It’s common knowledge that many cigar brands package their individual cigars in cellophane within each respective box. This begs the question: Should I keep my cigars in cellophane?
Here’s what some of the Cigar World’s Behind the Band team, Sean Williams, Laurel Tilley, and Rick Rodriguez, have to say.
Sean Williams - Cohiba
If aging, ditch the cellophane.
Take how you will be smoking into consideration; Is this a cigar you will smoke to appreciate the flavors fully, or are you just having a stogie with your buddies on the golf course? If your goal is to age it long-term in your humidor to enhance flavor, take it out of the cellophane.
Laurel Tilley - Macanudo
Consider damage control.
If you have a system for taking good care of your cigars outside of the cellophane, go ahead and take them out. Without the cellophane, your cigar is far more susceptible to damage, so take damage control into consideration.
Rick Rodriguez - CAO
Every situation is different.
The best way to store and age your cigars will always be without cellophane. BUT, take into account that different tobaccos, when stored together, will marry flavors. Unless you can guarantee that they will only touch the exact same cigar (i.e., in a box), keep them in the cellophane so as not to ruin the cigars.
Never store flavored cigars with the rest of your collection.
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