Yes, cigars can be rehydrated. Occasionally, in spite of your efforts to care for your cigars, they dry out and you need a solution to save your cigar. Perhaps you need to rehydrate a cigar that was left in your car, or more commonly, you neglected to remoisten your humidor.
"Depending on the size of the cigar, and how dry it is, it can take one to three weeks to rehumidify a cigar. "
But remember, as tempting as it might be to shorten the process, it’s important to rehumidify the entire cigar, including the innermost leaves of the filler, and not just the wrapper.
How to rehydrate cigars
Saving a dried out cigar is possible as long as:
- The wrapper hasn't cracked.
- The cigar has not become so dry that all the oils have evaporated from the tobaccos.
The process of rehydrating cigars can take weeks, sometimes even months, so it’s important to err on the side of patience, as a cigar that hasn’t been properly rejuvenated will smoke hot and have an unpleasant, bitter taste.
How to rehydrate cigars with a tabletop humidor
If it’s a tabletop humidor, first, empty it. Then take a moist, but not wet, cloth and wipe the inside walls of the humidor down. Distilled or bottled water works, just don’t use tap water.
Humidity and temperature work by contact. Just as when you put something in your freezer, the temperature drops little by little in intervals and not all at once, this is a gradual process.
Next, remoisten the humidification device with distilled water, or place humidity control packs into your humidor. The humidor will gradually return to the optimal 65-74 percent relative humidity and the cigars will follow suit.
Be careful not to over humidify your humidor in the hope of reviving dry cigars quicker. You may “shock” them into expanding too quickly, resulting in cracked wrappers.
Before you smoke a rejuvenated cigar, test it by gently pushing on it with your fingers. If it feels slightly spongy, then you’re good to go.
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