Relaxing with a cigar is a great way to wrap up your evening. Finding out your cigar has gone stale, not so much. While the quality of a good cigar improves with time, proper storage is required to achieve such desired results. If the temperature and climate are just right, a luxury cigar can age for decades. The ideal relative humidity is debatable. Typically, it is between 70 -72%, and the desired temperature for proper storage is between 64°-74° Fahrenheit. Lower temperatures will impair storage and aging, while humidity changes can have negative effects on tobacco too. Achieving the perfect environment for your cigars doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive.
Humidors provide ideal storage conditions. This specialized and decorative storage option provides the perfect environment for cigars. Usually made of cedar, many humidors are equipped with a lock and key system for safe keeping. Take time breaking in your humidor. It is not recommended to rush the process of achieving the desired humidity and temperature. Humidity is a key player in keeping your cigars fresh. Humidors have built in humidifiers that regulate the moisture inside. There is a small amount of maintenance and upkeep needed when using a humidor as a storage option. Small, desktop options are perfect for smaller collections. Similar to the effects of direct sunlight, the light bulbs inside a humidor can pose a threat to the overall quality. Avoid placing them directly under the bulbs. This will dry them out.
Utilizing a humidity pouch is a great way to keep cigars fresh. Compact and light, this storage option works much like a ziplock bag would. Your cigars remain safe and in the perfect climate due to the porous skin of the pouch. They are engineered to release moisture at just the right amount. There are different options for size and humidity levels. While these pouches make traveling with your cigars effortless, it is not recommended to leave cigars inside a vehicle or outdoors. Cigars are known to expand and contract. Inserting large amounts of humidity can cause your them to swell and split. Be consistent when opening your pouch.
Plastic Container Storage Method
A plastic storage container may not be as aesthetically pleasing as a cedar humidor is, but the price and convenience outweigh the look. Simply place a moist sponge inside the container with your cigars. It is important to keep the plastic wrapper on, while storing them. This barrier will help keep moisture locked inside the tobacco. Containers like these are inexpensive and easy to find. Multiple size and color options are available. This storage method is also perfect for traveling, especially if you are using a small container. You want to make sure the lid fits securely onto the container. It is extremely important to have an airtight seal.
Insects can also invade your cigar storage area. All options above will help keep pests away. Maintaining a consistent storage environment will help you prevent wrinkles, splitting, swelling and mold forming. Achieving a consistent atmosphere will allow your cigars to age beautifully. It is important to monitor your storage area frequently. Exposure to direct sunlight can have devastating effects. Extreme moisture as well. The last thing you want to do is ruin an expensive cigar by ignoring proper storage. Your personal needs will help you determine the storage options that fit you best. Quantity and consumption can also factor in. If you entertain company with cigars, the more decorative options might be the best option for you. If you do a lot of traveling, the pouch method may suit you better.
A quality cigar deserves to be properly stored. Choosing the method that’s right for you could take time. Explore your options. Be patient and light up a cigar.