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Hello. I am fairly new to cigars and haven't got round to buying a humidor yet. I have bought a digital hygrometer and I'm using a tupperware to keep my cigars in. the problem I'm  finding that if I keep the humidity at the upper 60s the cigars feel too moist. Is this because the plastic doesn't absorb any of the moisture?
Is there a better way of storing them until I purchase a humidor?
Thanks in advance

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Hi Graeme,

Because tupperware containers are almost 100% airtight, they can't regulate humidity properly and trapped moisture buildup is quite common.  To correct this, you should leave the lid closed but not sealed shut. By letting the lid rest loose on the container, excess humidity is able to naturally escape through the small gaps.  You could also line your container with Spanish cedar as this will also help absorb and regulate the humidity.  

As an alternative, you may want to consider storing your cigars in "humi-pouches". Humi-pouches are plastic, Ziploc-style bags with a humidified sponge built into the membrane of the plastic. They're designed for short-term cigar storage and travel and will properly humidify your cigars for up to 3 months.  After 3 months, you will need to either replace the pouches or relocate your cigars to a permanent humidor.  Humi-pouches are available in a variety of sizes and can accomodate everything from a few single cigars, to whole boxes.  They are available at most cigar stores and tobacconists.  

I hope this helps. If you have any more questions, please feel free to just ask and I will be happy to help.

Regards,
James

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My main area of expertise is Cuban cigars and I can assist you if you have questions pertaining to Cuban cigars. I can also assist you with the following:

- General cigar-related questions and advice
- Humidor maintenance and troubleshooting (How to treat humidor mold, correct high/low humidity, humidor seasoning, etc.)
- Accessory maintenance and troubleshooting (Cigar cutters, hygrometers, humidifiers, etc.)
- Cigar restoration, preservation and troubleshooting (How to treat cigar mold/tobacco beetles, restoring vintage/dry cigars, etc.)
- Cigar/Brand identification
- Cigar etiquette

Unsure of a certain cigar brand? Wondering what a certain cigar tastes like? Have a question about Cuban cigars? Having problems with a humidor or Just let me know! I have smoked every brand of Cuban cigars and most reputable non-Cuban cigar brands on a regular basis so I know a fair bit about taste profiles, cigar etiquette and other fine nuances to cigar smoking. (NOTE: My main focus is on premium, hand-rolled cigars and not cheap, machine made, convenience store cigars.) IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE THAT I DO NOT PROVIDE CIGAR OR CIGAR-RELATED APPRAISALS. If you have a vintage cigar item and you want to know if it's worth something, please contact an antique dealer that specializes in "TOBACCIANA".

Experience

I currently have 19 dedicated years of cigar smoking and counting. I have smoked every brand of Cuban cigars and most reputable non-Cuban cigar brands on a regular basis so I know a fair bit about taste profiles, cigar etiquette and other fine nuances to cigar smoking. For 5 years, I studied with Cuban torcedores (rollers), catadores (taste testers) and revisadores (inspectors) on every aspect involving the production of the Cuban cigar and I am currently writing a book that will help beginners understand everything they need to know about cigars and cigar smoking.

Publications
Maple Leaf Gardens: Memories & Dreams 1931-1999 (1999; ISBN: 0920445616)
50 Things Every Guy Should Know How To Do (2006; ISBN: 0452286654)
The [London] Times (October 8, 2009)


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B.A. University of Toronto

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