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  • Finally!

    I get to contribute to this forum.

    Middlest femchild (I have three dotters) returned from a cruise to the Bahamas a couple of months ago and brought me a special gift: A REAL CUBAN CIGAR! Been saving it for a special occasion and finally decided to dig it out of the humi and fire it up.

    So, for you privileged Brit cigar connoisseurs, here's my review of my Cuban Cohiba Edici?n Limitada 2007.

    The first thing to note was the splendid, mottled, almost quilt-like quality of the flaky, discolored, multi-hued wrapper. Lovely touch. Then, there was a unique feature I've not seen in any cigar before: a precision-drilled pinhole about one inch from the end. This puzzled me at first, but I later came to understand its significance. Upon examining the bands of this fine Cuban stogie, I couldn't help but notice that they were, well... loose. If I hadn't known that this was a gen-you-wine Cuban, I would have thought that some scoundrel might have had the temerity to perhaps take the bands from a real Cohiba and put them on some less stellar cigar in order to pass it off as the real thing. However, after careful consideration, I came to the realization of what had actually occurred. Remember that pinhole I mentioned earlier? Well, apparently, it must have been drilled to alleviate any excess pressure which might have built up in the cigar and I think that somehow it allowed some of the air to leak out, thus reducing the diameter of the cigar and explaining the loose bands.

    Anyway, enough of the cosmetics, let's get down to the good bit. After snipping off just the slightest tip (I wanted to savor every millimeter of this fine Cuban) I fired up my trusty torch and toasted the foot of the cigar. Hmmm? Maybe my toaster wasn't plugged in. Raised the flame a bit and hit it again. Hmmmm? Okay. Set the flame to industrial strength blowtorch and applied a flame approaching heat-of-the-sun temperatures to the tip whilst I commenced to puffing. Or attempted to puff, that is. Having been a smoker for some goodly number of years, I have developed a rather robust inhale. Modesty prevents me from relating the story about how I once accidentally sucked a llama through a keyhole whilst making mad passionate love to... well, that's a story for another time. Where was I? Oh, yes! So, I'm virtually arc welding the end of this cigar while at the same time applying vacuum pump negative pressure and there's no smoke. From either end. Wot the bloody hell? Funny cigars, these Cohibas, eh?

    Being the scientific sort (I am a rokkit scientist after all), I revert to The Source Of All Knowledge (a.k.a. Google) to get some information on my cigar. Oddly, I am unable to find any reference to a Cuban (or any other country of origin) Cohiba with the dimensions of 7 3/8 x 48. Most strange. Even more puzzling is the fact that nowhere in the ENTIRE INTERNET is there even a single reference to the Edici?n Limitada 2007.

    There's a Trinidad Edici?n Limitada 2007, Romeo y Julieta Edici?n Limitada 2007, Hoyo de Monterrey Edici?n Limitada 2007, but no Cohiba. None. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Bupkis.

    At this point, I am beginning to become just the slightest bit suspicious.

    Is it possible? Could it be? Has my darling dotter been duped? Did some scoundrel take advantage of this poor, innocent young girl's earnest intentions to do something special for her beloved papa? Still finding it hard to believe, I work at this stogie for a full fifteen minutes before finally admitting that there are some unscrupulous people out there who will stop at nothing (is nothing sacred any more? A Cohiba, f'r chrisakes) to obtain their filthy lucre.

    Of course, I gave my kid a ration of shit(e) for being such a dumb bimbo, so that almost made up for the disappointment.

    Anyhow, I thought you chaps might enjoy seeing my Edici?n Limitada 2007.
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    rokkitsci

  • #2
    This is actually one of you guys' space shuttles in preparation, yes?

    Modesty prevents me from relating the story about how I once accidentally sucked a llama through a keyhole whilst making mad passionate love to... well, that's a story for another time.

    Pam and Tommy - Take Two?

    Great post!

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    • #3
      Ah, Rockitsci, there are some really unscrupulous people around aren't there?!

      Must admit, had a touch of schadenfreude while reading your post...there but for the grace of God etc....

      Better luck next time!

      Wildwood

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      • #4
        Hey rokitman sorry to hear about the cigar mate,i had a batch of montecristo churchills not so long ago,it too had these tiny little holes in some of the cigars,the cigars and box looked the part alright but is wasnt till you lighted up and took a puff and again wrappers were loose,it was a good job i didnt pay loads for them or there would have been (big trouble in little china )lol.i think termites ate the leaves hence the holes.you live and learn.thats why now i got to recomended sellers like our man(the count of montecristo).montesmoke...

