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Old 02-06-2008, 10:17 AM   #1
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Bitter Cigars

Or is it me?

I have a few brands that I really enjoy. I have smoked more than 10 bundles of Rocky Patel Factory Selects Maduro Torpedos. This is my everyday "go to" cigar. Over the past few weeks they have a bitter taste to them from time to time. A few other cigars have had a similar taste.

My humidity hasn't changed at all (65% RH). I went to my local B&M and purchased an "Edge. Same bitter taste. Is it possible that I am getting this bitterness from something other than the cigar?? I have used the same humidifier fo about a year now.
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Old 02-06-2008, 10:23 AM   #2
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Let 'em nap.
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Old 02-06-2008, 10:42 AM   #3
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Could be the dreaded "sick period".
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Old 02-06-2008, 02:25 PM   #4
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Try clearing the cigar halfway through. Blow through the cigar while briefly holding a flame to the end. Twist it and let it flare up a bit. Then clip a little off the smoking end. Wait a minute and then continue smoking slowly. It should sweeten up the cigar a bit.
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Old 02-06-2008, 02:37 PM   #5
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Try clearing the cigar halfway through. Blow through the cigar while briefly holding a flame to the end. Twist it and let it flare up a bit. Then clip a little off the smoking end. Wait a minute and then continue smoking slowly. It should sweeten up the cigar a bit.
A very good suggestion.
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Old 02-06-2008, 02:39 PM   #6
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I've experienced the same thing lately with some Oliva O maduro torps at the shop where I work. Tried to smoke two within a week or so of each other, but both were bitter and un-smokable. The Robustos and Churchills are fine though. The torps were always my fave too.

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Old 02-06-2008, 05:29 PM   #7
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Maybe your tastes are changing.
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Old 02-07-2008, 07:09 AM   #8
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While the sensation of bitterness can sometimes be noticed owing to periodic changes in one's taste buds and sensory perception, it's just as likely to occur due to an elevated moisture level within the tobacco of the cigar.

Are the ones you're lighting up recently purchased, or have they been 'napping' for a decent amonut of time under those 65%RH conditions?

You might also want to consider dry-boxing one or a few to see if that measure rectifies the problem.
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Old 02-08-2008, 05:36 AM   #9
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I think it might be my preferences changing. Last night I smoked what I used to consider a mild wimpy cigar and thoroughly enjoyed it. Go figure!
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Old 02-08-2008, 01:15 PM   #10
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being in a humi at 65% doesn't mean the cigar is 65% until it's had time to nap in there for a bit. Also, what you eat/drink befoere smoking can impact the tastes. So does the speed - if you're smoking faster the flavors will become harsh. Many things can cause the problem. Including changing tastes.
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