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Just bought a box of some rare Fuentes anejo Sharks :) The box is wrapped in cellophane. I am wondering if it is better to store the box wrapped or is it better to take the wrapper off before storing the box in my humidor. What do you guys think and what are your reasons.
I don't know if this is the right way, but I have always stored cigars in the original cellophane / shrink wrap until I am ready to open them. I was told that the plastic wrap still allows airflow, and proper humidification, but drastically slows it down, which results in a more complete and slower process. I equate it to bbq and liquor. Lol. When I smoke ribs I go low and slow. When I am storing a bottle of bourbon the longer I let it go before I open it for the first time the better it ages in my opinion. Hope this helps. Just my thoughts Jake
I always remove the cello and any wrapper...but I do use small pieces of cedar from old boxes to keep them separated from other bunches so they don't "bleed" into each other as they age. And I don't double stack unless it's the same cigar.
The way I see it, the cellophane was put on to keep humidity in, but it can as escape if not properly kept. So if its on I would just leave it on.
I ended up removing the shrink wrap and keeping the cellophane on the individual cigar. I got too excited and really wanted to open the box Thanks for the replies
Theerizz on 12/03/2014 wrote:
"Just bought a box of some rare Fuentes anejo Sharks :) The box is wrapped in cellophane. I am wondering if it is better to store the box wrapped or is it better to take the wrapper off before storing the box in my humidor. What do you guys think and what are your reasons. "
PuffPuffPuff on 12/26/2014 wrote:
"Congrats on the score! Those are awesome cigars! Rule of thumb is to unwrap the cigar box from shrink wrap and keep the cigars in the cello'. The cello helps smooth out the variances of humidity on a day to day basis. Meaning if your humidity falls or raises a bit from day to day the cello helps keep that ride smoother. Also the the cello gives a small layer of protection to the cigar wrapper. Hope that helps! "
I build custom humidor and this is my rule....keep them in cellphone wrooer...it does breath slightly...and if your keeping them over a couple of years it’s better let the wrapper stay...when you planning to have a couple or more! bring them out of wrapper for At least a week or longer to acclimate...good luck...And Enjoy. 😉
I agree with Lanceroman as I believe he’s referring to the box shrinkwrap only and not the cello wrap on individual cigars. It all depends on what u mean by “aging” - how long u plan to wait until u smoke a stick should determine when u unwrap the box, but there r so many factors involved that I don’t think there’s scientific analysis available for deciding. My personal experience is to do as Lanceroman advised and unwrap a box 2-4 weeks before smoking. Depending on the blend properties, I often let boxes sit wrapped in a fairly hermetically sealed and moderately humidified environment for 1-3 years (occasionally 3-5 yrs if I deem warranted), then leave sticks in cello sleeves indefinitely and sample them periodically depending on the condition/feel/appearance of the tobacco and the degree of yellow-orange-brown of the cello sleeve. While the cello slows oxygenation, off-gassing, and oil/sugar loss of the tobacco, and the change in cello color is a rough indication of time, I’m not aware of any truly scientific analysis that provides specific guidelines beyond these pretty general principles. Cigars r probably the most complex human cultivation of nature developed thusfar, so after a point it becomes more art than science - a matter of practice, personal experience, and individual preference - and that’s what makes it such an always fascinating and potentially life-long passion. Enjoy the adventure!