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The Importance of a Cigar Humidor

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For anyone even remotely interested in smoking cigars it pays to have a bit of knowledge about the best way to store and preserve them for the best smoking experience. The following post will explore the key things to look for in a cigar humidor, as well the the ideal conditions to store them at.

If you are looking to purchase a cigar humidor, I highly recommend you refer to the Best Cigar Humidor article from the team at Cigar Cigar Info. The post is extremely detailed and highlights not only the importance of having a humidor but also the 12 best humidors on the market at present.

Why you Need a Humidor

A humidor is used to control the climate of your cigars and have them kept in pristine condition. Cigars are meant to be kept at a very specific humidity which is the same climate where the tobacco is grown. By doing so you eliminate a lot of potential problems that could arise in your cigars.

The ideal conditions to store cigars is 70°F  (21°C) and 70% humidity. While this is ideal there is a range which is optimal and that range is as follows:

Humidity: 68-74%

Maximum Temperature: 73°F (23°C)

Without maintaining these conditions cigars will deteriorate. Generally they can last 1-2weeks but this depends heavily on the climate in which you live. There are also short term storage options such as ziploc bags with a small damp sponge but one thing you should never do is store a cigar in the refrigerator.

What Can Go Wrong Without a Humidor

The most common things that can go wrong without the correct storage of your cigars includes:

  • Your cigar burning to fast
  • Bitter taste to your cigar
  • A lot of difficulty lighting your cigar
  • Cigar may go out while smoking
  • Mold on the cigar
  • Beetle infestation within the cigar

Either way you look at it having a cigar humidor will save your cigars and yourself a lot of trouble.

Best Type of Humidor

There are literally hundreds of cigar humidors to choose from, so the choice is very much a personal one. As a rule of thumb you want it to be made from Spanish Cedar Wood. If the outside of the humidor is not wooden you definitely want the interior to be made from spanish cedar wood. The wood works to enhance the flavor of your cigars which makes them all the better to smoke.

I personally like to be able to see my cigars so I like desktop holders on my gaming desk which have glass on the top which allows me to look in and check on my cigars. There are also many humidors that have a lock and key, this is great if you have young children, grandchildren or mischievous teenagers lurking around your home. I think it also makes them look a bit more sophisticated.

There are also humidors which have little drawers or storage areas for your cigar accessories, including lighters, cutters, punches and anything else you may have.

Summary

I think this post is quite self explanatory but if you haven’t already go and buy yourself a Cigar Humidor!! The importance is huge and the benefits even bigger.

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The History Of Cigars

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Cigar and a timepiece

Personally, I really enjoy looking into the history of things. I’m not sure why but I feel like when I understand the history of things and not just cigars that I appreciate them even more. So in this post I want to elaborate on the history of cigars. Time Magazine actually shared a really informative article about this so if you’d rather their version than mine then head over and have a read.

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First off let’s start with the definition of a cigar as provided on Wikipedia:

‘A cigar is a rolled bundle of dried and fermented tobacco leaves made to be smoked. They are produced in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. Since the 20th century, almost all cigars are made up of three distinct components: the filler, the binder leaf which holds the filler together, and a wrapper leaf. Often the cigar will have band printed with the cigar manufacturer’s logo.’

When Were Cigars Created?

So from the definition we know that they have been around since the 10th century. It was believed that the Mayan people are the original inventors, wrapping tobacco in palm or plantain leaves. This dates back to a ceramic pot discovery in the area of Guatemala which has an image of a Mayan smoking what looks like tobacco leaves tied together with string.

Bringing it forward many years to 1492 Christopher Columbus discovered not only America but also tobacco. He brought the trend back to Europe and the popularity has risen exponentially. With the rise in popularity, the majority of European cigars were produced in Spain.

Cigar Manufacturing

After growing crops in Spain many moved to Florida and not long after Cuba was discovered as the ideal growing location. The climate here is ideal for tobacco and cigars, hence why humidors are required to mimic this exact climate.

So Why Cuba?

Cuba is the all in one location to grow the filler, binder and wrapper. The fertile lands and perfect climate make for the right growing conditions all year round. So what is the ideal climate? A humidity that fluctuates between 70% and 80% and temperatures ranging from 70°F to 73°F.

Types of Cigars

There are many different types of cigars but the most common is definitely the Parejo. Shaped in a cylinder and very similar to a modern cigarette these are the cigars depicted by the Mayans. Within the category of Parejo there are many others including the Churchill, Rothschild, Lonsdale, Toro, Corona and Carlota.

There are also another class called Figurados. These guys are not very common these days but once upon a time were. Cigars in this category are known as Presidente, Torpedo and Toscanos and if you find them savor them! They are definitely a collectors item as they have been phased out of production.

Stogies – What are They!?

Stogies was the nickname given to cigars so if you’ve heard this term being thrown around then read on for the explanation.

A stogie is a slang word for a cheap cigar that was pre-cut. Safe to assume that a stogie is a cheap cigar so don’t go throwing this word around. It can be offensive!