Holey Cello: Is that a Bug or a Feature?

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Holey Cello: Is that a Bug or a Feature?

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A couple of weeks ago I was hanging out at Sir Stogies when the topic of cigar reps came up. I had asked the owner, Tim, if anyone had been in recently and he mentioned that the rep for Espinosa Cigars was scheduled to be stopping by in a couple of days. I’ve always enjoyed meeting up with reps and thought it would be a good opportunity to get caught up on the brand.

A few days later, myself and a few of the regulars were standing around when the rep walked through the door. I can’t recall his name but he was outgoing and was quickly pulled into the conversation we were having. It wasn’t long before samples were being handed out and we were all getting filled in on the ins and outs of the latest product from Espinosa.

I was handed a D’Crossier Golden Blend (a product distributed by Espinosa but not made by them) and lit it up. Before I had to head back home, I learned that Sir Stogies had placed an order for a few products and that a bunch of the guys were eager to get their hands on the Flor de D’Crossier Selection No. 512.

When the tins of D’Crossier 512 showed up, I purchased two cigars. Coming in at under $6 per stick I was impressed. Before the week was out, Sir Stogies sold out of both 512 Tins that were ordered (I wound up getting 3 more before they were all gone). The cigar has quickly become a shop favorite.

At any rate, the other day I grabbed my last 512 and noticed something I hadn’t before. The cellophane had cutouts that were either a defect or some form of feature. I posted the photo on the Cigar Noise App and posed the question, is this a bug or a feature?

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It turns out that the cutouts are placed in the cellophane by design. I suppose the thought process is that the cutouts allow for airflow – since the cigars are stored standing on end within the tin (which I believe also has a cutout in the bottom). Someone on Cigar Noise said something to the effect that the cutouts aide in the aging process.

Pure Aroma Cigars Inc. proudly introduces its newest line, Flor de D’Crossier Selection No. 512. This particular designation was selected to commemorate the location in Costa Rica where D’Crossier Cigars where first made in 2008. The blend consists of Dominican Republic and Costa Rican filler with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. This line will be available in 6 vitolas, in a pre-punched cellophane, packaged in a specially fabricated cedar-lined tin. “We are proud of our past, of what we have accomplished and look forward to what the future holds” said Isaias Santana Diaz.

I’m dying to know your thoughts on the pre-cut cellophane.
Is this perhaps the middle ground to the great ‘Cello ON or OFF” debate?

enjoying cigars since 2005

11 thoughts on “Holey Cello: Is that a Bug or a Feature?

  1. It could very possibly end the debate yes however it could start another whole new debate. Cello intact or cut

  2. Lets suppose that you had one of these cigars in a travel humidor and, for one reason or another, there is a failure. The humidity in the humidor begins to rise or fall. Does the hole in the cellophane create a “hot spot” on the cigar?

    Over time the cigar would equalize but I wonder what kind of problems would arise with a small dry/wet spot in the wrapper?

  3. I have seen this on the MBombay line as well and consider it to be nonsense. Cellophane is permeable, there’s no need for these holes, and as you mention, it offers a point of failure. Unless they aren’t using cello, and are using a vinyl product of some sort, the holes are a liability and expense that serves no purpose in my mind.

  4. We too use tins for our cigars and saw no need for such cut-outs.. And cellophane is not as permeable as you may think, which is the reason it is widely used for food products. The thing is that once sealed inside the canister the interior humidity doesn’t change. Our cigars can stay in the can for up to 15 months without any outside source of humidification and still be fresh when opened and ready to smoke~! Just like the Pringles cans keep the chips crisp, the canisters keep the cigars in a humidified state until opened. I fail to see any genuine advantages from the cut-outs and, once stored in your humidor, they allow easy access for beetles if you have any~! Just my 2 cents……

    1. Brad,
      I’m going to swing by my local shop today after work. If I remember, I’ll get a photo of the tin. Someone was telling me that they also have holes in the bottom of the tin (which becomes blocked as soon as the retailer puts it on a shelf).

  5. I say leave the cello alone also Walt.
    As for the tins having cut outs makes no sense to me at all. If there being blocked when they go on the shelf then what’s the point

  6. I think it’s great that they’re trying to move technology forward! Just doing something because that’s the way it’s always been done stagnates growth.

    Will it be a success or a failure? I dunno. We’ll see.

    For the breathing and aging, though, it’s easy to see how naked cigars change quicker than cello wrapped cigars. Whether it’s more oxygen, or more oils from nearby cigars, naked cigars seem to age faster.

    I’m curious how the cut-outs perform! I’ll be getting some in too now.

    1. Completely agree with Dave here. If the manufacturer chooses a design because they prefer it, it aids its product or makes it perform better, that’s great.

      I asked about this at IPCPR as I noticed it right away once I was handed it and Santana said he felt it was the best of both worlds, able to breathe more free but still offer the normal protection of cello.

  7. I don’t like that idea at all. If I want holes in my cello I would do it myself. Just one man’s opinion

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