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celticbrewer

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Sep 16, 2018
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I know that pipe smoking can be a lot more affordable than other hobbies, but nevertheless the bill can run up quickly when buying tins of different premium tobaccos. I was curious if you all had opinions on "representative" or higher-rated tobaccos for some of the major tobacco categories. Rules would be at least a 3-3.5 star rating on tobacco reviews and cost of under 4 dollars an ounce. Id like to think of these as the "table wine" blends that are great to smoke between the rotation of pricier tobaccos. Also for buying in quantities for aging out.
This was inspired by the sutliff sale at smoking pipes...
Here are my initial thoughts:
Straight Virginia

Sutliff 507C Virginia Slices

Sutliff 515 RC-1

Peter Stokkebye PS402 Luxury Twist Flake

Others?
Va/Per

C&D Bayou Morning

Peter Stokkebye: PS400 Luxury Navy Flake

Sutliff Elizabethan Match

Others?
Burley and Va/Bur

C&D Pegusus

HH Old Dark Fired Ready Rubbed (I know it breaks the price rule slightly)
English

Kramer's Father Dempsey

Others?
Balkan

?
Aromatic

Lane BCA

C&D Autumn Evening

Sutliff Cordial
Let me know your thoughts!

 

mikefu

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Mar 28, 2018
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Colorado Springs
Great list! I’d add in Stokkebye Luxury Bullseye Flake for a VaPer, Proper English and English Oriental Supreme for English, Arango Balkan Supreme for a great Balkan, and Lane RLP-6 to the Aro selection.

 

celticbrewer

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Sep 16, 2018
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Thanks for the input! Got some new ones to try out :). Updated below:
Straight Virginia

Sutliff 507C Virginia Slices

Sutliff 515 RC-1

Peter Stokkebye PS402 Luxury Twist Flake
Va/Per

C&D Bayou Morning

Peter Stokkebye: PS400 Luxury Navy Flake

Sutliff Elizabethan Match

Luxury Bullseye Flake
Burley and Va/Bur

C&D Pegusus

HH Old Dark Fired Ready Rubbed (I know it breaks the price rule slightly)
English

Kramer's Father Dempsey

Proper English

English Oriental Supreme
Balkan

Arango Balkan Supreme

965 Match
Aromatic

Lane BCA

C&D Autumn Evening

Sutliff Cordial

RLP-6
Keep em coming!

 

lazar

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May 5, 2015
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For aros I prefer LL7 to RLP. Lane Dark Red is really good - a cherry version of BCA. Sutliff Queen Anne's Revenge is probably my favorite bulk aro (besides Boswell's which don't really fit the "budget" requirement"

 

prairiedruid

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Jun 30, 2015
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Aromatic: Angler's Dream and Peter Stokkebye Nougat
Crooner is very good as well, kind of a special category onto itself.

 

aquadoc

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Feb 15, 2017
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English: Sutliff Medium English

Balkan: Larry's Blend

Crossover: Sutliff Aromatic English

VaPer: Viprati

Aromatic: too many to choose from
Others: Distinguished Gentleman, PS Luxury Navy Flake

 

sablebrush52

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Jun 15, 2013
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I'd add C&D Yorktown to the list of Virginia bulks. That's one I really enjoy. The rest of your list and the suggestions, all seem pretty solid.
I didn't know that Viprati was available as a bulk.

 

ashdigger

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Jul 30, 2016
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I jarred 10 pounds of Sutliff 507C based a recommendation from Woodsroad. It currently has 1 1/2 years on it, but I opened the test jar and it is pretty damn good. Glad I pulled that trigger.
Here's the link to the original article
http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/topic/virginia-flake-hoarders-this-is-it

 

seldom

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Mar 11, 2018
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Germany
Tabak aus Kiel, Motzek, has some affordable blends that can be bought in smaller than bulk quantities for about that price. Think I'll enjoy some Herbst 84 (English) this morning in fact. The 100 grams I bought cost €12.50.

 

macaroon

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Oct 2, 2015
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Michigan
Burley: Peter Stokkebye Cube Cut

English: Peter Stokkebye English Luxury
Cornell and Diehl's Virginia Gentleman is another good one, though I'm not sure what category it would go in.
This has the potential to end up being a VERY long list. If you turn your nose up to bulk blends, you're missing out!

 

irishearl

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Aug 2, 2016
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PS blends in bulk are a great value. So, yes to bullseye flake. Find that C&D is also a good value in bulk. So, for blends containing some latakia, would recommend Red Odessa, Odessa, (if you're a burley fan), and Stratfordshire.

 

mso489

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Feb 21, 2013
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Stratfordshire by C&D is a fuller strength English with balance and robust flavor.

 

cortezattic

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Chicago, IL
D&R bulks are pretty attractive for both price and flavor, especially (to my tastes):
  • Rimboché S.J. & A.P.

    Two Timer Gold
N.B., with bulks that are also available in tins, consider the overhead cost and PITA factor involved in jarring all the tobacco. I usually factor-in an extra $0.40 /oz. to decide whether to go with the bulks.

 

lawdawg

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Aug 25, 2016
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For burley, I'd add Lane Ready Rubbed. Even though you specified that you are looking for bulk, I'd add Orlik Golden Sliced for a basic bright Virginia. It only comes in tins, but it's significantly cheaper than most tinned tobacco, and the price per ounce is comparable to a lot of bulks.

 

celticbrewer

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Sep 16, 2018
134
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Love the recs! How could I forget Lane's ready rubbed... its fantastic. OGS qualifies, Ive seen it as low as 5 bucks/2oz before on sale. Updated list below for the ones that meet ratings and price criteria
Straight Virginia

Sutliff 507C Virginia Slices

Sutliff 515 RC-1

Peter Stokkebye PS402 Luxury Twist Flake

OGS

Yorktown
Va/Per

C&D Bayou Morning

Peter Stokkebye: PS400 Luxury Navy Flake

PS Luxury bullseye flake

Sutliff Elizabethan Match

Luxury Bullseye Flake

Rimboché S.J. & A.P.
Burley and Va/Bur

C&D Pegusus

HH Old Dark Fired Ready Rubbed (I know it breaks the price rule slightly)

Peter Stokkebye Cube Cut

Poplar Camp

Haunted Bookshop

Lane Ready Rubbed
English

Kramer's Father Dempsey

Proper English

English Oriental Supreme

Stratfordshire

PS English luxury

Engine 99

Star of the East
Balkan/Scottish

Arango Balkan Supreme

965 Match
Aromatic

LL7

Lane BCA

C&D Autumn Evening

Sutliff Cordial

RLP-6

PS Nougat

Anglers dream