Cigar boxes are the first impressions displayed to cigar lovers, some very plain, some quite charming. Our eyes are drawn to them, leading our minds to judge the quality of the cigar inside the box, and perhaps because of the box, you love the cigar at first sight.
In contrast to the gaudy packaging of non-antique cigars, Cuban cigar boxes are mediocre in appearance and design, focusing more on the unique connotation of Cuban cigars. Of course, some high-end items, such as the gauciba beicke, the gauciba maduro collection and some limited-edition humeckers from the annual Cuban cigar festival, are excluded.
Regardless of the aesthetics of the cigar box and the buying mindset, it will last longer than the cigar inside.
After the cigar is lit in the hand, it will go into the process of smoke extinction, but the left cigar box is still with you, telling a story of cigar existence. If you take a snack, you can keep the story going. Here are five things you should know about cigar humidors:
1. Uppmann was the first to use a cigar box
Yes, it was the banker who put his cigar in a special cigar box for the first time. Interestingly, however, these earliest cigar boxes did not contain uppmann's cigars, as the uppmann brand had not yet been invented. The uppmann brothers were born into a German financial family and worked in banking. Around 1840, brothers Herman and August uppmann were sent by their father to open branches in Cuba. For the brothers, it was a welcome addition to their banking business and a shrine to the cigar-lovers. They soon moved to Cuba, and a steady stream of fine Cuban cigars were shipped back to Europe, labeled uppmann and given away to high-end customers. Within a few years, the uppmans were immersed in cigar exports and in 1844 invested in a factory to produce the uppmans that bear his name. Less than a hundred years later, the uppmann bank failed, but the uppmann cigars survived. Cigar boxes, which were shipped to Europe to avoid damage, were also widely used in all cigar packaging.
2. The first cigar box law was enacted in 1863.
In the mid-to late 19th century, cigar production in the United States grew rapidly, and the number of cigar factories in the United States increased by the day. At first, the government did not have much control over the production of cigars, but later they wanted to unify the manufacture, packaging and sale of cigars.
Although many cigar sellers started out with small cigar boxes, by 1863 the government made them mandatory, and the following two years limited packaging to 25, 50, 100, 250 and 500 cigars. There are also special restrictions on the material used to make cigar boxes, allowing only glass or wood. A few years later, tin boxes were allowed. By 1878, pigment production was fully liberalized, and cardboard, plastic, aluminum, brass, ceramics, leather, and various combinations of materials were in full bloom. Thousands of cigars were placed in a single box, making it more standardized and convenient to collect taxes. In 1804, a thousand cigars imported from the Caribbean were taxed at $2. According to the bureau of research, trade and revenue released by the U.S. Treasury Department, cigar imports were taxed at 52.75% of the selling price.
The code for the Cuban cigar box
Before castro nationalized Cuban tobacco, cigar boxes were printed in the English alphabet. After 1960, the words on the Cuban cigar boxes were changed to Spanish. In 1985 Francisco padron, then President of habanos, invented a series of Numbers containing information about the factory, distributor, retailer, and date of manufacture. Four years later, the words "Hecho a mano" were replaced by "Totalmente a mano". In 1994, Cubatabaco, the Cuban tobacco bureau, was replaced in print by Habanos S.A, a habanas company.
4. How to extend the storage time of unopened cigar boxes
The question "how long does an unopened cigar last?" is often asked. That's a good question. Everyone needs a cigar with a temperature of 18-20 degrees and a humidity of 65-75%. How do you keep unopened cigars longer? How long it lasts, depending on the outside of the cigar case, usually lasts about 45 days. But if it is the dry weather in Beijing, the humid and sultry weather in the south, this time will have some changes. The usual treatment is: put in a dark cabinet, basement, air-conditioned room or wine cabinet, remember not to let the sun shine, this is the biggest taboo. Of course, an unopened cigar case in a constant temperature and humidity cabinet is the best choice.
Reuse of cigar boxes
A cigar box is required by law in the United States, but what is the use of a cigar box after it has been smoked? Clever ancestors strung bags on cigar boxes and decorated them to upgrade them to cigar packets; During the war years, soldiers made violins to pass the time between marches and battles. More often, cigar boxes are made into cigar guitars. Artists were able to make music, and they often didn't like to buy those ready-made instruments, so they converted cigar boxes into guitars. Many famous American singers have played songs on cigar guitars. For the rest of us, a cigar case can be used as a cigar holder for cigar clippers, cigar punches, matches, etc. It can also be placed on a desk for work screws, paper clips, and toilet stickers.