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What Makes for a Great Aged Cigar?
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Aged cigars are a delight for the cigar smoker of any level, due to the strict curing, fermentation and ageing process that the tobacco has been put through. But, before we just leave it there and allow you to get on with sampling a wide range of stogies and trying to figure out what it is that makes them so great, here’s a handy guide for you to see which will help you understand more on the subject as well as some cigars three aged cigars that have to be added to your humidor!


 


These processes must be optimal as any slight deviation can affect the cigars taste, burn and flavour profile.


Didier Hoevenaghel explains: “The ageing is better in leaves (in piles and in bales) than in the cigars themselves. But, as the ageing of leaves is more dynamic and difficult to control than the cigar ageing, this process should be limited in time. Even the strongest leaves should not be maintained too much time before being rolled.”


 


Factors that affect the ageing of your cigar:



  • The composition of the tobacco leaves directly affects the ageing potential and process, for example, ligero tobacco leaves have traditionally had more potential for ageing.

  • Cigars should ideally be kept sealed in their original boxes, eliminating too many micro-fermentations. Just like wine, tobacco begins to deteriorate when it’s exposed to oxygen, which is why cigars that are in varnished cabinets or airtight containers age far better.

  • The storage temperature and humidity must be lower than the one for daily consumption cigars: with temperature aiming to be between 16-18°C with a relative humidity of 65% for ageing compared to 19-21°C and about 70% of relative humidity for daily use.


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