When you find the perfect cigar, the next target should be ensuring that it is ready to smoke any time you want. To retain the flavor and freshness of cigars, it is important that you store them properly. This requires a humidor. This post digs deeper into cigar storage and demonstrates why humidification is needed to keep them fresh.
Because tobacco is a tropical plant, the natural environment is always humid. Think of tobacco growing region such s Honduras and the Dominican Republic. They are always humid. Therefore, you need to create similar environments for storing cigars. This means using a humidor.
What exactly is a Humidor?
This is an appliance that helps to increase the moisture of the immediate environment. Humidors are available in different sizes to suit different users’ needs. You can opt for a small desktop humidor that can store 25 cigars or a giant freestanding model capable of storing hundreds of cigar boxes. The price of humidors depends on custom design, type of wood used on it, and dimensions.
No matter the size and cost, the primary role of humidors is maintaining a humidified environment to maintain cigars fresh. This freshness is crucial to ensuring that the cigars are always ready to use or sell.
To provide the perfect environment, humidors use different humidifiers. If you select the large humidors, they employ industrial scale humidifiers that pump moisture from water in a reservoir. Then, they go off automatically when the pre-set moisture level is met.
If you opt for a smaller unit, the chances are that it will have a mounted tray with a disk of absorbent material such as clay or sponge. When the disc is saturated, it releases water into the humidor via evaporation.
The above two methods work well as far as they are properly maintained and monitored.
The Perfect Balance between Humidity and Temperature
To get that perfect smoke that gives you the ultimate thrill, your cigars should be maintained in an environment that closely resemble their tropical origins. This means a humidity of about 67% to 71% and temperatures of 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit). This is the balance that your humidor must strike all the time.
When your cigar has the right humidity, it burns slowly and allows you to taste a wide range of cigar flavors. If tobacco is too dry, it becomes brittle, burns fast, and has an unpleasant taste. Again if it is too wet, it will become soggy. Excess moisture in the humidor could also result in mold development.
A good humidor allows the air to circulate freely between inside and outside environment. In many cases, the normal openings of the humidor are enough to help maintain this air flow.
Temperatures impact cigars in different ways. When heat combines high humidity, the chances are that molds will develop in the humidor and make the cigar to have a stale taste. High temperatures also increase the chances of tobacco beetles development. Fortunately, the eggs of the cigar beetles only hatch when temperatures at 20 degree Celsius.
Maintaining Cigar Freshness
To keep the humidor in the perfect condition and cigars fresh, it is important to do regular inspection. You need to check signs of cracks and molds. You should also do the pinch test that involves squeezing a cigar between the forefinger and the thumb. It should have a stingy feel and spring back after pressing. If it sags or remains dented, the humidor is too moist.
The Final Take
To enjoy your cigar, it should feel fresh and have the flavor you need. Therefore, you should have the right humidor and maintain it in the right condition. Make sure to regularly check the humidor to ensure it has the right temperature and humidity.