Aging cigars is a game of patience and discipline; however this game can pay off with great rewards. Most reputable cigars that are on the market have already been through some sort of aging process from the time the tobacco leaves are cured to the time they arrive to you (or the retailer).
This does not mean that you can not benefit from additional aging. Additional aging will generally better allow the tobacco leaves to “marry” creating the truly blended smoke. Beneficially this will also dissipate many of the elements that might cause a cigar to be “bitter” or have an awkward aftertaste.
Time frames will vary by the type of tobacco, wrapper, quality and the most important: Personal Preference.
- The General – Cigars on all levels will see a noticeable change with just 2-3 months of aging.
- Somewhere In the Middle – Because we are being general and all things are NOT created equal you will have to rest cigars at various intervals. Full bodied cigars love to sit at 2-5 years for my personal taste. Milder cigars can be great at 5 months to a year. This is not saying that heavier cigars can’t be fully ready at 5 months or vice versa.
- The MAX – It is said that a cigar will never gain anymore benefit from aging once it has been resting for 10 years. Cigars in this type of life cycle must be full bodied due to the fact that tobacco is a natural product and will become mellow.
How to Know When It’s Ready: Smoke it. You are the owner, you are the smoker. It will be your responsibility to pull a stick out at different time cycles to smoke it – test it – and see how you think the cigar is doing.
All cigars must be aged in a properly humidified environment using the 70/70 rule. This rule states that the cigars should rest in 70% percent humidity at a temperature of 70 degrees F.
There are no set rules and your personal taste is involved – so please check the sticks at various times.
Bad cigars will not become great because of aging, but taste will change (so you never know).
Some cigars, in my opinion, taste better “fresh”.
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