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        • #5
          Was it tobacco beetle? I can't think of the technical name of it but there is some sort of tobacco beetle that can ruin cigars. I think the cure is to stick your cigars in the freezer for a couple of hours.

          I haven't seen it myself in any cigars I've bought but it's worth knowing about.

          A quick google led me to this site: http://www.simplycigars.co.uk/cigar-...74_94_150.html

          Rhiannon

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          • #6
            Hey thanks rhiannon very useul bit if info there love.have wondered about this small problem,learn something new every day.

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            • #7
              Bastardos. Ah well, you live and learn (good post btw).

              I'd be 99% certain that that hole has come from a tobacco beetle, that's exactly what they look like:- completely circular hole about 2mm in diameter. They lay their eggs in the tobacco and then when the beetles hatch they eat their way out of the cigar. (real) Cuban cigars very rarely suffer from this problem any more because for the lat few years (since 2006 I think) they have frozen every batch of cigars that comes out of cuba.

              *** rokkitsci- it is very important that if this cigar has been left loose in you humidor that you freeze every cigar that was in there with it. A regular home freezer is alright. Wrap the cigars in an an airtight bag, one of those zip-lock ones will do fine (so they don't dry out), and put them in your freezer for about four days then a fridge for one day, then return to your humidor. This will kill any beetles in them, and, more importantly, any eggs they might have laid. Good luck***

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              • #8
                You can tap with the fire end of every single cigar out of that humidor on a white sheet of paper, if any dust comes out its bad news mate.
                I had one R&J (dominican) out of a brand new box that was affected, the others where fine. (it had several holes in its wrapper).

                Rene

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                • #9
                  Bloody bad luck mate,,,,

                  And a fake too!!!! No your day Rocket Man...
                  Love Life - Love Cigars

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                  • #10
                    Most cigar production now uses a method of destroying any weevil/beetle eggs that are on the tobacco leaves before the cigars are rolled.
                    Last edited by Montesmoke; 15-09-2008, 07:18 PM.
                    If you got em, Smoke em!

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                    • #11
                      Yea sorry to hear that Rok.
                      If you got em, Smoke em!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Montesmoke View Post
                        Most cigar production now uses a method of destroying any weevil/beetle eggs that are on the tobacco leaves before the cigars are rolled.

                        Really? I didn't know that. Do they use this in cuba as well? Because they aslo freeze all cigars going out of the country for 24 hrs (allegedly). Some regional distributors freeze their cigars on receiving the shipment as well, Altadis (Spain) and Intertabak (Switzerland) being two that I believe do.

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                        • #13
                          yea i have heard about the freezing method, i wonder if that affects the taste of the tobacco in the cigar?
                          If you got em, Smoke em!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Montesmoke View Post
                            yea i have heard about the freezing method, i wonder if that affects the taste of the tobacco in the cigar?
                            I have done it once myself (actually turned out to be a false alarm), and it didn't seem to affect the taste. What with the cubans freezing all the cigars they export and the fact that many collectors freeze all their cigars immediately upon receiving them before they add them to the humidor, I'd say the general consensus is that it doesn't affect the flavour. You can't help but wondering though.

                            (I think that maybe it was 2002 that the cubans started their freezing rather than 2006 as I said earlier.)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by did64 View Post
                              Bastardos. Ah well, you live and learn (good post btw).

                              I'd be 99% certain that that hole has come from a tobacco beetle, that's exactly what they look like:- completely circular hole about 2mm in diameter. They lay their eggs in the tobacco and then when the beetles hatch they eat their way out of the cigar. (real) Cuban cigars very rarely suffer from this problem any more because for the lat few years (since 2006 I think) they have frozen every batch of cigars that comes out of cuba.

                              *** rokkitsci- it is very important that if this cigar has been left loose in you humidor that you freeze every cigar that was in there with it. A regular home freezer is alright. Wrap the cigars in an an airtight bag, one of those zip-lock ones will do fine (so they don't dry out), and put them in your freezer for about four days then a fridge for one day, then return to your humidor. This will kill any beetles in them, and, more importantly, any eggs they might have laid. Good luck***
                              Thanks, did, but no worries. Not beetles. Just a cheap shit(e) cigar.
                              rokkitsci

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