Like drinking a lukewarm beer, smoking an improperly humidified cigar is a sub-optimal experience and to be avoided at all costs.
Of those who say that they’ve tried cigars but do not like the taste, many have smoked cigars that have not been properly cared for. Experiences like these create an improper taste representation and are typically a far cry from what any Master Blender originally intended.
Thankfully, modern 2 way humidity control packs make proper humidification super easy, and have recently received a substantial upgrade in terms of their technology.
A Delicate Balance
Two-way humidity ‘packs’ possess an almost magical ability to either raise or lower the relative humidity (RH) to a precise, desired percentage amount within any closed environment.
This is essential in assuring that:
A) cigars do not become too dry and brittle as a result of an overly arid (dry) surrounding climate or,
B) cigars do not become too moist and soft as a result of an overly humid (wet) surrounding climate.
When A Cigar Is Too Dry
Dry cigars generally result in an overpowering bitter taste as they tend to ‘smoke hot’. Due to lack of moisture, dry cigars burn at an accelerated rate and can unravel quickly and fall apart. When a cigar has become dry, its construction, performance and most importantly – its flavor – become seriously compromised.
An overly dry cigar can result in cracking and a bitter unpleasant taste.
When A Cigar Is Too Moist
Alternatively, when a cigar is too moist it becomes a big pain right off the bat, as overly moist cigars are almost always difficult to ignite. The edges of an overly moist cigar can burn faster than the filler inside. Similar to a dry cigar, the wrapper can crack or come easily unraveled, which results in a frustrating, less than favorable smoking experience.
Over time, excessive moisture for cigars can create mold growth or worse – can actually result in a cigar beetle infestation (yes, this happens).
This is no bueno.