Like old wine, the Cigar quality gets better and better over time. But many problems can arise when storing cigars, such as the weather being humid or too dry. Dryness is terrible because the cigar will lose its flavor after two or three months. Each type of cigar also has a certain maturity cycle. From the cigar factory to the distributor, to the retail store, to the hands of the consumer, it has continued to ferment and mature slowly in this process. It needs the right temperature and humidity to “grow” perfectly. Many factors affect this maturity cycle and the quality and taste of cigars.
Why is there a need to store cigars?
Prolonged moist tobacco tends to rot; this can cause cigars to leave residue white powdery mildew matter. The cigar box is designed to counter-act this. If cigars are stored in an environment with suitable temperature and humidity, and fresh air is constantly provided, theoretically there is no time limit for storing cigars. High-quality handmade cigars can retain their flavor after being stored for many years. Before rare cigars are delivered to the tobacco shop, they are generally matured in the air conditioning equipment of the factory or distributor for about 6 months. However, some rare cigars may have a unique fragrance after being matured for several years. Therefore, the decision of when to stop maturing process also depends on a taste that is sought after.
Features of Storage Humidors Or Cabinets For Cigars
Relative humidity of about 60% to 70% is ideal. However, the definition of so-called “optimal humidity” can be up for debate, as this can be subjective depending on the results that are aimed to be achieved. When it is too dry, it is either difficult to keep burning, or it burns so violently that the fire is difficult to control. A professional cigar cabinet can control the humidity required for cigar storage.
A cigar cabinet should have a constant humidity system. The constant humidity system can not only humidify but also dehumidify the area so that Cigars are kept in mint condition. Humidification is the integration of water from a liquid into gaseous water molecules into the air.
Proper storage environment
Humidity is essential for preserving a cigar. Cigars that are too moist are not easy to ignite, and if they are too dry they will spoil the flavor. Since humidity changes with temperature, it is also important to maintain a constant temperature.
The proper temperature for storing cigars is between 16 ℃ and 18 ℃, and the relative humidity is between 60% and 70%.
Cigar Humidors are designed so that the temperature and humidity are controlled electronically, you can find these in any good Cigar retailer. The humidors cannot touch the back of the cabinet liner or the steps at the bottom of the cabinet.
Storing in a Porcelain jar
The quality and aroma of cigars can also be preserved in a Porcelain jar. There are porcelain bottles or glass jars with sufficient airtightness at home that can be used. Moisturizing bags or humidifiers can be attached to the inside of the lid to further assist in storage.
Characteristics of well-preserved cigars
A well-preserved cigar will emit light and a little grease. Sometimes a cigar will have a very thin layer of white crystals, which is what people often call a vigorous cigar. To check whether a cigar is well preserved, you can gently squeeze the cigar with your fingers without crushing or drying. But at the same time, it must not have a strong sense of moisture, let alone a sense of moisture, and it must not be too soft.
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