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  1. rmbittner

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    One of my New Year's resolutions is to try a couple of aromatics this year. So I'd love to hear your #1 recommendation for the best aromatic you know.

    Not to be uber-picky, but I'd appreciate it if you all could keep two things in mind:

    1) I am NOT looking for English/aromatic crossovers. I'm looking for full-blown aromatics that don't pretend to be anything else.
    2) I am NOT interested in anything from Hearth & Home or C&D. No offense to their many fans, but their house styles are just not appealing to me.

    Hopefully my "restrictions" aren't too restrictive! But I know there are tons of blends out there that never get much exposure here, from companies like Brebbia, Astley, Ashton, CAO, Brigham. . . not to mention Sutliff, McClelland, MacBaren, etc.

    Thanks!

    Bob

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  2. brdavidson

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    Rattray's Bagpipers Dream is probably my favourite aromatic. The cognac dressing comes through in the taste not just in the room note. I have had staunch non-smokers tell me how good that stuff smells.

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  3. ghost

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    Try 4noggins Three Blind Moose! Best of both worlds, good quality leaf and a sweet aroma.

    Matt.
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    I'm partial to 4th Generation 1957. I love it's smooooothness and I find it is not goopy like some aromatics. The tin note may put you off. It did me as it very strong (OMG this is not going to be good) but the smoke is totally different. Imagine my relief. If I smoke out of the tin I let it breathe for 20-30 min. before loading. If you are an English blend afficianado you may find it to be on the mild side. But I like it. Happy puffin',

    Dave

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  5. andrew369

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    W.O. Larsen Signature Vintage Mixture, very good quality tobacco and lives up to an aromatic finally tasting as good as it smells. It is pretty pricey but definitely worth a try.

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  6. rmbittner

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    ghost: Just looked up Three Blind Moose on the 4Noggins site. Sounds delicious. But I'm curious: I'd be shocked if 4Noggins is actually creating this themselves. Do you know if it's someone else's bulk that they're just renaming? (Not that that influences whether or not I try it.)

    Bob

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    rmb - bully for you. I need to venture out some myself. My arophile buds seem to think Boswell's and Carole @ Pipeworks & Wilke are as good as them come re aros. Sutliff has a huge array of aros.

    hp
    les

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  8. blueeyedogre

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    McClelland Capt Cool, MacBaren 7 Seas, Peterson Luxury (amazing blend). I'm trying some Blind Moose on my next order and to my knowledge Rich at 4noggins does all his own blending.

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    Actually Bob, I don't know that offhand. It says they hand blend it themselves, I always just assumed they did...

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  10. rmbittner

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    blueeyedogre:

    Which MacBaren 7 Seas do you most recommend: Black, Gold, Red, Regular, or Royal?

    Bob

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  11. pylorns

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    4noggins Trout Stream, Sutliff Molto Dulce (ignore the wetness and just smoke it), MacBaren Vanilla Cream Flake, Nording Labrador

    MacBaren 7 Seas Gold

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    I used to buy this for my Grandfather when Walgreens quite carrying his Peach Melba.

    Peter Stokkebye 303 Peaches & Creme. "Peter Stokkebye Peaches & Crème Pipe Tobacco is a flue-cure blend of Zimbabwe, Malawi mixed with Black Cavendish and mild Burley. These tobaccos are met with a healthy dose of pure peach flavoring to create a brilliantly aromatic smoke that's sweet and fruity, but extremely creamy and smooth. Mild to medium in body."

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  13. delkhouri

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    The Aromatic that I usually turn to when I am craving such things is Reiner Professional Mixture. It is a bit pricey though.

    All of the 4th generation tobaccos I have tried have been good but I have not tried them all, but truthfully I can't remember the numbers of the ones I have tried. I will say that the flake in the square tin isn't an aromatic, but it sure is good.

    Peterson's Nutty cut is pretty good, it has good flavor and isn't overpowered by aromatic flavor.

