The cigar industry is booming. As more people look to explore this classic way of enjoying tobacco, the issue of proper cigar storage is becoming more prevalent.

Cory Carnley is a certified tobacconist and bartender who specializes in cigars. Cory Carnley helped us put together this guide on achieving maximum longevity and flavor for your cigars.

Cory Carnley describes how you can get the best experience from your cigars.

Cory Carnley Explains the Most Important Factor of Cigar Storage

According to cigar expert Cory Carnley, the single most important factor when it comes to taking care of your cigars is relative humidity (RH).

An RH between 62 and 70% is…


One hundred and fifty thousand dollars is a great salary to most. To Xikar, the well-known smoking accessories brand owned by Quality Importers Trading Co., 150 grand is also the cost of the Dragons Chasing Flaming Pearl Xi, an eye-catching instrument of gems, gold and steel. Ruby-studded and razor sharp, the new cutter is featured in the December 2020 issue of Cigar Aficionado, available on newsstands December 22.

The dramatic design, made in partnership with Jacob & Co., is a high-relief rendering of two dragons competing for a pearl, which is mounted atop the cutter. …


Cory Carnley — Certified Tobacconist

It all started with an email I received from a reader who asked if PG solution was acceptable for use in an electronic humidifier, like a Cigar Oasis. Since I didn’t know the answer, I went to an expert. In this case, Rob Lembke, VP of Engineering and Process Excellence for XIKAR, Inc. His answer about the use of PG in electronic humidifiers will appear in an upcoming Cigar Advisor Q&A, but here’s what prompted me to address the question of using 50/50 PG in both crystal and oasis foam humidifiers:

In a section of Rob’s reply, he wrote: “…This…


Ok, now I’ve heard everything. Gurkha cigars have come out with a million-dollar cigar that is not only out my price range but is also out of this world. Premium cigars are what most cigar lovers want, but the Gurkha Royal Courtesan takes it to a whole new level.

What do you get for the most expensive cigar in the world?

  • Infused with Remy Martin’s Black Pearl Louis XIII ($165k per bottle)
  • Master rollers are blindfolded to focus on rolling only
  • Rolls use ultra-rare stuffing from the Himalayas
  • Stuffing (filler) has been watered by crystal clear Fiji water
  • Gold leaf…

Cory Carnley — Certified Tobacconist

Cory Carnley Wants to Help You Choose Your First Humidor

Cory Carnley, a Certified Tobacconist, is a passionate collector and fine cigar steward who wants to help you choose your first humidor. The manner in which cigars are stored is crucial in preventing physical degradation and tainted flavor. Cigars, as a luxury product, are often expensive and every enthusiast wants to get the most out of their investment. It can be difficult to choose your first humidor, so Carnley provides a foundation below to help.

Basic Humidor Accessories

In every humidor, there must be some type of humidification device, which is an apparatus…


As cigar enthusiast and expert, Cory Carnley knows that proper humidification is the most vital factor of cigar storage.

Relative humidity (RH) within a humidor is optimally held stable at any one point between 62–70%, says Carnley. Insufficient humidity can cause the wrapper leaf of a cigar to become brittle and very susceptible to damage, or even crack on its own. It can also cause the cigar to lose flavor and burn too quickly.

In contrast, excessive humidity can cause the cigar to have difficulty remaining lit, and its profile becomes muted and takes on a bitter taste. …

Cory Carnley

Cory Carnley has intently researched and experimented with a wide variety of tobacco products and accoutrements in order to educate himself on the many tobacco.

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