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  1. JohnH
    November 1, 2012

    Dennis,
    I’ve heard that both mold and bloom can be cleaned off the cigar before smoking and the smoke will be fine. Any thoughts on this?
    John

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  2. Inspector
    November 1, 2012

    @JohnH
    Plume is not really an issue. You can clean it off, but I usually just leave it as it is and my cigars smoke fine.
    It’s a different story with mold: if the mold is white, you can indeed clean it off and the smoke should be OK (some people even say that it improves the flavor…), but you must be aware of the fact that the mold is also _inside_ the cigar, so cleaning it off only does an aesthetical improvement.
    If the mold is green or blue, on the other hand, it’s a different story and in most cases the cigar is lost.

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  3. komodota
    November 2, 2012

    I noticed that a few of my cigars had tiny (tiny) almost microscpoic “crawlies” on them. They were almost translucent in color. I took a basting brush (because it has very soft bristles) and simply brushed them off. I put the cigars in a baggie and cleaned/reseasoned the humidor. What were these likely to be and what was my problem/the casue of it and or do I potentially have a VERY serious problem?

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  4. Tee
    November 2, 2012

    My compliments to Zen for his comprehensive reviews. I’ve always enjoyed Zen’s blog and am happy he/she has merged into cigar inspector.

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  5. smokesandsteel.com
    November 2, 2012

    Thanks for that, really nice to have a quick visual reference. Especially for beginners!

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  6. JohnH
    November 3, 2012

    @Inspector
    Thanks for the clarification, appreciate it.
    John

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  7. Jason Jilton
    July 21, 2015

    Very informative and helpful. The advice is very appreciated – any cigar smoker should know about this site. From wrapper types, seed origin, and plume, this is must-read info.

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  8. Tony Portale
    October 29, 2016

    I’m still a little confused about a ‘Rosado’ wrapper. Is it a cigar leaf that has been aged differently than let’s say a maduro? Or is it a seed of it’s own? Is it just a different part of the plant used to create a Rosado wrapper?
    Thank you

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  9. Inspector
    October 29, 2016

    @Tony Portale
    As far as I know, the term ‘rosado’ is used to describe the color of the wrapper, it’s not related to the aging process or to the seed that was used. The color is close to ‘colorado’ (see chart above), with a reddish tint.

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