And, for a completely different opinion or take on cigars pack in tubos, go to the link below for Gary Korb's excellent essay in Cigar Advisor.
What About the Tubo?
Cigars factory packed and sealed in glass, aluminum, or plastic tubes offer several advantages, and even a disadvantage or two.
1: The thing looks really good. The cigar, including wrapper, is completely protected from getting bounced around or mishandled in any way. Painting or sticker application can take place on the tube for a larger and more colorful or detailed presentation, than just the normal band inside a cello.
2: The cigar is sealed in a tubo and the relative humidity of the factory atmosphere is captured inside the tube forever, or until you open it. The glass, aluminum, or plastic of the tube is not permeable to the atmosphere, so humidity changes outside the tube are not reflected by the RH in the tube.
So, cigars packed in tubos are great. The only, sort of, disadvantage to the tube is that they take up more room in your humidor than cigars without tubes. This is readily overcome by the fact that they contain their own RH at the correct level, and so don’t have to be stored in a humidor at all. That’s right, you don’t have to store them in a RH balanced humidor at all.
Unless you break the seal of the tubo! Once you open it up, the ambient RH of where ever you are immediately floods the inside of the tube, and you have just a cigar in a hard container. Now you will have to store the cigar in a humidor, so you can just as well take it out of the tubo and save the extra room.
So… Resist the urge to open the tubo up. Just put it on the shelf, take advantage of the extra protection to your cigar when you travel with it, then open and enjoy a perfectly conditioned cigar when you are ready to cut and light.
And, like cello, bands, and cigar ash, there is very little use for an empty tubo, except as a very cheap single cigar case for short time carry/store.
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