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Cigars 101 - How to Age Your Cigars

21st Mar 2022

Hi, and welcome to another episode of Monday's with Mardo's. This week we're going to go over on how to age your cigars. But, I learned a new trick and I'm going to share that with you because it's going to speed up the process just a little bit. But before I get going, I need you to click on subscribe button, click on the bell to get notified every single week of new episodes on Monday's with Mardo's.

All right. So one of the biggest questions we get asked storing a cigar, let alone aging a cigar. "Do we keep it in or out of the cellophane?" And I know there's a lot of opinions and there's a lot of different ways of doing things. But in my sleep one day I thought of a great idea and I wanted to try it and see if it works. And it does. And it's going to actually solve the question on both sides. "Do you keep the cellophane or do you not?"

So what we're going to do is first off, if your cigar comes in a cellophane, is that we're going to cut the cap off. And the reason why we want to do this because what helps aging is cigar is airflow. And I know for the longest time, we've always thought that airflow is the biggest deficit for cigars.

That is true. If the air does not contain any moisture, you're going to have a very big problem, and you're going to get a cigar it's dried out and doesn't have its oils and it's going to lose its flavors. So, therefore in this situation, I'm not sure if you guys familiar with Xikar, it has a kit that has the Boveda and has the cutter, and also has a little fan that goes inside your humidor. And that is battery powered. And the reason why you want that fan, because you want the airflow to be equal amount of relative humidity on either side of the humidor itself. So that's why you had that fan. Well, this airflow that is moving around, you want to make sure that there's enough moisture and relative humidity that is good for cigars. So, first things first, make sure your humidor is well calibrated and well seasoned.

You get the gist of what I'm trying to say. Is you have to make sure that the air movement within your cigars has enough moisture so therefore doesn't dry.

So, before I even go any further, when we are aging a cigar, what we want is we want air movement in and out of a cigar. When a cigar ages, it starts from the foot because that is where it's exposed to open air. Think about infused cigars: whenever you put a cigar in a cylindrical-shaped, airtight canister, or any kind of airtight container, and you have a shot glass of whiskey or whatever spirit you want to use, it's those vapors that enter the cigar. And the more you allow those vapors to enter the cigar, the more you introduce newer vapors. So therefore, every time you replenish that shot glass with new spirit, the more and more vapors can enter the cigar.

And the further it goes, the more it's going to infuse that tobacco. That's the same thing with air. When more air enters in, the more air has to come out eventually. And the more time you allow that to happen, the more of the cigar is going to get aged. And what's happening is that ammonia is coming out of the cigar while it's being replenished with cleaner air. And therefore when you smoke that cigar, you're not going to taste that ammonia. And you're going to allow the tobaccos to marinate a much better process. Now, when it comes to aging your cigar, what you want to do is you want to clip the cap of the cigar. So, therefore the air movement when it goes in, it's not so restricted to coming out, it can actually go right through the cigar, but you have to make sure that your humidor is properly humidified.

And this is something that I came up with and I'm very, very happy with because it's working. It's nothing that I have found in books or anything. It's just by creating a lot of cigars, going to the factory, playing around with a lot of things I have learned on how to age a cigar in a bit more of a rapid fashion. Now you're thinking I put the cigar back in a cellophane. It's blocked. Well, I got a solution for that. I got scissors. So, therefore I just clip it right there. And then I push the cigar just kind of close to the opening. So I'm protecting the cigar and on the cap side, it's also open so air movement can go in and the foot's naturally already open. So the air movement is going to go through the cigar. And then I'm going to take the scissors and I'm going to get close to it and I'm going to clip it just like that.

So now, this cigar has full air movement. It's protected with the cellophane. So, therefore the oils don't penetrate to the Cedar walls of your humidor or to the other cigars and it just sits preserved.

So this is a freaking mind blowing thing that I came up with. I can't believe it and it works. That's why I love it so much. And if you need to dry box, your Cuban cigars, they don't come with cellophane. But if you do clip off the cap a little bit, let that air movement flow in a lot quicker, you can age your cigars along that ammonia to be alleviated in a much faster fashion. This does work. Try it. I'm telling you guys you're going to be stoked.

Anyways, let me know in the comments, what you think of this new way of aging your cigar, that's going to speed up the process or what methods you use. Anyways, I'll see you guys next week. Remember to follow us on Instagram, like us on Facebook and tell your friends to check out the YouTube channel. I'll see you guys.