A Second Thought on Humidification

Don't think a cigar must automatically go from humidor to humidor to stay fresh.

There’s a lot of advice on them there Interwebs that teach new cigar smokers about properly humidifying cigars. Heaven knows, we’ve done several podcast segments and blog posts on the subject.

But remember: The point of a humidor is to keep your cigars at a fairly controlled temperature and humidity level. If the outside air is within a cigar’s comfort zone, you don’t need to keep it in the humidor to preserve it.

For example, Tony recently gave me three cigars to “rehab.” They had been sitting in his car for weeks. Dried out, right? Wrong. Michigan, thanks to our majestic Great Lakes, is a fairly humid place. Keeping cigars in the car in a lower-peninsula autumn — when temperatures range from the mid 60s to the mid 70s, and relative atmospheric humidity stands at an average of 73 percent — doesn’t automatically mean that the stick has been compromised. Barring wild temperature fluctuations, the ambient humidity in itself is compatible with cigars.

The point is, don’t think a cigar must automatically go from humidor to humidor to stay fresh. Humidors protect your cigars from unfavorable atmospheric conditions. If the atmosphere isconsistentlyfavorable, a humidor becomes a mechanism for protecting your cigars from dust, insects and crushing — useful, to be sure, but not part of the cedar-lined box’s core purpose.

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Jason is the principal of Gillikin Consulting, a business-media and ethics consultancy based in Grand Rapids, Mich.