Every cigar aficionado understands the significance of proper maintenance to preserve the quality and flavor of their cherished cigars. However, in the midst of our busy lives, it's easy to overlook essential aspects such as neglecting a humidor or dealing with inconsistent environmental conditions, which can adversely affect the integrity of our beloved tobacco delights.
Why Cigars Dry Out
Cigar enthusiasts, at any level of experience, can occasionally miss essential aspects. Beginners may not fully grasp the vital function of a humidor, and even seasoned aficionados might unintentionally overlook its care due to a busy schedule.
When this oversight combines with the drying effects of home heating during colder months, it creates an environment that isn't ideal for cigars. The humidity inside the humidor decreases, causing the cigars to lose moisture and, consequently, a bit of their delightful flavor and captivating aroma.
How to Rehydrate Cigars
Rehydrating a cigar is an art that demands patience. Here’s a guide to restore your cigar’s former glory;
A humidor is a cherished companion for cigar aficionados, preserving cigars' quality by meticulously controlling humidity and temperature. It safeguards cigars from environmental fluctuations, enabling aging and enhancing their flavors. More than a storage space, a humidor embodies a connoisseur's passion for cigars.
Gradual humidification refers to the slow and controlled process of increasing the moisture content or humidity within a specific environment or container. This gradual approach helps prevent sudden or excessive changes in humidity, which could potentially damage sensitive items or materials, such as cigars, wooden instruments, or artworks. Controlled humidification is often essential for maintaining the ideal conditions necessary for preserving and aging cigars in a humidor.
Begin at 62% humidity. After 2-3 weeks, increase to 65%, and after another couple of weeks.
How to Rehydrate Cigars Without a Humidor
Rehydrating cigars without a humidor can be done using a DIY approach to restore some moisture and revive their quality. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to achieve this:
Place your cigar in a sealable container or ziplock bag. Find an airtight container or a sealable plastic bag that can comfortably hold your cigars. Ensure it's clean, odor-free, and large enough to accommodate the cigars without them touching the sides.
In a separate small dish, add humidor solution (or water). Place a humidification source inside the container. Common options include a damp sponge, a piece of moistened cedar wood, or a Boveda humidity pack. The humidification element should be damp but not overly wet to avoid soaking the cigars.
Put the dish in the ziplock bag but ensure direct contact with the cigar is avoided.Carefully place the dry cigars inside the container without them touching each other. Make sure there's some space for air circulation and to prevent them from sticking together.
Store the setup in a temperate environment — not too hot or cold. Once the cigars are rehydrated, consider moving them to a controlled storage environment, like a small airtight container with a humidification element, to maintain their moisture level.
Check the cigar periodically. Once it feels soft to touch, it's ready to be savored. If the humidification source dries out, re-moisten it. Rotate the cigars to ensure even rehydration.
For the cigar loving traveler, theVISOL EBONY TRAVEL HUMIDOR 10 COUNT from Revolucion Cigars is a must-have. Compact yet efficient, it ensures your cigars remain moist and flavorful, no matter where you are.
Cigars for Special Occasions
Special occasions call for exceptional cigars, and at Revolucion Cigars, you can find a curated selection that truly stands out. Whether you're celebrating a milestone or simply savoring a memorable moment, these cigars are sure to elevate the experience:
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