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What do you feel is the minimum or optimal resting and acclimating time for newly arrived Cigars?

Curious to see some opinions on this

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One month for transit issues + whatever depending on the cigar. Bought a bunch of Diesels a while back and after 3 yrs they are finally smokable!!
 
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This depends so much on initial condition, but I recommend 90 days. So many vendors seem to ship super wet, so I've found over the years that there is a huge benefit to letting them settle down and (usually) dry out a bit. Flip side is if they are too dry, this will also give them time to rehumidify. This tends to hold especially true for CC, as I find a lot of them ship super wet, and you generally want them at lower humidity anyway (62-65RH). You can solve some over humidification issues by dry boxing too. I store all my cigars at around 65RH, but live where it's super humid as well and smoke outside exclusively, so tend to dry box everything anyway before smoking.
 

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It seems to me that suppliers are more worried about dry sticks and cracked wrappers then mold, most of the NC's I get are wet when they arrive I go 30-90 days.

Interesting anecdote ,when I had a small humidor (50 or so sticks) and I purchased from the local B&M the RH went up 2-3 points in my humidor for a few days every time.

I keep mine at 63-65 RH. I haven't orderd enough CC's to have an opinion.
 
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It depends on the supplier. I will smoke singles from Neptune right off of the truck. For most companies that send sticks with a humidity pack I will try one off the truck to test for potential.

For boxes and non-humidified shipments I find two weeks is good for the first test. Two months is when they usually reveal their true nature/potential.

Over time I've come to believe 1-2 months is best, but it depends on the brand. I got some Oscar Altar Q cigars and everybody is saying 3-4 months is best for the first smoke.

So, long story short, it isn't universal.
 

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CCs....90 days box closed
60 days in a cab.

others......depends on storage.
in cello in a box.......6 months
out of box......4 mo.

out of cello in a cab........60 days
 

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This thread makes me think of my poor Ashton Maduros. Tried a single and it was the most delicious thing ever, so I bought a fiver to age. Not sure what the hell happened...they've hit around a year in the tupperdor but EVERY one I've tried so far has been hard as a rock and tastes like a wet ashtray. All the other sticks that I let mellow in there a while only got better. Not these poor fellas. :cry:
 

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@Texican it's not unusual for a cigar to go through stages as they rest in your humidor. As different chemicals break down during aging they produce different flavors and aromas. I have a bunch of the same cigar that after 2 years are very tasty.
 
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This thread makes me think of my poor Ashton Maduros. Tried a single and it was the most delicious thing ever, so I bought a fiver to age. Not sure what the hell happened...they've hit around a year in the tupperdor but EVERY one I've tried so far has been hard as a rock and tastes like a wet ashtray. All the other sticks that I let mellow in there a while only got better. Not these poor fellas. :cry:
So, standard disclaimer: not all cigars react favorably to aging. And by aging, I'm talking about multi-year, say 3 years and longer. Anything under that is just rest/acclimation. If a set of cigars really reacted that bad to rest, I'd question whether my storage conditions were ok or if those cigars are ones that truly benefit from different storage conditions. There are some cigars that are noted for smoking a bit better in higher humidity (Illusione Rothschild's have been called out for this trait as an example) so you may want to set one or two aside and into a different RH environment to see if they smoke better with more or less RH than your common storage environment. If that is the case, then you can make the determination on whether you want to setup a separate storage environment for them (assuming they need more RH) or change tactics and use dry boxing (for lower RH loving sticks).

It can seem like a lot of work, so then you can also make the determination to just skip those sticks altogether, and focus on the ones that smoke right in your ideal storage conditions.
 
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