11 Responses to “Storing Cigars: Should You Remove the Cellophanes?”

  1. Terry says:

    This is one of the best posts I’ve seen on this topic and I totally agree with it. One thing I like to do is remove the cellos on say eight to ten cigars that I’m planning on smoking soon. I leave these cigars in the top tray so they are not jostled around. I love the enhanced aroma when I open the humidor and I prefer the look of the uncelloed cigars. Everthing else stays wrapped up for protection.

  2. Matt says:

    You bring up a very good point Terry. I do the same thing. The top racks of my 2 display humidors have cigars with the cello removed and that is where I usually keep the cigars I will be smoking soon. You need to decide what works best for you, but I think this is good general advice for those that are new to the subject.

  3. Ed Pimentel says:

    Don’t forget that the cello will insulate against humidity and temperature spikes everytime you open that humidor. It also keeps the good stuff from wafting away at the same time. The only reason to take the cellophane off is if you have an ammonia bomb that you can’t let sit for 1 to 6 months. Air that baby out and have at it.

    Oh, and I have had beetles that didn’t make it past the cellophane. Won’t save them everytime, but once was enough for me as I got to enjoy all the other cigars. It was also immensely gratifying to see his little dead body trapped in the cellophane prison. MUAHAHAHAHA!

  4. Sam De La Torre says:

    I like Terry’s idea. Unfortunately all of my cigars (well over 150) have no cello because I didn’t know or care enough about this before. I’ve heard a lot about it recently and thought I’d so some research. Your post here was the most insightful and helpful I’ve read.

    From now on I will leave the cello on and keep my top rack with the ones I plan to smoke and un-cello’ed?

  5. Thanks Sam! I think that is a good plan. I keep the top rack of my humi with ones that have no cello that I plan to smoke soon.

  6. Jamie says:

    I have heard a good compromise is clipping the end of the celo off, but not removing it. It gives more air flow, yet the length of the cigar remains protected.

  7. Dallas Cole says:

    I’m a bit confused. The first paragraph says take them off, the last paragraph days leave them on.

  8. This has been a nice article to go through. I have really enjoyed it. Great tips by the way. Keep on sharing more like this.

  9. Caleb says:

    This is a topic that needs to be discussed. I have unfortunately stored several good cigars incorrectly in my efforts of trying to find the best way. Thanks for sharing your findings, I will have to try this method to see if it helps.

  10. Andy says:

    It seems to me that the oils of the cigars seem to be better, and come out quicker if you leave the Cello on. Some of these can actually be found in store walk in Humidors that have proper humidity, or are just in there for some time. I like to leave the cigars in their box with the box slightly open. I also drill large holes in the bottom of the boxes to allow the humidity to flow through or enter each box. The shelves of my end table style humidor have slots in them too. And I do rotate them every so often. However on a box of Oliva series V Double Robusto, they did just fine without Cellos. But, it seems to me that if the Cigars come with Cello I will leave them on, if they come without Cello I will leave them like that. So, I am letting the Manufacturer decide.

  11. Dave Earling says:

    Great article…I took my cello’s off about 2 months ago after reading an article that said it was no problem….well…since then all of my sticks are tasting the same and it sucks…I will never take off the cello again…lesson learned…!

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