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diamondback

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Howdy y’all! Found a second to post, so...
I know this is subjective, but I’m on a DFK kick and am looking for some great blends to try.
MacB’s ODF, and GLP’s Jackknife and Cumberland are some blend I know and love. Any others I should put on my radar? Will mention I’m not a big fan of Lakeland.
Thanks!

 

diamondback

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PS: my thanks in advance! I don’t have much spare time for... probably end of summer (Cigar season). Construction contractors... I love ‘em. Bless their hears. ;-)

 

cossackjack

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MacBaren HH Bold Kentucky - an amped-up ODF

Gawith & Hoggarth Dark Flake - I prefer the Unscented

Gawith & Hoggarth Dark Bird's Eye

Gawith & Hoggarth Brown Irish X Rope

GL Pease JackKnife Plug

Peterson's Perfect Plug aka "3P's"

Samuel Gawith 1792 Flake

 

pitchfork

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C&D Speakeasy
Really nice red VAs and KY, plus a little bit of rum. Sweet and spicy, a little fruit and a touch of cedar.
GL Pease Sixpence
Similar to Speakeasy, but with Perique. Similar flavors, but more plummy, dark fruit here. Inspired by the original Three Nuns.

 

mtwaller

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I’m partial to Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky. Some people think it has an artificial quality about it, and I sort of agree, but that’s actually why I like it so much. For me I get this mix of licorice and sweet baking spice flavors and it’s really damn good.

 

trubka2

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I've also been on a big DFK kick lately. +1 on everything Cossack Jack listed (except the 3P, which I haven't tried yet - now on the list). The GH Dark Flake unscented is especially fantastic, good nicotine dose, and I don't get any Lakeland essence from it at all (personally, I really like the stuff, but understand why you wouldn't). +1 also on the Orlik DSK. Like mtwaller, I actually like the DSK licorice; anyway, I don't notice it once it's in the bowl, just lovely spiced sweetness. I just ordered some tins of War Horse Plug and WH Ready Rubbed (on sale now at P&C) - they sound delicious, and judging from the reviews, they're quite DFK-forward.

 

mtwaller

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I’m about ready to pull the trigger on War Horse Green for the first time and I’m way too excited about it. Licorice + Plug + Nicotine will make me one happy camper. I hope. Or it could taste dreadful, who knows... but presumably +1 for all War Horse blends.

 

workman

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I like ODF. Bold Kentucky is pure burley without the virginia sweetness present in ODF. Too much burley for me, but you might like it.

PPP is Dark Fired + some empire virginias and a fruity plum like top note.

Irish Flake is darker and stronger with a subtle top note of anis and something flowery, but it's very subtle. Dark Fired and dark, strong virginias dominate.

1792 is a must try and Lakeland Dark is its unscented brother. Perhaps even better.

 

diamondback

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Thank you gentlemen!
I bought some HH DBK, Orlik DSK, and Jackknife plug. I’ve got some 5 O’clock that I’ve yet to try - I’d forgotten about that tin so thanks for mentioning it. I couldn’t find any G&H Dark Flake unscented nor 3P. I need to make a sweep through my local B&M.
Oh, then I saw today’s thread about potential online sales going away, and put in a massive order of close to 15 lbs of my favorite blends. My wife is going to go through the roof. Reckon what it’ll cost to get my roof fixed?

 

mso489

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I enjoyed a tin of Russ Oullette's Fire Storm, a Va/Per/DF. If I wasn't such a slow smoker stacked so deep, I'd order more.

 

sasquatch

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D'oblone D'oro from Sav as mentioned, is a really straight-between-the-eyes ky/va for sure, and if it's too rough around the edges, Club Blend from Mac Baren is a sort of sweeter cousin to it. I prefer Club, a friend of mine prefers the D'oblone.

 

sasquatch

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Oh and if you can get Scottish Cake from McConnell, it has both as well, I believe.