How to Care for Your Cigars

When you purchase good-quality cigars, chances are you’re not going to want to burn through them all in a session or two. Therefore, it’s important to make sure you’re doing everything you can to care for your cigars so they’re not all dried out and unpleasant by the time you go to smoke them in Rutland, VT.

Here’s an overview of what you need to know to keep your cigars fresh:

  • Don’t believe in the 70/70 rule: There used to be a rule that you would want to keep cigars in an environment that’s approximately 70 degrees with 70 percent humidity. However, it’s very difficult to keep humidity that high, and you probably don’t want to have that much humidity in your home anyway. You can get away with humidity in the 60s without having to worry about it damaging your cigars. But certain cigars will have their own characteristics to consider. Maduros, for example, can do well a little drier than other types of cigars because they have thick leaves and plenty of natural oils.
  • Vary humidor locations: Location is crucial for your cigar storage. Keeping them in a humidor is a good start, but there are some additional things you should know. First, try to rotate the cigars every four to six months. Move the top to the bottom and vice versa. Switch up the location so you can try to get more even humidity levels. Even inside the humidor, there will be some variance. In addition, the number of cigars you keep inside your humidor may impact how you rotate them. Smaller humidors should be used for smaller cigar collections. A large humidor for a small collection will result in a lot of wasted energy.
  • Don’t worry too much about short-term storage: If you’re going to be bringing a few cigars with you to an outing, you don’t need to worry as much about how you’re transporting them. You can even toss them into a plastic baggie, and you don’t need to worry about them. Travel humidors are available, but those are more to make sure the cigars don’t get crushed than to protect their humidity levels for a few hours.
  • Sealed boxes offer protection: Sealed boxes of cigars will provide plenty of protection even when kept outside a humidor—and for longer than you might typically expect. If you don’t have the room to store another box of cigars in your humidor, you can keep the cigars fresh for a week or two so long as the box stays wrapped in cellophane. After that, they will begin to lose their moisture. We don’t recommend more than a month of storage outside the humidor, so you’ll want to smoke up some cigars to make room, or avoid purchasing more until you know you have more storage space available.

Interested in learning more about what you need to know to keep your cigars fresh for smoking? Contact Emporium Tobacco & Gifts or visit our smoke and vape shop in Rutland, VT today.