- Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) September 29, 2005 -- With imports of
handmade premium cigars hovering around a 7% gain year over year
through July, some industry experts are thinking that the era of
increasing supply may be coming to an end.
They note that the pace of imports coming into the U.S. are tapering
off as evidenced by July's weak performance, -3.7% from July 2004.
imports in 2004 registered month over month gains in 10 of 12
months. This year's results show gains only in four of the first
seven months. In fact, if this current pace continues cigar imports
to the U.S. may not reach last years levels reports Stephen Malan,
owner of Humidor Vault LLC in Las Vegas, NV.
does this mean to the cigar consumer? Whenever supply is curtailed
in any product, the price of that product may increase and depending
on the circumstances, they could increase dramatically says Malan.
Now, no one really knows for sure what prices will do, but to be on
the safe side, it may be wise to invest in a quality humidor system
to lay away imported cigars while prices are still stable. So, here
are a few tips from Humidor Vault on choosing a quality humidor:
Seal: The most important aspect of a humidor is its ability to hold
humidity. The seal will do that. When looking at humidors, check to
see how it closes when the lid is dropped from 2-3 inches. If it
lands on a cushion of air, the seal is fine. If it clangs when the
lid is dropped, walk away because that isn't a quality humidor...in
fact, it's just a box, says Malan. Look to see what hinges are used
to close the lid. The best humidors use hidden quadrant hinges
and/or piano hinges, as they supply the best seal possible.
Exterior Construction: The sidewalls and bottom of the humidor
should be at a minimum, ½ inch thick. The thicker the sidewalls the
more resistant the interior will be to external temperature changes.
Large temperature fluctuations will ruin your cigars. Check to see
if the outside bottom of the humidor is lined with felt to prevent
scratching of the furniture that you place your humidor on.
Interior Construction: It is extremely important that your humidor
be lined in Kiln-Dried Spanish Cedar. This is the industry standard
when it comes to quality made humidors. Spanish cedar is less
aromatic than other woods that are sometimes used in humidors. You
don't want overly aromatic woods in your humidor as it may impart an
unwanted flavor to your cigars says Malan. Additionally, Spanish
cedar is less prone to warping which is imperative when used in a
high humidity application such as a humidor. If your interior warps,
your seal will be broken and your cigars will be ruined. Having the
interior Kiln-Dried gets rid of all the natural moisture that all
woods contain. If the humidor you're looking at has trays, make sure
that they are ventilated to assure the humidity in your humidor can
circulate to all cigars in the humidor.
Style: Want something to impress your poker playing buddies or just
to have on your desk without being fancy? Matte finish or a multiple
layer high gloss finish? One for the golf bag? There are so many
styles to choose from it can be pretty confusing. Malan advises to
just make sure the humidor fits your personal style.
Quality: Don't let price alone influence your decision as to what is
a quality humidor. There are many humidors on the market today that
retail for less than $100 that will keep your cigars perfectly fresh
for a long time, Malan advises. Look at all the variables discussed
in steps 1-4 and you should have an easier time finding a quality
mixing too many types of cigars in a single humidor … especially
if they come without cellophane wrappers. They will marry their
aromas and you will not have the cigars you thought you had warns
Malan. We always advise multiple humidors if they have premium
cigars without cellophane wrappers. Many premium cigars, such as La
Gloria Cubana Serie line, have no cellophane on their cigars and
these should not come in contact with other un-cellophaned cigars in
your time … follow the 5 steps outlined above and you will have an
easier time in finding a quality humidor says Malan.
website offers expert tips for cigar consumers. Cigar fans can learn
how to properly store, light and smoke cigars for maximum enjoyment.
They can also browse through some of the finest brands of hand
rolled cigars and humidors.
information can be found at http://www.humidorvault.com
an interview or more information, please contact Stephen Malan by
phone at 702-642-2571.
Courtesy of Stephen Malan and Cigar-Review.com