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Trouble with Maduro Cigars

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Q. I find Maduro wrapper cigars very difficult to keep lit. Is there a secret to this that I’m missing, or am I just having bad luck? English Market Selection and lighter wrappers burn well, but my oscuro and maduro cigars go out after about 3 to 5 minutes.
– P. Dougherty

A. Interesting. Maduro wrappers tend to be a thicker and oilier, but there are many cigars, regardless of their wrapper, that will go out after 3-5 minutes if left unattended.

According to one of my top resources, maduro wrappers tend to burn better when stored at a lower humidity level, but it also depends on the type of wrapper, For example, CT Broadleaf is not the same as Nicaraguan Habano or sun-grown Brazilian.

If maduro cigars comprise most of your stock, try lowering the relative humidity (RH) in your humidor closer to the 63% – 65% zone.

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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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