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    I know its basically asking what the best of the worst but, it is convinent. Also, do chain drug stores like rite aid or walgreens sell pipe tobacco. Thanks in advance.

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    Yes, most drug stores still carry the popular blends. Walgreens down the street also has large bags of bulk tobacco, Rum,Cherry, flavored/aromatics.

    And they still carry Captain Black, Prince Albert, Half& Half, etc. Just make a trip and check out their selection...as they all may vary on what their distributor sends them.

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    OTC's have been, and are some good smoking tobaccos.
    Caveat: The bulk bags will taste like a chemistry set after a short period of time.
    I would recommend that you avoid the bulk OTCs.


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    I usually don't buy it, but if I had to it would be Captain Black.

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    Oh Boy!
    Now you've done it Ranger.
    Started us down that road....

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    prince albert...

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    Paladin Black Cherry

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    haha! I love that pic, Lawrence! I say as long as it's actually pipe tobacco, try your luck, but there's better products on the net. I happen to like Captain Black White,but your tastes may differ from mine.

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    While I love the complexity of a crafted blend containing nearly unpronouncable small-leaf Orientals, shreds of Latakia, Va's from every continent, and a touch of Perique; there is something to be said for the straight-forward rich nuttyness an OTC burley blend can provide. With all the different types of cuts, cakes, plugs and flakes, sometimes its nice to reach for a pouch of simple fine ribbon which requires no fuss, and of course, the burning properties of the OTC's are exquisite (well, what I've smoked at least; although I grant you, I haven't reached for any of the OTC aro's). In some ways, stoking a bowl of Carter Hall or Prince Albert (or, more likely my OTC choice, Amphora OB) seems like a connection with my relatives who puffed a pipe in the past. While OTC's wont completely replace my fancy tins bearing exotic names and even more exotic tobaccos, they will always have a place in my rotation...even if it only comes up once every few days.

    Now if you'll excuse me, I've got a sudden hankering for some burley. I think I'll even smoke it from a cob. Guess that explains why my tie chafes at my neck...

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    I love CBW as well Baron...
    Paladin Black Cherry is hard to come by around here, but I love it.
    When I find it, I'll tend to smoke the pouch straight through.
    Did you read my review?

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    A lot of corner stores round here carry Erinmore mixture in pouches.
    Barring that, hmmm, a Mac Baren followed by a Cap'n black.

    In my neighborhood, most places that are even remotely serious about pipe tabac tend to carry things like Peterson, Solani, Mr B's, etc. Even a local supermarket smokeshop/lotto kiosk has a remarkable selection.

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    I'm a big fan of Sir Walter Raleigh

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    Where I live, Condor ready rubbed is available as the OTC blend. Havent smoked it yet, since I have too much else to occupy me. That said, I have a love of Alsbo black, which I feel may be very similar to CBW.

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    I have something I refer to as Special Old Blend.
    It consists of about a pound of Red Cap and a (cheap) Maduro cigar "coined and broken".

    I'm hooked on it...

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    Prince Albert or Sir Walter and if you are lucky, Sail Regular. If you have a sweet tooth, then by all means Captain Black. Drug stores around here still stock these but now they hide them like a dirty secret behind the counter next to the cheap cigars and RYO pouches. Back in the day, the pipes and tobaccos used to be in the same aisle as the bagged candy! Not very PC today, unfortunately.

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    A 3 way tie IMNSHO of Carter Hall, SWR, and Ky Club Mixture.

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    tiltjlp, That sound,s good I will give it a shot.

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    Not available everywhere, but I'm enjoying Walnut quite a bit these days. I also am keeping Captain Black in my rotation. I kind of like it and there's certainly nothing wrong with Prince Albert or Carter Hall.

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    SWR first.. then Carter Hall. the rest is only worthy of the trash can .. or you can use it as starter for the fireplace logs. LMAO

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    Captain Black or Carter Hall. I like them both!

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    I recommend Middleton's Cherry Blend, hands down!

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    I picked up a pack of Middleton's Cherry because the wife liked it when her grandfather smoked it. I had to cut it with some Boswell Burley blend. It was OK mixed that way.

