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Friday, May 26, 2006

Proper Cigar Storage Tips


Storage of cigars is extremely important, and there are many possibilities. However, first and foremost, consideration of a humidor is always recommended.

The action that is optimum is to maintain the proper humidity of this very fragile product. If you have a humidor, it has a gauge(s) to alert you of the temperature and humidity levels. Ideally 68-70 F and 68-70 relative humidity, is the norm.

All cigars in a humidor will remain firm, not too soft (too much humidity) or too hard (lack of humidity), if you are watchful, and dependent on the amount of opening per day.

Another point, if you own a humidor, you should rotate the cigars from top to bottom and bottom to top.

If you do not own a humidor, then storage of your costly purchase, your brand that is your favorite could become suspect for dryness. However, one tradition through the years is to keep cigars in zip-lock Bags (double with sponge); stored in the crisper of a refrigerator; a mason jar; ammo box; and many others. But please check your cigars at least monthly for freshness.

Another discussion always develops- cigars kept in their cello tubes or out of the cello for storage. An opinion, and only an opinion is that cello tubes may not accept humidity. From some, they recommend removal of the cello so that all cigars will accept slight moisture, as needed. My personal experience in my humidors is that my cigars seem to “marry” all the components of wrapper, binder, and filler making my “collection” as I like them, out of cello.

Next: More on Storage.

By Al Remp, product specialist and trainer, Thompson Cigar.


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6 Comments:

  • At 9:19 PM, Blogger Gil Michelini said…

    Al, can you please explain you last sentence?

    I found that those in cello within the humidor where harder than those without--the cello was doing it's job!

    BUT without cello, they can all taste alike.

     
  • At 2:21 PM, Blogger Cigar Blog Moderator said…

    Gil,
    Your statement of "harder" leads me to believe your humidification system needs adjusting to a 70 relative humidity.
    All cigars in a humidor collection except a flavored cigar, would take 10 years for the cigars to taste the same.
    Removing the cello is the choice of most cigar collections. However, if you rotate your cigars to feel for firmness, take it out of the cello.
    Remember, firm not hard or spongy.

     
  • At 2:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I use RH beads to keep my humidor at 65% RH. Lately, I have had a few cigars that when smoking them, the wrapper cracks just abouve the burn line. Most often I can smoke through the aaffected area without a problem. What causes a cigar to split like this while smoking?

    Bob
    bob.mcduffee@gmail.com

     
  • At 10:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Any reason why sometimes i get a tar like syrup when smoking a cigar, either handmade or domestic, happens both with a cigar holder or without, any way to eliminate that? thanx
    Jim

     
  • At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Al
    What about metal tubes. I got some vintage Montecristos and they came in these metal tubes. Is it best to take them out of the tubes and keep them in my humidor. I anticipate I will smoke them over the next six months.
    Thanks for your help
    John

     
  • At 3:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I bought some cigars in metal tubes. should I take them out of the tubes for storage in the humidor?
    John

     

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