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jacks6

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So, this morning I sat with McClelleand Dark Star for about an hour for the first time. Used a Morta pipe and the fold and stuff method. I have to say I couldn't quite catch the same experience and coax out the flavors that other people have found with this blend. Upon first light it was spicy and robust - I liked that and didn't expect it. What was frustrating was the pipe went out very easily over and over. After many relights I could catch a flavor here and there. A little bit of the ketchup - I thought I caught a little bit of honey at one point. aaaaand that was about it. Either my palate is just not as refined as I thought or this blend just really takes more time.

 

jefff

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May 28, 2015
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Dark Star is probably my all time favorite tobacco. If you are going to fold and stuff you will need to rub out half a flake and gravity feed it into the bowl. On top of the flakes.
And I mean REALLY rub it out.

 

mso489

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Feb 21, 2013
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I'm keeping a tin of that and plan to open it by-and-by, since this is one of the blends that is supposed to reward some age. I definitely plan to rub it out -- easy because that is what I prefer to do. I understand the cut is pretty uneven, so it seems to benefit from being broken up for better evenness. If you get it right, I hear it is one of the primo Virginia experiences, but you have to work at it, it seems.

 

andrew

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Feb 13, 2013
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Have you dried it or did you just crack the tin? You have to really let it dry first

 

beefeater33

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Apr 14, 2014
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Dark Star is always hit or miss with me. When its "On" its out of this world, when its "off", its just Meh..... I can't get this one to smoke consistently either, but its worth trying for. I almost always rub this one out too. If I recall, and my memory is not great, but I think this is one that Pipestud pulses in a coffee grinder for a few seconds..... I think there's a few threads here somewhere about it....... :puffy:

 

jacks6

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It wasn't fresh out of the tin, it had been drying for a bit but it looks like not long enough. It was pretty flame resistant. I've been going through a few of the old threads - looks like putting it in the microwave and then grinding it up pretty heavily helps..

 

bcharles123

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I have had my best luck cutting it into "cubes". Hard to really call them cubes because the flakes are broken to begin with. In any case I like several hours of drying for it. Then it burns really well, better than most. It looks like smoldering coals in a furnace. Sweet if you go slow.

 

mikestanley

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May 10, 2009
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Like Beefeater33, I have mixed success with Dark Star. May have to try cube cutting it next time. I have several 50 gr. tins from 1999 but I always seem to pass them over in favor of a more sure bet.
Mike S.

 

bigpond

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What I do: microwave for 8 seconds on a medium setting, gently dab a paper towel on both sides for a second (which will absorb a surprising amount of moisture) and then let it cool on a wire cooling rack. After a few minutes of air time it should be ready to burn. This is the procedure I now use for everything that would otherwise need a full day of air time to dry (s.gawith).

 

jacks6

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I just want to thank you all of this forum. After going through the threads and the advice given here - I had it really going today! I left it out to dry overnight and then rubbed it out very finely before smoking. Only a few relights at the beginning but I had a very enjoyable smoke going. I really appreciate all the advice. That really is one fussy tobacco but well worth it!

 

hawky454

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Feb 11, 2016
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Dark Star definitely takes some time to understand but one you get it, it's pure gold! I dry mine out for at least an hour before I smoke it. Are you new to the pipe? I certainly wouldn't recommend it for beginners. I used to hate hearing a blend wasn't for beginners when I was a novice, I thought that was just smug, arrogant advice but now I totally understand it as I didn't understand a whole lot of blends when I was a rookie so I wrote them off as over hyped blends. Once I revisited a lot of those blends I had written off with a more experienced pallet I fell in love with most all of them one of those being Dark Star. Put it aside for a later date and re-examine it under a different light, ya might just fall in love. : )

 

bigpond

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Stan, you need someone to safeguard your CC. It will be a tough job but I'm willing to standfast on your account.

 

cosmicfolklore

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Aug 9, 2013
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+1 for the grinder. Rub it out? Ha ha, I can't get it to rub, but cube cutting is second best method for me. But, in a grinder it really opens up that flavor for me.