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  1. @planetary saved me a job and a far superior job you have done. Thanks to everyone for taking part it this little experiment. We can only have one winner on this one. Congratulations @BMWBen! PM me your preferred shipping details so that we can send your prize out.
  2. You've got me very intrigued... If you are okay parting ways with a little pinch then we would love to get it tested.
  3. The idea behind the mould study was to shed some light into the world of mould and plume. Earlier in the year we asked for examples of both from members and then selected 10 representative cigars for testing. Testing was undertaken by the team at Australia Biotech Laboratories. In the event that a substance other than mould was detected, that substance would be further tested by Biotech laboratories or their partners in order to determine the nature of the substance. Let us begin. Lot 1 - Candida Parapsilosis Romeo y Julieta Mille Fleurs Candida parapsilosis is a fungal species of the yeast family that has become a significant cause of sepsis and of wound and tissue infections in immuno-compromised patients. The immune system is a major player in Candida parapsilosis infections. Candida parapsilosis is not an exclusive human pathogen, having been isolated from nonhuman sources such as domestic animals, insects or soil. Candida parapsilosis is a normal human biological relation and it is one of the fungi most frequently isolated from the human hands Lot 2 / Lot 8 - Penicillium ascomycetous Bolivar No. 2 Penicillium ascomycetous fungi is of major importance in the natural environment as well as food and drug production. Some members of the genus produce penicillin, a molecule that is used as an antibiotic, which kills or stops the growth of certain kinds of bacteria inside the body. Other species are used in cheese-making. According to the Dictionary of the Fungi (10th edition, 2008), the widespread genus contains over 300 species. Diplomatico No. 2 Lot 3 / Lot 4 / Lot 5 / Lot 7 / Lot 10 - Aspergillus Partagas Lonsdale Aspergillus is defined as a group of conidial fungi - that is, fungi in an asexual state. Members of the genus possess the ability to grow where a high osmotic concentration (high sugar, salt, etc.) exists. Aspergillus species are highly aerobic and are found in almost all oxygen-rich environments, where they commonly grow as moulds on the surface of a substrate, because of the high oxygen tension. Commonly, fungi grow on carbon-rich substrates like monosaccharides (such as glucose) and polysaccharides (such as amylose). Aspergillus species are common contaminants of starchy foods (such as bread and potatoes), and grow in or on many plants and trees. In addition to growth on carbon sources, many species of Aspergillus demonstrate oligotrophy where they can grow in nutrient-depleted environments, or environments with a complete lack of key nutrients. Por Larranaga Petit Corona Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial Lot 6 / Lot 9 - Wallemia sebi H Upmann Magnum 50 Wallemia sebi is a dry fungus of the phylum Basidiomycota. It is commonly found on highly sugared or salted materials, such as jams, bread, cakes, sugar, bacon, salted meets, and salted fish. It is also found in indoor air, house dust, and soil. One distinctive feature of W. sebi is its relationship with water activity. Most fungi are profoundly affected by the availability of water. The ability to tolerate environments with low water activity has been found mostly in Ascomycota, but rarely in Basidiomycota. However, W. sebi. can adjust its morphology and physiology to adapt to different environmental conditions and survive osmotic stress. Wallemia sebi have lower limits for growth below water activity of 0.75aw (water activity), while most microorganisms are limited to 0.95 and above. Wallemia sebi has been isolated from hair, hay, textiles and man. It can grow slowly without additional solute in the growth medium, and form small, reddish-brown, powdery colonies. Montecristo No. 4 Conclusion There were two cigars that showed potential for being something other than mould. That proved to be a false hope. All 10 cigars in this sample testing proved to be one of four mould types. The positive to be taken from this testing is that we now have the system set to test into the future. With that in mind I will put up a store credit of $250 USD $350 AUD for any member who provides a cigar for testing that proves to be of crystalline substance and not mould. If you believe you have that cigar, take a photo or two and e-mail them to Greg or myself and upon review we will give you the shipping details. We will only take one to two cigars for testing at a time. We only need one cigar for testing from any individual. Many thanks to all who have contributed to this exercise! Rob & Greg & Jer BioTech Report - Biotech Report 713806.pdf
  4. Congratulations @jmg who picked up the second sampler! PM me your shipping details, mate.
  5. Wow, really dropping the ball on this one. Organising a second draw now. Sorry people!
  6. Late draw... Apologies team. Thanks to all who took the time to write up and post a review. Congratulations to @ChanceSchmerr! PM me your preferred shipping address and we will get your prize on the way to you.
  7. @havanaclub and @ChanceSchmerr, my fault. I missed the draw on this one. Will get onto it now.
  8. It's been great to see all of your happy mugs on here. By my calculations... and here's to hoping I haven't done @PigFish out of a competition win again... Winner 1: @JohnS with the most likes Winner 2: @HarveyBoulevard with the random draw Congratulations gents. PM me your preferred shipping details and we will get your prizes out to you.
  9. Join Rob and Ken on deck for a look back at the Por Larranaga 2008 Asia Pacific Regional.
  10. Well that concludes a great month of reviews. 53+ is clearly not a forum favourite but still managed to get a few reviews in. All great quality might I add. Congratulations to @jdouglas, @dicko and @Islandboy! PM me your shipping details and we will get your prizes on the way to you.
  11. @Nekhyludov that was a solid cigar week for you. Jealous! Thanks to everyone that took the time to write and post a review. They have now been moved to the 'Cigar Review' section of the forum. Congratulations to the following winners: @Rhino, @Nekhyludov and @Cmelle! PM me your preferred shipping details and we will organise for your prizes to be mailed out.
  12. Plenty of outtakes for you this week. Enjoy!
  13. Keep those entries rolling in! Congratulations to the winners this week... @dicko, @Diabolicalpherpher and @jmg! PM me your preferred shipping address and Logistics will get you prizes on the way to you.
  14. SO . MANY . REVIEWS . Took me a while to get through them all (56 all up) but it's always great to hear your experiences and learn more. Thanks to everyone that took the time to do a write up and share it with us. All reviews have been moved to the 'Cigar Review' section of the forum. We have three winners! Congratulations to: @Diabolicalpherpher, @cardinalfan85 and @awk6898! Send me a PM with your shipping address details when you get the chance and we will get your samplers on the way to you.

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