Cigar Humidification

Funny odor in humidor

Reading Time: < 1 minute

Q.When I open my travel humidor I smell ammonia. What does this mean to my cigars?
– Frank (from his cell phone)
A. The odor you smell is called “ammoniac,” which is released during the tobacco fermentation process. According to one of my sources in Nicaragua, the odor comes from cigars with tobaccos that haven’t been fermented long enough. The thing is, once the cigar has been rolled it’s pretty much set in stone and the cigars will continue to emit the odor.

Check your home humidor, too. I smell a little ammoniac in one of my home humidors when I open it, yet so far, the cigars, many of which are several years old or more, have tasted fine. I would only be concerned if the odor is very strong.

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and Executive Editor of Cigar Advisor. 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
cigar advisor news - cao vision 2022 cigars - release - cover

Cigar News: CAO Releases Vision 2022 Cigars

Reading Time: 2 minutes CAO Cigars want to light-up your cigar life once again with the release of the CAO Vision 2022 cigars. Presented in 30-count humidors complete with their famous LED lights, the blend also boasts a new Honduran Jamastran wrapper. Learn more here.

Read More
cigar advisor news – stillwell star holiday y2022 cigar – release - cover image

Cigar News: StillWell Star Inaugural ‘Holiday Y2022’ Cigar Ships to Retail

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust and pipe tobacco maker, Cornell & Diehl have created a “custom crafted” cigar made for celebrating the Holidays. The limited edition Stillwell Star Holiday Y2022 combines Nicaraguan tobaccos with mild Cavendish Burley and choice Virginia tobaccos. Learn more here.

Read More
cigar advisor panel review video punch fu manchu - cover

Cigar Advisor Panel Review: Punch Fu Manchu

Reading Time: 7 minutes Is Punch Fu Manchu a hero in flavor, or a supervillain of smoky disappointment? Tune into our Cigar Advisor Panel Review and find out!

Read More
Crowned Heads Cigars Guide Crowned Heads cigar review Cigar Advisor Cover

2019 CA Report: The Essential Cigar Advisor Guide to Crowned Heads Cigars

Reading Time: 23 minutes Rules were made to be broken; Crowned Heads Cigars demolishes them. Get our reviews of the Crowned Heads lineup, interviews & more in this full CA review guide – and choose the cigar that’s right for you…

Read More