How to Store Cigars

Proper storage of cigars is crucial to maintain their flavor, aroma, and overall quality. Cigars are sensitive to changes in humidity and temperature, and incorrect storage can lead to them drying out, becoming too moist, or developing mold. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to store cigars effectively:

The Importance of Humidity and Temperature

  1. Optimal Humidity: Cigars should be stored at a relative humidity (RH) of 65-72%. This level ensures the cigars stay fresh and maintain their structural integrity.
  2. Optimal Temperature: The ideal storage temperature is between 65°F and 70°F (18°C to 21°C). Higher temperatures can cause tobacco beetle infestations, while lower temperatures can dry out the cigars.

Using a Humidorhome humidors explained

A humidor is a specially designed box or room that maintains the necessary humidity and temperature for cigar storage. Here’s how to use one:

  1. Choosing a Humidor: Select a humidor with a good seal and made of quality materials, preferably Spanish cedar, which helps in maintaining humidity and enhances the aging process of cigars.
  2. Seasoning the Humidor: Before storing cigars, season your humidor to ensure it maintains the desired humidity:
    • Wipe the interior with a distilled water-dampened cloth.
    • Place a shallow dish of distilled water inside and close the humidor for 24-48 hours.
    • Repeat the process if necessary, until the humidor reaches the desired humidity level.
  3. Maintaining Humidity: Use humidification devices such as:Boveda humidifying packs
    • Humidification Packs: Pre-calibrated packs that release or absorb moisture as needed.
    • Humidifiers: Gel, foam, or crystal humidifiers placed inside the humidor.
    • Electronic Humidifiers: For larger humidors or those needing precise control.
  4. Monitoring Conditions: Regularly check the humidity and temperature using a hygrometer and thermometer. Digital hygrometers are preferred for their accuracy.
  5. Rotating Cigars: Periodically rotate cigars to ensure even exposure to humidity and prevent certain areas from drying out.

Alternative Storage Methods

  1. Cigar Tubes: For short-term storage, individual cigar tubes can maintain freshness. They are portable and convenient for travel.

  2. Cigar Bags: Humidified cigar bags are an inexpensive option for temporary storage, usually containing a small humidification device.
  3. Tupperware or Coolerdor: For budget-friendly storage:
    • Use a plastic container or cooler with a good seal.
    • Add a humidification device and hygrometer.
    • Line with cedar sheets to mimic a traditional humidor environment.
  4. Wineadors: Wine coolers converted for cigar storage:
    • Adjust the temperature settings to maintain the ideal cigar storage range.
    • Add humidification devices and cedar shelves or drawers.

Best Practices for Cigar Storage

  1. Avoid Fluctuations: Keep your humidor in a stable environment, avoiding areas with significant temperature or humidity changes, like kitchens or basements.
  2. Regular Maintenance: Refill humidification devices as needed and check for mold or pests regularly.
  3. Do Not Overfill: Ensure air circulation within the humidor by not overcrowding the cigars.
  4. Use Distilled Water: Only use distilled water or propylene glycol solution in humidification devices to prevent mold and mineral buildup.

Long-Term Storage and Aging

  1. Aging Cigars: Many cigars improve with age. Store them for several months to years to develop more complex flavors.
  2. Separate Strong Aromas: Store flavored cigars separately to prevent them from imparting their flavors to other cigars.

salt test hygrometer calibrationBy following these guidelines, you can ensure your cigars remain in optimal condition, providing the best smoking experience possible. Proper storage not only preserves the quality of your cigars but also enhances their flavors over time, making each smoking session enjoyable and satisfying.



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