First Impressions: Cuban Crafters Medina 1959

A couple of weeks back I was fortunate enough to receive a surprise package in the mail containing a few cigars. The gracious gift came from Thomas over at Duque Cigars down in Florida. This week I decided to pull out the Cuban Crafters Medina 1959 and give it a whirl. My experience with Cuban Crafters has been virtually nonexistent so I was anxious to get started.



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3 comments On First Impressions: Cuban Crafters Medina 1959

  • Walt-Pretty cool first impressions review! I asked a Mexican friend of mine about Duque. He said it’s pronounced “Due-Kay” and means “The Duke.”

  • Here is a question for you. If you have a cigar that comes in a tube with a cedar strip how long can you keep it in the tube? I gave my buddy one and it was in his humidor (solid 70%), in the tube, for about a month-ish or 6 weeks or so. The wrapper ripped and just came apart at the end and made it difficult to smoke.

    He has an AVO cigar in his humi now and I am kinda worried that the same might happen to that (and give that it is 3x what the one I gave him was, that would be bad).

    Thanks man! Been enjoying your reviews!

  • Ben,
    I have several cigars in tubes that are a couple of years old. The one that immediately comes to mind is an Opus X Forbidden X from 2005.

    The Opus X is in a clear glass tube and I see it every now and again when I go through my humidor. I’ve never noticed any damage on the stick through the glass.

    I have a few other tubed cigars but I don’t normally reach for them (I have a thing for saving cigars in tubes, don’t ask me why as I have no idea).

    If the wrapper was split, it is possible that it got banged around within the tube. If it was not damaged in that way, it is possible that it was a little dried out at one time and was brought back to 70% RH in his humidor. When that happened the filler expanded faster than the wrapper would allow and it popped at the foot (where the filler is exposed at the cut foot).

    I wouldn’t worry about another tubo doing the same unless the humidor isn’t stable. If it is, and you are still concerned about his cigar, you can always suggest he remove it from the tube (or take the lid off the tube) and place it in his humidor that way.

    Hope that helps
    -Walt

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