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Acid / Infused

Reposted from El Cannatorcedor Blog / Feb 2016

A friend dropped a recommendation – Acid Cigars.   I must say, I am intrigued.   

I know – true tobacco purists scoff at flavors.   I am a Canna purist, I can relate.   These guys seem to have a different way.   One thing is clear from smoking the first one – it does not taste like a cheap chemical application.  Distinct odors to each of their cigars, some smell quite nice – some kind of like that headshop incense that I wouldn’t want to taste.    The cigar makers at Drew Estate are insistent that they do not use “flavorings” but “infusions” with different methods.  

The company was founded in the 90’s by cigar lovers who wanted to revive cigars.  I cannot quite describe the flavor because it’s not overbearing and it’s not anything like flavored tobaccos or vape juices.    Kuba Kuba Sumatra was good.  Burn : Perfect all the way.  Smoothest cigar I’ve had yet.   Good enough to make me want to try it again some time in the future.   

While I cannot imagine infusing cannabis cigars, perhaps there are ways to bring out the natural flavor notes in the terpenes using wisdom gleaned from the Acid crew.   Looking into it……

#infusions #curing #popular #flavor #tryingnewthings

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Sampler Cannagars

Check out the mini cannagars I have been twisting up this week.   Awwwww.  So Cute.   For a consulting clients retail onboarding events.

#cannagar #mini #minicannagar #sampler #cannagarsamples #retailevents #onboarding #cannagarbusinesscard #businesscard #littlecannagars

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Updated to include the new Rolling Platform + magnetic skewers.   #gold #goldcannagarkit #goldstandard #goldpla #cannagar #cannagartools #starterkits #cannagarstarterkits #cannagarkits #magarkits #magar #420world #planetcannabis #cannabisforpresident #dank #dope #hightimes #stayhigh

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The Dossier

12 pages full, bands and descriptions.   I kept a “cigar journal” during my initial research, and I still add a few entries to it every now and then.  Simple log register format, with spaces for bands to be pasted, and specs/review.   It is mostly for ratings and reviews, but made an excellent companion for reviewing and improving my own products.

#takingnotes #analogue #cannagar #premium #process #journal

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New Leaf Process – Continued

So……. my most recent batch, it’s time to revisit using large leaves.   I normally opt for smaller leaves, even though that is more labor intensive, simply because larger leaves have been harsher and they have bigger veins.   I was fortune to be invited to a farm to select their beautifully pristine pesticide-free leaves.   I didn’t expect cannabis trees.   Some leaves are so big that my hemp journals will not work – some of these fan blades are 12 inches+

Snagged a few art portfolios on the way home.     24 x 36.   Biggies.   Unfortunately, I could not find any unrefined paper and that is something I am looking for online.

I dissembled a book shelf I am not using, and sandwiching the folios between the concrete floor in my garage, and the wooden shelf, with my 200lb hydraulic shop press on top of it.   That should do it.   (folios have been exposed for the photo, definitely need total coverage or the edges wont flatten as nicely)

When using leave blades this large, it was difficult to get the leaf to flatten with creasing.   I was placing leaves top side up, for no real reason.   Discovery that should have been obvious : if you put them in the journal bottom side up, the shape will naturally flatten better.

For commercial processes, there are things that will work better.   Looking into T Shirt Presses, and larger hydraulic presses that can actually evenly squish a very large area.     This isn’t a rosin squish.   They remain under pressure for 1-2 weeks, then I will be transferring them to another folio.    Then, keeping them in storage for 6 months +.

I think I will need to de-vein the largest.   Maybe.   That’s a lot of stem to be winding around a cannagar.      The biggest leaves will likely be reserved for the largest gauges, real party gars.