Have hard cigars been stored wrongly or are they a production fault? Neither the one nor the other. There are many cigars on the market that are so firmly rolled that you might expect issued draw resistance. Once the cigar has been cut, you will be astonished how perfectly it draws. Hence a cigar can be very firmly rolled without the draw suffering.
However, there are of course cigars that have been firmly rolled and have far too much draw resistance. The reason is to be found both in the different rolling techniques and in the water content of the tobacco used. If the water content is too high, it is more elastic during processing and the torcedor runs the risk of using too much tobacco in the filler. As the water evaporates, the cigar becomes firmer and the result can be greater draw resistance.
The hardness of the feel of the cigar is of itself not necessarily a reason for increased resistance, but can be a sign of it. Try it yourself, and weigh the cigars from one box individually. You will be astonished at how much the weights of the cigars differ. It should be noted that the fluctuations are considerably greater with Cuban cigars than with others. As long as the cigars draw properly, there’s little to be said.