How To Maintain Cigar Aroma & Flavour With Liebherr's Humidor
Cigar aficionados find cigars extremely appealing and intensely satisfying. They are often smoked as a celebratory gesture (birth of a child, job promotion, sport team wins!) or simply for pleasure. So, to ensure the best aroma and flavour is preserved, how should cigars be stored? For many, storing cigars is simply keeping them in a box, in a cool and dry environment, but that’s not the best way to ensure they are ready and waiting in the perfect condition.
For the sole purpose of premium cigar storage, Liebherr designed and manufactured the Humidor (ZKes 453). Liebherr’s Humidor offers the ultimate microclimate, storage environment for cigars to mature to perfection. To ensure aroma retention and proper maturation, there must be an ideal interplay between temperature and humidity, with humidity far more important as once a cigar dries out the flavour is compromised and aroma may be impacted.
Like wine, storing cigars in the appropriate climate allows them to not only mature in peak condition and appreciate in value but it allows their true aroma to unfold. For this to occur there are a few key requirements including accurate temperature, adjustable and constant humidity and simple handling. Stored amongst inappropriate climatic conditions, the valuable aroma of cigars will be compromised.
The optimum humidity for cigars is between 68% and 75%. A one litre integrated distilled water tank (with a visual display to indicate replenishment required) is regulated via humidity sensors to ensure exact compliance with the selected humidity range. Should the climatic conditions change due to door openings, the Humidor will automatically readjust the humidity once the door is shut. Temperature can be set between 16°C and 20°C, at the touch of a button. Both humidity and temperature are operable separately via the electronic MagicEye control system. It is important that cigars are not exposed to fluctuations in temperature and humidity as this can lead to mould and rotting, rendering the cigars unfit for smoking, potentially also resulting in a large financial loss.
Crafted from Spanish cedar wood there are two shelves and two presentation boxes (one larger than the other for preferred variety) to allow storage of packaged or loose cigars respectively. LED lighting with a dimmer function allows cigars to be showcased whilst generating virtually no heat in the process and not compromising their quality. Finished in a brushed stainless steel with a UV protected glass door (internal temperature is immune to all external temperature influences), the three different control circuits and four fans ensure the perfect microclimate for both short and long term storage.