There are hundreds of methods for infusing cigars out there, ranging from strange all the way up to borderline insanity. Some people recommend baking the cigars, or another person says using a pressure cooker will get you the best results, and yet another person would argue that simply drenching the cigars in liquor then letting them dry is the best way. I’m a simple guy, and I like to keep things simple, so in this write up, I will be talking about one of the easiest methods there is, the humidor method.
For this method, you will need four things, a humidor, cigars, flavoring, and patience. Now I know there are variations on the humidor method, some say you have to wipe the walls of the humidor with the flavoring, which is fine if you never want to use your humidor again. Some say fill the humidifier with the flavoring, again, you can if you never want to use it again or risk getting mold in the hygrometer. Again, I like to keep things simple, so I use a simple set up.
The set up:
For this example, lets say we are infusing some cigars (any number) with bourbon. First things first, use a shot glass or small plastic bowl, fill it with bourbon and set it inside the humidor. Normally I don’t use a humidifier with this process, the bourbon itself works as the humidifier.
Step two: remove the plastic sleeves and bands from the cigars. I prefer to remove the bands because from time to time the over humidification can make the bands stick to the cigar, causing rips to the wrappers
Step 3: place the cigars in the humidor
Step 4: close the humidor, and wait 3-4 weeks, checking the shot glass every few days to make sure its full.
Once you have it all set up, I recommend rotating the cigars every couple days so the infusion is evenly distributed. If there is just one layer of cigars, just turn them. If there are several layers, rotate the layers, bottom to the top, top to the bottom. One of the advantages of the humidor method, other than being an easy way to do it, is also the fact that the interior Spanish cedar walls will help maintain the humidity so there is very little chance of over humidification. The down side, is because of the cedar walls, a lot of the flavor is sucked up by the wood and not into the cigar, so the process takes longer, sometimes up to 6-8 weeks depending on number of cigars, types of flavoring used and how strong you want the flavor to be in the cigar. When you are done with the batch, you can either store the cigars in there, or move them to a different storage and air out the humidor for a week or so to get the smell out and then reuse it.