Trunk Press vs. Box Press

Q. What’s the difference between “trunk pressed” cigars and “box pressed” cigars?
– George in Flagstaff, AZ
A. For this answer, I yield to the good folks at CAO Cigars:

“A trunk press is constructed of wood and consists of a series of ten shelves, each holding 20-25 cigars. The press is closed once the cigars are in place, and clamps distribute pressure. This is a very delicate process. Great care must be taken to avoid damaging the wrappers. The clamps are released after 10-12 hours and each cigar is turned. Pressure is then applied to the other side for an equal amount of time. The end result is a highly-pronounced boxy-square shape to the cigar.

In standard box-pressing, round cigars are packed tightly into boxes to conform the cigar’s shape to that of the box, resulting in a ‘pressed’ shape somewhere between a circle and a square. The old world trunk press is a far more elaborate and time-consuming method, and results in a more pronounced square shape to the cigar.”

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor at cigaradvisor.com

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.

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