A Second Thought on Humidification

There’s a lot of advice on them there Interwebs that teach new cigar smokers about properly humidifying cigars. Heaven knows, we’ve done several podcast segments and blog posts on the subject.

But remember: The point of a humidor is to keep your cigars at a fairly controlled temperature and humidity level. If the outside air is within a cigar’s comfort zone, you don’t need to keep it in the humidor to preserve it.

For example, Tony recently gave me three cigars to “rehab.” They had been sitting in his car for weeks. Dried out, right? Wrong. Michigan, thanks to our majestic Great Lakes, is a fairly humid place. Keeping cigars in the car in a lower-peninsula autumn — when temperatures range from the mid 60s to the mid 70s, and relative atmospheric humidity stands at an average of 73 percent — doesn’t automatically mean that the stick has been compromised. Barring wild temperature fluctuations, the ambient humidity in itself is compatible with cigars.

The point is, don’t think a cigar must automatically go from humidor to humidor to stay fresh. Humidors protect your cigars from unfavorable atmospheric conditions. If the atmosphere isconsistentlyfavorable, a humidor becomes a mechanism for protecting your cigars from dust, insects and crushing — useful, to be sure, but not part of the cedar-lined box’s core purpose.

2 thoughts on “A Second Thought on Humidification

  1. AccessVegas Reply

    Really good point. Here in the desert, we absolutely need to keep them humidified and watch the heat (many keep our homes upwards of 76-78 degrees in the summer).

    But, when cigars are in a climate that mirrors their tropical origins, they tend to hold out quite well and are reviveable. Leave it out in the desert, though… and the odds of bringing it back are slim to none.

    • Jason Gillikin Reply

      Which brings up a secondary “good point” — when you’re in the desert, it’s better to have a fine cigar than … humidity?

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