Do you brew cigars like meat stews ?!
It is a nice summer day, the weather is hot, we sit down with friends and discuss what to do with the evening. Finally, one of the best things about summer evenings is the decision to have a barbecue. Even the thought is nice… but of course meat is one of the sine qua non for a good barbecue. No matter what anyone says, be it red or chicken, barbecued meat tastes different; Especially if it is brewed well. Although everyone has a different brewing technique with spices, oil or yoghurt, the common point is that it adds extra flavor to the meat. The aim is, of course, to increase the pleasure you get from meat, in addition to the beauty of the meat itself, by using a spice that you prefer or that you see suitable for your meat.
So what if I told you that you can use the same technique for your cigars… your reaction? Interestingly, when I first heard it, I was quite surprised, and my reaction was "No, what else?" I gave it. The first questions that came to my mind were whether the cigar would be spoiled, whether the wrapper would be damaged, would it not dry afterwards. When I did a little research on the Internet, I saw that these types of cigars are a considerable enthusiastic person. So how is it happening? Cigar brewing, just like meat brewing, adding the aroma you like and prefer to your cigar. There are normally two ways to do this, directly and indirectly. Both techniques require time for the aroma to penetrate the cigar well.
When the direct brewing method is used, just like meat, a liquid that will contain the flavor - which is usually oil or yogurt when brewing meat - is mixed with the other flavor you want, and the cigar is carried out in a shallow bowl (like a pan). While this liquid may be cognac, whiskey or similar drinks, it can also be other artificially flavored liquids.
In the indirect brewing method, our cigars do not come into contact with the liquid in any way. The goal is to allow the cigar to absorb the aroma in an airtight container or in a sealed bag. You can do this in an old humidor by wetting the inner walls with the liquid you want or simply filling your humidifier with liquids such as whiskey, cognac, wine, liquor instead of pure water. But remember, in either case, you cannot use your humidor for your other cigars afterwards. For this reason, it is useful to use an old or worn-out humidor. Of course, the humidor is not the only option. It is possible to achieve the same result by storing your cigars in a sealed bag, with a cloth on which you pour the liquid you want to use, or directly with a humidifier.
There are several brands that produce cigars using this method and you can find them from various cigar sales channels on the internet. These are Vasco da Gama, Patron and Sosa brand cigars.
Whichever method you use, it takes around two months for your cigars to fully accept the aroma you want to give. Maybe a little longer in indirect brewing. I don't know if you would like to try something like this, but when you decide to do it, my suggestion is that instead of trying the brew using a Behike, try it with your cigars that are either cheap, dried out, or relatively tasteless. Otherwise, you may be wasting your cigar and suppressing the original taste of your cigar.