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    Prince Albert is a good smoke. I have never bought it in pouches though. Only in their plastic "tins". It does not have a noticeable topping, which is what I like about it. Carter Hall is not bad, but it seems to be a little moist to have no topping as some have claimed.

    Nothing wrong with a cob. My first pipe was a Sanda but it broke before I got a chance to smoke it, so I bought a cob. I have quickly moved on and now have over 30 pipes:) I still smoke my cobs, but have other pipes that I like better.

    One of my favorite pipes is a Savinelli Natural. I purchased 2, and they were both under $40. Great no frills smoker. If I knew I was going to be obsessed with pipe smoking I would have just bought 7 of these.... It might have saved me some money????

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    pa,ky club,swr ch h/h,granger,velvet,walnut and a few more.

    I will give up my pipe when they pry my cold dead fingers off of it!
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    All I can say to drug store tobaccos,Is YUCK, But to each their own.

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    I can't believe no one has mentioned Mixture 79, one of the all time greats.

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    I've only tried PA( didn't like it) and captain black white, that's good stuff, I keep a pouch around and smoke it once and a while. I read good things about walnut, I would love to try it but I don't want to buy a whole can... If anyone has some, pm me and i can send you some money for a couple of bowls

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    I've only tried PA and the Captain Black stuff. I liked the CB Royal (Blue) and the PA, the other CB stuff is just ok.

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    Here in Greece Drug store tobacco is really common and dominant in comparison with "good/luxurious" tobaccos. Although pipe tobacco is really expensive here, cigarettes are really cheap in comparison to other countries such as the UK. We have Skandinavic,Amphora, CB white and Gold, Borkum Riff and Erinmore mixture(my favorite from all of the above) which i would place it somewhere between tin quality and drug store tobacco. We used to also have mac baren in pouches though i cant find them anymore. Generally speaking the only "Good" tobaccos i can find in Greece is W.O larsen and Davidoff which tend to be a rare sight if not already.Most pipe smokers here including me buy online. So yea Erinmore mixture pouch for me then CB white...

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    Half and Half or Prince Albert along with Sir Walter Raleigh.

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    Carter Hall for a good burley fix . And Walgreens is made by Altadis USA shhhhh dont tell anyone if the word gets out it might go up in price . My friend Bud likes the Vanilla mixture and the Burley light is pretty good .

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    I'll ask this quietly:

    And Walgreens is made by Altadis USA

    Really?
    I haven't tried the Walgreen's brand... No chemical taste late in the bag?
    I'll have to give it a try.
    Don't worry I won't tell anyone.

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    When you're retired, and live on peanuts, sometimes the cost of things has to play a role in one's purchasing of items,
    so in one of those times when I was broke, (which is every Month)...
    I bought a big bag of Blenders Gold Royal Cherry Cavendish which I purchased at Walgreens, and I like it a lot.
    It's a very wet tobacco, but mine has been 'aging' for two years...(and it's still wet), but it is one of my favorite tobaccos....Hey, at about $6.00 for 12 oz. I love it.

    Now let's keep this to ourselves, because I'll just deny it.

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    Edit to last post....Now that I recall, the tobacco wasn't $6.00, it was more like $10.00 or so.

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    cool post ranger,I suppose it was more than $15.

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    No, it was a couple of years ago, and it has been aging all that time, but I don't think it was that much, at least not at this Walgreens.
    I haven't bought any in a couple of years, now with the tobacco cost increase, as well as the taxes, it probably is closer to fifteen bucks.

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    For me, it used to be Amphora - but then they stopped selling it here in the USA. Now, it's probably Captain Black, or Alsbo Gold. I've mixed Red Cap, with Alsbo, but none these really do it for me. I much prefer a nice tin of something good from my local tobacconist.

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    I'll say it again, Middleton's Cherry Blend, a fantastic burley blend!

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    CB white, gold, SWR burley. The wife like SWR aromatic.

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    I have never had a negative comment about SWR aromatic.

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    I've got to try Middletons' Walnut one of these days....it is a running joke over at the B of the B forum

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    Osco used to sell some of the Iwan Ries Blends back in the '70s and '80s.

    That's the ladt time I bought anything from a drug store that was worth smoking.

