Cigar aficionados are well aware of the crucial role that humidity and temperature play in maintaining the quality of a cigar. Cigars are commonly stored in humidors, which range in size from walk-in rooms to small travel humidors for a few cigars on the road. Monitoring the humidity of your humidor is essential. Cigars stored in dry conditions lose taste, may burn too fast, can develop an unpleasant smell, and may taste harsh. In addition, the wrapper may become brittle. If the humidity is too high, mold may develop and the cigar may burn too slowly or be hard to light. Excessive dampness can ruin cigars through the growth of mold or providing conditions in which tobacco beetles thrive.
Storage temperature is important as well, although it may be overlooked. Low temperatures impair aging, and can cause a cigar to become brittle. At high temperatures, cigars may rot and are more prone to tobacco beetles and other infestations.
Therefore, the general cigar storage standard is the 70/70 rule, keeping the temperature about 70 degrees Fahrenheit and the relative humidity close to 70 percent. If you are serious about the quality of your cigars, the AcuLink system provides unparalleled capability for continuous and remote monitoring. With the AcuLink Bridge, you can place compatible sensors in your humidor and set programmable alerts to send to your mobile device, so no matter where you are, you will know if the temperature or humidity vary from your selected values. If you have more than one humidor, you can use up to three sensors with each Bridge.