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What is a humidor, and why do your cigars need one?

Could your cigars last forever?

Your cigars, although chunky smokes, are more fragile than you may think. And that is why every keen and discerning cigar aficionado should invest in a humidor. But what is a humidor, we hear you cry. Here, Laurence Davis of Sautter Cigars shares his wisdom.

‘The humidor preserves the moisture that keeps the cigars at their freshest’, explains Davis. ‘However, prior to 1967 none of the London shops had walk in humidors. In fact my predecessor Desmond Sautter installed the first humidor in a shop in London in 1967. The humidor keeps the constant temperature and humidity therefore delivering the cigars in perfect condition.

I have some cigars that are over 100 years old. They were originally kept in a damp cellar and have since been humidified

‘The walk-in humidor tends to be a system of humidity blown into an open space,’ Davis continues, ‘which is normally either Perspex or if it’s a table humidor, it would be in cedar wood only.

‘After a couple of weeks, the cigars will become hard and dry, therefore it is best to either store in a damp dark cellar – this will help keep them in some sort of condition for smoking. Some people keep them in the fridge, but if they are kept in the humidor they will last literally forever. I have some cigars that are over 100 years old. They were originally kept in a damp cellar and have since been humidified.’

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