The tobacco beetle is viewed as the most fatal infestation of the passionado’s smoking inventory. Before allowing new cigars into the humidor, examine them for round holes or tunnels – quick action may be necessary to prevent an outbreak.
When buying a hygrometer, you should check that it’s possible to calibrate it, otherwise it is relatively worthless. Calibration, however, is not exactly a simple operation. There are various calibration methods that all have their drawbacks.
It is relative humidity that we’re interested in; this is what we want to measure. There are several different methods of measurement. Here we are taking into account the ones that have a certain relevance to cigar storage. And with hygrometers, too, if you buy cheap, you have to buy twice.
Culebras number among the most eccentric formats. Their characteristic form is achieved by plaiting and binding together three still damp cigars, frequently Panatelas.
Let’s be quite clear: lighting a cigar is not an art form. But, still, from time to time even experienced cigar smokers have a hard time lighting them. Reinhold C. Widmayer has seen people light their beloved cigars in the strangest of ways and wants to recap on some basics.
From brand identity, material, printing and counterfeit protection – the spectrum of cigar bands is impressive; their utilization purposes multifaceted.
In times when more and more Habanos are becoming shorter and thicker, Cigar Journal columnist James Suckling remains faithful to the elegant format. Panetelas seem to feel so right in his hand – moreover, they are packed with flavor due to the ratio of ligero to others in the blend.
With more cigar lovers using wine coolers as humidors, we set out to explore the topic of cool storage in greater depth. As long as the cooled cigar storage area is hermetically sealed from the outside environment, stored cigars are in good shape.
The instruction leaflets found in many cigar boxes contain the recommendation that cigars should be stored between 16 and 18°C. But what should you do as summer draws near?
They are genuine enthusiasts and great adventurers. In the middle of the sub-Saharan jungle the brothers Meerapfel grow tobacco for premium wrappers.
At first sight merely the waste after enjoyment, ash performs an important function and reveals a lot about the cigar. White or light grey ash for example is a sign for high potassium content in the soil and the ash’s structure reflects the quantity of tobacco used and the rolling technique.
What are the effects of storage on a cigar? Our humidor expert Marc André presented three identical but completely differently stored cigars to 45 testers.