Hey there, Gary Korb here with another
cigar Fan Mail question. Tyler B.
from East Texas wrote to us asking,
What are cigar cellos made from and
why do they use it? I also noticed
that some cigars come without cellos
. All right, Tyler the first thing
you should know is that cello(phane)
is not made from plastic. Cellos are
cellulose film which is produced from
wood or hemp. It’s also completely
biodegradable and compostable, so we’ll
never hurt the environment. Now,
cellophane film was invented
tinfoil was used to package cigars.
The cellophane was introduced by Swiss
chemist Jaques Brandenburg during
the 1910s and cellophane’s food-safe
attributes and transparency made it
ideal for packaging candy and tobacco
products like cigars. The first cigars
packaged in cellophane appeared in
1927 and were made in Tampa Florida.
Other cigar making countries followed,
and in 1934, Cuba joined the ranks,
but they stopped using Cellos
after 1992. Cellophane is waterproof but
it’s also semi-porous which means that
water vapor can pass through it.
This allows your cigars to breathe
and age. That’s something that plastic
can’t do. And because cigars age slower
in cello, you can age them longer.
One source I found said that cigars
aged 15 – 20 years in cellos tasted
better than those aged without it. Now,
personally I don’t recommend aging
cigars that long but there’s nothing
like removing that long-age cigar
from its cello and seeing that amber
color lining the inside. You have
other advantages to cello that cigars
don’t dehydrate as quickly if left out,
even in environments with low humidity.
Of course, the main reason for
using cello is to protect the cigar
while also allowing the consumer to
inspect its appearance.
Manufacturers and retailers can also
affix barcodes to help control their
inventories and some factories like
Padron and Perdomo – like this one
here – even manufacture their
own cellophane wrappers. Now, those cigars
that Tyler was talking about – that
come without cellos – are often found
on luxury-class cigars designated as
cabinet style. Cabinet refers to a
display-type humidor where fine cigars
would normally be stored, so cellos
aren’t really necessary. Additionally, the
consumer get a much better
look at that beautiful wrapper.
Now Christian Eiroa of C.L.E.
cigars has found a really smart compromise.
He uses a less-expensive tissue paper
on his cigars which run about halfway
up the cigar’s length to protect
the wrapper, while also showing off the
wrapper’s natural beauty. You’ll also
find a similar presentation on cigars
like the Romeo Capulet Montague in
Verona – which I’m holding here – which
use rice paper to achieve basically
the same effect. And that’s the story
behind cellophane wrappers. Hope you
found this interesting. Please share
this video or leave a comment if
you like. And until next time, happy smokes!