Some experts believe that fine cigars shouldn’t be smoked until two years after they’re made. Most well-made cigars will continue to improve with age for many years if stored properly.
- That said, most cigars really shouldn’t be stored for more than 15 years as they will by then have lost much of their original aroma. Older vintage cigars, such as pre-Castro (pre-1959), if well made and properly stored, may well provide an interesting historical smoke, even if they are shadows of their former selves.
- Whatever you pay for a vintage cigar there’s no guarantee they are still fit to smoke as it all comes down to luck. The same, of course, applies to fine vintage wines.