Active Humidification System:

A mechanical device that maintains humidity by blowing humidified air and recirculating dry air in a humidor. These devices are typically used in larger humidors, such as cabinets, or in walk-in humidors.  You can usually find these in cigar shops or well-appointed homes.

Amatista Jar:

An Amatista Jar is a  heavy glass jar that usually holds 25 or 50 cigars. This method of packaging has lost its popularity, but was very common in the 1950s and 1960s. H. Upmann cigars from Cuba originated the practice in the early 1900s. The jars were lined with Spanish cedar and sealed tight.


Aroma, or bouquet, is the smell from a burning cigar. Great cigars typically have enticing aromas that perfume the room.  Occasionally, it’s difficult to appreciate the aroma of a cigar you are smoking.  To remedy this, leave the room for a moment and come back, or cup your hand and direct some smoke toward your nostrils.


A tobacco beetle is the scourge of cigar smokers. The beetles eat cigar tobacco, and although they are very small they can ruin a cigar very easily. Beetles begin as eggs, and when the temperature inside a humidor rises above 72 degrees, the eggs can hatch.  The beetles will then burrow out of a cigar. If you see a tiny, perfectly circular hole in a cigar, or little canals, it’s a sure sign of a beetle problem. Other signs are sand-like dust, which contain beetle droppings.

Bullet Cutter:

A type of punch cutter used to open the closed head of a cigar before smoking. It creates a circular opening.

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