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col555

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That feel when you roll a cigar, and are like, nah, it's an ugly work cigar. I'm not gonna post a photo, (unless you're deluxestogie). But then you light it up, and it's like that scene in Rattatouille where you have a taste and are transported to another time, and you wish you could share, but you can't. It's just for you. View attachment 25864

This was my first taste of both the WLT Cibao Valley Dominican seco, and Ecuador Maduro wrapper.
The CV Seco is good but i think the Viso is better, give it a try
 

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interesting! if you dont mind me asking. What is your procedure?
Once I have the wrapper cased up to where I like it (like fine, plump, fluffy stretchy leather, no moistness) I let it dry a little bit by opening the mouth of the casing bag slightly; then I take it outside and mist it in direct sunlight, keep it in the sun for x minutes, then rebag it in a warmish environment; then repeat until I have the color I want. Then re-case as necessary to the right dry plump fluffy stretchiness. If the leaf is "good" then it doesn't lose stretchiness or burn quality with this procedure. This kind of moisture+warmth-to-darken technique goes back at least to 1850, which is about as far as I've found any documents on it. That's probably around the time that the marketers figured out that "brown = tasty" in the consumers' minds. That is the very reason people were patenting all kinds of "make it darker brown" techniques and devices in the 1800s and 1900s. I do it because I don't like greenish-beige.
 

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goes back at least to 1850, which is about as far as I've found any documents on it. That's probably around the time that the marketers figured out that "brown = tasty" in the consumers' minds.
Good observation. I believe that's why all the truly wonderful, claro-wrapped cigars of the 1970s and 1980s faded away at the height of the cigar boom of the 1990s. It's like demanding that the contents of your carefully crafted omelette always be spilled onto the exterior.

Bob
 
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