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nach0
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Since the Carnival holiday started here in Brazil i felt myself "too busy to smoke pipe" enjoying the full day music street parades all over the City.

Now that the mess is finished i got myself feeling that i'm getting too old to enjoy one week crazyness like no tomorrow.

Today i'm smoking Mac Baren Original Choice. What i like in this blend is that it fits well anytime of the day. 

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Ted
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That sounds wonderful, I wish I was there to check it out! Although I definitely feel like I’ve passed my era of serious endurance partying 😃

nach0
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Yeah man. The official holiday is only 2 days but the carnival is a quite strong tradition in Rio de Janeiro so here is more than 7 days of free street party all day long. Kind of chaos under control. Last year 3 French friends came here and they got madness with the street parades. In the end i lost my sunglasses, a pair of snickers, maybe 2 or 3kilos of fat and a bunch of neurons. I only regret have lost my sunglass hahahahah

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2022 Cringle Flake, take two! 🎬

It should be obvious that one shouldn’t attempt to really taste a tobacco after eating strong curry and drinking copious amounts of beer. But, alas, alcohol doesn’t do much for our reasoning abilities! 😄

Anyway, this tobacco is a quintessential VaPer. The Virginia is slightly fruity, with citrus and hay tones weaving in and out. The Perique is particularly peppery, to my palate, which may explain the cancelling out of flavour when smoked immediately after eating a strong curry! My tongue was already tingling when I smoked it last time 😊 This time, I can both taste and feel the Perique.

Overall, an enjoyable smoke. It may not be the best VaPer I’ve ever had, but it’s certainly up there. I would definitely buy some, were it easily available.

Smoked in a Savinelli straight billiard.

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Having some Lane BCA while I contemplate my next tobacco order. Ted's generous samples are working their way in there. Gawith Hoggarth Bosun Cut Plug is was my favorite. Definitely getting some for when I feel like a strong, complex smoke- such a good tobacco! Thanks for expanding my horizons Ted👍

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You’re quite welcome! 

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Finally got around to trying Erinmore Flake. A fruity mix of Virginia and Burley, which was surprisingly filling in terms of nicotine content. I was left with the feeling that there’s still plenty to explore with this tobacco. Some great flavours that I look forward to tasting in future.

In the meerschaum bent apple.

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nach0
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I really like this blend. Everything in the correct spot. 

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That’s my most cellared tobacco by number of tins and possibly my oldest [tobacco] friend 🙂 I haven’t smoked any for a while and you just encouraged me to. 

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Erinmore Flake (1980’s Murray’s production) in my Butz Choquin calabash. 

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Lee
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Cool tin. Does tobacco keep getting better with age, or is there a limit?

Ted
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The current STG production does improve with age, I don’t know what the limit would be. The oldest I have of it is about 15 years old but I haven’t tried it yet. I’m mostly smoking from my stock from around 2015. The original 1980’s Murray’s tin that I smoked some of today is pure heaven, of course it was a little different to start with than the STG. 

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I´ll tell you when I smoke my 40+ years old Capstan blue tin.

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Very nice tin. 

Ted
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Thanks! A couple of years ago I got two of these, a little dented up but still sealed and the tobacco was perfect in both. I was so happy, I never thought I’d have any more of the original. I had smoked the last I still had many years ago. I’m down to three flakes left now. 

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Didn't smoke anything for the last couple of days. I needed a reset. But now finishing up a bowl of 2017 Dunhill London Mixture. I honestly don't get much out of English blends anymore. They all practically taste the same to me now. But this bowl was a nice change of pace.

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nach0
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I had my "moment" when latakia mixtures were my main goal. I don't know what happened but i become a bit sensitive for strong latakia content.

Juan José Pascual Lobo
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Try to smoke Latakia blends slowly, as slowly as you can. Then you'll find the differences among all the crowd of English blends. I regularly smoke about 10-12 different ones, and they are very different one from another!. They are members of the same family but with different character and personality, in the same way all Va pers or VA are not tasting the same.

Latakia behaves different with Oriental or Virginia, if added a pinch of Perique or Kentucky to the combo, things may be different. Even Cyprian Latakia has no less than three different kinds!.

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The weather here is amazing! Packing my corn cob, some vanilla custard and off to fly fish. Colorado is so strange, 10 ° F and snow one day, 60° F and sunny the next.

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ODF, in a Savinelli 673 Rhodesian, (thanks, Juan 😉)

 
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I like the grain on this pipe. It’s also a handy small pipe, which fits a single flake of ODF precisely 😊

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nach0
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Yes! Nice grains in it! Beautiful piece mate!

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It´s about identical bowl size as the 624 you acquired. (In Luisa Fiamatta limited edition) Perfect smokers all of them.

