The humidor is the essential ally in preserving and emphasizing the cigar’s qualities. For this reason, it is a key element to understand how a correct storage contributes to a pleasant enjoyment and how a bad one can provoke irreversible damage on the cigar’s texture and flavour.
The most important part of the humidor and pivotal to a proper conservation is the interior. For this reason, is crucial to carefully choose the right manufacturing materials. The Spanish cedar, for instance, is a type of wood widely used in humidors for its several benefits. The smell protects the cigars from the Lasioderma serricorne and its high capacity of absorption helps to avoid the apparition of mold. It also contributes positively to the ageing process of the cigars.
We need to bare in mind that cigars need a few days to acclimatize to the humidor’s conditions, so is advisable to separate the new ones from those which have been inside for a longer period of time. The ideal temperature is between 16-18ºC, as below 12ºC the ageing process stops and above 24ºC the risk of infections and rot increase. A 65-70% of relative humidity is considered excellent for the evolution of its taste, as it favors a uniform burning. An excess of humidity could cause the apparition of white mold. On the other hand, too much dryness can cause the cigar to crack, crumbling its internal structure. For this reason, is not advisable to keep cigars in containers which are not designed for this purpose.
Those with advanced DIY skills can design their own humidor by, for example, recycling wine cases, humidifying the internal walls and placing a recipient with water to delay evaporation. The level of humidity and temperature can be controlled by thermometers and humidifiers.
To make the most of your cigar’s qualities is advisable to use artisan humidors manufactured by expert hands which serve the job they were made for, like the range you can find in our shop.