Cigar Accessories: Humidor Shopping for the Holidays
Humidors make an excellent gift for the cigar aficionado in your life! You have endless options though, and if you want to make the best impression on your cigar-lover, you need to pick the right humidor for the job.
What Exactly is a Humidor? What Does it Do?
A humidor is a special box used to store quality cigars. As the name implies, they're designed to mimic the tropical environment in the cigar's native countries. One general rule of thumb is 70 / 70, that a humidor should keep cigars at roughly 70 degrees and 70% humidity. Just about any modern humidor available today can adhere to this essential guideline.
Choosing the Perfect Humidor
Arguably, the most critical element of the perfect humidor is a reliable seal. It doesn't matter the age, beauty, or materials a humidor is crafted from if it doesn't do its job! And to maintain that 70 /70 ratio, a good seal is crucial. In a nutshell, the seal ensures outside air doesn't get into the box and dry out the cigars.
- To test the quality of a humidor seal, lift the lid a few inches and let it fall back down. As it closes, you'll hear a whooshing sound, then a pause, as the lid settles.
- Sniff the air around your humidor too. If you smell the stored cigars strongly, air and moisture are leaking out.
Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder
Know that some hardcore cigar snobs might be looking specifically at the type of wood used to make the humidor, both inside and out. Talk to our team at any of our locations if you want to make the perfect purchase!
Many, but not all, have an interior crafted of kiln-dried Spanish cedar wood. It's known for its ability to expand and contract with fluctuations in humidity and is generally mold-resistant. Spanish cedar is known to impart a certain depth of flavor to cigars that many cigar fans enjoy. The longer cigars rest in the humidor, the more noticeable this effect.
We stock a massive variety of humidors at Corona Cigar, ranging from small gifts under $50 to budget blasters in the five-figure range! Contact us to learn more about our humidors. Our staff would love to help you choose the perfect one for the cigar-lover on your gift list.