If you are a cigar aficionado, then you know that there is nothing quite like a fresh cigar. A fresh cigar is full of flavor and has a perfect burn. However, keeping your cigars fresh can be a challenge. If you don’t have the right storage solutions, your cigars can dry out or become wrinkled.
In this article, we will take a look at the best ways to store your cigars so that they stay fresh. We will also provide some tips on how to keep your cigars fresh while you are on the go.
Whether you are a casual smoker or a die-hard cigar connoisseur, this article will give you the information you need to enjoy the perfect smoke every time.
Important things to remember
There is a great deal of ignorance. Perhaps one of the most widespread myths is precisely that of storing cigars in the refrigerator, a frequent and not very advisable practice. Cigars, and all tobacco, are hygroscopic, which means they absorb humidity. That is precisely why they need it for their preservation, and the refrigerator is a dry space in which, in addition, all kinds of foods are stored that can transfer unpleasant aromas to cigars.
The best storage system necessarily involves the use of a humidor, a wooden box capable of maintaining certain temperature and humidity parameters. Ideally, cigars should be kept at 65% or 75% humidity and a temperature of between 16 and 18 degrees Celsius. To this end, it has a tank containing water – which must be monitored to ensure that it maintains the right proportions – and a thermometer that regulates the ideal temperature.
How to keep them fresh?
With a humidor
It is a wooden box (made of Spanish cedar, much better) that incorporates a humidification system and a hygrometer to keep it at 65 or 75% humidity. There are simple, travel size, small capacity, but perfect for transporting them, either in the suitcase or, the smaller ones, in the inside pocket of the jacket. We will be talking more about the humidor in the next blog.
Without a humidor
Most of these methods will only work for short periods of time.
Store a few cigars in an open plastic bag until you go to smoke them. If you have a couple of cigars, but can’t smoke them at the time. The best way to store them is in a sealable bag with a slightly damp towel in the opening of the bag, in a dark place that is kept at 20 °C (68 °F).
Warning: Do not place your cigars in a refrigerator, as this is a bad choice. Refrigerators remove moisture from the cigars, and they will absorb the harmful odors present in the refrigerator.
Now that you know how to keep your cigars fresh, you can enjoy them in the best way. By following the simple tips in this article, you can ensure that your cigars will stay fresh and taste great for months to come.