Cigar Humidification

Seasoning a pocket cigar case

Q. I bought a 3-cigar leather holder that is Spanish cedar lined. Is there anything I need to do to it before use. Do I need to wet it down, or just leave it the way it came?
– Alan S.
A. You don’t really need to do anything; it’s only a temporary humidor, so to speak. The holder you describe is normally used for one-day affairs. However, if you plan on keeping the cigars in the case for more than a day, and are that concerned about them staying fresh, whatever you do, DO NOT wet down the inside with distilled water. Leather and water don’t mix.

One solution might be to keep some type of humidifier in the case only when you’re using it. Depending on the type and size of the case, it could be anything from a Boveda humipak, to a small humidifier, or a Cigar Savor Drymistat stick, which can be used in one of the slots.

When it’s not in use, a friend of mine keeps his leather pocket case in the bottom of his humidor. This seems to help add enough moisture to the case without causing it to become overly damp.

Finally, when using any leather cigar case, even one that’s cedar-lined, it’s best to keep the cigars in their cellos. Otherwise, the cigars will dry-out if they stay in there too long.

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, 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.

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