Cigar Q&A: Damp Cigar Blues
How can I save a damp cigar?
Q. I think my cigars are ruined. I took a cigar out of my humidor yesterday and noticed that it was extremely soft, like a wet sponge. After checking most of the other cigars in the box, they were super moist, too. Is there any way to save a damp cigar?
- Rick in Monroe, NJ
A. Sounds like your humidity is at an all-time high, so you'll need to dry those cigars out before they lose their bouquet altogether, or even worse, develop mold. The key here is to simply remove the source of the dampness, the usual suspect being your humidifier. (You might even want to leave the humidor open for a day or two.) Monitor the cigars daily until they begin to regain their firmness.
Most importantly, make sure your hygrometer is properly calibrated. You may have been getting false readings. If you don't have a hygrometer, I suggest you get one ASAP, preferably a good digital model that also displays the temperature in your humidor. Both, RH and temp play a vital role in the overall health and preservation of your cigars.
Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.Show all Gary Korb's Articles