial experiences with the Family.
Since my bout with the ProDojo collab, I was blessed with a regular production Protocol and I was very impressed and satisfied. This negative experience will not tarnish the image of either company in my eyes. Hell, I’m not even mad at the cigar because I will certainly be smoking it again once I feel it has had a decent amount of time in the humidor. I’m no expert or Cervantes, but my thought is that this NOT a blend issue but a time thing.
Thank you again for taking the time and sharing this experience with me. As always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts and feedback. Stay smoking and keep trying new things. Don’t be afraid to wander outside of your usual lane and be willing to give cigars that didn’t move you a second chance. There are many variables at play when it comes to what you can and cannot taste. On that note, I say Cheers and Salute to my Family of the Leaf!