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Honduran CigarsIt’s autumn and now is a good time to do some housekeeping in preparation for the colder months that are ahead of us. We don’t mean general housekeeping with regards to hoovering, dusting or fluffing the cushions, we’re talking about cigars. Below are four things you need to put on your to-do list this autumn, in order to keep your cigar selection in tip-top condition.

Visit your local tobacconist. If you’re in Colwyn Bay, come visit us to get the best advice on which cigars to buy. You may be someone who often buys boxes of cigars, but if you come to visit we can help select a few singles for you to try instead. A week or two later once you’ve smoked through them come back and visit as you may have found your new favourite!

Prepare your humidor for winter. The summer can make maintaining proper humidity a real challenge, but winter is the same. There’s a combination of dry air and artificial heat which can lower your humidity in a hurry if you’re not careful. If you happen to use humidification beads for example, ensure you purchase new ones for the winter. If you rely on distilled water/humidor solution to keep the correct humidity, now is a good time to do the salt calibration test to ensure you’re getting correct readings from your hygrometer.

Check out new cigars and tobacco. There’s always new products being launched, and we introduced three new pipe tobaccos back in May 2015. Although we all have our favourites, which may not ever change, it is still good to try out new things and discover new flavours. If you stick with a particular brand or type of cigar, perhaps you could opt for a new one during the winter period.

Select the right drink. Pairing a cigar and drink together isn’t simple, but we’re going to make it easier for you. Some classic pairings with cigars include cognac, single malt whisky, bourbon, rum and port. If you have a light-bodied cigar however, you could choose from a variety of white wine, young reds or blended scotches.