If you ever had the opportunity to taste a well-aged cigar, you will know that it has an incredible taste and leaves you wanting more. If you are an avid-cigar smoker, you will also know that the taste changes with age. While some prefer that young and fresh sensation, some smokers who take the time to age their own cigars. So, if you want the flavour but don’t want to choke on the dust from a vintage cigar, we have created this guide on how to age your cigars at home.
Things to Know
The amount of time you want to age your cigars for is a completely personal preference, but for the optimum effect, age them for at least a year. However, it is important to remember that low-quality cigars won’t improve from ageing.
There are some cigars which are naturally better for ageing, for example, the thicker the cigar, the better variety of tobacco leaves which all adds up to the final flavour after ageing.
How to Age
Unfortunately, ageing a cigar isn’t as easy as just leaving it in a drawer and forgetting about it for a year or so, in fact, it can a rather complex process. The inside of larger sized cigars is usually shielded from the outside environment, which means they tend to be less affected by any fluctuations in temperature and humidity, and due to this, they are usually chosen for long-term ageing.
There are many things you can use to age your cigar including tupperdors, a desktop humidor, coolidors or even go as far to turn a room in your home into a walk-in humidor.
The main requirement for ageing cigars is to make sure that they are in a controlled environment. The golden rule of the ageing process is the 70/70 rule; 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius) and 70 percent humidity. It is best to use a cedar-lined humidor, but if not, you will have to open the lid to exchange the air, prevent any mould and get rid of any impurities which have been released from your cigars.
Maintaining a stable environment for your cigars is the key to success, and a constantly fluctuating environment can ruin them! Fluctuations in temperature can make cigars expand which can cause the wrappers to crack. If they do crack, this can disrupt the ageing process. The size of the humidor should be roughly twice the volume of cigars.
If the cigars you are ageing are wrapped in plastic, you should leave it on, but if you want to take it off, this may accelerate the effect of flavours from the different tobaccos in the cigars.
Remember that only you will be able to tell when your cigars you have been ageing reach their perfect state. Many people have aged cigars for decades but anything over ten years usually has a slight effect on the taste.
During the ageing process, you should experiment with blends. Just make sure that you put a few samples of the same cigar in so that you can take one out at various times and smoke one. You will then be able to compare how the cigar burns and tastes after a period of time. If you have enough willpower, you can see what they taste like after six months, a couple of years or even ten years!
Of course, you could just buy cigars online which have already been aged. However, there is something extremely rewarding about lighting up a cigar after the hard work you have put in by ageing them yourself. We have a great range of cigars in our online store which are ideally suited for ageing so be sure to take a look at the rest of our website.