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Old 02-05-2017, 11:07 PM   #741
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Sorry, Sir. That is mold.
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Sorry, Sir. That is mold.
Fair enough, however could you tell me why all the material I have seen from cigar makers lists tobacco mold on cigars as a distinctive blue colour?

Also, mold is not hard and crystalline as these speckles are, I have smoked them and the crystals do not degenerate or disappear until either licked (at which point they taste like cane sugar) or smoked again, taste like cane).

Perhaps one man's mold is anothers' bloom.
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Old 02-06-2017, 08:00 AM   #743
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Fair enough, however could you tell me why all the material I have seen from cigar makers lists tobacco mold on cigars as a distinctive blue colour?

Also, mold is not hard and crystalline as these speckles are, I have smoked them and the crystals do not degenerate or disappear until either licked (at which point they taste like cane sugar) or smoked again, taste like cane).

Perhaps one man's mold is anothers' bloom.
Mold comes in various colors. White is fairly common actually. Mold forms unevenly and tends to be splotchy, exactly like the cigars you took a photo of.

You could be dealing with old mold, basically happened some time ago, then the humidity issue was corrected, and the colony stopped growing and dried up. Think of a standing dead tree.

Perhaps ignorance is bliss to the misinformed and inexperienced.
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The few times I have received moldy cigars from a vendor, the mold has been white.
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Old 02-06-2017, 11:46 AM   #745
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Fair enough, however could you tell me why all the material I have seen from cigar makers lists tobacco mold on cigars as a distinctive blue colour?

Also, mold is not hard and crystalline as these speckles are, I have smoked them and the crystals do not degenerate or disappear until either licked (at which point they taste like cane sugar) or smoked again, taste like cane).

Perhaps one man's mold is anothers' bloom.
Seriously?!?!?!?
Can you point us to such material? If it is blue (or green), it is mold. No pics necessary for that. Cigar makers/retailers telling you that are trying to sell you their $hit.
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Don't hold your breath kid.



Mold comes in various colors. White is fairly common actually. Mold forms unevenly and tends to be splotchy, exactly like the cigars you took a photo of.

You could be dealing with old mold, basically happened some time ago, then the humidity issue was corrected, and the colony stopped growing and dried up. Think of a standing dead tree.

Perhaps ignorance is bliss to the misinformed and inexperienced.
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I would suggest you stop licking those cigars though
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I would suggest you stop licking those cigars though
This is from the very first link googling cigar mold. From JRcigars.

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Most of us are familiar with the look of mold after discovering it on old bread or leftovers that stayed in the fridge too long. The type that affects cigars is very similar. Unlike plume, mold can present itself in an array of unattractive colors including green, yellow, gray, blue and white. Mold is such a menace to your collection because this nasty substance is alive – it can grow and spread.
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This is from the very first link googling cigar mold. From JRcigars.



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Well, I guess there are differing opinions by people more knowledgeable than I am.
http://www.cigars4dummies.com/cigar-...on-cigars.html

Here are pictures describing the difference between white mold and white spots - Plume or bloom. Decide for yourselves.
Does it really matter in the long run? As long as it is white, small, crystalline, and hard, if they smoke and taste really good I'll smoke 'em.
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Well, I guess there are differing opinions by people more knowledgeable than I am.
http://www.cigars4dummies.com/cigar-...on-cigars.html

Here are pictures describing the difference between white mold and white spots - Plume or bloom. Decide for yourselves.
Does it really matter in the long run? As long as it is white, small, crystalline, and hard, if they smoke and taste really good I'll smoke 'em.
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Sorry, I don't know who that is.
Given the next post perhaps it is for the better.
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I have seen (in my 37 years smoking cigars) plume & mold.

Plume (or bloom) are oils natural to the tobacco, that rise to the surface and crystalize, usually it is spotty (little spots), more like little spots of dust.

Mold is more fuzzy, but can be less so, and usually covers more of a cigar, maybe the whole thing.

Given the picture shown, I am more inclined to say mold. But, without a more magnified picture, and Alstair's comments I am less certain it is mold.

That being said, I'd be suspect of what I see in the pictures as I see it.

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Another big key would be the foot of the cigar. I have never seen plume there, only mold.
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The white mold won't really hurt you unless it gets inside the foot of the cigar. I'd wipe it off before smoking one of those Padrons though.
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The white mold won't really hurt you unless it gets inside the foot of the cigar. I'd wipe it off before smoking one of those Padrons though.
Padrons, and Dirty Rats, and, and, and "many of them".

That many cigars all with different tobaccos from different regions and different ages, all stored at 72 degrees and 72%RH, all magically showing signs of plume is unlikely.

Some tobaccos will never develop plume, others can do it quite quickly.

Padron cigars undergo some unique handling of their capa leaves, something that removes a lot of the oils and sugars that could potentially lead to plume. Just prior to rolling, rather than store them in a high humidity area, or pass them through this area on a conveyor machine, or use a misting system, right at the back of the rolling floor, Padron actually dunks them repeatedly in buckets of water, and then wrings them out like dirty dish rags. That water is black with compounds coming from the tobacco. This is one of the reasons why Padron wrappers have a unique look & sheen to them.

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