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Old Tins Shelf Life?

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  • Started 7 years ago by gnatjulio
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  1. gnatjulio

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    I just picked up a few old tins of tobacco(Rattray's black mallory, 7 reserve medium, red rapparee, sam gawith's westmorland mixture and navy flake. All the cans hissed indicating a vacuume seal. The paper inside the tins however were brown and seemed to have absorbed a bunch of moisture from the tobacco and i noticed little white specks on the flake. I just want to know if these are okay to smoke and is there a shelf life to the tins that should concern me. and how would i know if mold had gotten into the tobacco (although i dont see how that is possible as the tins did hiss when opened?)

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    I think its probably fine...go ahead and if it makes you gravely sick we'll all know not to try it..

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    I could always take one for the team. You can send them to me and I'll smoke them.

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    That's brotherly of you grizzly

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    @gnatjulio If it does not smell moldy/mildewy it is most likely fine. I have read about this a few different places. Supposedly it is oils and sugars from the tobacco crystalizing.

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    +1 grizzly86


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    I place the tobacco on a sheet of plastic wrap and spread it all out for a good look see. You'll know if it's bad. If it's to dry you may need to re-hydrate it some. Then put it in Ball jars. It's amazing how long an unopened tin will last. I picked up some 8 year old tins and they were just fine.

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    I wonder if the white specks that you see in the tobacco flakes are similar to the Plume that well aged cigars develop?

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    Haha, thanks guys. Just wanted to double check. And the tins did have that healthy hiss to them.

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    @choch....thats what i was hoping.

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    Crystallization usually means the tobacco has some age to it. Sounds like you are ahead of the game. Enjoy!

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  12. spartan

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    If the white specs look anything like these flakes of Penzance then you're in the zone.

    Smoke that crystalized goodness.

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