Cigars - Page 650
i'd store them at 65 at the highest. i personally keep mine closer to 60% rh.
That's not true. A good humidor does 2 things--it stores your cigar at the property humidity, and allows them to age. With a Tupperware box and humidification device, you can store your cigars. However, they will not age much, and the flavour of a cigar is effected by its environment. Cigar aging is effectively a slow decomposition wherein the oils of the tobacco break through the layers of tobbaco and the flavour of the tobaccoes marry. Cigars stored next to each other will effect each other. With a cedar box, storage will add a subtle dry spice. Tupperware will effect the cigars. Also, I cannot tell you how many times when I worked retail that someone brought in a cheap humidor and ruined their cigars. I use a Davidoff humidor, and the reason is that it is not cedar lined. Davidoff uses a hardwood (okoume) and a propietary 2-way device. It requires no seasoning; only add water maybe once every 2 month. Elie Bleu, Daniel Marshall, make fantastic boxes. But no matter how well made, if you do not season a cedar box, it will be a problem.
I stored and store cigars in every possible device: humidors, tupperdors, porcelain jars, glass jars, large aluminium boxes, large plastic boxes (european equivalent to coolerdors), sheet metal cabinets. And they aged in each and every device. The three things which really make a difference are: humidity, temperature and airflow. Higher humidity - faster aging, higher temperature - faster aging, higher airflow - faster aging. It might seem like the amount of cigars stored together makes a difference, in example a 50ct cabinet, which ages slower and better than a 25ct SBN. But in the end, it comes down to the airflow, which is a tiny bit lower in the cabinet than in the dressbox. I remember a very detailed discussion about that, ages ago in ICC.
I don't want to be anal about that topic, but in the end, the container is almost irrelevant. See, I store several hundreds of boxes in sheet metal cabinets in my cellar. The temperature is relativly low, they are not humified and the airflow is next to nothing, because it put the boxes into Ziplocks or shrink-wrap them. Some boxes are since 1997 in my possession and I started ziplocking them in 2005 or 2006. They age, they still get better and they smoke beautiful after storing them for a few weeks at 65-70 % relative humidity. Just my experience...
PS: The hardwood of the Davidoff is superior, because it doesn't take on an unpleasant odor which might occur when storing cigars too wet.
Edited by Turner - 3/20/14 at 2:06am
(Relatively) long time lurker on this forum, especially the cigar section.
I'm curious as to what you guys have in the way of humidors. I currently have a small 10 count desktop humi that I was gifted by a friend but am looking at getting something more substantial. What would you recommend?
I love the look of some Elie Bleu and Davidoff humis - are they worth the investment in your opinion?
Imagine how much cigars you are going to store in a year. Then multiply by 3. That's the size of you humidor you need.
I don't know that much about cigars, I just smoke them.
That's a practically oriented approach.
I am trying with the sticks back in there now, if all else fails it'll be back to the ziploc baggie or maybe investing in a bigger/better humidor