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Today i'll keep my cob filled with Mac Baren Original Choice. I made a jar of ice tea (Mate tea, a smoked/toasted tea we used to drink very cold) 

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I'm outside in the sun enjoying Windjammer in my Big Ben Olympic.I am really digging this blend.

Drinking some iced tea. Nothing unique about the tea, just Snapple sugar free. I'm diabetic. 

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Lee
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Sporting a splendid beard there my friend, if you don’t mind me saying so 😊 Beards and pipes do go well together.

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Thank you. They do seem to compliment one another. 🤔

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Pesse Canoe 40 in a Mastro de Paja Rhodesian. 

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Another beautiful pipe.

Ted
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Thanks! It’s kind of become my default Latakia pipe. For whatever reason, they smoke really well in it. 

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Savinelli 140th in a Butz Choquin calabash. 

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Tried to be a little creative- mixed 1 coin Escudo Navy De Luxe with about an equal amount of Lane BCA. Escudo tastes very bready to me so I was going for sweet bread. The result: quite good!

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nach0
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Today i'm smoking a blend called Black Diamond from a brazilian brand called Doctor Pipe. 

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Mac Baren Dark Twist in an Ehrlich meerschaum. 

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Zigmeister67
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Hey Ted how is your arm doing? 

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Thanks for asking! Unfortunately not good, the recommendation is for surgery which the doctor says will only return my arm to about 50% strength of what it was and take four to six months to fully heal, he estimates 25-30% with no surgery. I’m thinking I will get some more opinions before I move ahead. Very little pain now though, which is good. 

Zigmeister67
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I once had a pretty big shoulder surgery. Got metal in there now. Yeah second opinions are a good idea. Following up with good rehab is super important. Keep your spirits up. I'm hoping it all turns out well.

nach0
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I have 4 metal pieces inside my right shoulder. Ligaments problem. I **ckd twice and the second injurie left my shoulder completely loose. Popping out of its place with simple movements. Even with surgery and 1 year physiotherapy i never felt 100% again. 

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Listen all the opinions you need before surgery. I´m happy to know there's little pain.

nach0
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Hope everything works well for you and your arm mate. 🍻 

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My friend tore his bicep tendon. With surgery it took him the full 6 months to return to full strength. Not a fun process and I feel for you. 2nd opinions are a must! At least it won't dampen your pipe career!

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I just ordered that tobacco- among others. Very excited to try it.

Zigmeister67
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I'm smoking some Haunted Bookshop while I clean all my pipes.

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Rene12
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Smoking some rattrays 3noggins in my peterson aran 69. Haven't had the time for the forum the past few weeks. Glad to see you're all still here!

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welcome again. We missed you!

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Having a bowl of a Virginia and dark fired Kentucky blend I made in a no name made in England pipe. The blend is c&d bright virginia, Mac baren virginia no.1, and sutliff dark fired. I don't hardly reach for this pipe. It's not the greatest smoker to me. The chamber is shaped differently and it's a touch wider then I like. 

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Ted
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That blend sounds like it has potential. 

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It's not bad. It's kinda my interpretation of Dark Twist or just Mac baren coin cuts in general.

Nick R
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I am continuing with my BCA / Escudo mix. I think some Dark Fired would really make it taste good. Any recomendations on a perique DFK blend?

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Ted
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Just a thought but you can buy dark fired in bulk. All Perique/Dark Fired blends I can think of are first Virginia based blends, so they may throw off your Escudo. 

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I kind of ran 2 thoughts together lol.

Thought 1: my Escudo mix might benefit from a pinch of DFK.

Thought 2: Completely separate from my Escudo mix, I have been really liking DFK and Perique and was wondering what blend you or other might suggest that would appease that hankering.

I knew what I was trying to say even if my fingers did not!

Ted
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I understand. For whatever reason, not many are coming to mind. I’m sure I’ll think of four or five at around 3AM. 

The only one I’ve been smoking recently that’s a Perique/Dark Fired is the 2023 Sutliff Cringle Flake. The 2023 is the only year with Dark Fired, the other years were just Virginia/Perique. Although it is still available at a few places, I’m on the fence as to whether or not I would recommend it. It’s certainly not bad and high quality tobaccos, but they used a vintage Perique that I’m not sure I’m crazy about. 

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I thought about Cringle Flake but never ordered it. Perhaps your first suggestion is a winner- I might just try my hand at blending my own. Although I always welcome your 3AM thoughts on the matter!

Ted
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I’ve been smoking some whole leaf ripe flue cured Virginia that I initially intended to just try to see what it’s like so I could plan what, if anything I was going to do with it. Naturally being uncased there’s some harshness, but I am loving it. Really great Virginia. I’m on my fourth bowl of it, in a cob.

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