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  1. Yes it does, but - you won't want storing your sticks at conditions where beetle eggs won't hatch. If you are referring to the wood mite (book lice) example of above - these are usually an indicator of an "upper-end" storage humidity.
  2. you sure we're talkin bout beetles here....?
  3. Yep, in fact had been used only for a very short period on the Mag46, since before 2006 they were unbanded. So likely a late 2005 through 2006. Got a few from a box remaining that is dated 2006.
  4. Would think so, too. This is not a case of "forgotten", it's a case of been "stolen". Otherwise, the cedar-wrap would be missing as well.
  5. Like Piggy, I don't have the slightest doubt in what you're saying, Gooier. I've made the same observations - as much as I could say that about the exact opposite! In particular for the Mag46. Among the most powerful cigars I have ever smoked have come from a box of claro Party 898, or some light-coloured SS1. Even remember a Choix with a yellowish pale wrapper (yes - the disgusting ones that make you yuck...), and this in a marca that is generally being classified on the lighter side of the spectrum... . For an extremely mild and smooth cigar on the other hand comes to mind a "dark & oily" EL Grand Epicure. The EL range actually is a very good example for this debate, as there, you got full-bodied powerhouse releases as well as light and smooth (even to almost bland) cigars, all basically with very similar wrappers. As I said, this is just the essence of my own experience over the years - the mileage of others might vary.
  6. What I do.... Still, not a quality token. Coffee roasting is an art. There are too many out there claiming to be the real deal, who have no clue. Pic above is proving that - should it not be a storage issue. Small oil droplets are acceptable in darker roasts but certainly not stickly oily as you are describing. Side note - all this laminated plastic-metal-film high-tech (and environmentally costly) coffee-packing nowadays - there is a reason: Oils and oxidation. My roastery (not one of the new "hipster" ones, but a traditional one with a 175 yrs in business) is weighing in their non-prepacked coffee, be it light or dark, into simple double-layer paper bags. These would be stained with oil were their beans not always bone-dry. Beans, and particularly oils inside beans, are protected from oxidation by their own CO2 emissions, which is fully sufficient for a week or two in paper. No need for hitec bags, claiming to protect from oxidation, but also serving in simply masking roasting flaws such as excessive oil appearance.
  7. Right or wrong, opinion/anecdote or wisdom - this just happens to coincide with my experience. The wrapper is important - but just for looks and for its burn properties (mHo).
  8. All fine this end, Ray. Quite busy times here atm, so not much opportunity to log on too often (let alone enjoying a longer smoke... ).
  9. Sorry to say, but oily beans is the exact opposite of a quality sign. This here seems not so much a matter of over-roasting but a matter of "over(long)-storing". Those may have suffered from elevated storage temps (not an overly dark roast, here). Beans should always (always!) appear matte and dry! Is there a date of roasting quoted on the package? There is also a way of artificially flavouring beans, which then look in a similar way glossy..... If they still taste good - use them up soon.
  10. Indeed, well said @PigFish. Best advice to be given at this point. Staying open-minded and never becoming preoccupied. It is always so nice having versed people (to avoid "seasoned"...) on board that are never tired of taking the time, Piggy!
  11. Well - Wies-Baden sais it all, doesn't it?...

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