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Lonecoyote

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PostSubject: C&D Bijou WARNING!!!!!!   Thu Feb 02, 2017 5:23 pm

If you have any C&D Bijou in your cellar check for extremely swollen tins. ALL of my Bijou with dates from 4/16, 5/16 and 7/16 had the beginning stages of mold. In the top picture you will see the mold slightly. I then decided to check the center in a tobacco tray for more mold. Well, as you can see in the second picture there is much more mold in the center. My opinion: this blend was tinned while still warm from the pressing. The tobacco's in all of my tins were extremely moist. A few days ago I received 2 replacement tins dated 1/19/17 and just had a bowl full and this blend is very enjoyable, but needs some aging. NO MOLD IN EITHER TIN. I decided to jar the 2 tins recently sent for aging. Now I sent pictures to C&D of my recent find today and I'm sure I will get fresh replacements. My suggestion is to open and inspect any Bijou from 2016 as I did. If yours is fine, simply use small Mason jars and this way you will have a clear head. My 2 tins from 7/16 were NOT swollen yet their was mold present. Better to be safe than sorry Years from now. Good luck and post your findings. 
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PostSubject: Re: C&D Bijou WARNING!!!!!!   Thu Feb 02, 2017 5:26 pm

Can not edit on my iPad.....it's the top picture that shows the mold that was in the center of the tin. It's NOT plume, it smells of mold/mildew. 


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PostSubject: Re: C&D Bijou WARNING!!!!!!   Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:06 pm

Thanks for the Heads up, LC.
Alas, this recurring problem had me deciding not to buy anything anymore from them.
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PostSubject: Re: C&D Bijou WARNING!!!!!!   Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:25 pm

Sorry to hear that LC. Definitely not a good thing. Guess you never know what's in a container you can't see through. Not that it would stop mold from growing, but it would be apparent sooner than later. Sad to hang onto some blend for a decade or so and then open up a tin of disappointment. One wonders what might be going on out there....
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PostSubject: Re: C&D Bijou WARNING!!!!!!   Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:38 pm

Fair warning, and thanks for posting Ted. Fortunately I don't have any C&D Bijou.

C&D seems to be singled out in recent memory for mold issues. Can't remember any other blender with QC problems such as these - starting with the Carolina Red Flake which I got in several tins and returned them in due course. And the one I opened had none of these issues, but decided to play it safe anyway.

For my part, I have yet to have mold issues on any C&D tin!

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PostSubject: Re: C&D Bijou WARNING!!!!!!   Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:39 pm

OW, I'm smoking a pipe into my 48th year and only in the past 2 years have I come across serious mold issues. In no particular order: SG FVF, C&D and GLP. ALL are pressed and most likely steamed, my opinion is they are tinned while still warm and extremely moist. Hate to say it but it seems to be " a rush to market issue "! All about the money. Last month I opened a tin of Granger over 35 years old, no mold and it's Granger at its best. 
  
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TO BE FAIR WITH C&D, BIJOU IS THE ONLY BLEND OF THEIRS IVE HAD MOLD ISSUES. 

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PostSubject: Re: C&D Bijou WARNING!!!!!!   Thu Feb 02, 2017 10:01 pm

Lonecoyote wrote:
OW, I'm smoking a pipe into my 48th year and only in the past 2 years have I come across serious mold issues. In no particular order: SG FVF, C&D and GLP. ALL are pressed and most likely steamed, my opinion is they are tinned while still warm and extremely moist. Hate to say it but it seems to be " a rush to market issue "! All about the money. Last month I opened a tin of Granger over 35 years old, no mold and it's Granger at its best. 
  
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TO BE FAIR WITH C&D, BIJOU IS THE ONLY BLEND OF THEIRS IVE HAD MOLD ISSUES. 


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This seems to be the likely culprit Ted. Thanks for your observations.



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PostSubject: Re: C&D Bijou WARNING!!!!!!   Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:18 pm

Thanks for the info Ted. My tins of Bijou were also from the 4/16 run. Perhaps I should take a look at the contents. The last C&D blend I bought was Sansepolcro, which has smoked great. I gotta say though, this mold business is concerning especially considering how much 2015-2016 GLP stuff I have put away. There's video up on YouTube showing another piper with molded Bijou, I wonder if the same Virginia in Carolina Red was used in it along with the same ineffective anti-fungal?
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PostSubject: Re: C&D Bijou WARNING!!!!!!   Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:38 am

It's a good thing that 99% of C&D's stuff I've ever tried was garbage to me, even some of their ones people swear by. To each his/her own.
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PostSubject: Re: C&D Bijou WARNING!!!!!!   Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:47 pm

C&D BIJOU UPDATE:
  
I've been in touch with a rep. From C&D and was told that the antifungal agent used was reformulated 9/16 and NO mold issues since. Same with GLP Temple Bar. I still suggest opening ALL of your Bijou tins prior to 9/16 to be on the safe side. My replacement tins are on the way and Jeremy from C&D handled my mold issues extremely fast and I'm very satisfied, with both C&D and Smokingpipes. 


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PostSubject: Re: C&D Bijou WARNING!!!!!!   Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:46 pm

Lonecoyote wrote:
C&D BIJOU UPDATE:
  
I've been in touch with a rep. From C&D and was told that the antifungal agent used was reformulated 9/16 and NO mold issues since. Same with GLP Temple Bar. I still suggest opening ALL of your Bijou tins prior to 9/16 to be on the safe side. My replacement tins are on the way and Jeremy from C&D handled my mold issues extremely fast and I'm very satisfied, with both C&D and Smokingpipes. 


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