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Cigars are manufactured from tobacco which grows in many tropical countries. If you have noticed, cigars coming from nations like Cuba, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Honduras have the best taste and are the most popular. This is because the climate in these locations is perfect for growing tobacco. However, once the cigars are produced and are shipped to other locations, a degradation in quality occurs once the cigars are not anymore stored at the correct humidity levels. This can result in poor maturity and can even ruin the taste of the cigars as they mature best in a restricted and monitored environment. This is reason why the use of a humidor for the storage of cigars is necessary.

A cigar humidor is simply a box or container normally manufactured out of wood that makes sure that the moisture of the cigars inside is maintained at an acceptable and constant level. A constant moisture level helps to preserve the flavor and quality of the cigars.

If you have never bought a humidor before make sure you don’t make the mistake of taking it home and putting your favorite cigars into it right away. Your new humidor must be carefully prepared before use to make sure that the environment inside the humidor is at the proper moisture level. Always remember that before you start using your new humidor you have to first humidify the wood it is made of and allow the wood to become moist, otherwise your humidor will absorb the moisture from the cigars inside, leaving them dry. Only once you've followed the instructions to preparing your humidor is it safe to store your cigar collection inside it.

Almost all cigar humidors come with a humidifier. If not, you will not be able to restrict the humidity within the box. In order to preserve the perfect level of humidity within the humidor, you may have to periodically apply or replace certain liquids inside the humidifier. Humidification solution or liquid is basically a mixture of distilled water and propylene glycol. The rate at which you should add the humidification solution to the humidor will depend on how often you use the humidor. Make sure there is sufficient humidity inside by checking the hygrometer frequently. It will tell you if you are maintaining the correct level of humidity inside so that your cigars have the best environment and mature well.

To find out if there is sufficient humidity it's important to check the hygrometer frequently. Just as wines mature with time, cigars also develop a more refined flavor as they age. Make sure the humidor is maintained at a humidity level between 70-75%. Although the humidity level might vary by a couple of degrees in either direction this range creates the best environment for your cigars and ensures that they will last longer and mature well.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

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