I have a humidor, about 200 cigar size, that my brother gave me for Christmas a few years ago. It is a hand-painted Montecristo 2000 Cup limited edition. I use it for my "Archive" cigars. That is, where I age my top notch cigars, all of my Cubans, and some special "one time" releases from cigar companies that I want to, well "archive". I have Cubans in there that are over 10 years old, and some Partagas that are over 15 years old. I am in no hurry to smoke any of them, but it is a "Birthday Treat" to offer my friends their choice from that humidor...
This Cigar is 25 Years Old...
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Cigar aging is thought by most experienced cigar smokers to be essential if you want to make the most of your premium cigars. By letting your cigars age in your humidor you can actually improve the cigar's character and flavor as the different tobaccos used in its construction continue to blend. The subtle flavors of a well-aged cigar are enjoyable and unforgettable. Like wine, the process of aging a cigar is what makes a good cigar a great one.
What is Cigar Aging? Cigar aging is a period of time during which the cigars are put to rest in a humidity controlled environment, typically in a humidor or a larger storage area. This is where they are undisturbed and allowed to evolve and mature. Some feel that aging cigars for a significant period of time is essential to developing the best characters and flavors of a cigar.
How Long To Age Cigars? The proper time to age a cigar is debatable, there are no definitive guidelines as how long cigars should be aged before they reach their peak. Just about all premium cigars will taste better after aging 1-2 years and some will even continue to improve for even longer. Many cigar lovers will even age their premium cigars 2-7 years before smoking and as long as cigars have been stored correctly and properly humidified, cigars will continue to evolve in a humidor for many of years. Although, this is still up for debate, or a gamble as to whether an aged cigar over 10 years is "overaged" and will still maintain it's flavors. There have been instances of cigars found aging in cellars for over a hundred years that still smoked very well and tasted wonderful.
The amount of time you age your cigars is a matter of personal preference. Some prefer cigars young and fresh while others appreciate a matured cigar. There are some low-quality cigars that won't see much improvement with aging. However, keep in mind that top-quality premium cigars after aging will almost certainly become smoother and improve in flavor, much the same way that good wines for aging are too bitter or acidic to drink when young. One person's idea is that typically, Dominican cigars, that are light bodied, mature faster and should be aged for 1-2 years. Cigars that usually benefit most from longer periods of aging of around 3-7 years, tend to be the larger ring, fuller-bodied cigars, such as Cuban or Honduran cigars.
Again, this is all personal speculation. The final word is that most hand made, premium, cigars will improve with some time resting in your properly controlled humidor.