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tullius

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Whole bunch of hats in that pic are bass ackwards if you look close. Either a thing then, or they didn't know. Most probably the former.
 

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I love the reader's cap-toe, high-top shoes, and the beautiful, free-hand-rolled cigars. Look at how consistent the individual cigars are in that half-wheel at desk 179.

I think I may be in that photo, though I don't really remember a photographer being there:



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Curious how you know these are freehand. Does it say so in the text? These dudes look Edwardian period, by which molds had long been standard in factories AFAIK.
 

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Curious how you know these are freehand.
I assume the cigars are free-hand. I'm just going by what appears in the photo. There is perhaps the top corner of a mold visible on desk 178, but the backboard seems too shallow to allow space for a mold there. Otherwise I see none. It looks to be a pretty crowded space for molds on the floor.

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I assume the cigars are free-hand. I'm just going by what appears in the photo. There is perhaps the top corner of a mold visible on desk 178, but the backboard seems too shallow to allow space for a mold there. Otherwise I see none. It looks to be a pretty crowded space for molds on the floor.

Bob
Thanks. I think they could easily be out of the picture, but have no idea.
 

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I think I'm with Bob on this one: the sticks in the pic aren't consistent enough not to be free hands. @waikikigun is right on the era though, and we don't know exactly what is captured here.
 

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I think I'm with Bob on this one: the sticks in the pic aren't consistent enough not to be free hands. @waikikigun is right on the era though, and we don't know exactly what is captured here.
Not trying to beat a dead horse, but I routinely see bunches of torpedos that are less even than these perfectos; and if I guess ~1906-ish for the pic, that's about 35 years into the mold era in Cuban and American cigar factories.
 

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With as wonderful sunny 65f degree day, I decided to smoke two cigars. The blends were:
1 Cibao seco
1 cibao criollo ligero
1 cibao corojo viso
Habano 2k wrapper

The only difference is one had a Dominican binder, while the other had a wlt sumatra binder.

Results: Both started off very light with a creamy cedary smoke (what I associate with most good Dominican cigars). Intensity progressed with with a build in pepper towards the end of the stick. The Sumatra stick seemed a little sweeter and was my favorite. Both excellent cigars for sure.

Also, rolling with dry filler makes for a much better drawing smoke.IMG_3401.jpgIMG_3402.jpgIMG_3403.jpg
 

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No. 12 & 13 rolled focusing on getting the draw tighter. Also tried out a real wrapper on No. 13, it was a Nicaraguan Criollo 98. It was way better to work with than the seco.

@GreenDragon thanks for the info about where to focus the pressure, worked like a charm. The draw on these two were much better, when I tested the draw before putting the wrapper on.

Hopefully I'll have the time to give them a proper test later this week.

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No. 11 revisited. This is olor ligero wrapper with a double olor seco binder, the filler is 3 olor seco and 1 olor ligero.

This one burned way better than the last ligero wrapped one I rolled, but still had a few issues. I think it's the double binder causing the problem on this one. I let it "dry box" out in the open for 5 days then in the humidor for another 5 days. The rh in the house is around 49%, so I don't think it being to wet still was the issue.

As far as the smoking experience goes, one of the best tasting cigars I have had in a while. I'm sure the fact that I rolled it doesn't play into that at all.

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No. 11 revisited. This is olor ligero wrapper with a double olor seco binder, the filler is 3 olor seco and 1 olor ligero.

This one burned way better than the last ligero wrapped one I rolled, but still had a few issues. I think it's the double binder causing the problem on this one. I let it "dry box" out in the open for 5 days then in the humidor for another 5 days. The rh in the house is around 49%, so I don't think it being to wet still was the issue.

As far as the smoking experience goes, one of the best tasting cigars I have had in a while. I'm sure the fact that I rolled it doesn't play into that at all.

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That all-olor blend is something I recommend to people who tell me they want to order some leaf from LO, just as I recommend all-Corojo to those who say they want to buy from WLT. Did you get that blend idea from me/blisscigar?
 
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