Cigars have always been deemed as a product for the rich or economically well-off. Thus, not many are aware of all that goes into cigar smoking apart from knowledge of the cigar itself. Those who are regular cigar smokers will find this section highly informative. People who have been smoking for a while time might learn a thing or two.
When my cigars pack up with humidity, can I remedy the situation?
In most cases, this is possible. Cases of over-humidification might present a challenge, particularly in warmer climates. There are several ways this can be tackled to ensure your cigars remains in top shape all year round. In most cigar boxes, there are cedar strips to check on the humidity level. A strip may be kept on the bottom, another in the middle, and one at the top. As the cedar absorbs the extra moisture, you will notice a drop in extra moisture on your humidor.
Is there a big difference between a guillotine and wedge cutter?
Wedge cutters arrived in the market decades ago when the average cutter was much thinner than it is today. Their design was to cut a large opening where the smoke is channeled. The wedge cutters specifically targeted coronas and Lonsdale. Most people prefer the guillotine cutters as cigars which have been cut by wedge cutters accumulate tar. Also, wedge cutters are imprecise when compared to the straight cutters increasing the risk of damaging the cigar.
What is the powdery substance on my cigar?
If the substance is white, you can easily dust it off without leaving behind any residue. This is plume. A natural occurrence brought about by cigar sweat (which is attributed to the tobacco oils). If the residue remaining is bluish, it will leave behind a strain on the wrapper when dusted off. This can be attributed to mold which arises from exposure to high humidity and temperature. Thus, maintain your humidor near the 70 degree-humidity mark to prevent this problem. Alternatively, mold can arise from failure to use distilled water when using your humidification device.
What do when your cigars develop holes and you notice bugs crawling around
Beetles are a major concern for humidors as they can decimate the cigars quickly. Also, they are a menace that is difficult to contain. Their larvae are microscopic and naturally occurs in tobacco despite the control efforts on manufacturers before it reaches the market. As soon as the temperature reaches 72 degrees the beetle’s hatch and start crawling throughout the cigars. The small round holes destroy the smoke. This issue can be checked by maintaining a vigilant watch on the humidors temperature. Beetle larvae can be killed by freezing your cigars. Three days in a freezer is good enough after which you exercise caution when re-humidifying them to prevent cracks on their wrappers.
Some say that we should only smoke a cigar halfway. This might not be entirely true as there are others who prefer to smoke it two-thirds way down. The best way to go by is to stop at the point you no longer enjoy the cigar.…