Just like wine, aging a cigar adds to the taste, aroma and experience. Most people will buy a box or two of cigars and place them in their humidor. They smoke a few at a time, and age the rest. In fact, many people have separate humidors for aging. It is by no means necessary to age your cigars, however, it does add to the experience.
Occasionally you will get a box of cigars that have an unpleasant ammonia smell to them. This means the tobacco wasn’t finished fermenting prior to being rolled into a cigar. In these rare cases, you will need to age the cigars. Let them sit in a humidor undisturbed for a month or two and then smoke one. If you enjoy the aroma and flavor then smoke away. If they still reek of ammonia or have a bitter flavor then let them sit for another month or two.DO YOU HAVE TO AGE ALL CIGARS? by David Sabot