Q. Gary I enjoy reading your monthly tips; they are very informative. Your recent tip with regard to heat and humidity got me thinking about an equally vexing problem I encounter in the winter time.Our Minnesota winters are cold and dry. With plenty of TLC I can control the humidity at just about any level, but I struggle with the temperature. No matter where I keep them, the best I can do is about 60-65 degrees.My question: What is the proper humidity level if the cigars are going to be at 60-65 degrees fahrenheit. Thanks. -Jim in Minnesota
A. Even with a “normal” temperature range of 65-70 degrees, the humidity should be kept at about 70% avg. In the cigar warehouse with which I’m familiar, the average temperature is kept at around 60 degrees. That may seem a bit nippy, but the humidity is controlled at 70%. If you can keep your cigars’ RH in the 70% range (+/- 2%), your cigars should be fine.
If the cigar feels especially cold when you remove it from the humidor, it may help to keep it in your shirt pocket and let it “settle” for a few minutes. If it is too cold, the “shock” of lighting and drawing on it could cause the cigar to puff-up or “burst” at some point.