New Tubes for Cuban Cigars

Gregory Mottola
Posted: November 24, 2010

Since 2009, Habanos S.A., the worldwide distributor of Cuban cigars, has made a strong effort to put many of its classic and newer sizes in tubes. The addition of tubes (also known as tubos) to the portfolio not only render the cigars portable, but also add a bit of flash to some of the more familiar Cuban brands.

Classic vitolas such as the Punch Punch, Bolivar Royal Corona, Romeo y Julieta Churchill, H. Upmann Magnum 46 and the entire Cohiba Siglo Series are now packaged in attractive, streamlined aluminum tubes.

For those cigars already offered in tubes, Habanos has updated the look of some of its older designs with glossy enamels and sleeker formats. The Montecristo Petit Tubos, for example was once offered in beige tubes with a screw-cap bottom.

Habanos recently modernized the Montecristo brand with bright yellow "lipstick" style pull-top tubes. Montecristo first used this style for its Edmundo size and has now adopted it for the Petit Edmundo, Petit Tubos, Tubos and most of the Montecristo Open line.

For more, see the November 9 Cigar Insider.

stantine972 November 24, 2010 7:40pm ET
In my experience with "Tubos", the cigar always tends to be on the dry side. On a few occassions they were so dried out that I actully returned them. I usually remove the cigar from the tube and let them re-hydrate in my humidor and then put them in the tube to carry in my pocket. Am I just unlucky or is this common?
Taylor Franklin November 24, 2010 8:28pm ET

Re: Tubos

First off the Cuban tubos are not vacuum sealed, some folks assume they are. However, this might change in the future.

Second, the entire box of tubos should be stored in a humidor in same manner as non-tubos. Some merchants and later patrons do not follow this practice. You may have been unlucky.

Third, If the cigar in the tubo becomes too dry it'll take a very very long time to re-humidify the cigar, unless you remove it. Even if you simply remove the lid there is very little air circulation.

I tend to view tubos as another marketing tool and really they are a rather fancy cigar band. They do serve a bit of a practical purpose to protect your wrapper when out on the town. Regardless, a well appointed gentleman should have a cigar case or some other suitable accoutrement.

Overall, I prefer my cigars completely nude. If they come banded I'll remove it either right away if possible, or if glued to the wrapper massage and wait for it to warm-up a tad.

stantine972 November 24, 2010 10:17pm ET
Thank you Taylor
Christian A November 27, 2010 11:37am ET
Looking forward to trying these updated tubos. Interestingly I have heard the tubos particularly the Siglo's have tasted better/different than the non tubed. Anyone else hear or have this experience?
Cigar Aficionado November 29, 2010 9:35am ET
We always advise cigar lovers to keep tubos in the humidor,just like other cigars. You never know if the seal will be true, or if someone may have opened the tube before you. The extra insurance never hurts. But in general I have founded tubed cigars that have been stored properly (IE in a humidor) to be in fine condition.

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