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KnowledgeBase --> Cigar Articles --> Cigar Aging
Cigar Aging

Cigar Aging

This article is aimed at describing the purpose and techniques for proper aging of your cigars. Proper aging is based on proper storage of your cigars. If you are unsure of your storage, refer to the article on Cigar Storage.

Cigar aging is an important part of the cigar process. A freshly rolled cigar will typically be rough in taste, smoke, and texture. Many reputable manufacturers will allow their cigars to age at least a month or two before distribution. Aging allows the various strands of tobaccos used in the cigar to meld and produce its unique blend of flavor. An aged cigar tends to burn smoother and even as well.

The wrapper of the cigar is believed to have the largest affect on the aging of a cigar. Dark oily wrappers tend to age better than light wrappers over time. Aging of a cigar will make it more mellow and smooth over. Because of this, bolder more heavy bodied cigars are typically aged longer than the lighter or milder cigars. A well-aged cigar is highly sought after by serious cigar smokers.

Various stages of aging impart different affects on cigars. A new cigar may taste and smoke much better after aging a year or two. A year or two after that you may enjoy it even more. Conversely, ten years later you may find it not to your taste. Cigars all age differently, but there is a good chance that a young cigar you did not like at first, you would find enjoyable after a few years of aging. Having said that, a poor cigar will not get better over time. Like a fine wine, a finely crafted cigar can get better over time.

Aged cigars can sometimes take on different physical appearances as well. Sometimes they might appear to get a powder that resembles mold. This is called "plume" and is generated from the aging of the oils contained within the cigars. If the powder is dry and wipes off it is plume, if it turns green it is mold and the cigar is ruined. A cigar may also appear to shrink in ring size, evident from the looseness of their bands. These are both tell-tale signs of a well aged cigar.




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