It has happened to all of us at one time or another. You simply forgot about that nice box of stogies you had in the back seat of your car for 3 months. Ok, well hopefully you aren’t that absent minded, but you get the idea. I always get asked what you can do to restore dried cigars.
The most important thing to remember is that restoring a dried cigar takes time. Lots of time and patience don’t be in a hurry to get the job done.
Take your cigars and put them in a non-humidified humidor. If this doesn’t exist, then you can use a zip-top bag with some holes poked in it. You want to bring the cigars to a steady humidity level that is much less than 70%. Let them sit in this environment for about 2-3 days.
Take a fresh clean sponge and get it damp with distilled water. Place inside the zip-top bag and allow it to sit there, not touching any cigars, for at least one more week. This will slowly add humidity to the cigars at a rate that will prevent the wrapper from bursting.
After two weeks your cigars should start to look a lot healthier. Put them in your charged, maintained humidor at this point. Don’t smoke them yet. Let them rest for while. I would suggest a month or two, just to make sure things are back to normal. Then you can feel free to smoke to your heart’s content.