How To Age A Cigar Properly
Experienced cigar aficionados are very familiar with all of the pleasures that a well-age cigar can bring. The complex constitution and subtle flavors of a cigar that has been well-aged is unforgettable and indescribable. Like many wine connoisseurs, there are also many cigar enthusiasts who swear by the aging process. The argument goes that a great cigar is an aged cigar. What is the best way to get a hold of well-aged cigars that provide those complex and mellow flavors that you love? One option is to shell out a large sum of money to buy an expensive box of vintage cigars. However, if you are interested in saving some money and would like to try to do the aging yourself, here are a couple of helpful tips to get you started.
The first thing to keep in mind is that if you want to end up with properly aged cigars, you must be willing to be patient. Your cigars will need to age for approximately a year if you want to achieve the complex subtleties and flavors that a well-aged cigar provides. Another important factor is that you must start the aging process off with high quality cigars if you want to be rewarded with well-aged cigars. If you try aging lower quality cigars, it is very likely that the aging process will not significantly improve the cigar's flavor. There are numerous high cigars available which you might find too odorous or strong that are ideal candidates for the aging process. In fact, most high quality cigars will see significant improvements if they are aged.
Buy a high quality humidor to properly age your cigars. It is important to store cigars in a stable and constant environment. Follow the rule of 70-70. This rule states that the temperature should be set at 70 degrees Fahrenheit and the humidity should be constant at 70%.
The environment where the cigars are stored is of course critical. For humidity and temperature, follow the 70-70 rule. Cigars get moldy if these numbers are higher, and the aging process starts to get stunted if they are lower. Cigars must be kept in a stable environment. This is key to the aging process. An environment that constantly fluctuates can have disastrous consequences. Fluctuations in humidity and temperature causes the cigars to contract and expand. This cracks the wrappers on the cigars and can end up disrupting the aging process. The space inside the humidor ideally should be approximately double the cigar volume. The lining of the humidor should be made out of cedar. This wood is highly aromatic and has its own oils. Over time, the oils in the cedar wood interact with the tobacco oils. This results in a blending and mellowing of flavors and produces a subtle complexity that can only be created from proper aging.