RE Tubos: Open or closed?

Q. I have several Romeo y Julieta and Partagas as well as maybe 25 or 30 different Fuente Fuente OpusX cigars that are either in cedar-lined aluminum tubes or glass tubes. I took the Cubans out of their tubes when I put them in my larger humidor, but left the Fuente OpusX cigars in the glass tubes with the end plug/piece removed (it is a smaller count humidor that has ONLY Fuente OpusX cigars in it.) Is this a good way of storing or not? Thanks for your advice, asI have heard both sides of the argument.
– Rick

A. Yes, it is. I get this question a lot. I’m a “traditionalist,” in that, I remove the cello wrappers and the cigars from their tubes, depending, before I put them in my humidor – most of them, anyway. For the pricey stuff, especially brands like Fuente OpusX , Davidoff, Hemingway, Padron 1964 & 1926 Anniversary, Gurkha Legend, etc. I think it’s better to leave them in the cellos, and if they’re tubos, at least open the end so some additional air-flow gets in. In the case of cellos, some smokers prefer to clip the cello up to the edge of the foot, which serves the same purpose. It’s a good way to protect the wrapper leaves if, when reaching for a cigar, the other cigars get jostled while moving others out of the way; especially if the cigar you want is near the bottom of the humidor.

I also leave the cello wrappers, tubes, etc. on a few cigars for travel purposes. It’s just a little extra insurance should the cigars be exposed to extreme temps or bounce around during the trip.

Gary Korb

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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