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Properly Aged Cigars Rely on Humidors and Cedar Wood Oil

An experienced smoker recognizes the superior quality found in a well-aged cigar. This type of cigar has a gentle, tarrying tobacco flavor. An excellent cigar is frequently a cigar that was aged properly.

A cigar typically experiences a complete metamorphosis after it goes through a proper aging procedure. Some people have preferences for smoking young cigars while others prefer cigars that feature subtle nuances. People who favor aged cigars but do not wish to spend a lot of money for these products may want to learn how they can age their own cigars.

Most people age cigars for one year, but some people age them for even longer periods. Less expensive cigars do not normally improve with age. Nevertheless, proper aging techniques give better flavors to certain types of cigars. A cigar may smell rather unpleasant when it is first purchased, but the aroma can then change after it has gone through the right type of aging process.

Certain kinds of cigars age better than others. One good example of a cigar that ages well is the ring-gauge cigar, which is a larger-sized cigar. Because of its thicker size, this type of cigar has more than one type of tobacco leaf, which gives it a more intricate flavor and aroma after it is aged. The inner parts of a larger cigar do not receive a great deal of exposure to the elements, so its flavor is not affected by humidity or climate changes.

Many people appreciate larger cigars because they age better than smaller products. Nonetheless, certain Maduros containing wrappers that turn dark, do not adapt well to the aging process because these cigars undergo an artificial aging process. The recognizable sweetness of this type of cigar results from the artificial procedure. Because of this type of unnatural aging method, Maduros do not improve with age.

In order to maintain their superior qualities for longer periods, cigars need to receive proper storage. The correct climate for storing cigars follows the typical 70-70 rule. Higher temperatures can cause cigars to develop visible areas of mold while lower temperatures can result in ineffective aging. It is important to keep cigars stored in a relatively unchanging climate because constant changes in temperatures or humidity can ruin the products.

Fluctuating temperatures cause expansion and contraction along with cracked cigar wrappers. A perfect humidor should have a space that equals two times the volume of the stored cigars. A cedar wood lining that has the protective qualities commonly associated with cedar oil is the ideal type of wood. The natural cedar wood oil combines with the oils from the tobacco leaves over time, and this ideal combination results in a mellower taste. These types of complicated and subtler aromas and essences occur when cigars age in ideal surroundings.