It happens to the best of us. Here are some tell-tale signs of an over-humidified cigar and a few methods on how to fix it.
How to Tell if Your Cigar is Over-Humidified
1. Soggy/Soft Cigar – If your cigar is over-humidified, it will be very soft or soggy and it will be very difficult to light. If the cigar is soggy to the point that it is very flexible, it may be beyond saving. However, if it is merely soft, there may still be hope for saving it.
2. Bitter Taste – These cigars will taste bitter, even though the taste is still present at the beginning of a smoke. However, the more you smoke it, the stronger that bitter taste becomes. Some cigar smokers have likened the taste to “smoking air.”
3. Mold – If you see mold on the cigar, this doesn’t necessarily mean it’s ruined. Many avid smokers actually enjoy vintage cigars—many of which have some mold on them. It’s not the appearance of mold that matters—it’s the level to which the mold has tainted the cigar. If the mold has progressed too much, it will ruin the taste of the cigar. If you do notice the appearance of mold, be sure to check your humidor to see if there is any problem in containment or in the humidification system water. If you notice a moldy or musty smell while drying the stick, then it’s probably a lost cause. It is recommended that you remove mold-infested cigars from “healthy” cigars.
How to Fix an Over-Humidified Cigar
If the cigar is still capable of being rescued, you will only see the foot of the cigar stick swelling. If the damage is minor, then simply remove the humidification device and leave the box (or room) slightly open. A few hours may be all it takes to restore the room humidity back to normal. In extreme cases you could try leaving them in a case without any humidification whatsoever. However, do not make the mistake of leaving these cigars out in the open air, since this will cause them to dry unevenly and thus shrink or break.
Photo by Tobacconist UniversityHow to Tell if You Have an Over-Humidified Cigar and How to Fix it by David Sabot