Like a bottle of fine wine, a good cigar needs time and the right environment to achieve the best possible flavor. If you need a way to store your cigars long-term and keep them safe from adverse temperatures and humidity levels, the best solution is to use a humidor case.
What to Look for in a Cigar Humidor
The primary purpose of a cigar humidor is to store your fine tobacco in ideal conditions, keeping the temperature, airflow, and humidity levels as precisely controlled as possible. Without these conditions, the tobacco compounds will degrade and lose flavor.
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A well-made cigar humidor should have the following critical features:
Internal capacity: Generally, when looking for the right humidor size, keep the case’s fill rate between 50 and 75%. For example, a 100-cigar case should store 50 to 75 cigars. Having enough empty space provides your stogies with the airflow they need to prevent temperature and humidity imbalances, potentially ruining your collection.
Form factor: Cigar humidors are available in multiple shapes and sizes, depending on the size of your collection and your storage needs. You can find small, portable humidor cases designed for traveling and large home cabinets capable of storing over 1,500 cigars.
Multiple compartments: A quality humidor case should support dividers, separators, and trays to let you safely store cigars of different brands, vitolas, types, and flavors.
Robust materials: Travel humidors must feature a sturdy, impact- and puncture-resistant construction to prevent the cigars from being damaged or exposed to the outside air.
Sealed against the environment: A sealed humidor ensures that no matter how hot, cold, dry, or humid the outside climate is, your cigars remain at the perfect temperature: 70% relative humidity at 70°F.