Daily I get asked, should I remove the wrapper from my new cigars before I store them in my humidor? The simple answer, it doesn’t matter.
I know, you are confused. You think that the plastic prevents the cigar from getting humidity. Believe me, I understand your confusion, but don’t worry, I’ll explain. Cigars are stored in what is called cellophane. The cellophane is used to prevent the cigars from being damaged, and deters against flavors mixing. But what many people don’t know is that cellophane is actually a porous material. In other words, it allows humidity to pass through it.
Want an example? Take a cigar in the wrapper and leave it outside your humidor for a week. You might as well throw it away, it will be ruined. The wrapper didn’t hold in the humidity, it did nothing at all really. So it isn’t hard to see how the wrapper doesn’t really affect the humidity of the cigar.
It comes down to personal preference. Some people like them on, some people like them off. The advantages of keeping them on is that your cigar flavors won’t mingle as much, though you would be hard pressed to notice unless you are an expert. It also is great to cut your cigars with the wrappers on as it keeps the blade clean and sharp much longer.DO YOU REMOVE THE PLASTIC WRAPPER WHEN STORING IN A HUMIDOR? by David Sabot