A premium cigar is the result of the rigorous treatment
tobacco leaves are subjected to. Being that it is a totally organic
product, it can not be kept by artificial means such as chemical
conservants. Therefore, cigar storage must be given the same special care
as the mother leaf was given. In other words, temperature and humidity
must be controlled, keeping them stable in order to alter the cigarís
environment in the least way possible. Cigars respond to the environment
they are kept in, which has great influence on the cigarís composition,
varying its taste, combustion and draw.
Though the humidor provides constant
regulation, humidity concentration is not uniform; it is higher the closer
it is to the hygrostat. Smoker enthusiasts take into consideration the
needs of each cigar they wish to store and for example, the drier ones are
paradoxically placed as far as possible from the source of humidity, in
order to obtain a paused and uniform hydration. They are then moved
towards the center.
Cigar storage is important so that
selected cigars become neither fragile nor brittle, last longer and
especially because it is an aspect that completes the ritual of the cigar.