the lifespan of a cigar
Clubs of America | Feb 24, 2023
Cigars have been a symbol of luxury and sophistication for centuries. Whether you are an occasional smoker or a cigar aficionado, it’s important to know how long cigars last to ensure that you get the most out of your investment. So exactly how long do cigars last? What factors can affect a cigar’s lifespan, and how do you properly store them to extend their shelf life?
The lifespan of a cigar depends on several factors, such as the type of cigar, the quality of the tobacco, and the storage conditions. Generally, a well-made, premium cigar can last anywhere from several months to several years if stored properly.
Cigars typically have a “shelf life” of about six months to a year. After that, they begin to lose their flavor and aroma. If stored in optimal conditions, some cigars can last much longer.
Several factors can impact how long cigars last, including humidity, temperature, light, and air exposure. Cigars are best stored in a humidified environment with a relative humidity of around 70%, and a temperature between 65-70°F (18-21°C). Any changes in humidity and temperature can cause the cigars to dry out, become brittle, and lose their flavor.
Direct exposure to light, especially sunlight, can also damage cigars. UV rays can break down the natural oils in the tobacco, resulting in a harsh and bitter taste. Storing cigars in a dark place, such as a humidor, will protect them from light exposure.
Air exposure can also affect the longevity of cigars. If not stored in an airtight container, cigars can become dry and lose their flavor. This is why it’s essential to keep cigars in a humidor that can maintain the appropriate humidity levels.
Proper storage is crucial to the longevity of cigars. The best way to store cigars is in a humidor. A humidor is a specially designed box that can maintain a consistent level of humidity. Humidors come in various sizes and styles. Humidors all work on the same principle of keeping cigars at the right humidity level.
To use a humidor, you will need to season it first by wiping down the interior with a damp cloth and allowing it to dry completely. Then, add a humidification device, such as a gel, bead, or sponge, to maintain the humidity level.
It’s important to regularly monitor the humidity level in the humidor and add distilled water or a humidification solution when needed. You should also rotate the cigars occasionally to ensure that they are evenly humidified.
If you don’t have a humidor, you can store cigars in a sealed plastic bag with a small humidification device, such as a Boveda pack (pictured below). However, this method is not as reliable as a humidor and should only be used as a temporary solution. You can also make your own humidor with items that you probably have at home.
Cigars can last anywhere from several months to several years if stored properly in a humidified environment with a consistent level of humidity, temperature, and protection from light and air exposure. If you’re an occasional smoker or a cigar aficionado, investing in a humidor is a worthwhile investment that can help you get the most out of your cigars.