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Monday, April 17, 2006

Old Cigars Question

One of our Canadian readers writes to us and asks: "I have just discovered a box of Partagas cigars which I purchased about 3 years ago while visiting Cuba. They were not the "tubular" variety and so have dried out somewhat. Is it possible to restore the humidity back into the cigars?"

Al Remp responds:

  1. Do not squeeze to test for dryness.
  2. If you own a humidor, raise the level of the humidity guage to 78.
  3. If you do not own a humidor, place the cigars in a double zip lock bag - cigars in one bag, then zip it. Place that bag in another zip lock with a wet towel or wet sponge and zip it.
    Let the cigars sit for several days.
  4. Cigars should be firm, not spongy.
Let us know if this corrects the dryness.

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2 Comments:

  • At 11:58 PM, Blogger Bryan Newbury said…

    On point 3, I'd go Boveda pack instead of towel/sponge. This eliminates the possibility of mold. My paranoid 2 cents.

     
  • At 9:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If you have the box, I'd leave the cigars in the box, get a clean dry cooler that the box can fit in along with a small dish of water (or a wet sponge in a dish- use a new one!), leave it there for a month or more. The box will rehumidify, the cigars will rehumidify from the box, although slower- this is a good thing. It's better on the cigars to rehydrate slowly. And the drier they are, the truer it is.

    Burp the cooler once a month. Replace the wet sponge once a week- don't let it get musty.

    Have a hygrometer? Good, put it in there.

    About a couple of weeks into it, replace the wet sponse/dish with a proper humidification... I'd use oasis foam soaked with 50/50 PG fluid in a dish

     

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