Cigars require precisely-controlled temperature and moisture levels in order to keep them fresh for long-term storage, and without a humidor, you just wont be able to keep them at the right humidity. Without proper storage, a cigar will lose its quality in less than two weeks.
Are humidors necessary?
Unless you are quickly collecting a lot of cigars or want to “home age” your cigars, it is not necessary to buy a humidor. One drawback is your cigars may not have that distinctive cedar wood fragrance you get from a good quality humidor.
How do you store cigars if you dont have a humidor?
A Tupperware box (or a jar) can make a great improvised humidor. Make sure that the lid is airtight so the moisture does not dissipate. Humidity pouches are small packets meant to maintain optimal conditions for cigars on the go and can be bought from most cigar stores.
Do you have to put cigars in a humidor?
The first thing to know is that cigars should stay in a humidor (the first syllable rhymes with you, as in the word humid) until theyre ready to be smoked. When necessary, you can get away with keeping properly humidified cigars in a sealed plastic bag with a small, damp paper towel for a day or so.
Can you keep cigars in the fridge?
While some cigar smokers will tell you to store your cigars in the fridge, this should be avoided! The cool, dry air in the refrigerator will dry your cigars out in no time — and thats the opposite of what you want. Dont put them in the freezer, either — it will dry them out even faster than the fridge will.
Can a cigar be rehydrated?
When you need to rehydrate, or rehumidify, dry cigars, you have to do it gradually. Premium handmade cigars lose moisture at a rate four times faster than they can safely gain it. That means you have to rehumidify them in stages. If your cigars are already in a humidor, take them out and place them in a ziplock bag.
What makes Cuban cigars so special?
They are known to be the very best cigars on the market. These cigars stand out because they are made from high quality materials and a lot of care and attention goes into the making of every single cigar. In fact, it has been estimated that it takes over one hundred steps to properly produce a single Cuban cigar.
Is 50 humidity too low for cigars?
Temperature control is not nearly as critical as the humidity. Any temperature between 50-75 degrees is fine. A couple of notes though; at the lower temp, the aging process slows down, while at the higher temp, the hatching of the dreaded tobacco beetle is a potential risk.