Congratulations! You’ve purchased a humidor that will keep your Havana cigars in perfect condition for many years to come.
Havana cigars mature like fine wines, in fact they will continue to improve for up to their first 15 years but they do need a little basic care. The humidifier in your humidor should be topped up either with humidification solution or distilled water.
Humidification solution is a mixture of distilled water, polyglycol and a mould inhibiter and will help your humidor keep 67-70% relative humidity (+/- 2%).
Try to site your humidor in a location with a temperature, which never exceeds 70 F. The temperature range you are aiming for is between 66 F and 70 F. The relative humidity that you are aiming for is ideally 67–70 %. You should add humidification solution to the humidifier and wait a few days for the cedar wood to settle before placing your cigars in your new humidor.
To test the condition of your cigars, press with the pad of your thumb just below the band of the cigar. The cigar should feel firm but springy if it is in good condition; if it feels hard and brittle then the cigar is under humidified. If it feels soft and spongy, then the cigar is over humidified.
Havana cigars need fresh air! Be sure to open your humidor periodically and be sure to rotate the cigars, i.e. if you are not smoking regularly, at the end of each week put the cigars from the bottom layer of the humidor to the top layer of the humidor and so on.
OUR CABINET HUMIDIFIERS
We use a low maintenance, fan assisted German humidity system in all our large bespoke cabinets. They cost a little more but are reliable and extremely effective in maintaining humidity.