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Strong cigars and mellowing process questions..

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I will try to keep this brief in order not to bore anyone.

Just to provide some context, my current stock is 25 sticks. This stock will be split between my good air-tight Tupperdor (20 Sticks) which is currently running on 65% Bovedas and resting at 68% RH (strange but anyway..) and a very small Humidor (4-5 Sticks) which I am currently seasoning using 84% Bovedas.

The initial plan was to keep the bulk of the stock in the very stable RH-wise Tupperdor with the cellos on and the remaining 4-5 cigars in line to-be-smoked to be in the Humidor without cellos to benefit from a more hands-on direct humidification. Every time one of the Humidor sticks was smoked I would replace it with one of the Tupperdor ones and so on.

Unfortunately, what I failed to consider due to my inexperience on the hobby was the factor "strength". You see my last smoke was not very enjoyable (dizziness, nausea etc.) which made me look into it and found out that my last cigar was a "mere" medium one strength-wise. Obviously my nicotine tolerance is zero and with my smoking frequency of 2 cigars per month I do not believe it will grow anytime soon (and I am happy about it to be honest).

Obviously, I checked my stock and realized that 9 of my cigars are mild, 5 are strong and the rest are medium strength. Smoking the strong (or even medium) ones is a no-go at this point (all curchills, robustos and toros by the way). So, searched a bit and read online that that strong cigars will mellow-out with time and mild cigars are not worth aging because they will become totally flat. With this information in mind perhaps the humidor can be re-purposed..

The new plan is to smoke all mild cigars directly from the Tupperdor and use the humidor to gradually age the medium and strong ones to a more mellow and smokable (for me) state.

The questions are:

  • Does the new plan make sense?
  • Does the strength of the cigars also mellow with time or only flavors etc.?
  • If the above is true, how much time would it take for a strong cigar to become i.e. medium in strength?
  • Does storing the cigars without the cello speed-up the mellowing process?

Thanks in advance
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Regarding cello wrapper, I prefer to keep it on to protect cigar from wrapper damage when rummaging around humidor (example below of one without cello). It modulates internal humidity slowly and more evenly. If your humidor is overhumidified, you're less likely to get overexpansion and cracking at the cigar foot.

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good question. i can just speculate, not really give a definitive answer. D - all of the above. E- none of the above. lol
i think, an assumption, that there is better air circulation and therefore better moisture circulation without the cellophane. i also think the cedar and other cigars add to the environment like the oak wine barrel example i gave. but ultimately is was my experience storing 20 cigars for 4 or 5 years that convinced me to take them off, especially after reading some articles. the cellophane had turned yellow and the overall cigar quality was slightly poorer once i removed the wrappers and inspected the cigars. and when i smoked them they burned well, but had lost the flavors that were there when they were new. I actually took my 20 cigars in my tupperware container to a local cigar shop and got the manager to smoke a few of them and give me his opinion. he said the same. they smoked and burned really well, but they had lost a lot of their flavors. i'm really gentle with my cigars and monitor the RH daily and have increase air flow from 2 auxiliary fans i installed inside, so i get great airflow and now inconsistent dead humidity spots or elevated. i have 5 drawers that all have ventilation but there is usually 1-2% RH variance from the top drawer to the bottom. so in my unit there is constant air flow, circulation, and new air coming in through a Hepa Filter i designed and installed on the back. the cigars look great and as long as they are around 68%RH, i'm happy with the setup. i'll let you know in 10 years how they aged. ;)
Regarding cello affecting flavors after extended aging, from my personal experience cello doesn’t matter. The aging will usually mellow out flavors, regardless of cello. Some people might interpret it as loss of flavors. I think of it more as a “smoothening”, assuming it’s a quality cigar to begin with. I think the flavor profiles change for the better most times.
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