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balindamood

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Oct 1, 2018
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I recently came upon a reasonably aged (2015-16) tin of Esoterica's ...and so to bed. I am dumfounded by the sweetness of what I presume is a non-flavored tobacco. I am wondering where it is coming from, and what other blends (that are more readily available) that are similar.

 

jeff540

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Jan 25, 2016
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It doesn't help you any, but some of the other Esoterica blends have similar sweetness. So did some of the McClelland Grand Orientals, especially Drama Reserve, IIRC.
For an ever so marginally more available (in 2019) blend of a similar vein I recommend Rattray's Red Rapparee.

 

oldgeezersmoker

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Oct 7, 2016
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Ale is supposedly used to “carry the flavorings” in ASTB, according to one statement on the web that keeps getting repeated, as it was in one of the old Smokers Haven Germain made blends, per the same source. I find no similarities at all between ASTB and MacBaren Plumcake.i smoke both semi-regularly. I haven’t had Solent in many years, but never noticed any particular resemblance. I haven’t found anything directly comparable to ASTB despite trying to find something, unless it is the Smokers Haven blend which I can’t remember the name of. If there is any identifiable taste of ale left after processing, it has escaped my taste buds. It usually shows up in every drop and isn’t all that hard to find.

 

oldtoby

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geezer, you may be thinking of SH 20th Anniversary Mixture. Very similar to ASTB. Cognac Mixture falls somewhere in there as well.

 

oldgeezersmoker

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oldtoby, 20th Anniversary might be what I was trying to remember. I am truly old and memories fade. I do think Cognac is distinctly different from ASTB based on consumption of both from current production. Though 20th has been available lately from Premal, I haven't tried it. ¿

 

craiginthecorn

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In a 1998 article about J.F. Germain in Pipes and Tobacco Magazine, And So To Bed is described as "A selection of Virginia and Maryland tobaccos with top grade Latakia and Oriental leaf with some added flavor."

 

dmcmtk

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Aug 23, 2013
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Some more info here,
http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/topic/esoterica-tobacciana-a-history
:)