Give a Cigar Aficionado subscription and we'll send you a Pocket Guide to Cuba FREE!

Email this page Print this page
Share this page

How Long Can Cigars Stay Fresh?

For how long can I keep cigars in an original, factory sealed box so they don't dry up?
Posted: January 2, 2013

Cigars won't stay humidified for very long at all outside of a humidor, no matter how tight the seal on the box.

They will start to dry out within a day. Get them to a humidor. If you don't have one, you can use a large Humidpak bag, which works very well.

In a pinch, you can use a big Ziplock bag and put in a very small piece (two inches square, perhaps) of damp, not wet, paper towel to add some humidity.

Those general rules about how often you need to refill your humidification unit go right out the window. Fill it often, every day if your cigars aren't moistening up.

Have a question for the Cigar Aficionado editors? Submit it here

Share |

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Log In If You're Already Registered At Cigar Aficionado Online

Forgot your password?

Not Registered Yet? Sign up–It's FREE.


Search By:



Cigar Insider

Cigar Aficionado News Watch
A Free E-Mail Newsletter

Introducing a FREE newsletter from the editors of Cigar Aficionado!
Sign Up Today