Storing Your Cigars
Storing cigars is not as complicated as it seems. It is not all that difficult if you abide by a few simple rules.
Storing cigars in their original boxes is recommended, rather than on open display shelves. The first thing to know is that cigars should ideally stay in a humidor until they’re ready to be smoked
When it comes to storing cigars, liken it to fine wine; it must be preserved in an environment that protects it from changes in climate such as humidity, temperature variations, and light and intrusive odors.
They say that wine only gets better with age, well so does a Cuban cigar!
Humidors can range in price from well under a hundred dollars to many thousands. Humidors are special boxes in which you can keep your cigars, and they’ll be much kinder to your stash than a plastic bag or standard cigar box.
They usually come with hydrometers and humidifiers, and sometimes temperature gauges. Humidors are usually quite attractive as well as functional, but be ready to pay at least $150 for a good one.
Humidors either made of wood or glass and they come in a hundred styles and sizes. If your humidor has trays it makes it easy for you to organize, and occasionally rotate, your collection. Humidors are used to store and protect cigars so that they are kept at their peak flavor. Humidors of all sizes use hygrometers to keep track of the humidity levels.
Humidors are used to store and protect cigars so that they are kept at their peak flavor. Humidors can be made of canary wood or grain woods, such as cherry or burl, (my personal favourite). The ideal construction material or lining for humidors is Spanish Cedar (Cedrela odorata). Humidors of all sizes use hygrometers to keep track of the humidity levels.
Moisture and Humidity
Moisture can also promote the growth of mould that can wilt and loosen the cigar’s wrapper while spoiling the interior. Excessive humidity can cause the growth of damaging blue mould or cracking of the wrapper.
The 70/70 rules are that you should try to create an environment in your humidor that is 70 degrees Fahrenheit temperature and 70% humidity. Humidity above 75%, or below 55%, should be considered critical.
Storing cigars in the fridge or freezer is not recommended for two reasons: it will damage the Tobacco and retard the aging process. A refrigerator should only be considered as a temporary last resort, until a better storage system is obtained.