Many new cigar smokers ask me this question all the time: is it better to have one large humidor or multiple smaller ones? After years of humidor ownership, I have decided that it really comes down to personal preference. There are pros and cons to both methods.
Owning One Large Humidor:
No Cigar Left Behind – If all of your cigars are in one humidor, you never have to worry about forgetting where you stashed your favorite stick.
More Room in the Inn – With one large humidor, your significant other doesn’t have to navigate a humidor maze in order to walk from the kitchen to the bedroom.
Flavor Mixing – Although in a large humidor you can separate cigars using trays and dividers, you will still have some mixing of flavors, especially if you keep any flavored or infused cigars in your collection.
One Bad Apple Can Ruin The Whole Barrel – If, heaven forbid, you get infested with cigar beetles or mold, your whole collection will go down in flames… well not in flames, since you don’t want to smoke a beetle or mold ridden cigar, but you get the point.
Owning Multiple Smaller Humidors
Aging – In order to properly age a cigar, you should keep it in a slightly higher humidity level than sticks you intend to smoke right away. If you have multiple humidors, you can designate one for aging.
Flavor Savor – Nope, I’m not talking about your mustache! With multiple humidors you can separate the full flavored sticks from the mild sticks and the keep the infused stogies from stinking up your whole stash.
No Safety in Numbers – Keeping multiple humidors means containing a beetle or mold outbreak to just a few sticks.
Learn Microsoft Excel STAT – There is no more frustrating a scenario than looking through 5 different humidors to find a cigar you KNOW you have! Organization is key when keeping multiple humidors.