Brothers, this is my first post here. . . tho' I have been burning sticks for years.
I agree with everything mentioned, and offer a bit of the following.
1) take your sample stick into a cigar shop and find the guys who know. Ask them what they think. You will quickly get a lesson and make a bunch of friends.
2) If your sticks are in fact dry, put them in the cedar box they came to you in. Take the boxes and the tupperdor into the bathroom when you take a shower. The steam from the shower, will humidify the cedar as well as the tupperdor and you can capture the microenvironment.
Happy Holidays, and your mileage may vary.