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I've smoked cigars on and off over the years. Funny, mostly in the card world and just hanging with my buddies (not in a fishing sense really). We mostly bought super cheap cigars and hung out and drank.

But recently I've been smoking more and more with friends while fishing. To the point I've bought a waterproof humidor to keep in the boat. With prices on cigars, I'm actually going to buy a full sized humidor and buy them in bulk since I'm finally getting my likes on cigars down.

My question to all of you is, is it better to leave them in the wrappers (plastic ones) or to simply unwrap them then toss them into the humidor. Hell, do they even come in plastic wrappers when you buy them in bulk? I remember my Grandpa's old cedar cigar boxes coming with the cigars unwrapped back then. Just wasn't sure if it's better on the cigars to have them in wrappers or out for long term storage.

Thanks for any help. :)
 

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Well, if you are buying quality cigars they do not come wrapped in plastic. If they are in plastic when they arrrive I think unwrapping them and putting them in a quality humidor would be a good idea. They wrap the cheap cigars in plastic because of how they are sold. Most cheap cigars are sold out of gas stations with no humidor. So keeping them in plastic keeps the moisture with the cigar.

hope that helps.

I enjoy a good vanilla every now and then. If you are ever in the Snoqualmie area stop at the casino. They have a cigar bar that has a huge selection of cigars.
 

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Actually I've bought most of mine from actual smoke shops. I never went into the select cases. Most of the cigars I really like are in the $8-10 range and are about that much online too. But cheaper at CI in bulk. All the ones I've seen are wrapped. Figured it was a health thing being wrapped.
 

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And I should've mentioned that most of the cigars are in a humidor with lastic on them. Just figured that it would be better for them to breathe out of the plastic. But I haven't bought a convient store cigar in 20 years. Now cheap cigars from an actual cigar shop I've done in the past. But have moved up in price. Yet have found even some of the more expensive ones (at least for me) in wrappers.
 

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Most quality cigars do come wrapped, but the material is more celluloid than plastic, and breathes. Your cigars will hydrate through the factory packaging, which helps protect the "wrapper" , the outer shell of the cigar. If you want a truly factory fresh cigar, buy them packed individually in glass or aluminum tubes. These are too spendy for my needs.

For the last 20 years or so, I've been ordering my smokes from Mike's Cigars in Miami. A guy at the Miami boat show told me about the firm, and I've been loyal ever since. Try their samplers, and if you like a mild smoke, they have the seconds from the Macanudo factory, which they call Old Fashioned Dominicans. The Nicaraguan variety is from the Punch factory. I've found Old Fashioned to be ideal to chew while I'm fishing, and save the Upmans for later. My last sampler of 20 included Montecristo, H. Upman, Alex Bradley, and Carrillo. I found 4 out of five flavors to be excellent, and paid around $75. Old Fashioned cost roughly 1/2.

There are several mail order firms, but I've found Mikes to be the best for me. If you don't find them online, pm me and I'll send you the link.
 

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Ah, ok. Then I'll leave them in thier wrappers and toss them into the humidor.

I'll have to look into Mike's. I like a milder/sweeter cigar. I'm slowly trying up sampler packs. Found a few cigars I really like. Still looking though. :)
 

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most cigars come in boxes are sold by the box to stores, which sell them individually. the ones that come individually wrapped are intended to be indiviually sold by the manufacturer. I personally dont think it matters if you have it in the wrapper just as long as you are keeping it in a humidor. most cigars are not sold with wrappers but some go beyond the wrapper with tubes and cedar. cigar shops i recommend are the Tabacco Patch in Kirkland and Lit Cigar Bar in Snoqualmie. Jerry, since you like mild cigars, try a monte cristo white.
 

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I'm not worried about shops, especially ones up north (I never go up that way except if I'm heading over towards the Yak). But thanks, I'll have to try the Monte Cristo White.
 

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I live down in your neck of the woods... you should stop into the Thunderbird Cigar Lounge on 72nd and Waller rd. They have a great selection and pretty good prices - a great place to go if you want to try something out (and a good place to sit and have a smoke when it's too cold in my garage).

I also get a lot of stuff from Cigars International. I get a lot of samplers with 3-4 each of a few different cigars.

I always leave mine in the cellophane - from reading on cigar sites, it seems that most do the same. I find that 90% + of the cigars I buy come in plastic.
 

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There's a lot of misinformation in this thread.

You leave the celophane on. It does nothing but protect the outside of the cigar.

The celophane has nothing to do with whether they are intended for individual sale or not. It is a manufacturer preference. The celophane will not keep moisture in at all. That's why you need a humidor. Same thing goes for about 90% of the cigars that come in a tube. It's just for protection from being crushed and/or slowing down a mold outbreak, but doesn't do a good job of keeping them moist.

gothamcigars.com is a good one. cheaphumidors.com is a good one as well.

cheers -J
 

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I live down in your neck of the woods... you should stop into the Thunderbird Cigar Lounge on 72nd and Waller rd. They have a great selection and pretty good prices - a great place to go if you want to try something out (and a good place to sit and have a smoke when it's too cold in my garage).

I also get a lot of stuff from Cigars International. I get a lot of samplers with 3-4 each of a few different cigars.

I always leave mine in the cellophane - from reading on cigar sites, it seems that most do the same. I find that 90% + of the cigars I buy come in plastic.
I'm a member of the Thunderbird as well, since it's worth a trip when I pass by or for some of their events. Become a member ($50 / year) and you get some cigars when you join and discounts at events and for loose cigars. It's close to you, so you can figure out what you want before you buy online.

I've heard good things about Cigars International, but never ordered from them. I've been getting Thompson cigar samplers for a while, but usually the cigars are pretty ordinary and not that cheap. Their delivery and custumer service has been good though and was keeping my humidors full for a while.

I was very happy with my one order from JR Cigars, of course that was a box of Partagas sticks which I love! They were prompt to get them out and too me!

There's a lot of misinformation in this thread.

You leave the celophane on. It does nothing but protect the outside of the cigar.

The celophane has nothing to do with whether they are intended for individual sale or not. It is a manufacturer preference. The celophane will not keep moisture in at all. That's why you need a humidor. Same thing goes for about 90% of the cigars that come in a tube. It's just for protection from being crushed and/or slowing down a mold outbreak, but doesn't do a good job of keeping them moist.

gothamcigars.com is a good one. cheaphumidors.com is a good one as well.

cheers -J
iagree - Just leave the cellephane on and the cigars in tubes if they come that way. It has nothing to do w/ the quality of the cigar. One other thing, don't store tons of different cigars for a long time stacked together. Ideally you should keep each cigar bunched with only the same cigars. Not always possible if you have a small humidor, but keep it in mind.

A cheap humidor is a cooler, that seals well, and you just put in the wet spongy blocks that you get w/ some plants. Get a digital humidor gauge or use one of the weather stations and check it once in a while. I keep my humidors at about 70% humidity and will leave new cigars in there for a while. With the cooler option, you can just put the whole box in the cooler with the cellephane on and open them when you're ready.

Some cigars need to age a bit or are a little dry when you get them. Just leave them for a while, assuming you have others to smoke and you're golden!

Now I guess I'll have to come down and check out your personal stock of cigars Jerry.. I assume they'll be stored in your man cave!

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Jerry, if I read Flybill right it seems he is targeting your place for a visit. I suggest you stash those stogies before he gets there or it will be too late. He'll sniff them out and your collection will never be the same.
 
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