Monte Pascoal Cigars, Meterics Humidity Meter and the Gurkha Contest Winner

MontePascoal_DoubleCoronaI was a fan of the Monte Pascoal cigars from Brazil for a long time. I became acquainted with the brand at the 2015 IPCPR show when I met the US distributor at the time, Wes, in line to register. The brand was represented in the first couple years of our Christmas contests. The brand now has a new US distributor in Multiverse Cigars after being absent from the market for a while. Probably the only vitola in the range  that I haven’t smoked over the years was the Double Corona, 7 5/8″ x 49, a classic size. This cigar starts out almost annoyingly mild. I recall that the Monte Pascoal line was blended so that the larger vitolas were milder, and the small minuto was a powerhouse. Once it got to the halfway point the flavor really kicked in and was smooth, sweet and tasty. Except for a little bit of an uneven burn in the first half, which I touched up, it burned perfectly with an open draw akin to a properly drawing Havana cigar. It’s been a while since I’ve smoked any of the old Monte Pascoal Brazilian puros, but I would defiantly agree that the DC is the mildest of the bunch, but when that flavor kicks in at the halfway mark, it’s fantastic.  I’m still a fan of this line.

 

We all know that monitoring humidity levels in our various storage containers is pretty important. I haven’t yet made the transition to Boveda packs in all my humidors, and it’s nearly impossible to find two hygrometers to agree with one another. I have a bunch, there’s a couple analog dial types that were included with humidors, I have a Caliber VI and a Caliber 4R from Western Digital/Cigar Oasis and so far they are the most accurate I’ve had.  I bought a bunch of cheapie digitals that are all over the place…kinda like the analog models.  I accepted an invitation to try out a hand-held unit BENETECH GM1362from Meterics.com, the Benetech GM1362 Humidity and Temperature Meter so I could decide which  hygrometers to believe.  My cigars are smoking fine, but the geek in me likes to keep track and make sure none of my prized stogies dry out or get over humidified. This meter is simple, press the power button and it’s ready to go. I place it in the humidor for a few minutes and it settles on a reading. The tricky part was getting it  to change from  Centigrade to Fahrenheit, because the only English instructions are on the packaging, the rest of the included instructions are in Chinese. This unit is easy enough to use that the language of the instructions is of no consequence, and there are English instructions on the website. So, all my humidors check out, and the cool thing about this is I can take it with me to cigar stores and check their humidors out. It’s got a back-lit display for use in the dark as well. This unit is around $30, if you have multiple humidors it’s much cheaper than putting a decent hygrometer in each box, and it’s great for spot checking because it’s quick and easy. Of course, if one used Boveda packs, technically one wouldn’t have to worry about hygrometers, would one? I’ll get around to that one of these days in at least one humidor.

 

Contest

I always do this, bore you with some stuff when you’re just here to see who won the Gurkha goodies. As usual, I consulted with the random number generator at Random.org, we had 72 entries, and it spit out the number 22. Hang on while I go count comments…

OK, I got Frank Germaine!  I know you wanted to leave your address in the comments, but please e-mail it to me anyway! Many thanks to the folks at Gurkha for providing the goodies, and happy birthday to Carlos Llaca Toraño there at Gurkha!

 

That’s all for tonight!  Lots going on this week, so stay tuned for Sunday’s post for the details! Until then,

 

CigarCraig

 

 

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10 Responses to Monte Pascoal Cigars, Meterics Humidity Meter and the Gurkha Contest Winner

  1. Matthew Denico

    Congrats Frank

  2. paul1954

    Dang! That lucky Frank…..

  3. Patrick

    Good for you frank, good fun Craig

  4. Charlie H.

    Congrats Frank! You’ve got more Gurkha goodness than you can handle 😉

  5. Thank you Craig for the nice review of Monte Pascoal Double Corona. For folks who are curious to try these fine Brazilian puros, we have extended our Flash Sale with 50% off any order above $100 + FREE shipping until Sunday October 18th. Use coupon code: FLASHOCT50
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  6. Jared

    The best informative cigar news letter to date. Looking forward to seeing more

  7. Hmm, I’m liking the look of that humidity meter! Would be good to make sure the cigars I’m saving are in good condition. Really weird that the packaged instructions were in Chinese, though.

  8. TriMarkC

    I’ve got numerous cheap humidity meters and can’t get a consistent reading on them. I even calibrated them all with the salt test, & wrote how off they are on each … its alot. I’ve got a large cabinet style humidor with two seperate comparments – top for quick access to a couple hundred individuals & bundles – and double doors below for longer term storage and aging.
    So, wondering what’s a couple of good (but still not expensive) meters for my cabinet humidor?

  9. Hey folks, don’t miss out our Thanksgiving Sale which runs through Monday, November 30th. Use coupon code: THANKS40 for 40% off storewide.
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