    There are also tons of bulk aromatics from lane, mcclelland, macbaren, and others. I would suggest pick some flavors you like and give them a try them. If you have a good Pipe shop near you, they usually let you try some in the shop if you bring your own pipe.

    "I believe that many who find that 'nothing happens' when they sit down, or kneel down, to a book of devotion, would find that the heart sings unbidden while they are working their way through a tough bit of theology with a pipe in their teeth and a pencil in their hand"
    ~ C.S. Lewis
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    C&D Founding Fathers is my go-to Aromatic.

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  15. pylorns

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    @twoonefive he specifically requested things that were not H&H and C&D.

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    W.O. Larsen Signature is the best aro I've tried. It's everything I think an aro should be.

    "I was born to lose. So I'll die to win." -Breaking Benjamin
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  17. rmbittner

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    delkhouri:

    Oh, I know about pipe shops! But I was specifically looking for personal recommendations from folks here, not stuff I knew I'd be inclined to like. (Does that make sense?) I want to try blends I wouldn't normally be inclined to like, blends I WOULDN'T pick out for myself. Like aromatics in general!

    BTW, I'm filling a SmokingPipes shopping cart as I go through this thread. But I was astounded at the price of the Reiner Professional Blend: A 100g tin for $22.18! (I've seen B&M stores charge that -- and more -- for Rattray's 100g tins, but I hadn't noticed such an expensive blend at SP.com.) Now, I've paid much more than that for less tobacco, but still. . .

    Bob

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  18. teufelhund

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    I'm a 7 Seas Regular fan, but the gold blend is also very good. Hopefully you have an enjoyable experience.

    Smoke your pipe and be silent; there's only wind and smoke in the world. - Irish Proverb
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    Thanks, everybody!

    No need to drag this out, I guess. I'm placing an order today for the following, based on your suggestions:

    Nording Labrador
    Stokkebye 4th Generation 1957
    McClelland Captain Cool
    MacBaren 7 Seas Gold
    Peterson Luxury Blend
    Larsen Signature Vintage Mixture

    Now all I have to do is smoke them all, and my New Year's resolution will be satisfied!

    BTW, I'm starting with a SmokingPipes order, but I promise I'll get around to the 4Noggins blends that were suggested as well.

    Thanks, again!

    Bob

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    Which MacBaren 7 Seas do you most recommend: Black, Gold, Red, Regular, or Royal?

    I enjoyed the gold mixture myself. I would really like to try MacBaren's Bronze cube. It has gotten a lot of good reviews. The other aros on my list include.....
    Dan's Tobaccos: Devil's Holiday
    Peterson: Connoisseur's Choice
    Middleton's: Sugar Barrel
    MacBaren: Vanilla Cream Flake
    Peterson: Sunset Breeze
    To name a few. That being said my day to day smoke is Lane's 1Q, I like others for variety.

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    I suppose I'm too late, but in addition to the fine choices above, I was going to recommend Savinelli Cavendish

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    Never too late!

    If this truly does turn out to be The Year of the Aromatic for me, I'm sure I'll check in periodically to find additional suggestions.

    Of course, I may get one or two tins in and decide I can't stand it anymore and head back to my Penzance! But I have a feeling I'll find some things I like and some I don't. I can't imagine ever being primarily an aromatic smoker, but I imagine I'll always have a couple in the regular rotation.

    Bob

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    BTW, I'm filling a SmokingPipes shopping cart as I go through this thread. But I was astounded at the price of the Reiner Professional Blend: A 100g tin for $22.18! (I've seen B&M stores charge that -- and more -- for Rattray's 100g tins, but I hadn't noticed such an expensive blend at SP.com.) Now, I've paid much more than that for less tobacco, but still. . .

    I usually pick up a 100g tin at the Columbus pipe show for $16 (I think).

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    I'm not a regular aro smoker but I can say for sure you can't go wrong with Nording Labrador. That's my go to when I want a change of pace smoke or find myself having a sweet tooth.

