Reviving Dried Cigars
There’s nothing to be embarrassed about having dried cigars. Sooner or later, it happens to everyone–really. Whether it was in a backseat, an overhead bin or a motorcycle saddlebag, many a cigar-loving traveler has dried out their smokes by treating them like common baggage.
Throwing humidity control to the wind even for a few hours can damage your cigars and diminish their flavor.
Think about it. Cigars are born, raised and rolled in humid countries. Take cigars on a plane ride and you’re exposing them to moisture-sucking conditions. Humidity in that airplane’s cabin is extremely low–usually less than 20%, according to the World Health Organization’s website. 20% RH? That’s Death Valley for cigars!
Humidity fluctuation is why many high-end brands, including Arturo Fuente, Matilde and Rocky Patel, nestle a Boveda 69% RH packet in each box to protect their cigars while they’re in transit. Boveda’s patented 2-way humidity control keeps the cigars at an ideal moisture level until they reach your home humidor.
That’s great if you’re globetrotting to the Dominican Republic. But journey to Cuba or other locales that can’t or don’t yet carry Boveda, and you should bring along your own humidity protection.
Cigar aficionados don’t leave home without the travel insurance of a Boveda Humidor Bag, which:
- Zips to seal
- Takes up next to no space in a suitcase
- Provides the same protection as a plastic container
- Works better than store-bought sandwich bags because of its tough, high-barrier laminated construction
- Comes prepacked with a patented 69% RH Boveda packet, which adds or removes moisture to protect your cigars
But let’s say the damage is done and you think your cigars are toast
If the wrappers are intact, there is a good chance you can ‘repair’ them, according to Cigar Inspector. And Boveda is the safest and easiest way to revive dry, road-weary cigars. Just ask Matt from Michigan, who went searching for a way to revive some abused Cubans and happened upon Boveda.
“As far as cigars go, I am a newbie,” Matt explained. “On trips to Cuba, I smoked a lot of very good cigars—Cohiba Robustos, Cohiba Siglo Vis and H. Upmann Coronas Majors. I was spoiled right from the get go!”
Yep, Matt was hooked. So he brought some Cohiba Siglo VIs stateside. “I had my cigars for about a month with no humidor. I did not know that they needed to be taken care of in that way,” the humidity novice admitted.
While we appreciate Matt’s roll-up-his-sleeves, solve-it-himself approach, here’s Boveda’s official 1-step method for reviving dried cigars:
- For a month, store your dried cigars in a Boveda Humidor Bag that’s prepacked with a 69% RH packet. Done. (No bag? Pop a Boveda 69% inside a plastic container with your dry cigars for a month.)
Why a month? Cigars lose moisture 4x as fast as they can safely gain moisture. Exposing your cigars to a safe, stable level of perfect humidity with Boveda minimizes the chance of the wrapper cracking as the filler gains moisture and grows. Nothing good happens quickly with cigars, so be patient.
Sure, you can chance reviving dried cigars with wet sponges, crystals and beads. Those one-way methods humidify cigars too quickly and don’t know when to stop. This “flashing” of your cigars with humidity is dangerous any time, but especially when the wrappers are dry and hypersensitive to moisture. Could it work? Sure. But the odds are your wrappers will crack when you finally settle it to smoke those sought-after souvenirs.
Travel lesson? Take a Boveda Humidor Bag aboard with you to avoid those dead sticks in the first place.
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