Aromatic Tobaccos ... Hmm ... Give Them Another Shot?

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Smoking a Pipe Right Now
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Is it time to re-visit aromatic pipe tobaccos? Fred Brown thinks so, and he nearly has me convinced. Here's an enjoyable read that has my mouth watering for a pipe.

http://pipesmagazine.com/blog/the-pipe-pundit/aromatics-one-more-time/

 

chasingembers

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After almost 30 years of smoking a pipe, every aromatic I smoke now tastes exactly as it smells. Not something I could have done in the first several years of smoking.

 

carolinachurchwarden

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Very good read, Kevin. I started with aros, like most of us likely did. I quickly found Black Frigate, which some don't necessarily consider an aro, but it did open my eyes to more English blends and then I tried Virginias, but through and through, I'm always coming back to find another great aro here and there. The cobs get a really good work out with all my new aros, but the experience is so worth it.

 

lordofthepiperings

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I absolutely suggest get in with aros to learn cadence and NOT get tongue bite. Then move to non-aros to learn leaf flavors. Once you get those down then revisit the aros and you'll get a lot more flavor out of the blends and they'll be much more enjoyable for you.

 

trouttimes

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I'm definitely an English blend guy but every so often I get a hankering for something sweet. Cadence is very important with aromatics or I get burn.

 

mso489

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Yeah, absolutely. I enjoy a well-balanced tobacco-forward aromatic, and occasionally a strongly flavored sweet, rum or whiskey. Non-aro blends are first in my heart, but I wouldn't miss the aromatic change of pace. Over ninety percent of pipe tobacco sales are aromatic, so it is the backbone of the industry and supports the non-aromatic blends; remember that.

 

mso489

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...tried to edit this back in, but the system says the post is too old ... so, many old time pouch and tub over-the-counter blends are subtle aromatics. Even that old stalwart Granger is technically aromatic. The PC catalog says the flavoring is molasses; imagine that.

 

mikethompson

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. Over ninety percent of pipe tobacco sales are aromatic, so it is the backbone of the industry and supports the non-aromatic blends; remember that
I think Russ posted that on here recently, and I found it very interesting that it was so disproportionate.

 

mso489

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Yes, that's Russ O.'s stat, but I couldn't remember the exact figure, I think over ninety-five percent. I think non-pipe-smoking spouses are probably voting!

 

craiginthecorn

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Thank Goodness that 90% who are smoking aromatics aren't also competing for Esoterica, Rattray's, Gawith, Germain's, et al!!! It's hard enough to get them already.
I find that I enjoy aromatics more now than when I started smoking a pipe, even though I only smoke them maybe 10% of the time. IMHO, aromatics are the most difficult style to smoke due to the high moisture content and sticky toppings. Only after experience was I able to properly pack and smoke aromatics so that I could keep them lit, not burn my tongue, and actually taste the flavors.

 

cosmicfolklore

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IDK Craig, Esoterica, Germains, Rattrays, and Gawith all have some very good aromatics. I've been smoking an aromatic in the morning with my coffee for years now. I have been enjoying exploring all of the different vanilla blends. It's interesting how different companies interpret the vanilla differently.

 

crashthegrey

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I have been smoking just long enough that some aromatic tobaccos are starting to taste great. I still don't want a really damp tobacco, but there are good ones out there.

 

npod

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Good read. I agree completely. I too am at the point in my journey where aromatics are rotating back in sometimes.

 

olkofri

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"You can have your English blends,

you can smoke them by the pound,

but the only blends for the piper true

are aros all around!"

 

chasingembers

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I still don't want a really damp tobacco, but there are good ones out there.
Try packing them very lightly Nathan and they'll perform better than you think, even when fairly damp.