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Mold or Plume?

TRayBTRayB Posts: 1,344 ✭✭✭✭✭

What say you? This is on a cigar a recently acquired from a pass. In cellophane, with a cedar sleeve (?), no idea of the age. Some of the spots have definite thickness. I don't see anything on the foot. First time I've encountered anything resembling mold, so...wipe clean and smoke? or toss? I'm putting it away until I hear from some of you guys.

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  • CalvinAndHoboCalvinAndHobo Posts: 2,937 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wipe it and smoke it. It looks like mold, (it's almost always mold whenever you're wondering), but smoke it anyway. It's not going to affect the taste unless the mold has gotten inside the cigar.

  • silvermousesilvermouse Posts: 19,151 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 2

    Cedar wraps are notorious for contributing favorable mold growth conditions. Mold is everywhere. Most tobacco leaf is sprayed while it is curing to inhibit it's growth.

    Edit: not approved in the USA, but I have read it is used elsewhere where hot moist conditions prevail.

  • Bob_LukenBob_Luken Posts: 10,013 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @silvermouse said:
    Cedar wraps are notorious for contributing favorable mold growth conditions. Mold is everywhere. Most tobacco leaf is sprayed while it is curing to inhibit it's growth.

    Edit: not approved in the USA, but I have read it is used elsewhere where hot moist conditions prevail.

    What is in the mold inhibiting spray used elsewhere but not approved in the USA?
    Roundup? I bet it’s Roundup. I do not want to be smoking that. Everyone gets cancer from that stuff. This sucks.

  • YaksterYakster Posts: 25,679 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Vinegar is used in some pipe tobacco blendas a mold inhibitor and gives it a tangy flavor, but there's also another chemical that's used that when dry can look a little like mold if it's over-applied. Not sure what's used on cigars.

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  • Bob_LukenBob_Luken Posts: 10,013 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Roundup kills everything. I bet it’s Roundup.

  • Amos_UmwhatAmos_Umwhat Posts: 8,427 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I doubt roundup. And if it is, well, OP is safe, because that's mold. Wipe it off and smoke it.

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  • TRayBTRayB Posts: 1,344 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Disregarding the roundup posts, thanks all. I wiped it and smoked it.
    Regarding the roundup posts, now I hope I don't get cancer and die.

  • ShawnOLShawnOL Posts: 8,350 ✭✭✭✭✭

    You're going to die of something, why spend time worrying about what that thing is.

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  • VisionVision Posts: 7,785 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It's a "ZJ"

  • TRayBTRayB Posts: 1,344 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Vision said:
    It's a "ZJ"

    ???
    What's ZJ mean?

  • VisionVision Posts: 7,785 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @TRayB said:

    @Vision said:
    It's a "ZJ"

    ???
    What's ZJ mean?

    If you have to ask..... you can't afford it.....

    I'm just hoping people get the reference

  • OutdoorsSmoke_21191OutdoorsSmoke_21191 Posts: 960 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ShawnOL said:
    You're going to die of something, why spend time worrying about what that thing is.

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  • PatrickbrickPatrickbrick Posts: 7,731 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Vision said:

    @TRayB said:

    @Vision said:
    It's a "ZJ"

    ???
    What's ZJ mean?

    If you have to ask..... you can't afford it.....

    I'm just hoping people get the reference

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  • CAcigarguy007CAcigarguy007 Posts: 1,916 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Rdp77 said:
    Plume is a real thing…but that ain’t it. The big mystical misconception about plume is that it’s a good thing. It’s not. If a cigar is kept at the correct conditions long enough to achieve plume it’s all been a waste of time. Plume is the crystallized oils that have left the tobacco. Once this happens the cigar has sat so long that it has gone way past it’s prime and is no longer worth smoking.

    I’ve had exactly one cigar with legit plume crystals and it was a great cigar. YMMV but I do agree with the consensus, it’s usually mold 99.99% of the time.

  • Rdp77Rdp77 Posts: 6,086 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @CAcigarguy007 said:

    @Rdp77 said:
    Plume is a real thing…but that ain’t it. The big mystical misconception about plume is that it’s a good thing. It’s not. If a cigar is kept at the correct conditions long enough to achieve plume it’s all been a waste of time. Plume is the crystallized oils that have left the tobacco. Once this happens the cigar has sat so long that it has gone way past it’s prime and is no longer worth smoking.

    I’ve had exactly one cigar with legit plume crystals and it was a great cigar. YMMV but I do agree with the consensus, it’s usually mold 99.99% of the time.

    YMMV?

  • silvermousesilvermouse Posts: 19,151 ✭✭✭✭✭

    EPA MPG disclaimer

  • Rdp77Rdp77 Posts: 6,086 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @silvermouse said:
    EPA MPG disclaimer

    Yeah I finally looked it up, still don’t grasp where it fits in the context though lol.

  • YaksterYakster Posts: 25,679 ✭✭✭✭✭

    YMMVbysw

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  • VisionVision Posts: 7,785 ✭✭✭✭✭

    We just need a thread that says "ITS NOT PLUME, ITS MOLD"

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