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Hey James, it's been a while since I had a question. I've been stationed to Europe and back since the last time we chatted and now have a dedicated storage area for my European imported sticks (wink- wink).  Last night I found just a smidge of mold on the feet of my Bulivar gigantes, all ten .  I wiped them all lightly with a isopropyl and distilled water mix.  One I left untouched and smoked. It tasted wonderful-so maybe I caught them in time. If I want to age them more should I snip and inch off the foot/freeze'em/ or just roll the dice??  By the way I'm still keeping an eye out for your book!
THX in advance.
Rich.

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Hi Richard,

It's nice to hear from you again. :)

I would say just roll with the dice. You really don't need to snip the cigar feet but you do need to keep an on them for the next two weeks or so in case any mold returns. You did treat the cigars properly with Isopropyl alcohol and distilled water so as long as the humidity level is ideal, the mold won't return but it's always best to monitor them closely for the next two weeks for any mold growth.

I hope this helps! As always, If you have any more questions, please feel free to just ask and I will be happy to help.

Regards,
James  

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My main area of expertise is Cuban cigars and I can assist you if you have questions pertaining to Cuban cigars. I can also assist you with the following:

- General cigar-related questions and advice
- Humidor maintenance and troubleshooting (How to treat humidor mold, correct high/low humidity, humidor seasoning, etc.)
- Accessory maintenance and troubleshooting (Cigar cutters, hygrometers, humidifiers, etc.)
- Cigar restoration, preservation and troubleshooting (How to treat cigar mold/tobacco beetles, restoring vintage/dry cigars, etc.)
- Cigar/Brand identification
- Cigar etiquette

Unsure of a certain cigar brand? Wondering what a certain cigar tastes like? Have a question about Cuban cigars? Having problems with a humidor or Just let me know! I have smoked every brand of Cuban cigars and most reputable non-Cuban cigar brands on a regular basis so I know a fair bit about taste profiles, cigar etiquette and other fine nuances to cigar smoking. (NOTE: My main focus is on premium, hand-rolled cigars and not cheap, machine made, convenience store cigars.) IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE THAT I DO NOT PROVIDE CIGAR OR CIGAR-RELATED APPRAISALS. If you have a vintage cigar item and you want to know if it's worth something, please contact an antique dealer that specializes in "TOBACCIANA".

Experience

I currently have 19 dedicated years of cigar smoking and counting. I have smoked every brand of Cuban cigars and most reputable non-Cuban cigar brands on a regular basis so I know a fair bit about taste profiles, cigar etiquette and other fine nuances to cigar smoking. For 5 years, I studied with Cuban torcedores (rollers), catadores (taste testers) and revisadores (inspectors) on every aspect involving the production of the Cuban cigar and I am currently writing a book that will help beginners understand everything they need to know about cigars and cigar smoking.

Publications
Maple Leaf Gardens: Memories & Dreams 1931-1999 (1999; ISBN: 0920445616)
50 Things Every Guy Should Know How To Do (2006; ISBN: 0452286654)
The [London] Times (October 8, 2009)


Education/Credentials
B.A. University of Toronto

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Allexperts Top 25 Shortest Average Response Time: 2008-2009
Highest Rank:
- 2008 - 6th Overall, July
- 2009 - 10th Overall, February

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