Cutting a cigar’s cello wrapper at the foot

Q. I noticed that there is one maker out there who cuts off the cellophane wrapper right at the foot of the cigar. It seems to make sense that this would allow better humidification while still protecting the fragile wrapper. Is this true?
– Paul D. in Avon, IN

A. It does help a little, but remember that the cello is porous, so your cigars will stay fresh even without going through the trouble of cutting the cello at the foot. At the very least, it may help you slip the cigar out of its cello a little more easily. Although I remove the cellos on almost all of my cigars, on occasion I have cut the cello at the foot on some of my cigars that are very expensive, or have very delicate wrappers. If that works for you, go for it. Either way, your cigars will still age nicely over time.

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