I've had 5 gordos and my experiences mirror yours, Brian. You had to 'huff and puff' them like an old steam engine or they go out. Consequestly they get hot and bitter. And the last one I had was a year old humi'ed at 65% +/- and it was no better than the one that was 2 weeks old.
I gave one to my brother, the experieced cigar smoker in the family, and he gave it a "not too bad" rating. As they say, "There's an a$$ for every seat".