Sorry that I have to post such horrific photos as my first post on this site. I've recently moved to Hong Kong and my Aristocrat Mini ran out of space pretty quickly. So I went out and bought two desktops, one 75ct and the other 100ct. The Humies were purchased from the same shop, but one is a cheap house brand and the other is an Adorini. They looked like they've been sitting in a warehouse for quite some time. The instruction manual was a bit sticky and the color was coming off of one. (My common sense did not kick in at that moment so I bought the two Humies) I then moved my beloved OPUSXs that I've been aging for the PAST TEN YEARS!!!!! into the new humi. I went thru all the necessary steps of seasoning (2 weeks), found a nice closet with air conditioning to store them and I now found that a few of my OPUSXs that I've open the end of the cellophane, is growing mold!!!
I just wanted fellow puff veteran to see how bad this mold problem is.
1. I've already cut off an inch off of the end of the sticks (pls see attached photo) and you can still clearly see there's mold in the middle two sticks and the other two in the far right and left hopefully is okay.
Q. Is this mold? What can I do now to save them?
Q. What should I do with the rest of the sticks that were in the same humidor? They are all still in the cellophane wrap. Should I take all the sticks out and clean the cigar and the cellophane wrap? Should I take all the sticks out and not use the cellophane?
2. I should have taken photos before of the humidors, but I've already wiped it down with alcohol. But there were no visible mold that I can see growing in the humidor. But as I looked closer, I see white material in the grain of the wood.
Q. Is that mold that are in the grain (please see photos)
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Q. How can I remove them?
Q. I've had these Humies for literally less than 3 weeks, do you guys think the mold was there before? I say that because I have another 150ct humi (I've had this for ten years now) and my Mini Aristocrat are also stored in the same closet. And I carefully examined both my old humi and the Mini, and I can't find any white material in the grain of the wood.
Would like to see what you guys think. I am going to return or exchange these if you guys think its mold that is in the humidors. You help is greatly appreciated.