Your first cigar humidor


03 November 2020

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Many of you who have just joined the cigar revolution may wonder if you need to buy a cigar humidor, muttering under your breath to yourself, "I already had to buy a lighter, now this!" While some people believe that keeping cigars in a plastic bag with a damp towel is enough to keep them adequate, nine out of ten cigar lovers are likely to splurge on the humidor. And, of course, nine out of ten dentists would probably agree.

This is because cigars adapt to their surroundings, absorbing their surroundings like a sponge. If kept in an unsuitable environment, they will age into unsuitable cigars, disappointing both their parents and the person who bought them. On the other hand, however, there is the fact that if cigars are placed in a suitable environment, they will age to become suitable for even the most seasoned connoisseur.

For those who have not yet purchased a humidor for their cigars to call "home," they may be confused as to what a humidor is and whether or not they should buy one. They can seem confusing, as if there are many types and brands, each asking for the opportunity to age their cigar. However, they are actually quite simple; A humidor is what it sounds like: a box or a room that contains constant humidity. Basically, it's the Florida version of the cigar.

While many cigar stores have room-sized humidors, a walk-in humidity closet where customers can purchase cigars, when purchasing a humidor for personal use, the size doesn't have to be comparable - no need to convert your guest room in a humidor, replacing your bedding set and angering your spouse. A small wood or glass humidifier box will suffice, holding a few dozen cigars, keeping them at the perfect temperature and helping them age gracefully.

All humidors contain hygrometers, a device used to monitor humidity levels. This helps cigar lovers keep their humidors around the ideal humidity of 65 to 70 percent. When the humidity in the humidor drops above or below this level, the hygrometer will tell you, as if it were tapping you on the shoulder with its thermometer. Ideally, it is best to fill the humidor as much as possible, packing the cigars to the top - the more empty space, the more likely the humidity will decrease. And, most importantly, the more empty space, the less cigars in your collection.

The humidors are made with wood that is particularly good for aging cigars; It is like an anti-wrinkle cream for the world of tobacco. Constructed from Spanish cedar, this wood retains more moisture, casts its magnetic scent onto cigars, and repels tobacco beetles, tiny tobacco-eating insects, potentially ruining cigar collections and bringing undeserved luxury to the insect world.

Once a humidor is purchased, it must be prepared before use; Placing cigars too early will result in a waste of time and a waste of tobacco. To prepare the humidor, take a damp cloth or towel and remove the dust by cleaning the interior. Next, put a small bowl of water inside the humidor and leave it there for 12 hours with the humidor lid closed. After 12 hours, if most of the water has evaporated, fill another container with water and keep it in the humidor for 24 hours. It is when the water stops evaporating that your humidor is ready to use. Simply put, when his humidor is no longer thirsty, give him his cigars.

Every few days, be sure to check your humidor to make sure it doesn't need to be refilled. If you live in a particularly hot climate, you may need to check your humidor more frequently, making sure that the water hasn't completely evaporated or that your parched dog hasn't drunk from it in an act of desperate thirst. When filling, use only distilled water or half distilled water and half Propylene Glycol.

Humidors are essential for a good cigar collection. Not only do they keep cigars fresh and preserved, but they keep them enhanced with the essence they are meant to display. Having a collection of cigars and not a humidor can be compared to owning a classic car and keeping it out of the garage, where any element of the weather can strike. Most true connoisseurs and newbies hoping to become connoisseurs advocate the use of a humidor. If you don't use one your cigars may go bad or if they don't you will only come close to true luxury. Close, but without cigar.


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