If you’re new to the world of cigars, you’ve probably heard of humidors. But is one really necessary – especially if your cigar collection is small? The truth is, humidors aren’t just a nice-to-have accessory; they’re an essential tool to maintain the integrity of your cigars, no matter the size of your collection. Whether you’re an enthusiast who has stockpiled hundreds of cigars, or a dabbler who keeps a few favorites around the house, a humidor will ensure they stay in top condition. Here’s how a humidor helps:
What is a Cigar Humidor?
A cigar humidor is a container that maintains the environmental conditions to preserve the freshness of your cigars. The rule of thumb is to store cigars at 70% humidity and 70 degrees; a humidor helps regulate the moisture and maintain the optimal 70% humidity. More advanced models include a thermostat to regulate temperature as well.
Humidors are available in all sizes, from small boxes to large, walk-in cabinet-style designs. Regardless of the size of your cigar collection, there’s a humidor to meet your needs.
What Happens If I Don’t Use a Humidor?
The tobacco used in cigars is extremely sensitive to the environment where it’s stored. It will absorb moisture from the air if it’s too humid and release moisture if the air is too dry. This can have a significant effect on the flavors, notes, and the way the cigar burns. If you don’t keep your cigars fresh with a humidor, it will degrade the experience of smoking your cigar – and possibly even make them impossible to burn.
If cigars are kept in an environment that’s too humid, they will absorb excess moisture from the air. This can cause:
- Burst or split wrappers
- Difficulty lighting the cigar
- Uneven burn
- Rot or mold
- Tobacco beetle infestation
Store cigars in an environment that’s too dry, and problems include:
- The release of tobacco’s essential oils, causing a loss of flavor and aroma
- Cracked or shriveled appearance
- Bitter flavor
- Difficulty lighting or smoking the cigar
Humidors for Every Collection
Cigars are to be enjoyed, so protect your investment with a cigar humidor. Tobacco Locker offers humidors in multiple sizes, from compact travel humidors to large-sized models for bigger collections. They also offer accessories to help ensure your humidor is functioning at its best. Browse their collection and find the size that’s right for you, so when you’re ready to enjoy that cigar you’ve been looking forward to, you can expect the experience will be as good as you’ve been hoping!