Just like all good things, they must be properly taken care of. Whether it be a perm, a boyfriend, a job, you need to take tender care of all the good things in your awesome life.
Because cigars are made in areas with high humidity and temperatures, they need to be stored in very particular climates. There are three basic options when storing your cigar: cigar humidor, cigar tube, or a good ol’ fashioned Ziploc bag (that’s more my style).
A humidor is basically just any kind of box or room with constant humidity that serves as the perfect home for your cigar. They also use a machine called a hygrometer that keeps track of the humidity levels. (An ideal level for optimal cigar life is 70% humidity at 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit).
A humidor is the best place to store a cigar, but it can be a little expensive, and I can think of more fun ways to spend $50.
If a humidor is too pricey, a cigar tube is a happy alternative. In its simplest form, it’s just a tube that keeps your cigar sealed from air – thus controlling the climate perfectly!
It’s not the fanciest option, but it gets the job done just fine! If you place your cigar in a plastic bag, just keep an eye on it. If it gets too dry, put a little piece of damp paper towel at the entrance of the bag and your cigar will be in shipshape.
- Do not keep your cigar in the refrigerator.
- Keep an eye on your cigar, because if the cigar is kept at a temperature higher than 75 degrees, it will dry out.
- Usually a little friction is fun, but when it comes to your cigar, keep it away from any friction, because it can tear the outer layer.
- Cigars also absorb the flavor of other cigars, so don’t let different cigars rub together.
If you look after a cigar well, it should still be good after 15 years, although it will lose some of its intensity of flavor. Some cigar enthusiasts say that cigars even taste better after 5 –10 years, but as busy ladies, we don’t have that kind of time to wait around. It’ll taste just fine the day you buy it!