Best way to smoke Mississippi River

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kane

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Dec 2, 2014
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Greeting all,

I have a question on how you treat the Mississippi River blend. If this has been covered before, my apologies, couldn't find it other than people's praise for the blend. I am pretty new to the pipe and have been smoking a few tins of Dunhill and just got a tin of Frog Morton and a 1 oz bag of Mississippi River. Been smoking a few bowls of FM and MR for a few days, which perhaps is not long enough to get a handle on them, but this is what I've found so far:

I am surprised at how mild both are compared to the Dunhill I've been smoking, and to my brief and novice expose to FM and MR, they seems similar. I would say the FM is a tad stronger. The FM tobacco smells a bit molasses, and the MR a bit ketchup / BBQ sauce. The FM smokes really easy, not many relights with this, really cool and smooth.

I am having trouble with Mississippi River staying lit. The 1 oz bag I received has the tobacco in clumps, and it is a bit sticky and clumpy like pieces of a brownie. I have been leaving the bag open to help dry it to get a better burn from it, but it's still tough to smoke without many relights. And now my back room smells like ketchup!

So I am wondering if continued open bag drying is recommended, or other drying methods, or if I should not be doing this and leave the bag sealed and adopt another smoking technique. I am breaking it up to individual pieces of tobacco. I am packing it for an easy draw as I do with other blends. Any thought or advice on how to handle the Mississippi River blend?
Thank you,

Cliff

 

pipejunky

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Feb 16, 2014
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I smoke it in my rotation once or twice a week ,I break it up and on a oval ceramic soap dish and place it on the baseboard heater for about 10 or 15 minutes till the dish warms up taking some of the moisture out. I pack it lightly,give it a false light and tamp with a little pressure then relight. I have also left it to dry totally to where it was bone dry and it smoked great but with less flavor but it was still nice.I smoke it out of a small lovat meerschaum billiard.

 

phil67

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Dec 14, 2013
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I take what I think is approximately a bowls worth of tobacco, spread it out on a paper plate and let it dry some. I then rub it out some, pack it (not too tightly) as it will expand some.

 

daimyo

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May 15, 2014
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I rub it out but not fully. I find leaving some rely small chunks helpful for some reason. I usually let it dry thirty minutes to an hour So then I gravity load and don't pack it down much at all. Load some bits and pieces on the top to help light and you're good to go.

 

kane

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Dec 2, 2014
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Thanks for the advice. Sounds like it needs to dry more. I think this is the closest I will get to smoking an aromatic tobacco.

Cheers and Merry Christmas!

 

phil67

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Dec 14, 2013
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I think this is the closest I will get to smoking an aromatic tobacco.
Same for me. About the only aro I enjoy on occasion and can actually taste something is Bagpipers Dream. The rest are nothing but hot vapid air.

 

minfarshaw

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Aug 12, 2014
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Funny you mention this. I myself had a 1 oz bag of MRiver. I like the taste but got frustrated because it didn't stay lit. I found the bag again after a few months and had two great smokes with what was left in the bag. It was really dry but it stayed lit. So yummy. The blend was sweeter than I remember. Maybe rub it out and put it under a lamp for a bit. Or keep it in the bag for 4 months and come back to it.