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I couldn’t resist opening another tin of Pipe Force Episode VI and continuing the evening with it. I’m smoking it in a Mastro de Paja Rhodesian.

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Good choice! I'm smoking the same thing but in a corn cob. 👍

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After lunch comprising of English sausages 😋 I decided to have a break from RJ Perique Mixture and had some Irish Flake instead. In a BriarWorks Classic. The problem is, I have a damn cold and can’t taste a thing! 🙄

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I feel for you. My last year anual cold left me without smoking for two weeks.

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Having a bowl of peter stokkebye ps24 nougat in a eriksen. 

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I’ve been spending this afternoon using up the remaining Mac Baren Club Blend in my jar. I’ve been smoking it a an Ehrlich meerschaum billiard. 

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I'm smoking some Missouri Meerschaum American Patriot in a cob.

 

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I thought I'd post a picture of my Mark Twain cob that I just dyed. I just need to put a light lacquer on it now.

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That came out really nice. Great color with that stem too. 👍

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I contacted the people at Missouri Meerschaum about what dye to use. They asked for the finished picture. Just sent them some. Great people there.

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Today was a bit of a buffet. Mithril with my morning coffee, Escudo a bit later, then Creme Brule and 1Q (I was craving Valentines candy!) I am ending the day with some Old Joe Krantz. 

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Between Zig’s cool cobs and my ordering tobacco from Germany, I got it in my head to smoke HU Flanagan Flake in a cob, which I am doing now. 

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Did you order Timm London Blend 1000?

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I did not. It completely slipped my mind. I also meant to get more Night Owl and I forgot that too. I was impulsive. In addition to the Pesse Canoe blends, I got more HU Sunset, Flanagan and Dockworker Flake. 

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I love Flanagan and Dockworker Flake, but I’ve never tried Sunset. What’s it like?

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It’s a straight Virginia Flake mostly in the medium realm of that variety. To me it’s got some interesting subtleties. 

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If I can’t taste anything, with this damned cold, I can at least make sure I feel it! I’m going to try some Samuel Gawith Brown No. 4, for the first time! Never tried rope tobacco before , so I’m a bit excited 😄

In my Stanwell Night & Day.

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The right choice! I can taste something! 😊 Woody, earthy, creamy. Smoother than I expected. It says it’s “Virginia based”, but I can definitely taste some DFK in there (of the Dark, rather than Deep variety 😉) Very nice indeed. I’m sure I’ll appreciate it even more when I’ve shaken off this cold.

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How about Deep Fried Kentucky?  That sounds interesting. Lol

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I hope you recover quickly. I find smoking to be frustrating when I have a cold. I’m glad you found something to cut through it a bit!

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I used up the last of the jar of Mac Baren Club Blend so this afternoon I’ve been back to smoking PS81, mostly in a TV churchwarden. I need to shake up my afternoon smokes, I'm feeling like I’m in a bit of a rut. I think it’s time to open a tin of Formers Private Flake and maybe a few others. 

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I just got back on the saddle, from a year or so break due to lack of smell from COVID in 2020.  Since then I've had a pipe or two, but finally my smell has returned enough to be able to enjoy regular pipes.

With that being said, I've been enjoying some aged McClelland Vas, but also on the hunt for some replacements.  I tried Sutliff Matured Red Virginia's 515 RC-1 and Sutliff Stoved Virginia's 507-S...both are great IMHO and have something that is as close as I've found to McClelland's Red Cake and other VAs.  I decided to create my own blend with these two Sufliff offerings....and not to toot my own horn, but it's incredible and such an easy to approach blend.  

The blend is as follows:

1 part - Sutliff Stove VA 507-S

3 parts - Sutliff Matured Red VA 515 RC-1

I have a jar that consists of 6oz of 515 RC-1 and 2oz of 507-S.  Mixed them up well to get a fairly even distribution and jarred it to age...which it may not last long.

This has been my go-to this month, with an occasional deviation with some Quiet Nights or Arcadia.

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St. Bernard in a TV churchwarden. 

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Another round with Mac Baren Plumcake. It is really growing on me. Quickly becoming one of my favorite latakia containing blends.

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Been smoking GH Dark Birds Eye Vintage Cut this week on my evening commute.

Tonight I mixed a little 8 State Burley in with it for some reason. The results were nice.

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The St. Bernard has really been working for me. I’m continuing to smoke it, right now in an Ehrlich meerschaum. 

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Seattle Pipe Club Plum Pudding for lunch.  Going back and forth on my next smoke for this evening.  When I do that I usually go back to 1Q or Mithril but perhaps I will surprise myself.

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So does SPC Plum Pudding live up to the hype?  I just ordered some Royal Yacht. All you guys seem to like it. 

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Royal Yacht and SPC Plum Pudding Special Reserve are both excellent, in my opinion. Quality leaf, carefully prepared and blended to perfection!

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I have not had Royal Yacht yet. I don't know about "hype", but I do enjoy all the iterations of Plum Pudding. I only have the original on hand currently and it is something I smoke once or twice a week for a change of pace.

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I'm outside recovering from a big meal at IHOP. Took my Mother out for a belated Valley day meal.

Smoking some Mac Baren Golden Extra in my Big Ben. Ordered some Royal Yacht and 8oz haunted Bookshop.

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Back in Denmark this evening. And, what finer way to mark the occasion than with a bowl of Royal Jersey Perique Mixture, in the usual.

My collection of tobacco continues to grow 😊

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I’m still smoking St. Bernard. 

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I have so many jokes I could think of about smoking a Saint Bernard. Lol

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I know, I can’t look at a tin or jar of it without a little smile. I’m pretty sure DAN Tobacco was simply trying to capitalize on the old St. Bruno ads, but even that’s lost to all but the older smokers, leaving only a dog.

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I'm smoking some Maltese Falcon in my Savinelli 114ks

What's the thoughts on aging a burley blend?  Will haunted Bookshop improve? How about straight burley?

 

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Just a little while ago I was smoking burley from 1975 and I’ve had many burleys that were well aged. I kind of fall in the middle on the topic. I don’t find age has a dramatic effect on burley, but it doesn’t hurt it! 

Haunted Bookshop does improve a bit with age in my experience, but it does have Virginia in it as well as the Perique and part of it is, I think, as much a melding of the tobacco as anything. Even considering that, the benefits of age on HB are not extreme in my experience. 

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Wow 1975! Are you able to find such old tins on Ebay or elsewhere?

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In this case I got it from another pipe smoker who was kind enough to share it with me. It’s been over ten years since you could buy and sell tins on eBay, those were the golden days of finding pipe tobacco. Today Tinbids is a source for old tobacco, as well as some resellers like Pipestud and others. 

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I smoked 8 years old tins of G.L. Pease Barbary Coast which is Burley based and I found it very well, with no trace of decrepitude.

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