Separation anxiety

Q. I like to smoke a lot of different cigars. I buy samplers and they come with different wrappers. Do I need to separate the different wrappers with cedar strips in my humidor?
– Gene in Fremont, California

A.  Personally, I don’t think it’s necessary. However, some cigar smokers are extremely finicky, and believe that by separating the Maduros from the Connecticut Shades, the Cameroons from the Corojos, yadda-yadda-yadda, the cigars will better maintain the character of their respective blends. (See my recent blog, “Cigars and the ‘marrying’ thing.”)

That said, the cedar stips will add a little extra “aging room bouquet” to the mix, so this practice can’t hurt, and if you have the time to do it, go for it. However, depending on how and where you place the strips to separate your cigars, they may just be one more thing you have to move out of the way to get to them.

Gary Korb

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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