I'm pretty new - but I think I'm off to a good start with two humidors stuffed with some pretty good cigars. Favorites so far are the DPG and RP.
RP - Vintage 90 and 92, Sungrown and Decades
DPG - Cuban Classics and Blue Labels
5 Vegas - Cask Strength II and Classics
Cusano 18 Maduro
GrayCliff 1666 (yeah - some like them some hate them)
Padilla Series 68
Gran Habano 3 Siglos
La Aurora (bundle of the seconds from CI)
The most recent purchase was the 5 Vegas Classics and the La Aurora which all had a pretty strong Ammonia smell. Now, whenever I open my humidor - all I can smell is ammonia. I remove the plastic sleeve on my cigars so they are venting freely - and they've been in the humidor about 2 weeks now (70% RH) and the ammonia has not lessened at all. And the Humidor is opened frequently.
Is it true that the ammonia smell just means they are aging and I shouldn't be alarmed? Or does it mean I got crappy cigars that should be returned?
Should I have these ammonia smelling cigars in a separate humidor while they age? Will all that ammonia taint my good cigars?
Thanks in advance.