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Tobacco College: Packaging, Aging, Shipping

 
For most products, packaging is a simple act; place them in a cardboard box with plastic stuff, and voila, ready for shipping. Even great wines are simply poured into a bottle, corked, and labeled. But cigars are completely different. Cigars are packaged with more care and distinction than any other product in the world. Partly to maintain humidity and integrity, and also to differentiate themselves in the marketplace. Without bands and boxes, cigars can seem like generic or commodity products. Cigars need their ornamentation to distinguish themselves in the customer's mind. Read through this section of Tobacco College and you will appreciate the care, time, and trouble taken to properly market cigars.

Cigar Packing: Packing Room Cigar Packing: Color Selection Cigar Packing: Banding
Cigar Packing: Cellophaning Cigar Packing: Inspection Cigar Packing: Sealing


COLOR SELECTING

After the añejamiento process, cigars will be sorted by wrapper color and shade: this process is called color selecting. This packaging step is also another quality control process where damaged or imperfect cigars will be quarantined; so that every box of cigars has consistent and perfect wrappers. Color selecting is a tedious and challenging skill which contributes immensely to the visual appeal of every open cigar box.

In the U.S. market, the two most general classifications for wrappers are Natural and Maduro. Natural wrappers can range in color from Claro to Colorado Rosado, while maduro wrappers come in a variety of darker shades.




Cigar Packing: Color Selection   Cigar Packing: Color Selection
General Wrapper Color Classifications

Cigar Wrapper Shades







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