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:
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.
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.