Half And Half, First Time

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jpbass

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Jul 13, 2011
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I have tried many of the OTCs over the years, but never H&H. Gave it a go for the first time tonight. sure blows away PA IMO. Can really taste the VA (aka Bright) in this one. In fact I enjoyed it more than some VA flake blends I've tried. Just wondering who else shares the love of this American classic .

 

nsfisher

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Nov 26, 2011
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Nova Scotia, Canada
I have read of many members liking the blend, and others who are not so fond of it. I, myself, have not had the adventure of yet trying it, but i shall in the near future.

 

igloo

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Jan 17, 2010
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woodlands tx
Every now and then I get a hankerin for it myself . A lot of the old standbys get a bad rap from the tobacco snobs . Funny how the the OTC blends outsell the fancy stuff every year.

 

jaysin

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Feb 8, 2012
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Indiana
I just got some Half and Half for the first time 2 months ago and was pleased i actually keep some around now.

 

spyder71

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Jul 14, 2011
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I like it just fine and smoke it when I want something that is uncomplicated in nature :)

 

pipeinhand

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Sep 23, 2011
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Virginia
For me it is just a straight up smoke. Not in your face and not just cigarette tobacco. Pleasant without being boring.

 

papipeguy

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Jul 31, 2010
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Bethlehem, Pa.
A fine burley blend. Its changed over the years, like so many, but still a good one. Try it in a cob to get hte full effect that codgers enjoy.

 

wildcat

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Jan 1, 2012
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I love Half&Half. I remembered it from when I was a kid and when I started smoking pipes it was my first tobacco. I love the pouch/tin smell and I smoke it without bite or any other issues. I have been spending time with it blended 50/50 with Smokers Pride Black Cavandish. As a matter of fact, it's gray and cold here today and the ball jars are in the dishwasher waiting to come out and be filled with H&H and my aforementioned blend (my son calls it "Cap'n Fran!")

Thumbs up for Half&Half! PS)I am smoking PA from 4noggins for the 1st time. I am not ready to compare yet tho... Good Saturday smoking everyone!

 

docrx

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Jan 9, 2011
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Only pipe tobacco I ever tossed was a pouch of Alsbo Gold because the topping gave me a severe tongue bite that lasted for days.For some reason Half and Half has a touch of the same thing ruining the smoke for me.CH is much smoother and I'm looking to try some PA soon.

 

gecko13

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Feb 2, 2011
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Goodyear,AZ
HH and CH are two great OTC no fuss smokes. I have also taken a liking to Walnut after finally giving it a try a few months ago. Added a few tubs to the cellar for the coming dark ages.

 

wildcat

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Jan 1, 2012
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LOL! I too am giving Walnut a run right now... Me likey!
edit: This was my 100th post by the by! I have member status now! WOOHOO!!!!

 

smokenscotch

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Nov 23, 2011
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I'm glad this topic came up. I now want to try this blend more than ever. Sounds like something I would enjoy.

 

bobby46

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Feb 11, 2012
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H & H has quite a distinctive, pungent pouch aroma that you either love or hate. It is a great smoke, but you may want to dedicate a pipe to it; it is the king of flavor ghosts. I now have two cobs that stay in a closed drawer haunted by this stuff. BTW, I sneaked a few puffs of H & H as a kid in 1957 and again a pouch 54 years later. To me, the recipe hasn't changed at all.

 

captainbob

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Oct 5, 2010
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I smoked H&H for 19 years exclusively before I got interested in blending in a serious way. H&H has stood the test of time! I respect it. However, it is so loaded with PG (Propylene Glycol, a preservative to extend shelf life) that I can't tolerate the goopy-dottle it leaves behind, anymore. I have become accustomed to blends that do not contain that preservative. In addition, somewhere along the line, they dropped the deer-tongue element and the blend is no longer what it used to be. I do understand that because deer-tongue is very hard to come by and expensive. Craig Tarler told me he has ninety pounds of it and he guards it with his life! I have found that many other Virginia/Burley/Deer-Tongue blends more than satisfy my urge for that type of blend. But, if you love it, that is great! H&H is one to be sipped and not gulped! It is also my humble opinion that H&H contains a topping of cinnamon and buttersctch. I got very close to duplicating it after a year of trial and error in 2005. I will never deny that H&H is to be respected! After all, I smoked it for a very long time. I recommend that if anyone is interested, they should, by all means, give it a try for a whole pouch-full in a dedicated clean and dry pipe. That, in itself, will yield the best advantage to this blend.

 

fnord

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Dec 28, 2011
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Topeka, KS
My grandfather used to roll his own smokes with H&H and, every now and again, would stoke an old Mastercraft with same. He always wore khaki shirts and pants from Sears & Roebuck and I inherited several of his shirts after he passed away. They were all dotted with tiny little burn holes from his cigarettes and pipe. I've never tried H&H but I remember the aroma clearly and it will be my next drugstore buy.

 

colorduke

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Mar 5, 2011
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I smoke H/H alot and everytime i light up it takes me back to when i was a child watching the old codgers smoke it while solving all the worlds problems.

 

deyro

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Feb 11, 2011
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I almost picked up some Half and Half last month. I don't see it up here very often, but now I think I'll have to go find some and give it a try.

 

wildcat

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Jan 1, 2012
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My grandfather used to roll his own smokes with H&H
My son throws some H&H in his RYO machine for me when I ask. Very nice smoke in the pipe and rolled!
@mlyvers: as I mentioned earlier I am having a love affair with a 50/50 mix of Smokers Pride Black Cavandish and H&H! Very nice!!! Good blending to ya. Please keep us posted after the "marriage!"
Love the comments here about the old codger... H&H takes me back everytime I smell/smoke it!

 

papipeguy

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Jul 31, 2010
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To Capt. Bob's point, to me the deer tongue in H&H is what made it special. I've since moved to C&D's Gentleman Caller because it reminds me of the "old" H&H. GC is a worthwhile venture.