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Make Your Own Infused Cigars
There are a lot of smokers out there that love infused cigars. I mean, they absolutely go bananas for them. Anything Acid puts out is an absolute gem for them and Kuba Kubas are a staple in their humidor. Of course they don’t appeal to everyone because of the flavor of infused cigars. It can be a bit overpowering, but admittedly, I indulge in one on occasion. For whatever reason, the taste of blended herbs and botanicals pleases the palate and adds some added variety to the cigar industry. However, because it takes so long to infuse cigars, they can sometimes be a bit pricey. This is where we come in. We’re going to teach you how to make your own infused cigars so you can buy inexpensive cigars and make them as good as any manufacturer on the market today!
To start this process, you’re going to need some paper towels, a shot glass, cigars that are preferably Connecticut, but you can use whatever wrapper you see fit, and zip-lock bags or a small humidor, and any liquor, herbs, or botanicals you want to use during the process. There are two ways to go about this process which is why I included the humidor and shot glass. The first method is to use the shot glass and the humidor. Simply fill your shot glass ¾ of the way full with any liquor you so choose and place it in the humidor along with your cigars. Make sure you use a humidor you won’t put your regular cigars in though, because after this process, your humidor will absorb the smell of the liquor and forever slightly infuse your cigars with the flavor of the liquor. Wait about a month or so for the cigars to become fully infused and once you are happy with the results, enjoy.
I prefer to use the zip-lock bag method mainly because it is quicker, less messy, and you do not have to ruin a humidor with only one flavor in which your humidor will reek of for the rest of your life. Instead, soak a section of paper towel with any liquor or flavoring you desire and wring it out slightly just so it takes on the flavor your are going for. You can also then add any herbs or botanicals you want just by laying them in the bag along with the piece of paper towel. Add the cigars to the bag as well making sure the cigars are not resting directly on top of the paper towel or herbs. Once you do this, seal the bag and let it sit for about 2 weeks. The cigars should take on the desired flavor in this time and are ready to smoke. For both methods however, just make sure just like your humidor to keep the humidity around 65%-70% for optimal results and out of direct sunlight.
So stop spending an arm and a leg on expensive infused cigars. If you can trade off waiting a short amount of time to enjoy home-infused cigars rather than spending an extra 1-3 dollars more per cigar to come already infused, then it is definitely worth the wait. Not only that, but by infusing your own cigars, you can practice infusing over a long period of time to make your own custom made and personalized cigars that are just right for you. Keep infusing and maybe you can start your own line of cigars!