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Should bundle cigars be treated the same as boxed premiums?

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Q. If I purchase a bundle of cigars, are they ready to smoke, or do they need to be stored in a humidor first?
– Ed R.

A. For the most part, bundle cigars are premium cigars. Just like the premium handmade boxed brands, they’re ready to smoke and should be kept in a humidor. You may choose to let them “settle” in the humidor for a short time before you light-up, but it’s not necessary. BTW, they will also improve with age over time in the humidor.

The main difference is many bundles are overruns or seconds like GH2 by Gran Habano or Rocky Patel Factory Originals, for example. Yet there are dozens of bundles out there that are made as “firsts,” like Flor de Oliva, Primos by Los Blancos, and Occidental to name a few.

Some premium bundles today can cost as much as some box brands. As you would with any cigar purchase, when buying bundle cigars look for cigar that offers good quality, flavor and value.

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and Executive Editor of Cigar Advisor. 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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