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Is it mold? (Smoker's Haven OBB)

soutso

Well-known member
#21
I think every plume/mould thread on here should have a link to a mould study done specifically for cigars. The study is on a forum called, Friendsofhabanos.

The owner of the site is a cigar vendor (a great one!) and hes funded the scientific study of several cigars owners suspect have "plume". They have sent the cigars in to a mould specialist and so far, all cigars have come back with a reported finding of a type of mould. The mystery of "plume" has not been detected.

On page 6 (from memory) they tried testing some Samuel Gawith Flake. The chrystalised part of the tobacco ended up not being mould (phew) but a form of non harmful food bacteria or something like that. A quick google search should find this easily enough.
 

Terminus

Drink Water, Walk It Off
Patron
#25
Even a cheap kids' microscope with a light from above setting can give you a good look at the stuff.
I've looked at old tobacco several times. Some structures are crystalline, and others clearly not.

Anyhoo, I'd smoke that.
I use an LED jeweler's loupe that I had gotten to inspect my razors. It had to have been maybe all of $5. The Woodbridge picture above was taken through it.
 

millarddj

Perpetual whippersnapper
Patron
#26
For those who don't follow the "What are you Smoking" thread, I took a bowl out for a test and it was magnificent. I have been texting Premal, who has been surprisingly talkative and enthusiastic about describing his blends. This has all been a great learning (and smoking) experience for me, and will make me a repeat SH customer.
 

millarddj

Perpetual whippersnapper
Patron
#27
I've done a fair amount of eyeing up mold /plume on cigars, having been into them much longer than pipes, and I have found the subject fairly clear. Pipe tobacco is a rather different animal, because of the process, different micro environment of storage, and different tobacco used.

My experience, coming from the world of cigars, was "it's usually mold, and most tobacco shop owners don't know the difference and will tell you otherwise to make a sale". Plume seems much more common on aged pipe tobacco in general, if less immediately easy to distinguish.
 

soutso

Well-known member
#29
I've done a fair amount of eyeing up mold /plume on cigars, having been into them much longer than pipes, and I have found the subject fairly clear. Pipe tobacco is a rather different animal, because of the process, different micro environment of storage, and different tobacco used.

My experience, coming from the world of cigars, was "it's usually mold, and most tobacco shop owners don't know the difference and will tell you otherwise to make a sale". Plume seems much more common on aged pipe tobacco in general, if less immediately easy to distinguish.
I’m from the world of cigars too. (Cuban mainly) One that after many years has left me a little sceptical.

Obvious mould is said to be plume.
Sour/harsh cigars are in a sick period
Unpleasant cigars are too young or too old

Hahaha I wish I didn’t enjoy it so much!
 

Ozark Wizard

Well-known member
#40
I don't think the problem is the Boveda pack- there was a 65% one in my Stokkebye Tobacco of the year. The problem is that CnD stuff molds easy, some of it. Oak Alley, Triple Play, Bijou Flake, Temple Bar, and a few others seem particular susceptible.
As I understand it, the Cellar Series were prone to issues for a while. A good many tins I've seen seem ok though. I decided to forgo any purchases. They were reputed to mature over years in the tin before opening. I wasn't willing to wait 5-10 years to find mold.