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Oldest cigars ever found?

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    Evolving Lead Puffer Fish BostonBull's Avatar


     

    Oldest cigars ever found?

    What are the oldest cigars that have been found in smokeable condition?

    I think I remember a story that some cigars were found in a basement in Ireland in the early 1900's, that were from the islands made in the 1600's?

    Any truth to this or any other stories like this that are TRUE?

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    formerly Jokieman Mr. White's Avatar


     

    Re: Oldest cigars ever found?

    Quote Originally Posted by BostonBull View Post
    What are the oldest cigars that have been found in smokeable condition?

    I think I remember a story that some cigars were found in a basement in Ireland in the early 1900's, that were from the islands made in the 1600's?

    Any truth to this or any other stories like this that are TRUE?
    I could be wrong here but I don't think any cigar 300 years old is going to be in smokable condition. Oh, you might be able to light it, and it might burn, but I don't see it being smokable by our standards.

    Like Wine, Stogies have a definite shelf life, and when they pass that shelf life, it's all downhill from there.

    Now I do believe someone bought a "can" of stogies from the 40's or so that they had opened up and were smoking good. But they were vacuum sealed against the ravages of time. There was a thread with pics on the forums about 2-3 weeks ago.
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    Re: Oldest cigars ever found?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. White View Post
    I could be wrong here but I don't think any cigar 300 years old is going to be in smokable condition. Oh, you might be able to light it, and it might burn, but I don't see it being smokable by our standards.

    Like Wine, Stogies have a definite shelf life, and when they pass that shelf life, it's all downhill from there.

    Now I do believe someone bought a "can" of stogies from the 40's or so that they had opened up and were smoking good. But they were vacuum sealed against the ravages of time. There was a thread with pics on the forums about 2-3 weeks ago.

    I gotta say that I'm not really sure whether or not I'd smoke a 300 year old stogie, it would be pretty cool to have the oppurtunity though. Now I would definetly smoke a cigar rolled in the 30's or 40's, and I have. My father-in-law inherited a nice selection/collection from someone in his family. In it was a box of RyJ's from the late 20's or early 30's, I don't remember which. I've had the chance to smoke two of them one when I asked for his permission to marry his daughter and the other when his son got married. Both of them were great, it was a real treat. They were kept up properly over the years, however they did seem a little dry. That was probably just the age. Either way a well aged cigar is a thing of beauty.
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    Re: Oldest cigars ever found?

    yeah I know there are a LOT of BOTL's here that are meticulous enough about their collections that any cigar they had hung onto from that era would be excellent to smoke. It's when they sit in a basement for a few centuries that I start worrying. hehe.

    I think personally I wouldn't smoke anything even remotely suspect from before the 40's or so though. (not like I'll ever have the opportunity to turn someone down on that or anything. hehehe)
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    Re: Oldest cigars ever found?

    Quote Originally Posted by BostonBull View Post
    What are the oldest cigars that have been found in smokeable condition?

    I think I remember a story that some cigars were found in a basement in Ireland in the early 1900's, that were from the islands made in the 1600's?

    Any truth to this or any other stories like this that are TRUE?
    In the late 90's an auction for 600 cigars dating from 1864 from the Temple House in Sligo, Ireland were sold for a cool $1 million. It was determined before the auction that they were not Cuban but from the Phillippines.

    In this situation it was authenticated that the family esate cellar was humidity controlled.
    So this guy paid $1650 a cigar. Holy SMokes

    Thre was a purchase in 1996 for the Duke of Buccleuch of 193 Havanas made in 1857 & 1858 for 17,600 Euros. THis was at Christie's auction house.

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    Re: Oldest cigars ever found?

    Quote Originally Posted by Coffee Grounds View Post
    In the late 90's an auction for 600 cigars dating from 1864 from the Temple House in Sligo, Ireland were sold for a cool $1 million. It was determined before the auction that they were not Cuban but from the Phillippines.

    In this situation it was authenticated that the family esate cellar was humidity controlled.
    So this guy paid $1650 a cigar. Holy SMokes

    Thre was a purchase in 1996 for the Duke of Buccleuch of 193 Havanas made in 1857 & 1858 for 17,600 Euros. THis was at Christie's auction house.

    Sounds like the story I was trying to explain.

    Any word on if either of those were smoked? And if so how they were?

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    Re: Oldest cigars ever found?

    I'm pretty sure that galaga has a 300 year old wart on his chin. I wouldn't want to smoke it though.
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    Re: Oldest cigars ever found?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. White View Post

    Now I do believe someone bought a "can" of stogies from the 40's or so that they had opened up and were smoking good. But they were vacuum sealed against the ravages of time. There was a thread with pics on the forums about 2-3 weeks ago.
    That was Hollywood, and they were from 1942 if I remember correctly. Makes me just thinking about em.

    I think a lot of it boils down to storage conditions. With the right parameters, it's very possible that a cigar could age for decades, possibly centuries.
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