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A tribute to grandfathers from a by gone era. This burley based blend is a remake of the original Grandpa's recipe, rescued from obscurity by careful research. It has the same dry sweetness and notes of cocoa and cinnamon as it ever did.

Notes: In 2009 one of the ingredient tobaccos became no longer available. This led to the more aromatic Grandpas II. Then late in 2011 we began creating the missing ingredient in-house. So now there is the old-new aromatic Grandpa's II and the new-old burley blend Retro Grandpa. Got it? -Rich's

Blended ByBill Schindler
Blend TypeBurley Based
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Kentucky, Latakia, Virginia
CutCoarse Cut
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium, Medium
Very Mild, Mild to Medium
Mild to Medium, Medium
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Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable
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Jman51790 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jman51790 (4)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

These fine shops are in the Portland Oregon area. If you're ever in the area definitely check it out. I got me some perique for blending (and to try it by itself) and of course some retro-grandpa. Based on the high reviews of the original I had to try this. It has some weird clumps in it that I am guessing is some cubed Burley. I think it also has a light sprinkle of Latakia that pokes up from time to time. This blend is highly aromatic and as far as I can tell doesn't have an off putting smell. The smell of the bag is a little sweet. It seems to be a relatively mild blend. Definitely something I could enjoy all day.

Pipe Used: Missouri meerschaum maple spool

Age When Smoked: fresh

Purchased From: Rich's on Alder

1 person found this review helpful.

clanobucklin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
clanobucklin (105)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I remember when I first got this blend I smoked the crap out of it. Now that some time has passed I'm revisiting it again.

This is a blend Bill developed after Stephen Books left and at first I thought it was a replacement blend for Books' delightful Granpas blend.

However, the notes prove me wrong and despite Bill's penchant for Star Trek labels (ie Next Generation, Retro; hey Beam Me Up Blend would be a good one!) this Tobacco stands on its own as a very good blend indeed.

A delicious burly blend that has a Vanilla, Cinnamon, Cocoa taste with a little nuttiness. This is strictly an Aromatic that is almost what I'd call a Natural Aromatic - but there is some sort of casing I can't identify. Think of it as a more sophisticated Lane 1Q that has a real natural taste.

It doesn't taste anything like the Original Grandpas as it is more Vanilla flavor than Chocolate. Albeit the Vanilla has a more liquor taste than your standard OTC Vanilla blends.

Also it lists Latakia in it and for the life of me I don't taste any smokey flavor that hallmarks Latakia blends. So I am assuming this is mistake as this blend is strickly an Aro.

What you get is a semi sweet blend with a unique flavor. So if this sort of thing appeals to you - I'd say give it a try.

Pipe Used: SwinkS Billiard

Age When Smoked: 2-3 years

Purchased From: Rich's

1 person found this review helpful.