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dcicero

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Apr 23, 2019
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Only 3 months in to pipe smoking and my first love was Macbaren #1. I had a sitting where I think I finally began to taste it, and it was amazing. The grass was so delightful. I noticed though that I had to really concentrate on puffing correctly, basically puffing as it was almost out each time to get that flavor. Unfortunately, I have not been able to experience that flavor again. I just dont have the time to be that patient to smoke it right. Now I have settled on Opening Night, Haunted Bookshop, Consolation, and Butternut Burley as my go tos. They are easy for my natural cadence. But I really want that grass again. Is there another tobacco that doesn't burn so hot and respo ds well to less patient smoke that will give me that taste I'm looking for like the Mac?

 

mso489

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Feb 21, 2013
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OGS is a good, sure answer, but there are many pleasing grassy Va and Va/Per, and you're bound to like a number of them;sample in small quantities and jar those you don't like, since they age well and improve.

 

jeff540

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Jan 25, 2016
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For sweet grassy virginia based blends, Orlik Golden Sliced was my knee jerk reaction also. It's easily available, reliable, and just good.
4th Generation "1855" is another I'd recommend. It's like refined VA#1 without the bite.

 

hawky454

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Feb 11, 2016
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Plus one on the Orlik Golden Sliced. It has a light bergamot/citrus top note that really encourages your palate to pick up the flavors of the natural leaf. Some people don’t seem to detect the citrus topping, others think it’s quite strong.

 

workman

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Jan 5, 2018
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Maybe not so easy, but Samuel Gawith Best Brown Flake also has grassy notes and would complement OGS well, as they are quite different.

 

krizzose

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Feb 13, 2013
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OGS for sure.
Also GL Pease Union Square. It has some red Virginia, which pushes it towards more of a medium body, but the bright Virginia in the blend provide a lot of grassy highlights.

 

dcicero

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Apr 23, 2019
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You guys rock. Thanks for the all the replies. Geeze, I have a lot to try. I had stayed away from OGS because of the perique - not a big fan of the spice and I haven't touched my Sunday Picnic again because I think it was the perique that made it less enjoyable. From reviews though it seems that OGS is very light on the perique so I will give it a try. I'll also work my way through potentially all the others listed here. An adventure awaits.

 

hawky454

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Feb 11, 2016
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Yeah, you probably won’t even notice the Perique, smokes more like a straight VA. Most people thought it was VaBur for many years because the manufacturer accidentally put Burley as an ingredient instead of Perique. Lol, there are still hard heads out there that refuse to believe it even has Perique. That’s the power of suggestion, very powerful indeed!

 

ray47

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Jul 10, 2015
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Another good straight Virginia that I've come to like is C&D's Yorktown. It's a ribbon cut and I get that grassy taste each time.

 

mso489

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Feb 21, 2013
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You have to have extremely sensitive taste to detect Perique in OGS, but as a Virginia flake it's excellent.

 

macaroon

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Oct 2, 2015
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Peter Stokkebye's Luxury Navy Flake is probably my go-to virginia blend. It does have a bit more perique than OGS, but it's more of an occasional whiff than a major player. Worth checking out if you're interested in a solid bulk option