What are the Little White Dots on my Cigar’s Ash?

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Question from Peter:

Smoking Cohiba Siglo IV and 2 out of 8 smokes had these white little granules appear from the ember of the foot and into the ash. Thus, the inch and a half ash would basically be covered in white dots, and I could watch them appear from the foot as I drew on the stick. It looks like vermiculite. Any ideas what I'm smoking?

You’re smoking a cigar, you look down at the ash, and you make a startling discovery. The ash has a number of small white dots on it, each of them roughly the size of the head of a pin. Your first reaction might be revulsion—you might think they look like eggs laid by tobacco beetles. There seems to be a couple of explanations for the appearance of these little white dots, however, neither of which includes insect eggs.

  • Tooth. This refers to the texture of the wrapper leaf. Some leaves are “toothier” than others, meaning they are rougher and naturally have these little bumps. If you rub the white dots and they don’t come off the wrapper leaf, it may be a “toothy” wrapper. You may also notice tooth on the wrapper before you smoke the cigar and check the ash.
  • Magnesium. It is also thought that these white dots can represent mineral deposits when tobacco is grown in soil which is particularly rich in magnesium. Magnesium deposits, like tooth, are harmless, and should not impact your smoking experience.

Other common culprits for white spots on a cigar include “bloom,” or “plume,” which is a crystallization of the oils in a cigar; this is also a harmless sign that a cigar has aged. One final possibility is mold, something you should always be alert for. Cigar mold usually has a fibrous or fuzzy appearance. You can still usually salvage moldy cigars as long as the mold hasn’t spread to the filler, simply by scraping the mold off. If you do have a mold problem, check your humidor’s settings to make sure the problem doesn’t spread. While your little white dots are most likely tooth or magnesium, it is easy to confuse all these different possibilities, so it is best to be aware of all of them.

Cigar Release: Camacho Liberty 2013

Camacho Liberty 2013 Box

Introducing the latest installment of the Camacho Liberty Series, our new 2013 limited edition. This new multi-country blend is quite the departure from previous Liberty editions, which were previously constructed of mainly Honduran tobaccos. The 2013 blend utilizes wrapper tobacco from Ecuador, binder from Nicaragua and fillers from Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The 2013 Liberty is a medium-to-full intensity smoke with a deep level of flavor nuances and complexities.

Camacho Liberty 2013

The phrase “FREEDOM IS NOT FREE”, proudly imprinted on the outer and inner parts of the lid conveys our deep respect and admiration for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our enduring freedom. We salute those service members of our military for protecting the freedoms enjoyed by our citizens. Because of their sacrifice, we are able to live in this free nation and enjoy liberties many still dream of.

Camacho Liberty 2013 : Stats

WRAPPER: Habana 2000
BINDER: Nicaragua
FILLER: Honduras, Nicaragua & Dominican Republic
SIZE: 48/54/48 x 6

Total production for this year’s edition of the Liberty Series is 40,000 cigars or 2,000 boxes.

Montecristo 520 Limited Edition 2012

Montecristo 520 Limited Edition 2012

MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Format : Maravillas No.3 [Robusto Extra]
Size : 55 x 155 mm (6.1 in)
Released in : 2012
Hand-Made
Price : ~12.80 Cuban Pesos (~$46.00 Canada)
More info about purchasing Montecristo cigars...

The Montecristo 520 Limited Edition 2012 is one of the 3 limited edition cigars announced at the 2012 Habanos Festival and was the last one to be released. The name comes from the 520th year anniversary of the discovery of tobacco in Cuba. The wrapper, filler and binder have been aged for a period of at least 2 years. My sample had a June 2012 production date box code. The Ediciones Limitadas are made with the finest tobacco leaves coming from Vuelta Abajo region, considered to be the best tobacco growing region in Cuba.

Read the full review of Montecristo 520 Limited Edition 2012...

Sunday’s Cigar Cartoon: “late appointment”

Late appointment

Cigar Release: Montecristo Petit No. 2

Montecristo Petit No. 2

Habanos SA presents Montecristo Petit No. 2, a new vitola that enriches the historic Línea Clásica of Montecristo and designed for those who love the brand's figurados and want to savour the Montecristo flavor in less time.

Montecristo Petit No. 2 will be available in the points of sales around the world in the coming weeks.

Montecristo Petit No.2 single

Montecristo’s exquisite blend of tobaccos has been exclusively produced using selected leaves from Vuelta Abajo zone, (D.O.P) Pinar del Río, Cuba, land of the best tobacco in the world. The original blend of the Línea Clásica, with a medium to full flavour offers a distinguished aroma that continues to captivate both experienced smokers and novices alike.

Montecristo‘s classic range initially only comprised vitolas numbered from 1 to 5, gradually expanding to cater for the varied tastes of Habano lovers.

