Originally Posted by dillon157
Within the last few months I have become very interested in cigars. I would also hate to see this thread die out so I have a few questions I'll ask you guys.
1.) Since cigars are supposed to be stored in humid environments (i.e., a humidor), what exactly would change the smoke of the cigar if it was stored in a dry environment for an extended period of time? When I ask this I mean, how would the smoke be effected?
2.) Without using a humidity gauge (hygrometer, right?), is there any way to tell if a cigar contains a decent amount of moisture? Can you gently squeeze the cigar for example to see how soft it is?
3.) Which generally draws a better smoke, a cutter or a punch?
1) A dry cigar will burn hot and a unravel easier, a too moist cigar will go out, taste bitter, also has the potential to unravel. The optimal humidity range is between 60% and 75%. Some people like their smokes drier, others wetter. I keep my stash at around 65%. If you need fail-safe humidification, pick up some humidity beads at www.heartfeltindustries.com
and you won't really need to have a hygrometer (but have one just in case)
2) It is usually difficult to tell if it is humdified correctly because the quality has something to do with the feel of the cigar. You can buy a gauge that you can stick into your cigar that will tell its humidity, but if you just rest your cigars in a humi for a week, they'll be at the humidity level of the humidor.
3) This is preferential. Some times I punch, but most of the time I cut. If you want a really awesome, never dull, razor sharp cutter, get a palio. I just bought one and am anxiously awaiting it's arrival
Get em at www.cigarmony.com
or other places sell them.