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Lee
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 Lee
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I’m visiting my parents in the UK next week, so I’ve ordered some tobacco to be delivered for when I arrive:

Peterson’s Irish Flake (to replenish my stock).

Rattray’s Hal O’ the Wynd (also a replenishment).

J.F.Germain’s Royal Jersey Perique (a new-to-me blend that I’m looking forward to trying).

UK prices are in keeping with Danish prices. So, ouch! 😩

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nach0
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My sister lives in Oxford, do you have any good tabacconist to recommend?? I´ll visit her in few months.

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Lee
 Lee
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I buy online. The two tobacconists I’ve used most are:

Smoke-king

and

The Backy Shop

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nach0
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Thank you so much  @Lee !! I really appreciate you help! 

I´ll order online and send to her home. 

 

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Lee
 Lee
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You’re welcome 😊 Both online shops have a good selection of tobacco.

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Lee
 Lee
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Coincidentally, my sister lives near Oxford 😊

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nach0
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Maybe one day we can catch up there for a smoke session !

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Lee
 Lee
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That would be nice! Oxford has some beautiful places to hang out and enjoy a bowl. One day, hopefully 😊

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ThinkinPipe
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Got some tins yesterday! 

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ThinkinPipe
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Unfortunately only the Solent Mixture is over 6 months

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Ted
 Ted
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That’s a great selection! Yacht and Solent are mainstays for me. I have a tin of Irish Oak (now cask) open right now that is at least twelve years old, I prefer it on the fresher side, after it’s sat in a jar for a week or two, not that the old stuff is bad. I don’t purposely age Royal Yacht either, last year I ran out of it and restocked with fresh and I didn’t notice any improvement from age. Same with Solent Mixture. Obviously preferences vary, but I like all of those at whatever age they are when I open them, except Eastfarthing, which I have never tried although have heard good things about. 

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ThinkinPipe
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Good to know cause I want to try these, Royal Yacht especially!

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Ted
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With Royal Yacht I recommend at least a week in a jar before smoking, there’s a sharpness upon opening to it that dissipates pretty fast. Course I generally do this with all tobacco, but that’s just me. I’m curious to hear your thoughts on them all. 

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nach0
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Royal Yacht is a blend that i never had. Reading your words i´m convinced that i have to get one.

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Juan José Pascual Lobo
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Smoking any tobacco just from opening the tin is not a good idea. Is like drinking wine from a just opened bottle. Not to mention if the wine or tobacco is very young. The simple act of transferring the tin content to a jar for some hours improve the flavors. It depends on the tobacco, but generally speaking I transfer tobacco to a jar 2-3 weeks before smoking. The stronger the tobacco, the more time in the jar. If you don´t want to wait so long, use a bigger jar so that the tobacco occupies less than 50% of the capacity of the jar and open it five minutes a day. In a week you'll have a much improved flavor. But if you have a desperate desire to smoke, extend the tobacco ever a clean surface and let it air 15 minutes. Anything is better than smoking just from opening the tin. It´s very easy and cheap to check.

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Joseph
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Ha, ha! Funny you should mention that… I’m in the process of breaking this rule. You caught me! I’m smoking the Presbyterian Ordained flake that was tinned 12/23, arrived at my door 30m ago, and was popped open immediately. Broke another rule, too, while I was at it. Smoking it in the same pipe I used this morning (my new Virginia-dedicated GBD Cutty).

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Juan José Pascual Lobo
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I understand your enthusiasm to smoke a just arrived desired blend because I have experienced that. I´m sure you'll find the moment to jar the tobacco, cellar it for a reasonable time and then you'll enjoy the reward.

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Joseph
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…furthering my Virginia and Mac Baren explorations 🔥

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Ted
 Ted
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Nice! The labels really brighten up a room too. 

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nach0
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I really like this mac baren blend. 🍻 

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Juan José Pascual Lobo
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I´m surprised to see the art tin is intact. I thought health warnings were mandatory worldwide. Maybe tobacco acquired via web is free from warnings?

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nach0
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i´m thinking the same, last year i got some tins without any warning, how could it be?

Including peterson, samuel gawith, erik stokkebye, mac baren, the old one was dated as 2020. 

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Ted
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They aren’t required in the US. For a few years the tobacco companies were putting them on anyway, but they quit after no regulation was enacted here. 

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Lee
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It’s here, courtesy of Ted (cheers mate! 😊) Carolina Red Flake with Perique, from Cornell & Diehl. Can’t wait to try it!

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Ted
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A few years ago someone sent me a jar of Heine’s Blend from 1975 after I expressed curiosity on how it smoked. At the time he didn’t want anything in return. A few weeks back, he was looking for old painted tobacco tins for a display he was putting together and I had some handy so I sent him seven tins and some of my 1980 Erinmore Mixture. I was just happy that I had something he wanted and could repay the favor of his gift a while ago. Today in the mail, he sent me more of the Heine’s Blend and a sealed tin of Dunhill Elizabethan Mixture from 2016. Really a nice gesture. Pipe smokers are indeed a great bunch!

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Lee
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I’m just hoping there comes a day when I can return the favour. The only thing I can think of that we get in Denmark that may be difficult to get in the States are the My Own Blend offerings from STG. But, give me a shout any time, if there’s anything I can help with.

Pipe smokers are a great bunch, agreed! 😊 Thanks again. The CRF w Perique is probably my favourite blend.

