Cigars 101

To Wrap Or Not To Wrap – That Is The Question

Q. Should I remove the cellophane wrapper from my cigars?

A. The opinion of whether to remove the cello on a cigar, like most opinions, tends to be split. “Traditionalists” prefer to remove the cello, keeping their cigars in a properly maintained humidor where they can “breathe” and mingle in their naked state with the other cigars. Others contend that keeping the cello on has no effect nor causes any detriment to the aging process of the cigar. This camp may have a case. We have many cello-wrapped cigars in our humidor that have been aging for as long as four years and in some cases even longer. These cigars smoke perfectly fine. You may find a brownish tint on the cello of these cigars, that’s all. I happen to be one of those who remove the cello, b/c 1) I just prefer it. 2) I like to give some of my cigars at least a month or more to settle before I smoke them and I have found it to be a good way to mellow them out.  

Generally speaking, if you go through your cigars quickly, removing the cello will make no difference. If you want to ‘age’ your cigars at home over a long period of time, say, 3 months and longer, remove the wrappers. But here’s what I propose to just about everyone who writes in with this question: Next time you buy a box of cigars, take five of them and remove the cello. Keep the 5 without the cello and 5 of the cigars with the cello in your humidor for about 3 months and compare the taste. Then you can be the judge.

Leave a Reply

avatar
Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com 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.

Show all Gary Korb's Articles
#nowsmoking herrera esteli miami cigar review robusto grande Cigar Advisor Cover

#nowsmoking: Herrera Esteli Miami Robusto Grande

We’re #nowsmoking Drew Estate: watch our Herrera Esteli Miami cigar review for Gary’s big-flavor tasting notes, and why he thinks it’s “built like a sandwich.” Could this be your next smoke? Click now…

Read More
cacover fan mail cigar questions pt 25

Fan Mail: Your Burning Cigar Questions, Answered (Part 25)

Fan Mail returns: so many questions have come in since our last presentation it was hard to choose, but some of topics we’re talking about today include tips for cutting extra-wide ring gauge cigars, a trick to unplug a torch lighter, plus questions about Maduro and cigar flavor profiles…watch our videos now!

Read More
Tricks to Cleans Your Palate between cigars CACover

5 Pros: Tricks to Cleanse Your Palate Between Cigars

Summertime is cigar time: and odds are, you’re smoking more than one cigar during an afternoon by the pool, or at night over drinks. For cigar makers, testing blends can lead to taste bud burnout. These 5 cigar pros will teach you tricks to cleanse your palate between cigars and enjoy the last one as much as the first.
Read More
Guardian of the Farm cigar review MWC CACover Guardian of the Farm JJ Cigars

My Weekend Cigar: May 21, 2018 – Guardian of the Farm JJ

Guardian of the Farm cigars are a tasty collaboration between Nicaragua's Aganorsa Leaf (aka Casa Fernandez) and Kyle Gellis' Warped Cigars. Named for the pups that guard the Aganorsa Farm, this premium's bite is even more pleasurable than its bark. This was My Weekend Cigar: get the details in this quick review!
Read More