We are often asked 'what is the best humidity?'. Honestly, there is no set answer. There is a myth that persists that 70% relative humidity is the "perfect" environment. Totally false. The correct answer is relative to the smokers preference. For example, I store my cigars between 59-63% relative humidity. The flavors pop more and I never have burn problems. I find that cigars stored closer to 70% have alot of muted flavors and is on the harsh side. You may be different. That's why there are no set rules to this hobby.
- 70% rh is perfect (actually, a lower rh just might be what the cigars wants, try it)
- Dark wrappers means strong and light wrappers mean mild (it's what's on the inside that makes the cigars strong or not)
- Bigger ring gauge cigars deliver more flavor (the smaller the ring guage, say 42, is a less wrapper to filler ratio and the wrappers flavor is more prononced and the blend is more concentrated)
- Pre-Embargo cigars. If you’re on any cigar mailing lists, or receive any catalogs, you’ve no doubt heard the story: A master tobacco blender discovers a cache of leaves hidden in a dusty corner of his factory. Curious about this long-lost supply, he rolls some of it up and – surprise, surprise – decides that it’s basically the greatest thing he’s ever tasted. (Pinar cigars)
- You need a humidor to keep cigar in prime smoking condition. (A cooler or tupperware will do just fine)
- Temperature vs. Humidity table (totally false)
- Different brand cigars touching each other in the humidor will empart ones flavor to the other, same with maduros and naturals. (That's just crazy)
- You can rely on your analog hygrometer? (very rare that happens as they are 99% wrong 99% of the time)
- You can store cigars in the fridge? (DO NOT DO THIS! It will dry out the cigars!)
- Cellophane on or off? (it does not matter)
- Can I clip the cigar then put it back in the humidor safely? (yes, no problem unless it has been lit)
- Is it mold or plume (bloom)? (Plume is uniform and looks like glittering dust covering the entire cigar. Mold is splotchy and hairy looking and comes up in spots and is not uniform. Both wipe off easily. Plume is rare and is only an indication that the cigar has been stored correctly for many years. It adds no flavor.)
We have your basic puck style humidifiers, larger rectangular foam humidifiers, silica gel humidifiers, silica bead humidifiers, Water Pillows and Boveda packs. A complete line of Xikar, Dr. RH and Cigar Mechanic humidification!