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How do you store box press cigars?
Q. I bought some box press cigars.Which is better, to leave them in the box or remove them and store in a humidor?
– Robert C. (town witheld)
A. As with all premium cigars, regardless of how they’re rolled, they will fare much better in a well-maintained humidor.
If what you’re really worried about is that your box press cigars might lose their edge (so to speak) and regain some of their roundness, keeping them in their cellos and maintaining your humidor’s RH at around 67% average will help.
It can take a long time for box press cigars to lose their shape. Generally speaking, you’ll probably smoke them well before they do. I have some Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Toro cigars (shown) that are now close to six years old, without cellos, and they’re still pretty square.