How and Why Cigar Age Part 2

In Part 2 of “How and Why Cigars Age,” Certified Master Tobacconist, David “Doc” Diaz describes the additional factors required for long aging cigars at home. Stronger cigars, rather than milder cigars tend to age better over time, since they contain more of the potent ligero leaves. Other factors associated with successful long-term aging are, keeping the humidity lower, and slowing down the oxidation process that occurs when cigars are removed from their boxes and cellos.

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How and Why Cigar Age Part 1

The subject of aging cigars always elicits a wide range of opinions; not only among rank and file cigar smokers, but also among those who have spent many years collecting and aging cigars.

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Retrohaling: The Nose Knows

Retrohaling is the process of expelling smoke so that it passes through the nasal cavity and past the olfactory receptors on its way out of your body. To call it “exhaling” or “blowing” smoke out through the nose is misleading because cigarette smokers also exhale smoke through the nose. The confusion arises because exhaling is the opposite of inhaling. And yet, most cigar smokers do not (and should not) inhale cigar smoke. Retrohaling bypasses the lungs completely…

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