Many people who are not themselves cigar smokers wonder what the fuss is all about with the humidors that aficionados use. A humidor is a storage container that is used to keep and protect cigars so that they hold their optimum flavor for as long as possible. A humidor is not just a box as its main function is to maintain the cigars at constant temperatures, preferably around 68 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and at a relative humidity of 70 percent.
Many cigar aficionados claim that the ideal temperature for storing cigars is 70 degree F, or 21 degrees Celsius. A lower temperature than that tends to age a cigar, instead of keeping the original flavor as when storing cigars under optimal conditions. Higher temperatures can also have a negative effect on the cigar taste.
Every serious cigar aficionado should consider investing in a humidor storage of some kind because cigar flavor, color and integrity (they become brittle) deteriorates as it ages. In short: unless you keep your cigars in a stable environment they will become less enjoyable day after day. Humidors are a practical and affordable solution to stabilizing the environment of cigars. A cigar that is kept in a good humidor provides the fresh taste, aroma and texture you should expect from your quality smokes.
What should to consider when choosing a humidor?
A good humidor should be well built with a lid that closes tightly to protect the cigars from temperature shifts and keep a stabilized level of moisture inside the humidor.
Size is important, both for storage and convenience. Some keep cabinet humidifiers but most select desktop humidors or receive these smaller types as humidor gifts. Construction material is a matter of style and functionality but Spanish cedar is established as the optimal material for the interior of the humidor.
Cigars come in many shapes and sizes and if you intend to give away a small cigar humidor, try to make certain the cigars the receiver smokes will fit inside the box.