Drew's Review.

Drew shares his extensive knowledge and love of the finest cigars in the Hickey Brothers inventory.

And sometimes he'll fill you in on the latest accessories, tips and tricks to store and care for your cigars for the utmost enjoyment!

Plume:101 ~ September 25, 2012

What is plume? Imagine your favorite cigar on steroids with the most amazing flavor.

When the cigar properly ages, oils from the leaves of the cigar form crystals on the wrapper. These crystals appear as a white powder that can be easily wiped off, but for full flavor don't wipe it clean.

For most cigars, it takes 2-3 years of aging before plume occurs and still it's not guaranteed to happen.

A common misconception about plume is that it is mold. Mold has a green or yellow fuzzy color, and it caused by over humidification or direct water contact. Also, mold grows in spots all over and on the foot of the stick. Unlike mold, plume is a result of proper aging.

Some people spend hours searching boxes in the deepest corners of every humidor for sticks covered in plume. If you are unsure whether or not it is plume, make sure to ask your tobacconist or trusted expert.