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Aging Cigars

Experienced cigar enthusiasts are well acquainted with the pleasures of a well-aged cigar.  The subtle flavours and complex constitution of a well-aged cigar is indescribable and unforgettable.  Like wine, many cigar aficionados swear by the process of ageing.  A great cigar, the argument goes, is an aged one.  How can you attain a well-aged cigar that provides the mellow, complex flavours you crave?  You can always fork over a good deal of your money and purchase a box of expensive vintage cigars.  If you would rather save the money and experiment with ageing on your own, here are a few tips to help you get started.

First, know that you will have to be patient if you want a properly aged cigar.  You will have to age your cigars for about a year in order to achieve the flavours and complex subtleties of a well-aged cigar.  Also, know that in order to achieve the rewards of a well-aged cigar; you must begin the process with a high-quality cigar.  If you try to age a lower quality cigar, chances are that any amount of ageing will not improve their flavours significantly.  Many high-quality cigars that you find too strong or odorous are perfect candidates for ageing. In fact, almost all high-quality cigars can be improved through the process of ageing. 

To age your cigars, purchase a good quality humidor.  Cigars must be stored in a constant and stable environment.  Follow the 70-70 rules.  That means the humidity must be at a constant humidity of 70%, and at a temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Of course, the environment in which they are stored in is crucial. Follow the usual 70-70 rules for temperature and humidity. Any more and your cigars will get mouldy; any less and the ageing process begins to be stunted. Maintaining a stable environment for your cigars is key - a constantly fluctuating environment can be disastrous. Swings in temperature and humidity causes cigars to expand and contract, which leads to cracking in its wrappers and a disruption in the ageing process. Ideally, the space in the humidor should be about twice the volume of cigars. The lining should be cedar - cedar wood is highly aromatic wood, full of its own oils. Over time, the tobacco oil, and the cedar oil leads to a mellowing and blending of flavours which results to a subtle complexity that you can only get from proper ageing.

Recommended Vintage Cigars “Aged by nextCigar”

Cohiba 1966 Edición Limitada 2011 - This extremely sought after Habanos Edición Limitada commemorates the 45th anniversary of Cohiba, and was made in a unique format specially selected for this occasion. These 10 Habanos (52 ring gauge x 166 mm length) with a dark wrapper dressing have been made totally by hand using a selection of the finest tobacco leaves (top leaves of the Tapado – shade grown black tobacco plant) found in the plantations of San Juan y Martínez and San Luis in the Vuelta Abajo region of Cuba. Produced in very limited quantities, this vitola is only available in a layer box of 10 units in a Boite Nature (BN) box.

Romeo y Julieta Duke Edición Limitada 2009 - Romeo y Julieta biggest Limited Edition cigar yet. This Grand Robusto will delight the senses of the true Habanos lovers in a delicate combination of passion and excellence. Available in labelled boxes of 10 cigars.

Ramón Allones Allones Extra Edición Limitada 2011 - It is the very first time that Ramon Allones has an Edicion Limitada since the brand was created in 1837. For this very special occasion, a historic band that existed until the end of the XXth century was used to replicate the past centuries in Ramon Allones; making this release an exclusive and limited collectible item.

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