This is the first addition in the Línea Clásica in many years. Montecristo Petit No.2 (ring gauge 52 x 120 mm in length) is a figurado -tapered at one end- shape in keeping with the brand’s tradition, the classical Montecristo No. 2 being considered one of the references for the figurado category.

Montecristo Petit No. 2 in box

Montecristo Petit No.2 is a vitola designed for those who love the brand’s figurados – tapered at one end- formats can enjoy the Montecristo flavour in less time. Petit No.2 incorporates the new Montecristo band (also shown in the new Double Edmundo recently launched) which being innovative in its design keeps at the same time the classic look of the brand.

Montecristo Petit No.2 will be available in the brand’s classic labelled box of 25 and 10 units, as well as packs of 3 units. The packs will arrive to the markets shortly after the labelled boxes are available.

Montecristo Petit No. 2 Stats

Commercial Name: Montecristo Petit No.2
Factory Name: Petit No.2
Measures: 52 ring gauge (20,64 mm) x 120 mm in length
Presentation: Labelled Box of 25 units / Labelled Box of 10 units (the 3 unit pack will be arriving slightly after 25 and 10's boxes)

La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Natural

La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Natural

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Flor Dominicana
Format : Chisel
Size : 5.5 x 55
Wrapper : Sun Grown Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $8.75 each
More info about purchasing La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero...

This vitola is named as such because of the unique cap that is shaped like the head of a chisel. In any event, the cigar is filled with Dominican Ligero tobacco, some of the strongest tobacco grown. The cigar’s name alone warns you to ready yourself for a powerful smoke and the company promotes the cigar with the “Eat before you smoke ‘em” tagline. Let’s see how this cigar measured up to my taste buds.

Read the full review of La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Natural...

Cigar Release: Davidoff US 25th Anniversary

Davidoff 25th Anniversary

Davidoff stands for expertise and quality supported by deep heritage and craftsmanship to deliver unforgettable moments of pleasure. In 1988, Davidoff of Geneva was established to bring the world’s finest cigars to American soil. To honor this very important milestone, our Master Blenders drew on their stock of extra aged Dominican tobaccos to create a timeless cigar. Rolled in the luxurious Robusto Gordo format, featuring Davidoff's own Yamasá wrapper, the Davidoff of Geneva 25th provides a unique and complex taste experience, which can only come from extra-aged tobacco.

Davidoff of Geneva 25th Anniversary

WRAPPER: Yamasa
BINDER: Dominican
FILLER: Dominican
SIZE: 5” x 56

Cigar Release: Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco

Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco

1968 was the year when it all started: the first Premium Nicaraguan cigar was hand-rolled in Estelí under the Joya de Nicaragua seal. With it, the Nicaraguan cigar industry was born and a new era for Premium hand rolled cigars began.

JOYA DE NICARAGUA S.A is proud to honor this achievement with Cuatro Cinco, a Limited Edition cigar. Cuatro Cinco has been especially crafted to commemorate four and half decades of history of Joya de Nicaragua, its people and the city of Estelí, where it all started. Cuatro Cinco is an authentic Nicaraguan puro, hand-rolled in Estelí with tobaccos grown in the region and in Jalapa, with a special 5 year old ligero that the factory had been saving in its bodegas for this special occasion.

As if time wasn’t enough, the filler tobaccos have been specially aged in oak barrels for more than a year to give
them distinctive and sophisticated notes, and the silky smooth wrapper and binder are Nicaraguan grown in the Jalapa valley.

"We are very excited about Cuatro Cinco, for this is one of the few Limited Editions we have produced. With this cigar we are capturing the true Nicaraguan Spirit, rich in the tradition that embodies our cigars and that defines us as the archetypal Nicaraguan cigar maker, because before Joya, there was no Nicaraguan cigar. While this cigar promotes our heritage, it is also a celebration of the future and the many years we still have ahead of us. It's been 45 years already, and we are just getting started!" stated Dr. Alejandro Martínez Cuenca, Chairman of JOYA DE NICARAGUA S.A.

Leonel Raudez, General Manager and Head of Production of Joya remarks: "this is also a tribute to the people of Joya, the ones that went and the ones that are still with us, even after 45 years. We Estelianos are proud of contributing to make Nicaraguan tobacco among the best in the world, and to celebrate that, we have made one of the most exceptional cigars we have rolled, using our finest local tobaccos and rolled by a selected few of our talented tabaqueros. The profile of this cigar is nothing like what we’ve produced, although the richness and complexity of the Nicaraguan grown tobaccos still predominates".

Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco

Cuatro Cinco will be available in a single vitola : a 6 x 54 semi box pressed in 10 count boxes.

As a Limited Edition, only 4,500 boxes of Cuatro Cinco are being produced, each one numbered to guarantee exclusivity. The initial batch will start shipping in the first week of November 2013 to special Joya customers in the United States and around the world.

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