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Father’s Day 2022: Humidor Gift Ideas

  We love buying our fathers cigars throughout the year. A gift that’s quick, affordable, and easy to give on a whim and without occasion. But when it comes to Christmas, birthdays, Father’s Day, and life events, we go with something more substantial, more meaningful, and that we know he’ll...

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Can I Still Use an Antique Humidor?

Cigar smoking goes way back. Seriously, way back. There’s a long, rich history of both cigar production and appreciation that’s filled many books.  But that’s not entirely why we’re here.  Because while the cigars that your great-grandfather used to smoke may no longer be around, his humidor may be. Humidors...

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Controlling Humidor Humidity to Age Cigars

At some point in your journey of cigar appreciation, you’ll move from “smoke them as you get them” to “stockpile them just in case.” You may not be the type to smoke a cigar every evening—or even every week—and that’s ok. Fortunately, many cigars age fabulously under the right conditions....

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Should I Dry Box New Cigars?

  You’ve properly seasoned your humidors, loaded them with your precious cargo, and you’ve even saved room for special occasion smokes. Now that you’ve finally finished that seemingly interminable project at work, and you’re finally home to celebrate by kicking back with that 18-year-old Islay single malt and that Padron...

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How Size Affects Humidor Performance

  The relationship between cigars and their humidor is symbiotic, and humidity is their shared resource. As you decide which humidor is right to house your collection of cigars, size can play a role in just how well your humidor protects and extends the life of your cigars based on...

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What Will $100-$300 Get You In a Humidor?

  Buying a boutique cigar humidor box is kind of like opting to build a bigger and better garage for your car collection. Ever seen someone park their Corvette collection inside a dilapidated shack? Neither have we. But just like collector cars, we can’t take every cigar we own with...

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Calibrating a Digital or Analog Hygrometer for Accurate Humidity Readings

  It’s a beautiful afternoon for a finely crafted cigar, and with dinner a few hours out, there’s plenty of time to puff away the remains of the day. But as you reach for the lid of your trusty humidor box, an unsettling sight greets you. Your hygrometer is showing...

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Maintaining Your Torch Lighter: Cleaning, Bleeding, Refuelling

A good torch lighter isn’t hard to find. But maintaining a torch lighter properly is a tougher ask. If you, like many others, grew up with a handful of cheap BIC lighters floating in one rummage drawer or another, just keeping track of a quality torch lighter requires effort. We’re...

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How Humidor Humidity Affects Different Types of Cigars

Whoever said variety was the spice of life probably had a wide array of cigars stowed in their humidor somewhere. From Connecticut, Corojo, and Criollo, to Dominican, Ecuadorian, Honduran, Indonesian, and Sumatran, the types of cigars available to us are equal parts impressive and intimidating. Unfortunately, there are only so...

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