I have smoked for over 20 years, mind you I only like green herbs right now, but the basic fact you are missing is that you have a perishable substance with a certain humidity content that you absolutely have to maintain. You can't soak a dried out cigar with water to fix it, it is dead, and you don't have to let it dry out if you use a humidor. While the cigar is being sustained it is not in stasis, it is being cared for by an extremely expensive humidification scheme. Putting different buffers like boxes and tubes will effect the way this scheme works, it is not wrong or right it is different. A cigar is best when it is adequately dried and ideally humidified. Fresh rolled cigars were a little wetter so I preferred the smaller sizes for fresh cigars, from my supplier, but I never got past a very small cigar even when I was looking at about a month in age. The humidor should work indefinitely, otherwise why dish out thousands of dollars for it? The best cigar I smoked was fresh from a family friend in Puerto Rico that made me a box. Love and care made my Cubans from Puerto Rico taste extra special.
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