    I recently tried a bowl of Sutliff Barbados Plantation and found that one pretty enjoyable as well. Next time the urge his I'll have to try this Molto Dulce everyone keeps raving about

    Mike
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    I smoked almost nothing but aromatics for years. My tastes have broadened now for sure, but I still enjoy and stock aromatics. The difference I find now is I like the flavour contrast between aromatics and VA's, Burleys, etc. If anything, I can taste the aros a lot better now than I ever did. Not sure if that makes sense, but it works for me.

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    Pipeworks & Wilke's Rumcake would be my recommendation.

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    Lane 1Q
    4noggins Three Blind Moose
    4noggins Trout Stream
    Peterson Connoisseur's Choice

    Have fun!

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    Drew Estates Heirloom Cherry

    I Enjoy Aromatics
    I Enjoy Peterson Pipes
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    Sutliff "Molto Dolce", Lane "1Q", Lane "BCA", and "Fat Albert" (a blend of my own consisting of 50% Prince Albert and 50% black cavendish) for the black cavendish in Fat Albert I use either Lane BCA or Smoker's Pride Black Cavendish (also a Lane product). Also, CAO "Eileen's Dream" and Mac Baren "Honey & Chocolate" are both pretty good.

    I know Sugar Barrel has been mentioned, and though it is a little on the sweet side, it's not really an aro. It's primarily a straight burley that's been aged in actual sugar barrels. That being said, Sugar Barrel is an excellent smoke!

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    Good luck in your experiment!

    Mac Baren Vanilla Cream Flake and Captain Black: Dark are my breaks from my norm.

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    My aromatic choices may sound tame. I rotate them with various English blends like Dunhill 965,
    Altadis Fox and Hound, Nat Sherman 536, and Nightcap, among others, so I am looking for a sort
    of time off, to prepare for the next experience with English. I really enjoy Lane's 1Q, but like their
    LL-7 even more, for its livelier flavor. I like Brebbia Calavados, which is a Virginia based blend with
    French apple brandy flavor. I really enjoyed a recent tin of Sutliff's Great Outdoors, and have two of
    their other aros waiting to be opened. I also like Altadis Dark Obsession, which is black Cavendish with
    a walnut topping, and especially their Queen Anne's Revenge, a Virginia/burley/Cavendish blend
    flavored with rum. I like various OTC tobaccos which are technically aromatics, even old burley rough
    cut Granger, which has enough flavoring to be an aromatic if you count it.

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    Count me among the many recommenders of Mac Baren Vanilla Cream Flake.

    Boswell's Chocolate Cream is also fantastic.

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    Lane Hazelnut
    Peterson Nutty Cut

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  34. rmbittner

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    Well, my six aromatic tins just arrived via UPS. And I have to say, I have never seen such a gorgeous tobacco tin as the Larsen Signature. It's not only a beautifully crafted tin box; the label on the bottom actually tells you what's in the blend. (What a concept!)

    I think the Signature will be today's smoke, in a large Radice bent.

    Thanks again for all of the great suggestions, guys! I don't expect to become a "real" aromatic smoker -- that is, giving up my preferred Englishes and VAs -- but I'm looking forward to exploring a category I haven't really sampled seriously since I first began smoking a pipe back in 1980.

    Bob

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    Good luck Bob, let us know what you think!

    I will reiterate, Pipe Works & Wilke make the finest aromatics available today and if the ones you're trying are not to you liking, go give them a try, esp Rumcake and Wilke 191.

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    My number 1 aro right now is Sutliff Maple Street. Lights easy and smokes like a dream.

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    I'd add Macbarens Original Choice and Wilkes Vermont Maple Cavendish to the list !!!!

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    Sutliff MOULIN ROUGE

    No I'm not shouting, its how Sutliff labels it.

    It is just like smoking a Strawberry Milkshake,
    except it is tobacco and not ice cream and milk.

    You go. Try now.

    If you don't like the smoke, you can eat it.
    Trust me.

    Posted 5 years ago #

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