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Haddock
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Got the box yesterday.Will put it in the cellar.

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Lee
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A picture speaks a thousand words! 😊

I’ve arrived at my parents’ place, in England. Pleased to say the tobacco I ordered is here too!

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Ted
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Impressive! You’re going to have a lot of American smokers drooling with that photo. Germains is extremely difficult to get here. You are rapidly building a world class cellar!

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Lee
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It’s not that easy to get all of Germain’s blends in the UK! Scarcity doesn’t always equal good though. I’m not that keen on their medium flake, or brown flake, for instance. I mean, they’re ok, but a bit bland for my palate. They’re the two blends I’m going to experiment with! 😊 I’d like to use plums from my garden to make a casing, as per your instructions, but I doubt I can wait that long! So, I’ll probably end up buying some good quality plums from somewhere.

As far as my cellar goes, I have something like 70 different blends now. And, I have to say, I love pretty much all of them! There are still plenty more, though, that I’d love to add 😊

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Ted
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I find that to be true of Esoterica as well. I hope the haters don’t pile on me here, but I don’t find Esoterica or Germains to be some holy grail. Some of their blends are really good, some are unspectacular. It’s a matter of taste of course, no offense to anyone who loves them meant. 

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Juan José Pascual Lobo
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Scarcity makes desire. Desire makes legends. Legends spread from mouth to mouth and make myths. Much better, cheaper and practical take advantage of what we can get now. There are hundreds of blends out there waiting to be discovered, explored and enjoyed.

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Haddock
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Nothing special, but just more for the cellar. I will open one nightcap i think, need it for the late night smokes before bed.

 

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Ted
 Ted
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Nice, I personally feel a nice sense of satisfaction when I stock up on blends that I consider to be “old friends”. 

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nach0
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I don't know anything about this blend. I ended up buying it because the price were really good. What do you guys think about them? 

 

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Ted
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I’m very curious to hear how these go for you. A couple of years ago I ran across a sale on a pack of one each of the Cascadia blends, five different ones I think, I’d have to look. Anyway, I bought two sets of them, put them in the cellar and have not tried any of them yet. 

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nach0
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Yes, they are 5 different blends. I´ll get one more, called Open Water, the tins i have are from 2021 and 2022.
For sure i´ll write a review of them in the future.

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Juan José Pascual Lobo
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Never tried it. The tin art is beautiful!

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nach0
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Yes, i agree!

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Juan José Pascual Lobo
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Two SG Skiff old stock tins. Someone ordered 5 tins in a small village tobacconist 5-6 years ago and never picked up the order. I picked the two last tins. 

I like to take a look to the local tobacconist when I visit any small village. I often find surprises. Just a few months ago I found 5 years old Black Mallory and McConnell Pure Syrian Latakia from 2014 in the most remote tobacconist you can imagine.

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Ted
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Great find! 

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Ted
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Six additional tins of Episode VI. Probably should have bought more. 

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Jimmyyuma
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Good choice! I ordered 4 tins of VI and one of the episode 1. I also should have bought more. 😂👍 UPS is scheduled for Tuesday. 

I'm almost out of Mac Baren Bold Kentucky and forgot to order that in my frenzy for VI. Haha

 

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Lee
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Just bought 10 tins. It sounds too good to miss 😄

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Ted
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At the recommendation of @Nick R, I got this. Oddly extremely familiar smell to it, I’ll smoke some tomorrow and see if I can figure it out. 

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Ted
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My Pesse Canoe showed up today! I’m looking forward to trying these out. I’ve already jarred one tin of each. Also some HU blends. 

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Juan José Pascual Lobo
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Waiting to know your impressions!

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Jimmyyuma
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UPS brought me some goodies today! 4) Episode VI 1) Irish flake, because you can never have enough Irish flake! And 1) Episode 1 which just became a available. I don't know if it's a re-release or what but I've had the IV, V and VI so I had to try this one.

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Ted
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Nice! I know my cellar has been a happier place since I got more VI 😃 I rather thought the order they were releasing the Pipe Force blends was an homage to how the Star Wars episodes were released. 

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Jimmyyuma
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Well that makes sense! Apparently I'm not a big Star Wars buff, but I do like the fact that they found a part for Bigfoot in the movies! 👍😂

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Ted
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Lol

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Zigmeister67
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I ordered 1 pound of Haunted Bookshop, 1oz of Old Dark Fired, 1 can of Windjammer, 1 can of Exhausted Rooster, 1can of Royal Yacht.

Love ODF 

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Lee
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There’s no messing around with ODF, you know pretty much what you’re getting, (well, I do anyway 😉) I put it into the same group as 1792, Irish Flake, Brown No.4, etc…. Reliably tasty tobaccos! 😊

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Haddock
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Living in Europe it can be hard to find Haunted Bookshop, so when i found 10 tins, they were going fast into my cellar.

I dont know if im ever gonna smoke them, but the price was right.

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Lee
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I think I’m still on the fence with HB. Sometimes, I’ve enjoyed it. Other times, not. It’s one of those that seems to lend itself to a particular time and place, for me. I’m still figuring it out 😄

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Zigmeister67
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I understand that feeling. I tend to like it most in the afternoon but not so much at night. Don't really know why.

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Lee
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After enjoying Ken Byron Ventures - The Patience of Dr. Silence - so much, I’ve been on the website to have a look. They don’t have the above in stock right now, so I bought the tobacco below:

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