Summertime offers an ideal opportunity for stogie smokers the world over to get outside and set fire to a premium cigar blend.
But with all of that lazy warm weather comes a warning: Humidity is back in full swing, and it wants to turn your stogie into a soggy hot mess.
Whereas those who live in arid climates don't have to worry about this sort of thing so much, most of us have to find ways to work around summer humidity. And no, we're not just talking about opening up a cold can of suds and breaking out that pocket fan you like so much.
Tobacco is a selectively permeable organic material, so it absorbs and releases humidity like nobody's business. And while various strains of tobacco can thrive in a multitude of different environments while growing, the leaves really love some moisture once they've been allowed to dry out or cure.
But like tequila shots on Cinco de Mayo, humidity can also become too much of a good thing. Sure, concerns of humidor mold forming on cigars is a concern, but that's only in extreme situations.
What you primarily need to concern yourself with when it comes to over-humidified stogies, is their inability to combust properly.
Soggy stogies rarely burn right and are prone to having crappy draws and dead spots where they just go out on you. Since the tobacco itself is not combusting at the ideal humidity and temps as the master blender intended, odd and/or subdued cigar flavor profiles may also become an issue.
This is why the following three rules for summer stogie storage are so important:
1. Use Normal Humidor Solution
Klaro's normal humidor recharge solution contains far lower levels of propylene glycol than the winter/dry climate humidor solution we offer. This results in a much "mellower" recharge of the Hydro Tray's gel crystals.
2. Dry Box When Possible
Dry boxing is the act of stuffing humidified cigars into an unhumidified cigar box, Spanish cedar-lined travel humidor, cedar finished cigar travel case, or some form of sealed container that's been lined with dry Spanish cedar for a period of time. This allows the cedar to absorb any excess moisture from the cigars and gives the tobacco a chance to acclimate to the environment in which it will be consumed.
3. Rotate, Rotate, Rotate
Cigar rotation is arguably one of the most important things you can do to maintain a healthy level of humidity and heat within a humidor. You don't want to allow a row of cigars to sit right next to that humidification media for too long. You'll be surprised by how moving those sticks around once a week can make such a massive difference.