Considering that it's a blend of 'whatever' only you can make that decision. As for me, I want to know what I'm smoking and know that it will be the same thing the next time I purchase it. Bottom line... just not for me.
P&C Best of the Rest. I have a couple of pounds of it around here somewhere! Tell you what, for $12.50 a pound, if you don't mind rollin the dice it's GREAT! Some batches better than others, but all in all I'll smoke it...
I've bought two pounds of it and can't complain. It depends on what they were selling that day. Russ O. says 90% of the bulk they sell are aromatics. Smoking Pipes has the same type deal only they make four different 'blends' out of their spillage. I also bought two pounds there. You pretty much get what you pay for. :roll:
Thus far you guys are saying what I expected. 2 pounds of this is better than 12oz or 14oz of the codger blends. Just bought a can of Carter Hall cost me $30.00. Just occured to me I may have to buy some cobs so my petes don't get goasted by those aros.
For me, it would be like taking all the last sips out of everyone's whiskey glass after last call and combining them. Sure it's cheap, but it's random and like weezell, I'd personally prefer to buy Luxury Navy Flake, which is actually cheaper than Carter Hall. smokingpipes has 14oz of CH for $2.45/oz, while you can get 16oz of bulk LNF for $1.90/oz.
Plus, every batch is a one-off: liking what you get one time doesn't mean you'll like it next time.
I don't think there's enough difference from one batch to the next to be concerned about. Main thing is it's cheap as hell, and like I said, you get what you pay for.
@Phxrock, try looking at Smoking Pipes assortment of Grand Croupier. There's four different choices. 8)