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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Cigar "Bloom or Plume"

Not to be confused with blue-mold, cigar bloom or plume is a good sign. It is a reaction between moist air and the aromatic oils in a cigar.

What bloom or plume signifies is the proper RH or Relative Humidity has been achieved. If your cigars have this light grey mist on them, use a soft cloth to wipe away mist, and enjoy.

If however, you see mold which is greenish-blue in color and gives off a musty odor, those cigars should be destroyed, the humidor left open, and a solution of 50% alcohol and 50% water used to wipe the interior. Take a swab and wipe all corners. Let the humidor remain open for a day before re-stocking.

Again, cigar bloom or plume is a good sign that the humidor's gauges are working.

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By Al Remp, product specialist and trainer, Thompson Cigar.

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  • At 6:15 PM, Anonymous RC said…

    Great info. I often see people who are confused as to bloom vs mold. As long as it wipes off easily, you're fine. Using the right humidification products (beads, gel, etc) and a good hygrometer will help to ensure that cigars are safely stored.


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