He Won't Lead Me

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ignaciojn

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I'm a relatively new smoker, still in the exciting phase of discovery.

I use www.tobaccoreviews.com as one of my sources, and so far it's been good to me.

So, in my latest batch, I ordered the higly regarded SG Squadron Leader. I hate to admit it, but I can't taste it. It's doing nothing for me.

Will it grown on me eventually? Am I spoiled by other tobaccos? Is my palate stupid?
PS. Some of the tobaccos I do taste and quite enjoy: EMP, Nightcap, MM 965, Wild Atlantic, Old Dublin.

 

ashdigger

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Jul 30, 2016
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You've gone Latakia blind. It's a very light English with more Oriental.
You need a fresher palate.

 

kane

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It's in the same range as EMP, so it's weird that you're not tasting it. I don't know if you're letting it dry out, but let it air out and dry pretty well.

 

drennan

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I don't know if you're letting it dry out, but let it air out and dry pretty well
^This. Also smokes best for me in a narrow bowl, I find a wide bowl flattens the flavour YMMV

 

jpmcwjr

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Most likely you won't like every single 4 star rated tobacco that your favorite reviewer gives 4 stars to.... (And some reviewers give 4 stars to best blends in categories they don't particularly like or smoke except to evaluate.)
Any reviewers care to chime in? ( I have not enough reviews to count)

 

pipestud

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By the way, is a 50g. pouch.- ignaciojn
I'm sure no expert, but I've never seen Gawith's Squadron Leader come in a pouch. Are you sure that's the name of the blend you are smoking and is it from Gawith?

 

mso489

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Two points. You don't have to like anything, and if you don't, no problems. There's plenty you like. Point two, don't throw it away. Jar it up and come back in a year or so. It may be a whole new day, because of aging or because of your changing tastes. This often happens. "Meh" tobaccos blossom into nuanced loveliness, about half the time, after washing out completely on the first smoke. But give it some time.

 

pipestud

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I'll be darned. That's a pouch of Gawith Squadron Leader all right. I think I'll pass on ever buying it in a pouch though after hearing that it has no taste. I think I'll stick with the tinned version. :wink:

 

ignaciojn

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I'm from a small town north of Argentina. I have to get by. :(

I'm considering buying at 4noggings, but the shipping and customs rates are out of this world.

 
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My taste buds change regularly quite a bit and sometimes I can't taste anything. I think it has something to do with my chronic sinusitis and inner ear issues. I would put what's in the pouch into a jar, and then try it again in a few days. Try different levels of moisture, different pipes, different times of the day, etc... One thing I've learned with pipe smoking is that things can and do change over time. It will come around for you at some point and you'll get that soft, buttery, and smokey flavor. Just remember to relax, slow down, and enjoy yourself.

 
Jun 25, 2016
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I had the exact same issue with Squadron Leader about 3 or 4 days ago. It was the bottom end of quite an old tin, so I thought it had just lost some of it's magic. I had another bowl in the same pipe later that day, or was it the next :? and the magic was back.
I don't know if it was the time of day, the weather, or something I'd done. It's not an issue though. How many times have you eaten or drunk something and thought this doesn't taste as good as normal, because the mood, time, or even taste buds were misjudged.
As the others have said, try it again another time, dry it out a bit, and really take your time with it. Aim to have it almost going out at all times, and really just sip at it. It's very easy to lose the magic on this stuff by going a little too fast IMHO

 

ignaciojn

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Isn't "north of Argentina" actually called either Bolivia or Paraguay?
Yes, my bad. English is not my native tongue. I'll let Wikipedia do the talking:

Jujuy (Spanish pronunciation: [xuˈxui]) is a province of Argentina, located in the extreme northwest of the country, at the borders with Chile and Bolivia.
 

ignaciojn

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Sorry for the double post, it won't let me edit.
Back on topic, I also got a pouch of McConnell Pure Latakia, and while it's quite enjoyable, it can be too much sometimes.

I'm thinking the PL might give the SL some much needed body. Is it a good idea, or I'll ruin both?
On a side note, I've noticed the PL is extremely dry, at the point of cracking. Is it always like that, or I got a bad batch?

 

mortonbriar

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Squadron Leader is a fickle blend in my opinion. Come back to it another day and you may change your tune.
Isaac