How long do cigars last?
If properly humidified, a handmade cigar will remain in good condition indefinitely. The best way to ensure proper humidification is to invest in a professionally made humidor. Cigars in the humidor should be kept at a temperature of around 21 degrees Celcius, with a corresponding humidity level of around 70%.
When storing cigars, it is very important to ensure that the temperature and humidity are kept at a constant level. Fluctuations in heat and humidity can cause the cigars to split or crack.
Most small cigars do not require additional humidity to stay fresh. Many European cigars, for instance, are subjected to a ‘baking’ process during manufacture that alleviates the need for storage in a humidor (for that reason, many people refer to them as ‘dry’ cigars). Others are individually wrapped in cellophane or foil-lined packs that also serve to keep them fresh without humidity.
As a general rule, these products will retain their optimum freshness for anywhere from 12 to 24 months; however, as long as they are not subjected to extreme temperatures or humidity levels, they can remain in good condition for up to 5 years.