Cigar triage: reviving a dried out cigar
A cigar is a terrible thing to waste!
Joe recently asked us if our customers who report they were able to revive a dried out cigar were indulging in a little wishful thinking. Fortunately Joe, they’re not imagining it; you can revive a dried out cigar. Not all of them. If a cigar’s wrapper is severely cracked, it’s best to mourn your loss and move on as no attempt at rehabilitation is going to be able to restore the damage.
Cigars can dry out very quickly. One YouTuber in a northern climate claims his smokes feel hard and dried out after bringing them home from the store. Others report finding a box of cigars in a dusty corner that they could have sworn they put in their humidor two years ago. One gentleman acquired an untended humidor filled with cigars that were decades old before the owner of the humidor died.
A quick search online will show you several ways you can rehydrate your cigars, but not all of them are safe and reliable. Over here someone is suggesting a plastic baggie and a wet sponge. Over there, someone is touting the value of a wet potato instead of a sponge. However, we doubt you want any of your everyday smokes, not to mention your premium, special occasion cigars imbued with a potato flavor.
So here’s how our own Al Remp suggests you revive a dry cigar. But be warned, it may not be as easy as it sounds.
Patience is never easy!