Brickhouse actually tends to be my budget new world cigar but for cubans the Vegueros are great for the £.
For cheap and cheerful jet lighters these;
are good value disposables but theyre only single jet which a great for touch ups and will light a cigar fine..but for bigger sticks id reccommend a 2 or 2 jet lighter makes life a lot easier for the toast and light.
Buy one of these mate
You want a torch lighter cause they're easier to use outside if there's a breeze. Easier for touch ups if the cigar is burning wonky.
You can spend a fortune on lighters, even the expensive ones conk out eventually and you end up having to get them repaired or cleaned which usually costs.
Those I've linked have been the best I've ever used and are dead cheap.
It costs £3 quid and has worked for years for me.
Had one of these for years https://www.amazon.co.uk/VVAY-Lighters-Refillable-Adjustable-Windproof/dp/B08P57VK1N/ apart from needing the very occasional blast with an air duster to clean the burner it's just worked as expected. Seem to turn up with various brand names.
Vertigo Lotus Cyclone. This guy is both cheap (so you don’t care about knocking it around) and incredibly dependable.
These are a little more expensive but come pre-calibrated and you can connect to check on your phone:
I'm not saying this is the right product but if you want a cooler then this may be suitable:
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For cheapish new world cigars (from abroad at least) I like the Plasencia Reserva 1898 Corona and the Flor de Copan Corona.
For reasonably priced Cubans (from abroad at least) I like the Partagas Super Partagas and the Punch Corononations/petit coronations.
For a humidor the absolute best value is to use a tupperdor (plastic tupperware box that has an air tight rubber seal that clamps down) and use a couple of Boveda packs for humidification.
If you want a fancy humidor that looks good you'll need to give us a budget and how many cigars you want to store. I use this cheapo one and it does the job for about 20 cigars: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07BF56BPC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
This is an important life lesson about how the cynical retail trade works. There are certain spirits - this is one, and Havana Club 7 is another, although there are many more, which exhibit dramatic pricing variation. One week they will be, say, £26, then for a few weeks they will be £20. You need to make sure you buy at the low, not the high.
It applies to everything - look at https://pricespy.co.uk/
The message is, never buy something and think that price is in proportion to value. Price is a false and temporary thing, and part of a game retailers play. Just about every product cycles from a high to a low throughout the year. Use sites like this to make sure you aren't conned. When I go to Currys, for example, I know that they have "reduced" stock alongside "will be reduced in the future" stock (or has been reduced in the past stock). Know which of these you are buying.
Please note, private sales of tobacco are forbidden via reddit's ToS. So arranging a sale via this subreddit isn't possible.
1) The USA has an embargo against Cuban products, including cigars, so cuban cigars can't be imported legally there. Both Cuba and the USA manufacture cigars under the Romeo Y Julieta brand, the box you have is cuban and it looks like it was actually bought in cuba based on the MINSAP sticker.
2) Cigars need to be stored at a correct humidity, around 65%, otherwise they dry out, those in aluminium tubes will keep longer and better outside of a humidor but they are not completely air tight. If you're trying to sell them, their condition will matter to the buyer. Your best bet is to buy a boveda pack from amazon
Take the cigars out of their tubes, put them into a clean airtight tupperware container with the boveda pack inside, leave them for a few months. This will get them back up to their correct humidity. They can incidentally be stored indefinitely like this.
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PerfecDraw is really handy for unplugging cigars, you twist it in the cap end about an inch then pull straight out and the barbs pull out some tobacco. Repeat a bit deeper if it's still plugged. Price is a bit steep, but it's solid metal and even if you save 2-3 cigars it's paid for itself.
7l humidor. Holds up to 100 cigars. Cheaper than Ferrero rocket. Airtight.
I have 3 of them.
Is it one of these?
If so I have one. Leaks about 6%, and if you've got as little self control as me you'll need to up size... quick 😁 it's a nice little humidor though, and if it's the same one you'll get more than 25 in it.
I can't help with the shipping to Irelans or customs stuff, sorry :(
Regarding humidors, I bought this 25 cigar one from amazon recently. Seems to work fine for £40. Holds a consistent 65% humidity with 69% boveda packs. I may buy another and separate the average smokes from the special ones. I avoided glass topped humidors because I didn't want the hassle of sealing around the glass etc.
Honestly, there isn't much.
You're gonna be better off adding some more storage.
Buy a Boveda
And a lock n lock
(or get a much bigger one)
A boveda in one of those will pretty much last for a couple years and the only limit to how much you can store is the size of the lock n lock (there are bigger 12l ones which I use)
I exclusively use the lock n locks to store all my stuff.
A few notes would be, if you're storing boxes, just buy the biggest lock n locks you can get, something like this
If you're storing relatively loose cigars, what I like to do is bunch them up into bundles and tie them up with some ribbon so they stay sort of together, I put those in smaller lock n lock, typically this one
Also as a note, those Boveda packs last WAAAY longer in tupperware than in humidors, I think I have at least 1 that's been going for a couple years at this point without drying out.
As for cedar strips, honestly you might have some luck asking in the places you're buying from in Barcelona.
They didn't last that long. They are intended to be single use and are very expensive as a long term solution. I didn't know about dehydrating them.
That's why I was looking at this:
I recently looked myself, but couldn't find a UK source.
I got these as a stopgap. They're better than nothing, but I'm still hoping to find a source of actual bands.
Haha, yup. That humidor has been a good friend. I can recommend the Xikar ELX. That is the black one in my photo. It' pretty damn good. 9mm punch at the bottom too. Great thing about Xikar is you can register any product with them and get a lifetime warranty on it. So if it breaks or buggers up you can send it to them and they will fix/replace it free of charge. You can buy it from any retailer and just register it and when you do they'll send you a free case for it too as a bonus. Here's a link if you are interested. It says £59.99 but if you look below there are a few ppl selling it for £34.99.
Or if you can wait a few months I can see if they still have any Vertigo lighters left at the store I go when I visit my old man. He's making a trip over in May so I may be able to get him to bring you one and those are only about £20 if I remember correctly. I call it the Jet engine. Triple flame beast! Here's a pic.
Based on my current consumption that pack would probably last me 5+ years.
amazon seem to be selling 12 packs at the moment
We could go 50/50 if you want? I need some new packs as well.