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30th Birthday Haul. You Guys Decide What I Smoke First/What Gets Cellared!

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  1. orthodoxpiper

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    All of these are new to me. I decided to celebrate 12 years of pipe smoking by picking up some classic tobaccos that I just haven't gotten around to smoking yet, and a few sleepers that have always intrigued me. I used to smoke 80%+ McClelland, so obviously I need to start branching out.

    Only caveat - that VA from McB has a tin date of Sep. 2015! I don't know how I pulled off ordering from a major retailer and got an older tin, but I think I'll let it sit a few more years before cracking it. Guess I'll need to reorder so I know if I want to cellar more, though.

    Finally, I was a little disappointed by how narrow the bowl is in those Mark Twain cobs. I'm living in a studio apartment without any real tools to fix the situation, so I don't know what I'll do for now. Almost seem too narrow to get a decent smoke, but I guess we'll see. There must be a reason they made them so narrow?

    EDIT: Pic doesn't want to work...here's a link to it: https://imgur.com/eOVbazg

    List of tobaccos in case pic is difficult to read:

    Country Lawyer
    Five Brothers
    Carter Hall
    Captain Earle's Honor Blend
    Luxury Bullseye Flake
    Presbyterian
    Solani Aged Burley Flake
    McB Vanilla Flake
    HH Pure Virginia
    Stonehenge Flake
    Cairo
    Sunday Picnic
    Oriental Silk
    Opening Night
    Night Train
    Haunted Bookshop
    Billy Budd Blonde

    Posted 5 months ago #
  2. haparnold

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    The HH Pure VA and Cairo will both love a little nap in the cellar. if I were you, I'd be itching to smoke the Presbyterian and the Sunday Picnic. I'd also pull the trigger on the Carter Hall and Five Brothers!, which may not show a lot of improvement after being aged (esp. CH).

    But, as always, it's up to you. Life is too short to not smoke what you like.

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    First off, happy 30th!

    Secondly, the only blend that I have smoked from that pile is Honor Blend. It is one of my favorites. It has a deep dark chocolate flavour that I really enjoy. I have some jarred for use and 2 tins getting some age on it.

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    Here ya go.

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  5. orthodoxpiper

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    You're a technological wizard scloyd! Thank you!

    I had a thought that Cairo would do well with some age on it, but I'm excited to try it! I loved McC's Classic Samsun, and I'm looking for a good Oriental replacement. I'll restrain myself. I'll try to give it at least six, months.

    Honor Blend is definitely on my radar for an inaugural smoke. Sounds tasty!

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    Since the only two I've smoked in the pile is Presbyterian and Carter Hall my choice would be Presbyterian. It's one of my favorites anyway.

    Happy 30th Birthday

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    Happy Birthday
    I'd have a problem NOT smoking the Stonehenge Flake first.

    My Mark Twain is rather small also, but I still enjoy a good straight Virginia in it. But, I'd still rather not be seen smoking it, 'cause it's still a cob.

    Have a great day!

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    Cosmic, did you have your pinky raised when you typed that?

    "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
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    Smoke the Presbyterian or the Bullseye is my vote. Might as well smoke the Carter Hall, it's not going to get any better.

    “The Road goes ever on and on Down from the door where it began.
    Now far ahead the Road has gone, I must follow if I can
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    I too am a Classic Samsun fanatic. I’m very grateful that I started cellaring it before McClelland’s demise and was able to put away a decent amount. Not nearly as much as I could wish, though.

    Of course this is only my opinion and YMMV, but though I like Cairo quite a bit, it’s a lot different than Classic Samsun.

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    Looks like Presbyterian will be the winner here! I've been looking forward to trying it out!

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    This is easy! Take a coin (or two) of that luxury bullseye flake, fold it in half into the shape of a half moon and stuff it in the bowl, light it up, and be ready for pure bliss. Happy Birthday!

    Presby is good too, though. Either way, enjoy the heck out of all of that!

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    Love that Stonehenge! Opening Night is another favorite of mine.

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    From a practical stand point, I would consider that Presbyterian. They package the tobacco inside a tin using a plastic bag, and in my experience that doesn't work that well with aging.

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    Solani burley. Enjoy your birthday repast.

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    I'd tuck into that Solani ABF personally. Really good mellow burley, great with coffee

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    Incidentally, that is about $500 worth of tobacco in Canada. I'm jealous of your whole stash not just the Captain Earle!

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    I definitely feel lucky living in the States. The FDA is getting up to some foolery recently, but at least it's not as bad as other parts of the world...yet.

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    I love Night Train more and more each year. Molasses and power. You might do a burley flight at some point: Carter Hall to ABF to NT. Each tobacco has a very distinct flavor, even though they're burley-based.

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