How to Organise Your Cigar Collection
It is every aficionado’s dream to keep a collection of Cuban cigars that they can easily access when needed. Like a wardrobe, you need different pieces for different occasions. Wouldn't it be more efficient to easily locate your cigars from your cupboard or humidor? This is why cigar organisation is very important for your own convenience! However, If you are a beginner, you should first learn how to store cigars properly in humidors; this is to prevent over-drying and maintain the moisture of your cigar. Make sure to read “How to Store Cigars” to ensure you aren’t creating an unideal environment for your tobacco – this is so that your cigars stay fresher for longer! Below, are some key categories for each humidor, giving you some ease when finding the right cigar for the right occasion.
NEW AND UNIQUE CIGARS
In your current cigar collection, I’m sure you’ve got your favourites and premiums stored away safely. But as cigar aficionados, the quest to find unique and new cigars doesn’t stop! With new releases coming every year like the El Rey Del Mundo La Reina (Ex. GB 2018), we can’t help but get our hands on them and try them out. So if you are ever feeling adventurous to try a Partagas Culebras, or find yourself in the mood to try something different – you can have a humidor dedicated to these novelties. We suggest, when it comes to trying new cigars, purchasing single cigars or packs of 3 is ideal as it can act as a “trial period” before utilising your full-blown budget.
These cigars are purely for your own enjoyment. During the day, when you are in the mood for a good smoke, take one of these bad boys out of your humidor and satisfy your craving. Is there a particular time when you should be smoking these? Not really. Whether you are sitting on your sofa watching a football match, walking the dog or “just in the mood”, the cigars in this category should be reliable and consistent. There should be the right amount of these in your humidor to keep you sufficient for a few weeks. We would choose cigars like the Partagas Serie D No. 4 or the Romeo Y Julieta Petit Churchills as they are high-quality cigars that many aficionados’ enjoy - without the ultra-premium pricing.
Left: Partagas Serie D No. 4; Right: Romeo Y Julieta Wide Churchills Petit Churchills
Smoking cigars with other people is a joy! Sometimes, you will have visitors coming over to relax and socialise with you. Most of the time, these people aren’t avid cigar smokers, so when it comes to keeping a humidor for sharing, try and choose cigars that are good quality but do not break the bank. We recommend selecting cigars like the Montecristo No. 4 or the Cuaba Tradicionales, with budget prices of less than 10 CHF, but still has exceptional flavours – fantastic cigars to share with a friend!
Left: Montecristo No. 4; Right: Cuaba Tradicionales
These are going to be your most premium cigars in your whole cigar collection. Likely with a higher price tag, these are the cigars you probably do not want to touch until the perfect moment calls for it. Maybe if you’ve got a special occasion like a wedding, anniversary or championship, it would be the ideal time to smoke one. Otherwise, keep it safe and in tip-top condition until you have the reason to burn it. However, sometimes, if you want to light one of these bad boys up for no reason, you can do so! By premium, we mean limited edition Cuban cigars, rare cigars or just simply a high-end one. The Cohiba Behike, or the limited edition H Upmann Magnum 56 Edición Limitada 2015 seem like the perfect fit for your 'Holy-Grail' collection.
Left: Cohiba Behike 52; Right: H. Upmann Magnum 56 Edición Limitada 2015
It's likely you will have many different cigars that you aren’t sure where to keep. You may have a variety of cigars with varying ring gauges, sizes and types. If you can, it is best to categorise these as much as possible so that you can quickly locate them within your humidor. If they are thin like the Cohiba Panetelas, which have tiny ring gauges, it is best to keep the specific cigars in one area. While thicker cigars like the Trinidad Topes Edición Limitada 2016 could be organised elsewhere. Maybe you are a fan of vintage smokes; you can create a section wherein you keep your aged cigars! Here are other ideas on how to organise these types of cigars:
· By Brand
· By Strength
· By Size/Length
· By Wrapper (Maduros?)
We hope that you aficionados will now have an organised cigar collection! Instead of losing and forgetting where you placed them, they are now inset categories to help you locate them when needed. Looking to fill your Cuban cigar collection? Get on our Cuban Cigar Shop to browse our premium range of cigars, and if you’re still interested in reading our ‘How-To’ Guides, read our Cuban Cigar Blog: