Bob Luken:"Fresh" is a term that is hard to reconcile. Let's just assume that you mean "properly humidified". And,.........determining "freshness by touch",........ That's easier said than done. Even a properly humidified cigar will crack if you start squeezing and poking around on it very much. IMHO a cigar that feels too dry will be extremely dry and a cigar that feels squishy will be extremely over-humidified. There is a large range of error to be found where the cigar will feel OK but not be in the correct range of acceptable humidity.
In other words I don't recommend that you attempt to determine anything by touch alone. I would advise the use of a calibrated Hygrometer.
Lee.mcglynn:If I squeeze it and it doesn't fall apart I'm good