It's essential to know how and why to dry box a cigar in environments with a large variety of weather conditions, humidity, precipitation, and more. If you live near the equator, click here to go shop for some cigars. This article about dry boxing cigars isn’t something you need to read.
However, if you live in dry places or snowy places, read more.
Dry boxing a cigar is something that is done by most cigar manufacturers. They do this because once the cigars are rolled, they are wet. Drying cigars helps with the aging process and also evens out relative humidity inside the blends. Various types of leaves are used in cigars and they vary in thickness. The thicker leaves are normally blended dry. However, when rolled, moisture is introduced, and the leaves absorb the moisture. The drying process helps our hygroscopic friends to reach equilibrium and makes them better.
Now, imagine you are in a dry environment. Maybe you live in a snowy place or a desert. I am going to share the most wonderful news - you have an additional step to take to make that cigar perfect for your climate!
Ever have a cigar fall apart on you while you were smoking it? Trying to enjoy a cigar that has been in your calibrated humidor at 70% RH and 70F? It’s time to try a new method: dry boxing.
Ready to dry box your cigar(s)? Here’s what you need to do: at least an hour (up to two days) before you are going to light up, pull the cigar(s) out of your humidor and put them on your desk or in a non-calibrated humidor or box. Your home is probably still humid, but unless you live in a greenhouse, chances are your house RH is between 20% - 60%.
When you light your cigar indoors or take it outside, it will draw a little looser, so adjust your puff.
However, if you’ve given your cigar time to drop the humidity a little, you should have significantly fewer issues with the whole thing falling apart while you are trying to savor a precious moment.
More than anything, we hope you enjoy your cigars year-round and don’t think you can only enjoy a cigar on the nice days. In our unbiased opinion, every day is better with a cigar!