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I have a humidor filled with dried out cigars. Is there anything I can do to save them, or is it not even worth trying?
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Guess your humidor didn't humidate properly.
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Don't try it. A single drop too much moisture (whatever method you use) will kill the draw, and it will be like trying to suck smoke through a popsickle. One cigar might be worth the effort, but an entire humidor full is much too great a risk.

The best solution is simply to smoke them as they are.

Smoke one for me! (I don't smoke anymore.)
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Put a small bowl of distilled water in it for a couple days, see if they have improved
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A small, damp sponge in the humidor, one cigar at a time (not in contact with the cigar itself; check it after 24 hours).

Which brings up the question: is the clay button or sponge in your humidor not absorbing water properly?

Keep in mind I've rejuvenated pipe tobacco, but never cigars, so what Stoneunhinged wrote is probably dead on.
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The humidor works properly. It got packed away and forgotten about after a party a few months ago so it hasn't been receiving it's regular moisture maintenance.
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Take them to a cigar shop and put them in the store's humidor for a few days.
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Tom's suggestion is the best so far, but you could try a slice of apple in the humidor for a week or so...
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Unless you want your cigars to taste like apples, leave em out! The link below and links within it should get ya where ya wanna be! Unless they are good cigars, don't bother as it is a rather long and arduous process!

http://en.allexperts.com/q/Cigars-2143/2......ting.htm
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Let's say you have two or three hundred bucks worth of cigars. Then it might be worth the trouble in the article Mickey linked to.

But if you're going to do it, the best thing would be to forget your humidor and find instructions on making your own out of a cheap cooler with a hydration unit. Just Google "Cooler Cigar Humidor". A quick search turned up this most excellent device:

http://www.cigar-info-guide.com/cigar-humidor-cooler.html

The air-tight seal on a cooler makes it ideal for what you need.

Whatever you do, if you decide you want to rejuvenate them, we're talking at least two months, not a "couple of days".
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It was just a suggestion.
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And what should I do with cigars still wrapped in plastic (or still sealed in small individual metal containers)? Take them out of their wrappings before I start re-animating? Or re-animate them as they are?
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It seems I've read that you take em out of wrappers and tubes!

Jeff,
I remember when those "cooleridors" first hit the scene and thought what a great idea! There was also the tip for making the hydration unit out of a plastic soap container and florist foam. I still to this day use the one I made!
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On 2009-05-10 21:20, mandarin wrote:
Tom's suggestion is the best so far, but you could try a slice of apple in the humidor for a week or so...


The apple slice method is known to develop mold, causing the tobacco to get moldy. Not good.
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I found a very cool tobacco canister/humidor in a antique shop and bought it for my dad! In the lid there was a little compartment with it's own lid and small holes that could be adjusted. I was told that you could put a piece of fruit such as an apple in it and it both added flavor and kept it moist a bit longer.

It seems you go through pipe tobacco faster so you don't have the mold problem that was referred to with the cigars. That and since it's going to be a rejuvenation process it will take much longer (a couple months was mentioned)!

I have a nice humidor full of quality cigars and fortunately I've never lost track of it and I've consistently maintained proper temp. and humidity. I have several that have been in there for more than 5 years and they DO get better with age!

Hope you can bring em back from the dead!

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Here's an update...
It has only been about three weeks, but the cigars are nearly rehydrated!
I added a small bowl and moist paper towel to the box. Every couple of days I change the paper towel and rotate the cigars. The humidity level has slowly gone up. Interestingly, as the humidity level increases, the smell of the cigars becomes stronger.
I anticipate that everything will be back to normal withing 2 more weeks.
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Sounds like you're on your way to success.

I still recommend, however, that you resist the urge to smoke them until they've spent several weeks (or more) at the re-hydrated level.

If they're truly high quality, they will age well, so there is truly no hurry.

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I was stunned when I got to Europe and started smoking Cuban cigars. I had always thought it was a bunch of hype. I truly wanted to believe it was hype. I don't remember why I wanted to believe this, but I did. Seemed to me that people were chasing some kind of forty year-old holy grail, and it all had to do with nastalgia and Castro and that kind of thing, and that in a blind taste test one couldn't tell a Cuban cigar from a well-made, extra strong Honduran (or whatever) cigar.

But it ain't hype. My first Cohiba made an unbelievable impression on me. It ROCKED! Best thing I ever put in my mouth, tobacco-wise. And the next one was just as good. And the next one.

I truly pray for the day that all of you can freely buy Cuban cigars in the USA again. Flood Cuba with money and democracy, and flood the USA with all those cigars they've been sorely missing out on.

(I assume. I mean, you're not trying to re-hydrate illegal cigars, are you?)
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It is illegal to bring them in, but not to have them.
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The Governator imports them for his personal use. I actually got one of his Cubans from a friend of a friend once, and OMG, they really are that good! I'm hoping our upcoming negotiations will open up the Cuban cigar trade again.
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On 2009-06-03 12:58, stoneunhinged wrote:

I truly pray for the day that all of you can freely buy Cuban cigars in the USA again. Flood Cuba with money and democracy, and flood the USA with all those cigars they've been sorely missing out on.



We can get cuban's here pretty easily as one just has to hop across the border to Canada to pick 'em up. Not that me, nor anyone I know has ever participated in smuggling. But it does give you something to smoke while you're waiting in line at the border to get back into the states. which on a summers day can take a couple of hours.
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