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Ted
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April Fools! I’m not smoking anything right now, I just wanted to kick off this month’s thread. 😃

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Lee
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😄 Nice!

Well, no April fool here! I’m off to watch the football - as in, proper football, where a ball mainly comes into contact with a foot! Copenhagen F.C. versus Brøndby F.C. - the biggest rivalry in Danish football!! 😊

So, anyway, I’m taking a pipe, of course. Smoking on the terraces, not only of tobacco (😉) is kind of allowed. I couldn’t think of a better tobacco to take than Director’s Cut. A pleasant taste and a not unpleasant smell. In a trusty BriarWorks Classic. Loaded up on the train there, ready! 😊

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Here we are! 😄

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A pause in the game while the smoke clears! 😄 The atmosphere is wild!

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I should probably add, the smoke is from fireworks, not my pipe! 😉

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A spirited 1-2 defeat for “my team”, FC København.

I lived in Copenhagen for 8 years, before moving to the countryside. I follow the “rule” that you should always support the team closest to where you were born, or closest to where you live (if you’re an immigrant). So, FC København is my team now 😊

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Btw, I overheard a few, “Mmmmm… det dufter dejligt“ remarks around me, (“Mmmmm… it smells lovely!”)

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My god! Is everyone smoking?....... 😉 

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Squeezing in a bowl of Solent Mixture in a calabash before a lot of driving around today. 

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B-Frog’s STAMPEDE KEK in my Birth-year Bruyere. Another “off-the-wall” creation of Ken Byron’s (in a good way 😉). This one is a VaPer crumble-plug cased with chocolate, coffee and dark rum.

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That one sounds amazing!

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Definitely sounds interesting. I’ve had that one for a while but I haven’t tried it yet. I think it’s going to be high on my list to open when I get off the Latakia. 

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Billy Budd in a Mastro de Paja Rhodesian. 

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Round 2 with Carolina Red Flake with Perique. Much better than round 1🙂

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this month rotation

dunhill BB1938 which is finishing

frog Morton log which is finishing

sansepolcro 2024

hal o the Wynd

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Replacing the 5 year old Dunhill BB1938 

will be frog Morton log and McClelland Scottish woods.

caught a bad flu so I have not touched any tobacco for 7 days. Hopefully I get better soon. 

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Back to work today. So, a bowl of Irish Flake is in order on my return home. Smoked in my new Rossi prince 😊

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One of my cheaper pipes and smokes like a dream. It will get a lot of use, that’s for sure!

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Juan José Pascual Lobo
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Rossi pipes are made by Savinelli and are excellent smokers. 

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Nick R
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I opened a tin of Eileen's Dream. Usually I am in for the duration, but I have been on such a VaPer kick lately that I don't see myself and Eileen as exclusive this go around.

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I'll give er a good home if you like.

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Nick R
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LOL!  We are not breaking up!  More of an open relationship 🙂 

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I’m smoking Mac Baren Latakia Rolls in an Ehrlich meerschaum. 

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G.L. Pease Odyssey in one of my squat bulldogs.

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Finished up a bowl of Sir Walter Raleigh Aromatic in my bent cob. Haven't really smoked a pipe too much this week. Work has been hell and my sleep schedule has been bad. But I have been enjoying J.M. Boswells Old School went I can. And that got me into my OTC kick. I'm ready to get a tub of Carter Hall but I've bought alot of stuff the last couple of months and need to calm down before my wife uses my spending as an excuse for her spending lol

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War Horse Green in a small cob.

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Just finished an IRC 3 Star Green in a Missouri Meerschaum.  I really enjoyed it. 

I’m making small steps daily, and today I managed to actually keep it cool enough to coax the flavor out. 🤗 

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Hello fellow pipers. Not new to the pipe , just picking it back up here and there in a vintage meerschaum lined bent Italian Harriels pipe from my dads old ( i have some Falcons from the late 50s) collection.Usually a cigar enthusiast but i had to come comment on a blend my brother in law bought me for Christmas.  Garveys balkan. Now, im not generally a latakia fan but this blend definitely changed my mind. It has the light cold aroma of sweet rubber tires but once lit its very pleasant.  Quite enjoyable actually. Im usually in the Cavendish and cherry/ vanilla camp, this one changed my mind kind of like when i went from hating drinking ipas to daily drinking. I suppose its a learned taste one needs to retrain the taste buds to accept.   Whoever blended this, thank you. 

