5 Tips for Keeping Your Cigars in Top Shape
Keeping your cigars in good condition may seem like an effortless task, but it’s not always simple. From keeping them out of direct sunlight to sealing them in cellophane wrappers and making sure you don’t drop them on the floor, there are quite a few steps you can take to keep your precious cigars in top shape. To help you out, here are five tips for keeping your cigars in top shape!
This is a delicate balance. If you live somewhere dry, storing cigars in a humidor allows them to maintain their moisture and prevents cracking of wrappers. If you live somewhere with higher humidity, keeping your cigars in some sort of airtight container will keep them from absorbing excess moisture from the air. Either way, both of these methods ensure that your cigars don’t dry out.
First and foremost, always remove your choice of cigar from its packaging before you smoke them. Failure to do so can result in a bad time. A humidor with a bit of moisture is best for storage, but make sure it’s not wet or damp. You want a balance between temperature and humidity, but if your cigars are starting to lose their flavour or smell a little funky, a little dryness is preferable to mould. To keep your humidor at just-right humidity levels, use some sort of hydrometer or another device that measures moisture levels over time. This will give you some insight into how much water you’ll need to add on certain days of the month as well as whether any leaks may be causing more airflow than you might like.
3) Air Circulation
Cigars must be allowed to air out to prevent mould and mildew from forming. An easy way to do that is to transfer them into a plastic container and store them in a cool, dry place (out of direct sunlight). Many aficionados also opt for cigar humidors, which allow you to properly store your cigars at their ideal humidity level (usually between 70% and 72%) without concern about temperature fluctuations. If you don’t want to invest in a humidor right away, it’s recommended that you get at least one five-gallon bucket with a lid—these can be found at most hardware stores—and fill it with distilled water. The constant evaporation will help keep your cigars in great shape.
4) Temperature Control
It may not sound like a good thing, but cigars actually need to be exposed to sunlight. This will help bring out their flavor and smell, making them taste even better. However, don’t store your cigars in direct sunlight; put them on top of a dresser or bookcase instead. The sun should only play a minimal role—and keep it well-protected from moisture and heat. Keep It Cool: This is an obvious one, but many cigar enthusiasts forget about humidity (or lack thereof) when storing their smokes. Because cigars are rolled with leaf tobacco, they can absorb moisture if they aren’t stored properly; remember to take care of your sticks by keeping them away from sources of moisture like sinks or showers.
Sunlight, especially UV light, will damage cigars over time. When you’re not smoking them, keep your cigars out of direct sunlight and store them somewhere that is dark and dry. Avoid using humidors that are exposed to sunlight or placing your cigars on top of windowsills or next to bright lights where they could absorb harmful ultraviolet rays. It’s also important to note that cigarettes are typically made with delicate tobacco leaves which can be easily damaged by long exposure to air; if you want to smoke your cigar for a longer period of time after taking it out of its original packaging, it’s best to put it back in its box (in an airtight plastic bag if possible) until you’re ready to smoke it.