Gary Korb takes one more look at the Holidays with his list of top shelf cigars adorned with fancy white & gold bands. Whether it’s a last minute gift idea or a humidor-worthy primo to ring-in the New Year, you’ll find 12 of them all dressed-up and ready to smoke.
Cigar Q&A: Is There a Five Year Term Limit on Aging Cigars?
Q. I understand that cigars should not be aged more than 5 years. Therefore, I have been inclined to smoke my cigars within a three year period and replace them every three years with newer boxes. Any input on this?
A. As far as aging goes, cigars can be aged almost indefinitely; I’ve never read anything about a time limit. Moreover, I once read an article about smoking cigars that had been aged for 20 years and even as long as 50 years. On the other hand, I’ve also read that, like aging wine, cigars can eventually reach a point where they lose their bouquet.
I have cigars at home that have been aging longer than 5 years, and they’re mighty fine. That said, I prefer to smoke cigars within a more reasonable time period. In today’s crazy world, you never know when you’re time is up, so enjoy them while you can. Other than that, I would agree that three years is a realistic time frame for home-aging cigars.