Cigar Storage Is Paramount

It’s no surprise that smoking cigars is becoming among the predominant ways men choose to relax after a good week of work. There’s really not much that compares to a fine cigar and brandy but the key to getting the most out of your cigar is keeping it fresh and to do that you have to maintain it properly stored. A nice humidor not only looks great and classy in your office but it also works to keep your cigars fresh.

Cigars require storage to keep them fresh because cigars can absorb moisture from their environment but can also become dry in a dry climate. Proper cigar storage is critical for this reason because placing them in a dry environment will produce a dry cigar and a bad smoke. Cigars can be damaged by an environment that contains excessive moisture so it’s best to keep them in storage in a really humid environment. So what you’re looking for is the right balance to keep your cigars fresh and ready to smoke.

A good sign of a cigar that is too moist is a cigar that won’t stay lit. If you’re having a tough time drawing in smoke from the cigar, that’s another sign that you have a bad cigar. Since you’re a beginner we’ll keep it simple. A cigar not stored at the right humidity level will be hard to smoke and enjoy.

I’ve never smoked a dry cigar that tasted good so make sure you stay away from them. When cigars get dry they burn hot when you smoke them and it’s because the cigar doesn’t have the right amount of moisture to keep the cigar burning slow. The big problem with a dry cigar is that you don’t get to taste the natural flavors of the cigar because of the extreme heat. Follow the steps below to ensure the cigars you smoke are fresh and ready to smoke.

If you don’t have a cigar humidor then you should limit yourself to 1-3 cigars on your first purchase. It’s also a great idea to keep your cigars in whatever packaging they came in.

If you can afford a humidor then that’s the ideal way to go for proper storage of your cigars. Try to keep your cigar’s humidity level at about 60-70%. A necessity with your humidor is a hygrometer which is what you will use to measure the humidity level in your humidor which should be around 67%. A hygrometer measures the amount of humidity in the air. Depending on where you live it’s probably also a good idea to keep your humidor in a cool and dark place with the temperature in the mid 70’s.

No doubt cigars are a great way to sit back and relax but to get the most out of those cigars it’s imperative to keep them fresh and to do that you need proper storage.

Choosing your First Cigar

If you’re a beginner to cigar smoking the very first thing you need to do is buy a half-dozen different cigars to practice with. The best thing that you can do is buy a few cigars to start out with and avoid making a bulk purchase4 because you still don’t know what sort of cigars you’ll like. Your local tobacconist is a wealth of knowledge that you need to for sure take advantage of so make sure to ask him for some suggestions on cigars for beginners.

Mild cigars are great for beginners since you get the taste of fine tobacco without the more robust tones of some of the stronger cigars. Robust cigars, that are darker in color might be a little too much for you at the outset so it’s probably best to avoid them for a minute. Mild cigars are also typically less expensive so that’s another plus for mild cigars for beginners.

Prior to making a purchase you’ll want to thoroughly check out your cigars. You’re looking for fresh cigars that are rolled well. With your fingers you’ll want to roll the cigar between your fingers and at the same time feel around for anything lumpy or uncharacteristically hard or soft. Basically what you’re in search of is a consistency all around the cigar.

Remember while doing all of this you’re also looking to make sure the cigar is fresh so it’s a good suggestion to also listen and feel for any cracks on the wrapper which could indicate that it is dryer then it should be.

While looking at the wrapper of the cigar you’ll want to keep an eye out for color discolorations and cracks. Also remember that mild cigars are generally lighter in color and have a more tan appearance then a dark brown one.

Cigars are extremely delicate and proper storage is critical for the best smoke possible. It’s not a good idea to buy more cigars then you can smoke in a few days if you don’t own a humidor to store them in. It’s a good idea to leave the cigars in the containers in the containers you got them to maintain them fresh for as long as possible.

It’s not a good idea to leave a cigar out because cigars start to dry out almost immediately. In an emergency you can always use a piece of tupperware from the kitchen. Never forget that to get the most flavor out of the cigar it will have to be as fresh as possible.

Smoking a cigar has often been called the urban man’s campfire and I couldn’t agree more. Not only are they great for relaxing but they also make great gifts . Happy smoking.