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  1. bigboss93

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    Howdy Forum! I'm new to this site, and I decided to join after having a few questions on pipe smoking. So far I've smokin aromatic pipe tobacco and so far they realy have a bland and slightly bitter taste, although they do have a good smell to them. But I'm looking for something that has a good taste along with a good smell. Granted most of the tobacco I have had are drug store tobacco such as Captain Black.

    Thanks in advance!
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    Hey bigboss.
    I am pretty new to pipe smoking too. I started less than a year ago, but have only been serious about it for a few months. I too started with OTC tobacco such as Captain Black. My first piece of advice would be to try to find a Tobacco shop (B&M) near your house. If you do that, they will be able to not only recommend tobaccos, but they will probably let you smell, touch, and even sample some of their selection! This is what I found most helpful when starting.
    My personal recommendation would be Frog Morton. It was the first non-aromatic I smoked and it was great. You should also try some of the other popular blends such as 1Q or anything else people on here recommend. Good luck, and happy puffing!

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    Thanks bbauer I will try that.

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    I've been wanting to try Lane 1Q, too

    The best aromatic I've had so far is MacBaren's 7 Seas Royal Blend

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    Zanthal i just sent you a pm.....

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    You did? Don't think it made it.

    Nevermind.

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    1Q for sure is a good one to start with. I would also recommend Mc Clelland's Deep Hollow. If it bites you too much from the first get go let it sit in the tin untouched for a month, pack up another bowl and jar up the tin. Morton is a nice one as well for sure. Like Bauer said though, if you do indeed have a local pipe shop find it, visit it, and start trying stuff from their bulk selection. I haven't been to a B&M yet that would not let you freely pack bowls of their bulks trying before you're buying.

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    I'm also wondering do english or virginia blends give better flavor then aromatics?

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    i think it really just depends on your preference and palate. i have found some english blends to be really bland, while others are quite flavorful and same with virginias. but even when it comes to aromatics i find some are great and others just are not as good. like i said earlier just start tasting whatever you think might be good. worst case is you dont like it and you have an excuse to try something new.

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    Grab a tin of Peterson's Holiday Season while it is still available, tons of taste to this one.

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    I'm also wondering do english or virginia blends give better flavor then aromatics?

    First, welcome to the forum and the world of pipe smoking.

    "Better" is incredibly subjective. I personally do not care for American style aromatics, and am generally quite cool about aromatics anyway. so I don't smoke 'em any more. You have lots of guys here who like 1Q, MacB's 7 Seas series, and the Frogs - I'm not one of them, and would not recommend them to anyone - so, to my palate, yes, they are significantly better. (A lot of "drugstore" aros rely on low grades of tobacco and heavy flavoring to disguise that.) YMMV,however.

    English style blends and Virginias, on the other hand, are not flavored as a rule, so what you are tasting is the flavors of the tobacco. Sometimes you will read comments from folks who think they are tasting additives, when they just aren't aware that a well-crafted blend is giving them that taste. (The recent example was the gentleman here who thought McClelland's Virginia blends were topped, when it was actually the way the blends were processed.)

    Pure virginia blends tend to be subtle - they don't have big, bold flavors, as a rule, and will require some time and patience to appreciate. I am relatively new to these blends - past 6 or 7 years - but they are now a regular feature of my rotation.

    "English" blends feature latakia in varying amounts, which has a smokey,leathery taste. They may or may not feature other oriental or Balkan tobaccos. Some of them are very full flavored, while others are more subtle. The room note may not be pleasing to someone who doesn't enjoy these blends, so you may have complaints from your SO. There's an old joke about these blends - "The worse they smell, the better they taste."

    This has been a kinda long response, so I will close by saying what I always do: "Buy the best tobacco you can afford." If you continue smoking aros, try some of the lighter, Danish style blends, that are topped, not heavily cased - or even cased blends with higher grade leaf. Have fun!

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    Liking 1-Q and MacBarens Royal Blend for aro's HH Highland Blend for non aro. Welcome and good smoking!

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    I would also recommend 1Q it is available in bulk but you local B&M may have it under a house name. I am also fond of MacBaren Aro's and Most of the Dunhill line for English styles I recommend Early morning pipe as a intro to English as it is mild in the Latakia.

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    I enjoy Captain Black white as well.

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    Moltodolce by sutliff

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    I agree with Flyfishin that McClelland's Deep Hollow is very nice VA. Wife came me a tin for Christmas and it is a cut above many others--IMHO.

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    Larry's Blend from Pipes & Cigars, Best ive had so far

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    Thanks for the replys guys! I have just one last question that's some what off topic. I know that if you light a pipe too hot or smoke it too hot the flaver is usually ruined, would a match be best to light a pipe since the temp of the flame is lower?

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    I like matches, but nothing wrong with a lighter. Just don't use those "torch" type cigar lighters - bad for the pipes.

