Choosing the Perfect Cigar: Old Cigars Versus New Fresh Cigars
Do you know the difference between old cigars and fresh cigars? Do you even know what those terms mean? If you are a new cigar smoker, you may be surprised by these terms. An important thing to note, cigars are never fresh. This means simply, it is difficult to buy a cigar right after it has been produced. Most tobacco stores will but their cigars in a proper storage unit, at the correct temperature and humidity, before placing them out for sale. The best tobacco should be aged for at least one to two years, before it is rolled into a top notch cigar.
Most cigar smokers prefer an older, more vintage cigar. Or an aged cigar. Why is that? The age of the cigar is a big factor in the taste of cigars; and it is simply a matter of preference as well. How long do vintage cigars last before losing their flavor? The key is in the storage in a quality humidor. Keeping cigars at a constant state of 70 degrees and 70% humidity, will keep them fresh for years.
If an old cigar is stored incorrectly and dries out, can it be saved? Yes, it can be restored and the flavor saved, but the process needs to be done with patience as it is a slow, careful process to re-humidify it (or put moisture back into the cigar).