Storing Your Cigars
When keeping cigars more than a day or two storing them properly is crucial. Store them with too much humidity and they burn uneven and require extra effort to keep them lit. However, let them dry out and you’ll find yourself with a cigar that may burn fast and hot with a much harsher flavor. Therefor a humidor is one of the easiest ways to ensure your cigars are stored in the best possible conditions.
A humidor is a device that helps maintain cigars at an optimal humidity level (70%) and temperature (70 degrees). Humidors traditionally are made of wood and lined with Spanish cedar. Spanish cedar is the preferred because of its ability to hold the humidity and it helps assist with the cigar aging process. Humidor prices can start anywhere from $100 and get into the thousands depending on the quality and size of the humidor.
Tips for Selecting and Maintaining Your Humidor
- Remember to plan ahead. When purchasing a humidor it’s always best to buy a little larger than what you think you’ll need. If you think you’ll only have 10 cigars at a time buy a humidor that will hold 20. This is so you’ll have room to grow. It’s better to have a little extra space rather than to have to buy a new humidor in 6 months when you decide to buy a box of 20 cigars.
- Keep it at least 30-50% full. The worst thing you can do is let a humidor sit empty for a month. By keeping the humidor at least 30% full, the cigars will help regulate the proper humidity level. If the humidor does sit empty for an extended period of time it may require re-seasoning before stocking up again.
- Use a humidification system that utilizes Propylene Glycol. Propylene Glycol is an organic compound that is used to properly regulate humidification systems. It helps keep the cigars at the correct humidification level as well as fights against any unwanted bacteria that may be present in water.