A humidor for cigars is a necessity for every true cigar aficionado. Using a humidor for your cigars allows them to age correctly, enhancing their flavor. A good, quality humidor for cigars allows this aging process to not only progress correctly, but will protect your cigars from rotting and even worms. If you’re unsure as to what to look for in a good humidor for your cigars then read on, we’ll cover all the things you need to know.
The first thing you need to decide is how many cigars the humidor will need to hold. Are you looking for a travel humidor (1-2 cigars) a 5, 10, 25 or larger size humidor for your cigars? One thing that most people don’t realize is that storing different cigars allows the flavors to intermingle, creating something completely different and new.
The two most important features in humidors for cigars is temperature and humidity control. A good humidor will keep the temperature at 65-70 degrees and the humidity at 70%.
Let’s talk about humidity control for a moment. Cigars stored at a humidity of 70% burn evenly and have the best flavor. If there is too little humidity the cigars will burn quickly and have a bitter flavor. Too much humidity and the cigar will burn unevenly and have a distinct acidic flavor, even worse, there’s a chance for rotting and even worms to attack your cigars. You must find a humidor for cigars that can maintain 70% humidity.
- Aside from temperature and humidity the construction of the humidor will have a serious impact on its ability to maintain proper temp and humidity level. Let’s look at the details.
- Make sure there’s an airtight seal, low quality humidors with loosely closing lids have real difficulty maintaining the proper temperature and humidity levels.
- Look at the interior lining. It should be made of wood, and, when it comes to wood there are three main types used.
- Spanish Cedar: This costs more but protects against worms and maintains humidity better. It also imparts a desirable flavor to your cigars.
- American Cedar: Costs a bit less, also protects against worms but imparts a generally UNDESIRABLE flavor.
- Honduran Mahogany: This is the cheapest, it looks great but it has trouble maintaining humidity, doesn’t repel worms as well.
No matter what wood you choose for your humidor for cigars make sure the wood is unfinished since anything the wood is treated with will eventually have its flavor infused into your cigars. The wood should also be fully dried.
The lid can be made of glass or wood. As a general rule if you plan on storing your cigars for months at a time then wood is best, anything shorter and glass is fine.
Now, here’s something you have to pay close attention to when choosing a humidor for cigars. Look closely at the type of humidity agent. The best type out there is acryl polymer humidifier. I can’t stress enough the importance of choosing a humidor that uses this type of agent as it requires less maintenance, less filling, and will stabilize at the proper humidity level much quicker.
When you’re finally ready to head out and purchase a humidor for your cigars I suggest reading humidor reviews on sites like Consumer Search, Consumer Reports and even on Amazon. These humidor reviews are written by real users just like yourself and can really help you find a great humidor for cigars.
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