How to Look After Cigars

If you’re a cigar enthusiast or just a beginner dipping their toes into the relaxing and luxurious leisure activity, you must look after your cigars properly, so that they remain at an optimal condition to smoke for longer.

There are a few things that must be considered to make sure your cigar is perfect, meaning that it’s free of cracks and discolorations, as well as any hard or soft spots. These are important to look out for as soft spots may indicate that the cigar has less tobacco in it than it should, and a hard spot may show that the cigar has been packed too tightly, resulting in a plugged cigar that’s hard to smoke.

Here are the following techniques and practices you should be following to make sure that your cigar is well looked after.

Humidity

Cigars need to be moist, as a dry cigar will lose its flavor, burn quicker, and generally not be enjoyable. That’s why there are so much emphasis and items devoted to keeping your cigar moist. The best conditions for a cigar to be stored in is around 70% humidity at 68 degrees Fahrenheit. You don’t want things to be too hot as warm air can hold a lot of moisture, turning your cigars soggy if you’re not careful, which can make it super hard to puff, force the wrapper to swell and split open and even encourage mold to form. That’s why it’s best to have a crisp temperature as the air will remain dry but also moist enough to keep the cigar in optimal health. To ensure that your cigars are at their best, be sure to look for the top-rated cigar humidifier for the best results.

Humidifying Devices

There are various gadgets and devices devoted to helping to keep your cigars perfectly moist, ranging from state of the art and pricey items to your humble sponges and paper towels. All off these items do the job, but of course, the more premium you go, the better quality the storage is, meaning better quality cigars.

  • Humidor

These devices are hands down the best way to store cigars. Their intention is to recreate the mind, humid climate of the Caribbean, and Cuba, where cigars are most associated with and also where the conditions are most optimal for these items. Every humidor contains some form of humidifying element, and it’s important to use distilled water with this for a couple of reasons. The first is that tap water makes it much more likely for mold to form, and it also contains minerals that can harm the cigar and ruin the effectiveness of the humidifier. This will alter the way the cigar will taste, giving it a real unpleasant flavor.

A Humidor can also be used to age a cigar. When doing this, cigars of the same brand should be kept together without their protective cellophane, in a specifically cedar-lined humidor. This draws out any excess moisture and allows the cigars to ‘marry’ where they absorb each other’s oils, making one unique and decadent flavor. When aging and marrying cigars, be sure to open up the humidor for a few hours every week so that air can hit the cigars to avoid them picking up a musty taste.

  • Humidistat

A humidistat is a large piece of Oasis or synthetic clay and is the same material you’ll get in home and garden centers. It’s housed in either plastic or metal grill that’s created to disperse 70-75% humidity throughout a humidor. Depending on the size, they can comfortably keep 50-100 cigars fresh and ready to smoke.

Author: Guest Contributor

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