Cigars Get Better With Age, Some Say
I've known a few people committed to aging cigars. For them, it was like a religion. They not only had large, state-of-the-art humidors, they had schedules for rotating them from one shelf to the next. I, on the other hand, prefer to smoke cigars right off the bench. That plus laziness makes the whole aging process alien to me. Nonetheless, most experts swear by aging cigars, and I'm told the sweet spot is 10 years (after which, the cigars begin to grow milder).
So, if you're going to play the patient game of cigar aging (rather than "buy 'em as you need 'em), BestCigarPrices.com has four tips for you:
1. Buy a humidor
The company recommends buying one that meets your needs, with sizes ranging from five cigars to more than 3,000. If you are planning to age five cigars, though, you're better off renting a locker at your local club or shop.
2. Pay attention all the time
Operating a humidor is not "set and forget." You need to start at the right spot and continually watch the gauges to make sure the temperature and humidity don't stray. So, what is the best starting point? The 70/70 rule (70 percent humidity and 70 degrees Fahrenheit) is a safe place.
3. Pay big up front
You need something to age. So, start buying cigars ... buy the bundle or box. This helps you prevent the mingling of different flavors among cigars, and you can pull one from time to time to see how the aging process is going. If this is too great a commitment, consider aging only half of each box, that way you have something to smoke while you wait.
4. Never stop learning
Results will vary, regardless of your cigar-aging skill. Some cigars won't take to aging. On occasion, you'll let a few sit too long, and they'll mellow. But, when you get it right, you'll taste the difference.