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Beginners Cigar Guide – How to Properly Age Cigars

5th Oct 2020

Welcome to another episode of Mondays With Mardo's. I'm Gerard and today's topic, we're going to talk about how to age your cigars properly and how it can affect the burn on the cigar when you're smoking it. But before we get going, I need you to click on the subscribe button. Click on the bell to be notified every single week of new episodes of Mondays With Mardo's.

All right. So one of the biggest questions we still get asked today when aging a cigar, should we keep it or take it out of the cellophane? Well, keeping a cigar in the cellophane is going to be very hard to age. Reason being because air cannot penetrate because it is enclosed. If anything, you should at least open the cellophane and allow some air to be drawn into the cigar. Now, how does this help? Well, a very good experiment you can use is whenever you infuse cigars with your favorite bourbon or whiskey and you put it in an enclosed barrel or a little tiny case, the vapors need to penetrate the cigar. And the way it penetrates is by the foot of the cigar because that's the part that's open. Well, we all know that the cap is enclosed.

Now, when you smoke an infused cigar, you taste those vapors of the bourbon or the whiskey, whatever it is, within the first third, obviously in the second third as well. But in the last third, it's not going to be there because the vapor can only travel so far. The longer you keep it in the jar, the more infusion is going to penetrate to the cigar.

So the same thing with aging. When you place the cigar in a humidor that is well humidified, the air is going to penetrate from the foot and we're going to allow that aging process to happen. It also needs to release some ammonia at the same time. That's why we want the cigar to breathe a little bit. Again, making sure that your environment is very well humid.

And another thing is you want to rotate the cigar. We all know that when cigars are freshly rolled, there's a lot of humidity encapsulated within the cigar. So we do want it to dry out a little bit. And when you don't rotate a cigar and you just let it sit right there, all the humidity is going to stay at the bottom. So when you light the cigar and you have a humidity at one section of the cigar, it's going to give you that uneven burner. So you do want to rotate the cigar every so often, making sure that it's getting proper humidity and it's drying out the right way and its aging the right way.

Now for bragging rights, I know a lot of us we like to post our pictures on Instagram and Facebook to show that tinted, beautiful, dark color cellophane, boasting how aged my cigar is. And this is a very prime example of a cigar I have right here. Maybe you guys can't see over the camera, but this thing is from 2009. It's got 11 years of age on it. This cellophane is definitely tinted. Now this cigar has been stored properly. It was in opened cellophane just like this, so therefore the air can penetrate. So that's a little one-on-one on aging cigars. Let me know in the comments, how you like to age your cigars.

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