Podcast 118: Vegas as Bourbon Street?; Buying Humidors; Mead, Revisited

Podcast 118, 5/12/13 … In this episode, Jason and Tony disagree about the degree to which Linq and The Park will affect Vegas foot traffic, then they riff about what to look for when you’re in the market for a humidor. Then, Jason re-introduced Tony to honey mead, a beverage we last tasted roughly two years ago.

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4 thoughts on “Podcast 118: Vegas as Bourbon Street?; Buying Humidors; Mead, Revisited

  1. Skyyontherocks Reply

    First, it was great to hear some podcasters that seemed slightly under the influence. I had a sudden urge to go out and bet the “yo”. Boubon Street is arguably my second favorite destination after Las Vegas. While I side with Tony on the strip not having the ambition to replicate the Boubon Street model, I do think Downtown LV could play that role. It is already an area in transition. It has the right amount of old school charm, spirit, and culture to pull it off a French Quarter type vibe, Vegas style. It would be easier to clean up the areas around Fremont Street than to hassle with roads like Paradise. Interesting observation and topic though…thanks.

    • Jason Gillikin Reply

      Why, oh why, must everyone agree with Tony? Aaarrrggghhh.

      Anyway, thanks much! Look forward to placing many more yo bets with you in the future! (Let’s start cracking the whip with Mark and Keren and Matt on the next edition of 360 Vegas Vacation.)

  2. AccessVegas Reply

    Nice discussion on the future of The Strip. Seeing it happen downtown could be hit or miss simply because Tony Hsieh is getting such a firm grip in so many areas surrounding Fremont Street and he’s Mr. “No Smoking/No Gaming” (as seen by what he did to the Gold Spike), that the mix of what he’s doing combined with what visitors want to do could be messy.

    Per the humidor discussion, you were both on point. To address a couple of things:

    1. The rule to buy a humidor 3x as large is because once you have room, you’ll start to think about making larger purchases and box purchases. And while neither of you buy online, those that do can fill up a humi pretty quickly with some of the daily deals many of those sites have. Either way, collecting cigars can turn into a hobby.

    2. Humi construction is very important. Pay more for a humi, thinking of it as a piece of furniture that will last your entire life. $100 (or way more) turns into a couple bucks a year if you keep it 50 years. And, you’ll be able to pass it on to that child or nephew/niece you enjoy cigars with as you grow older.

    3. The $20 thermometer/hygrometers from Radio Shack and similar are plenty fine. If you have a humi with an analog one, use the digital one with it. Compare notes for a few months. If they are registering the same (or always the same amount off, which you can mentally adjust for), the analog is fine. But I agree: Do not assume — even with the nicest humis — that the analog one is good.

    4. Once you get into the 150 or more count humidor, get a Cigar Oasis. Yes, they take up the real estate of 15-20 cigars. But… you always have perfect humidity. Doesn’t matter if your humidor is almost empty or packed full. Doesn’t matter if you open it once per week or a few times per day (on those days you are really enjoying life). Doesn’t matter if your humidor is cedar or glass or stainless steel (as long as it is basically air tight) It makes the humidity bounce back within a couple of minutes and always keeps it exactly where you set it!

    • Jason Gillikin Reply

      Excellent points! You know, I’ve been tempted by the Cigar Oasis for a while now. If only I could keep sticks around for more than a few weeks at a time! 🙂

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