HOW TO KEEP CUBAN CIGARS FRESH
(after you’ve brought them back from the farm)
By Michael Chinnici
Smoking a cigar in Cuba is like a “rite of passage” into Cuban culture. Even if you don’t smoke (which most people don’t these days), you will likely feel compelled to take a few puffs of a world famous Cuban Cohiba cigar. It’s the same as sipping a Cuban Mojito, or enjoying a Cuban sandwich, or hopping into a classic American car from the 1950’s.
If you are fortunate enough to experience Cuba, we suggest you visit Cuba’s tobacco region in the western province of Pinar del Rio. You will no doubt be tempted to return home with some award-winning Cohiba cigars, fresh from the farm.
The trick will be… keeping them fresh. We have a simple solution that we think you will love.
- Ziplock Plastic Bag
- Moistened Paper Towel (folded)
- Plastic Grocery Bag (or similar)
First insert the cigars into the ziplock bag as shown below. Next, crumple up and insert a plastic grocery bag to act as a barrier between the cigars and the moistened paper towel.
Insert the moistened paper towel in last and up against the bag. Be sure that the moist paper towel does not touch the cigars. Finally, press most of the air out of the bag and seal it. Now you are ready to place your prized Cohiba cigars in your refrigerator for safe keeping until you are ready for your next cigar.
If you are traveling for more that one week, we suggest you seal your cigars as noted above while traveling, and put them in your refrigerator when you return home.
I’ve traveled to Cuba over 8 times leading Photo & Cultural Adventure Vacations. I can tell you that this method of keeping your cigars fresh works like a charm every time. My friends always say “Wow, these cigars are amazing and so fresh! I don’t know how you do it.” Well… now you know! Enjoy!
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