Why are humidors the best option for preserving cigars?
Often, cigar smokers will bulk buy a collection of cigars that won’t be smoked for some time, and when they get home, the problem is preserving the cigars in perfect condition until the time does come to smoke them. If you want to smoke your cigars as fresh as you bought them, they must be stored it in the right conditions. Otherwise, in addition to losing its aromas and flavors, it may spoil. Having said all this, the best advice we can give you for keeping your cigars in their ideal state is that you must have a humidor.
Of course, there are many “homemade” solutions that we have all heard of. Among which is the refrigerator solution – this must be discarded at once… this is an incredibly dry environment full of smells that will seriously effect your cigar. The only thing that truly gives your cigars the perfect conditions, while they wait their turn to be consumed, is a humidor.
These are ten of the reasons why you should have a humidor
Humidors maintain the ideal humidity for cigars – around 70% (between 65 and 75%) . The conditions inside the humidor are those of a humid and mild climate like that of the tropical countries from which most of the Premium cigars come. In this environment, the cigar can absorb the ideal amount of moisture. Temperature is also important when it comes to good storage, although in general household temperatures are usually suitable for tobacco, around 21 degrees, as long as it doesn’t exceed 23 or 24 degrees.
- The boxes and tubes with which they come from the factory are mere wrappers, sometimes beautiful, but they are not designed to preserve the cigars.
Humidors allow you to store cigars in an orderly manner, without some putting pressure on others and causing them to break or squash.
- Humidors allow you to store cigars in an orderly manner, without some putting pressure on others and causing them to break or squeeze.
The cigars are also impregnated with the aromas of the wood of the humidor, generally made of cedar. It is a wood that absorbs moisture very well and doses it, thus allowing the ideal storage conditions.
- The cigars are also infused with the aromas of the wood of the humidor, generally made of cedar. It is a wood that absorbs moisture very well and redistrubutes it around the humidifier with equalibrium, thus allowing the ideal storage conditions.
The humidors and cigar cellars also allow the cigars aging process to continue. It is recommended to store cigars after buying them for between three and six months so that their flavor becomes more uniform and balanced.
- Humidors are devices that prevent cigars from acquiring the aromas of the environment and other types of products in the home.
- Humidors are easy to control. The humidifier, whether natural or electronic, simply needs to be refilled with water when necessary. The hygrometer (digital or analog) provides all the necessary information on humidity levels. If our humidor is electronic it is even simpler. The hygrostat together with a set of lights warns us if the humidor needs water.
- The fundamental function of a humidor is to prevent the cigars from drying out. A cigar that does not have the appropriate humidity conditions stops “functioning” correctly. First it starts expelling aggressive flavors and aromas and eventually it dries out completely. Dry cigars cannot be smoked. They give off spicy and unpleasant flavors, plus the coating crumbles like any dry leaf and falls apart. Conversely, excess moisture makes smoking impossible and can even lead to mold.
- Humidors are available in all sorts of price ranges, so this is not an exclusive device only for a portion of the cigar community. Humidors are within reach of almost every pocket.
- In addition, the models and finishes of the humidors allow them to match and look great anywhere in the house or in a tobacconist, adapting to all kinds of decoration styles.