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    Thanks for the 1Q, bbauer

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    nsfisher, you are becoming for Larry's Blend what Lawrence is for Lane's 1-Q!!!

    I agree though, it's a great blend.

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    I switched from Captain Black to Lane 1-Q and I've been very satisfied. I also like the 7 Seas Royal and Altadis Creme Brulee. Nat Sherman Riverside Whiskey is a mild, not too aro, aro blend which is definitely worth trying.

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    Thanks again guys for all the help.

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    For aromatics I'd reccommend any of the 7 Seas line from MacBaren as well as their Vanilla Cream (loose or flake cut both are good). Also I'd say to pick up a tin of Peterson's Holiday Seaosn 2011 if it's still available as well as their Special Reserve 2011 blend. Both great aros.

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    For an aromatic that has flavor with room note I like W.O. Larsen Signature.

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    I'm not big on aromatics, but I will definitely second the recommendation for W.O. Larsen Signature Vintage Mixture. Also, Amphora Full Aroma and Amphora Regular. Again, the Dutch style aromatics seem to rely on a formula of lightly perfuming high quality tobacco while American aromatics seem to steep low to average grade tobaccos in casing sauce.

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    After giving it a thorough sampling, I can highly recommend Lane 1Q ...

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    Again, the Dutch style aromatics seem to rely on a formula of lightly perfuming high quality tobacco while American aromatics seem to steep low to average grade tobaccos in casing sauce.

    This goes for the Danish style aromatics as well.

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    welcome sir, as you can tell the great guys here are always willing to help out. i do not need to add my 2 cents worth of comments on tobac, however i would suggest to keep your pipe (s) clean on the inside for ture tobacco taste.

    good luck to you sir.

    mike.

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    I'd second the vote for McClelland Deep Hollow. Very nice and sweet tobacco with a lovely room note. This particular tobacco hasn't been sauced to death as well so you still get a lovely VA taste.

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    If you want more bang for your buck - contact pipesandcigars.com and order an 8 ounce bag of Altadis Black Spice - it is super cheap and it smokes wonderfully well for a value priced Aromatic. The flavoring is cinnamon and nutmeg and you get a very cool, dry smoke which is an added bonus since some Aros burn very wet and can bite.

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    If you want more bang for your buck - contact pipesandcigars.com and order an 8 ounce bag of Altadis Black Spice

    Personally, I would advise getting an ounce first and seeing if you like it. Yeah, it'll cost more per ounce, but that's better than getting stuck with something you don't like. I did that late last summer with their English blends, and found some real winners - and some I don't want to try again.

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    My favourite aromatic so far has got to be Peterson Connoisseurs Choice, its quite a sweet tobacco, and gets great reviews. Either that or Sunset Breeze.

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    My advice: sample lots of different tobaccos. Some you'll like, others you won't. You won't be able to define why you like 'em or not at first. Put the ones you don't like away in sealed mason jars. Your tastes might change and something you didn't care for at first might appeal later. The tobacco will stay good for years and will likely mellow. Or you can put the stronger aromatics out as potpourri.

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    Altadis Creme Brulee smoked a whole lot better after I had jarred it for a couple of weeks. It's pretty moist stuff. I'd reccommenj jarring any bulk aros.

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    Peterson Connoisseurs Choice is very nice . I like Sillems blends as well . I still like PS Swiss and would smoke more of it but it is getting hard to find . You would be hard pressed to find a better line of ARO blends than those of Peter Stokkebye . They are inexpensive and readily available in bulk both on line and at the brick and morter stores . A little of each will help you find your way to a favorite flavor or flavors . Then you can branch out from there . A lot of people like http://www.boswellpipes.com/ although I have yet to try them .Have fun along your journey .

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    I have been trying to smoke two bowls consecutively whenever I can in order to build my comparisons. Last night I tried my first English blend with Latakia. It's a whole different animal. Kind of like comparing a zebra to a horse. There is a reason these are called non aromatics. I tend toward aromatics in my tastes and my favorite so far has been Black Gold from Hilandscigars.com. It NEVER bites, is pleasant and mild and has an wonderful room note. That website also offers a sampler of their best aromatics and all have excellent reviews. My next order will definitely be this sample pack. BTW - don't mix up their black gold and Black Gold Plus with OTC Captain Black. They are not the same thing.

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    "I don't always smoke aromatics but when I do, I prefer Savinelli Cavendish"

    Seriously though, this stuff is pretty good. I generally find aros fairly one-dimensional and unsatisfying but a few of the better one's I've tried:

    1. Savinelli Cavendish

    2. Gatlinburlier Mountain Mall Mix (aged/dried)

    3.1Q

    4. McClelland Holiday Spirit annual vintages

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    i know this thread is fairly old, but i have to throw a recommendation out for boswells aros. christmas cookie is amazing!

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