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Hello and welcome to the forum! 

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Welcome to the forum from Spain.

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First time trying this in my over smoked and under rested Mastro de Paja Rhodesian. 

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Well? How do you like it?

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This may be my first ever thumbs down to a KBV blend, but I will need to smoke it more before I say that for sure. The casings were in the forefront to me, vanilla/tonquin/anise? Somewhat similar to War Horse Bar. That struck me as an odd pairing to both Latakia and Rustica as well as I wasn’t expecting such strong casing on what are already rather bold tobaccos which are quite flavorful by themselves, hence I need time to decide if that works for me. It almost smoked like some strange, strong aromatic. More of a novelty experience than a serious blend. 

I could pick out the components (after the casing) for the first half of the bowl, but the second half was pretty much just Latakia and casing. No harshness.

Very strong nicotine wise which I like, but I believe it would be in the un-smokable range for many pipe smokers, which does ring true from the description. 

I wanted to like it just because I’ve had such pleasant experiences with KBV. 🙁

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Juan José Pascual Lobo
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Latakia, Rustica with heavy casing?. It doesn't sound very attractive for me.

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No, such flavorful tobaccos, it’s a shame to bury that under heavy flavoring. 

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Yet another first tasting for me, with more to come. Just a quick nightcap - a small bowl of KBV “The Oriental Affair” in a Peterson Demi-churchwarden paired with a special treat - my son’s home-brewed mead (12% ABV) 😋

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Juan José Pascual Lobo
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How it was?. I´m curious about this Oriental.

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…wasn’t impressed, but, can’t really tell yet. Had very spicy Indian food just before, and then made the mistake of pairing the smoke with sweet honey mead. The result was a very confused palate. 

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…on a more technical level, it seems to be a Virginia-Oriental semi-Lakeland Aromatic which has at least 5 component tobaccos, (no Latakia or Perique).

About specific leaf, KBV discloses only that it uses “imported reds” and “Turkish Orientals”.

Hard to pick out all the added fragrances. There’s chocolate, and something floral, but they’re not alone.

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Impressive sorting!

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Joseph
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Definitely not OCD or on the spectrum 🤥🤥🤥🙄

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Posted by: Ted

It almost smoked like some strange, strong aromatic. More of a novelty experience than a serious blend. 

Perfect review! Very good way to put it, too!!! It’s not for everyone, that’s for sure!!! It’s exactly as you described (much better than I could). I’m a sucker for aromatics, and for novelties. I certainly won’t smoke it often, but I’m glad it’s among the blends on my shelf. I just ordered B-Frog’s “Mountains of Madness” as a follow-up to Götz. Have you tried that one? If so, how does it compare?

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Thanks. I have not tried Mountains of Madness, but I’m sure I will after you post your thoughts on it 😃

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Smoking some blockade runner in my usual cob. First smoke of this month. 👍 👍 

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Joseph
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@BriarBerg if you can do so without spoilers or breaking NDAs, we’d love to see some of the unreleased prototypes you’re smoking. We won’t tell 🤫

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I’m smoking Anthology in one of the two new pipes, (I haven’t decided), that arrived this week.

Oh… btw, the robot arrived today and is a brand new addition to my after-school Robotics Club 😊

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Damn, that was good! A month in the jar has really improved what was already an excellent blend. Caramel, raisins, bread, hay, grass… it’s a complex and satisfying smoke from start to finish. No tongue-bite and surprisingly little moisture (given its moisture content fresh out of the jar).

I used the Savinelli Armonia Acorn, which I’m very happy with. All-in-all, a memorable smoking session.

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Oops! Just realised I mistakenly replied to you, @Joseph, instead of the general thread 😄 Sorry, mate!

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Ted
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The robot looks like it about to shoot your pipes with an eyeball laser beam. 

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😄 It doesn’t have a laser beam, but it’s pretty cool nonetheless. It has the brain of an 8GB Raspberry pi and some low-level AI capabilities, (facial recognition among them).

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