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TobaccoPipes Compare & Share May 2024


BriarBerg
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Here are the most recent Mystery Blends - I'll be posting my impressions of May's below.

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BriarBerg
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We have a dark broken flake in Mystery Blend No 1. Strong tin note of BBQ, woodiness, and lightly vinegary.

It’s a strong one, very flavorful. A lot of BBQ, floral, woody Kentucky flavor, with a good deal of tang from Red Virginia I imagine. The sweet attributes really help to balance it out and soften some of the harshness (and perhaps hot pressing?) I also get some citrus and bright accents adding contrast to the dark, earthy character.

I find No 1 notably consistent through the smoke and from one to the next.

A bit on the moist side, I’ve been getting the most out of it with a little drying time. It makes for a less finicky smoke when packed with minimal rubbing out of the broken flake, which I prefer from pressed tobacco, especially as bold as this one.

My initial reaction was that this was very similar to HH Old Dark Fired, but that has already been featured in Compare & Share. Bold Kentucky also comes to mind, but that only comes in a flake, so not so sure.

Most recent smoke pictured is in my Amphora X-tra, a Dublin with a bowl on the wider side for me, at least at the top of the conical chamber. I’ve found a preference for somewhat larger bowls for No 1, but this is more to do with being amenable to a good pack with this particular cut/consistency rather than a matter of tasting experience.

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Joseph
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Weighing in on #1 after 2nd bowl. So, this is what the Dark Fired Kentucky genre is like? …Okay

Haven’t gotten around to trying one before this. And, probably won’t rush out to stock up on this one after the reveal.

But, it sure pairs well with a tall mug of dark-roast coffee (heavy cream, no sugar). 😎👍

[PIPE: Savinelli Tre 310 KS -  custom altered from poker to cherrywood]

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Ted
 Ted
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I’m glad you are participating in the Compare and Share. With one or two exceptions in the past, they have all been tobaccos that I’ve either tried or have in my cellar, so I haven’t been encouraged to, but now I’m finding a little entertainment in trying to guess the blends based on descriptions 😃. Plus who knows, maybe I’ll discover something new to try. 

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BriarBerg
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Hah, strong Kentucky blends are definitely not gonna be everyone's cup o tea! But I definitely think you got it right with the pairing. Happy to have you participating, Joseph. 

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Joseph
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Spoiler
My best guess on Mystery Blend 1

Mac Baren’s Amphora Kentucky Blend[/spoiler]

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BriarBerg
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As for Mystery Blend No. 2, we have a ribbon cut that hosts just about every shade you may get in pipe blend.

The tin note suggests English mixture—but not quite a Lat bomb. I get a woody BBQ from the smokiness that makes me think maybe some Kentucky too.
 
Lighting up, there’s warm spice, a chewy smokiness, not so much the leather-side of Latakia. The Latakia is somewhat forward but not too heavy, and is met with Virginia tang and dark fruit. I get some vegetative undertones, Oriental I think, as I smoke. I appreciate how flavorful this one is, but still nothing seems to be in abundance, everything having its place and letting subtleties through.
 
I’ve especially enjoyed Mystery Blend No 2 in my wider bowls, such as the Molina Tromba pictured.
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