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for your cigars
We all like
a little sunshine and warmth, but too much is not good for us.
Neither is it good for your cigars.
dangers are the growth of mould on the wrapper or the hatching
of the dreaded tobacco beetle (both of which result from excessive
warmth and humidity) or the other extreme - dehydration.
And keep your cigars cool too.
The first watchpoint is to try to avoid situations where your
cigars may be exposed to temperatures above 22°C for any period
of time - don't forget them on the table after lunch.
Think about the temperature when you take your cigars to the beach
or leave them in the cubby-hole or boot. Can they fit in the cool
humidity - try to maintain the normal humidity they are used to
(read "What do I need to do to keep my cigars in good condition?"
When you're away from home, keep the cigars (boxed or loose) in
a sealed container or zip seal packet; moisten if necessary or
put in a packet of silica gel for excess humidity leading to extreme
cases of wetness.
are in the "Mould" season - high temperatures combined with excess
humidity can be a disaster. But don't confuse "Bloom" (or "Plume")
response to a question, Rick Hacker
has this to say:
"The more I travel, the more I write, and the more I learn, the
more I am amazed at some of the fanciful inaccuracies I keep encountering.
Often they challenge the imagination and leave me in awe. Perhaps,
years ago, someone was drinking too much rum under the hot Cuban
sun. That would certainly account for a belief that links bloom
or mold to the Cuban spring. The seasons, whether in Cuba or elsewhere,
have nothing to do with either (other than the fact that spring
rains cause humidity which, in turn, contributes to mold).
in the latest edition of my book, The
Ultimate Cigar Book, bloom (or plume) refers to the
small, powdery white spots they occasionally appear on cigar wrappers
as the cigars are aged. Easily brushed off with the finger, bloom
does not affect the taste and rather, is indicative of a well-cured
and especially oily wrapper that is aging gracefully.
Mold, on the other hand, is devastating to find on a cigar. This
blue-green fuzz is caused by too much moisture and heat, and/or
by impurities in the humidifying water or in the humidor itself.
Mold will taint a cigar's wrapper and more importantly, its taste,
giving it an unpleasant and sour mustiness. Moldy cigars should
be discarded (unless you like sucking up spores with each puff
of smoke), to prevent this contamination from spreading to the
rest of the sticks in the box."
the way I have an article on other Cigar Myths appearing in the
November 2001 issue of Robb Report (phone (1) 978 795 3000 in
Acton, Massachusetts, USA; www.robbreport.com),
a luxury lifestyle magazine for which I am the spirit and cigar
Carleton Hacker has written more than 11 books
on pipe and cigar smoking and is one of the world's best-known
authors and authorities on the subject.
December 27 to January 9, 2002