Drew Estate introduced the Acid line 25 years ago. Since then, spirit-infused cigars like the Maker’s Mark Bourbon have become a staple in most cigar establishments. The debate over infused cigars persists. Are they “real” cigars? Whether you think so, infused cigars have carved their niche in the industry.
Infused cigars are not for everyone. Yet, if you’re considering dabbling, there is no need to shell out a ton of cash. Infusing cigars at home is easy.
It’s difficult to replicate the exotic blends created by Drew Estate. An easier alternative is to infuse your cigars with a classic spirit like bourbon or whiskey. Creating the best-infused sticks begins by choosing the right cigars for the process.
Choosing a Cigar
First, we don’t recommend using top-shelf cigars to create your own flavor infusions. Inexpensive house blends from your local cigar shop or classic lines will work fine. A Connecticut shade wrapper is best for absorbing flavor and aroma from spirits. Yet, any wrapper will work. You might also want to use a cigar with a familiar flavor profile. That way, you’ll be able to determine the difference in taste and strength after your infusion.
Choosing Flavor Profiles for Infused Cigars
Cigar purists consider the sweet flavors associated with many infused cigars a turnoff. Using your favorite bourbon, cognac or rum is as far as you need to go. If done right and given enough time, your cigar will absorb the essence of anything aromatic and flavorful. You can even experiment with coffee beans or pipe tobacco.
What You Need to Infuse Your Cigar
Infusing your cigars at home is simple. All you need are your favorite spirits, a shot glass, and an airtight container. Any food-grade container with a good seal works fine. If you want to experiment with using fewer cigars, you can use a resealable plastic bag.
Infused Cigars: The Process
Start by filling a two-ounce glass with a spirit of your choice. You only need to fill the glass about halfway. Place the glass inside your container. Then add your cigars to the container and seal the lid.
Store the container like you would store any cigars. Keep them away from direct sunlight in a room with a temperature of roughly 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
Depending on the number of cigars, the process could take anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks. Remember, the process takes longer for more cigars. A standard, medium-sized container with an ounce of liquid could infuse 4 to 8 cigars. Always double-check to ensure a tight seal.
Monitor them throughout the process. Try smoking one after a month to measure the taste. Remember, any extensive time may need some humidification, like Boveda pouches. Check that shot glass, too. It may need some topping off to achieve a richer infused flavor.
Do you want to streamline the process while minimizing the time investment? Try soaking part of a paper towel with the spirit of your choice. Wring out the excess and place it in a Ziploc bag with a cigar. However, be sure to keep the cigar separate from the towel. The goal is to infuse, not saturate. You’ll have an infused cigar in a couple of weeks.
Of course, you can use your humidor instead of a kitchen container to infuse your cigars, but we don’t recommend it. The aromas and essence will seep into the cedar of your humidor and any cigar you store. Cigar stores quarantine Kuba Kuba cigars in separate cases for good reason. Unless you want all your sticks to taste like spiced rum, use a container or a plastic bag to infuse them.
The Final Word
Cigar life is about finding what you like. Experiment. The infused cigar has earned its place in the industry, and they are worth a try.
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