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    I used to get Sail Natural at Thrifty... I guess that was a while ago.

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    just tried some prince albert, cheap, but good. it actually smokes a lot better than CB, which i find to be wet even in a brand new bag! i think it might just be the way its cut, a lot smaller than CB, and it smokes a lot better than CB for me.
    don't get me wrong, CB royal is still some pretty good stuff lol

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    shimrra, I'm with you on the Capt. Black royal, it is one of my favorites also.

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    I also enjoy the cb royal from time to time.

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    CBW, large can not pouch (there is a difference). A daily smoke for me.

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    i like half and half i tried some Sir Walt in the pouch and it must have been in the store for YEARS it was as dry as sawdust and bit my tounge very badly

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    I like SWR, never had a problem with tounge bite but I've found that the pouches are very dry. I recently picked up a tub and it wasn't nearly as dry as the pouches.

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    Half and Half has been a staple in my pipe forever. I also love to mix it 50-50 with Captain Black Gold. An all day smoke for years at work.

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    Doc, that is a nice blend, I have done it Myself.

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    Half and Half has been a staple in my pipe forever. I also love to mix it 50-50 with Captain Black Gold. An all day smoke for years at work.

    Doc, that is a nice blend, I have done it Myself.

    Now that's what I call a couple of ringing endorsements.

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    so does that make it two quarters and a half then?

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    Back when I smoked aromatics, I would have said Middleton Cherry, as well as Apple, used to like Black And Mild, an occasional Captain Black, Palladin Black Cherry was pretty good too. Now, it's pretty much just Prince Albert, which I couldn't stand the first time I tried it, funny how our tastes change. My friends and I used to always smoke aromatics, which my Dad called "that perfumey stuff", so one night he brought me home a pouch of PA. My first impression was it was nothing but cigarette tobacco. I put it to the side for a long time, then on a whim decided to revisit it, and actually enjoyed a bowl, and found myself craving some from time to time.

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    Walgreen's Blender's Gold, Cherry Blend, and Vanilla Blend.

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    I'm going to have to try that Walgreen's Cherry Blend.

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    Carter Hall or Prince Albert have my vote.

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    I'll have to give PA a try again...first time I had it thought I was smoking a cigarette. One of these days I will find and get to a real tobacconist with pipe tobacco. We have Corona Cigar Co. up the street which is great for cigars, but no pipe tobacco. All the other smoke shops in the area seem to focus on, you know, that other stuff

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    I haven't tried any OTC tobacco in years and in fact have barely seen any of the old classic OTC brands available in a while.
    I just stopped into rite-aid in Portland and they had a bit of a selection.
    Some terrible bulk aromatics, some RYO types like bugler and drum, also the captain blacks, PA and carter hall. For some crazy reason a pouch of CB was 10 bucks! Yet carter hall was only 5. Easy choice as I've heard people hear sing its glories.
    I was surprised at how dry the tobacco was and the pouch note was very simple.
    It's a very light nutty, cinnamony smoke. Definitely tasting the burley and not a ton of casing until you move your tongue around in your mouth a bit. Then It suddenly tastes like I've been smoking a black and mild which is no major surprise given the source (middletons).

    Overall not too bad for $5. I'd grab it again if I was in a pinch and will try to blend other tobaccos to it as I've read good things about using CH as a base for experiments.

    One thing I'd like to add as I finish this bowl, this is one of those tobaccos where the flavor is actually better than the pouch note and seems to get creamier and slightly spicier towards the halfway point. Smoking in a country gentleman MM cob.

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    Five Brothers, though I'm not 100% sure you can find it in drugstores anymore.

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    Sugar Barrel. Good stuff!

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    Can't go wrong with Prince Albert soft vanilla.

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    Hello, everybody,I google "drugstore" tobaccos,I am new ,my english is bad.
    I know Captain Black ,Borkum Riff,Carter Hall, Sir Walter Releigh, Half & Half,
    Velvet,Prince Albert are drugstore,
    but i don't know why,how,what different,
    I mean "How to identify",What are the criteria?
    "what the way"
    For example,Captain Black is drugstore tobaccos ,
    Dunhill 965 is not drugstore tobaccos.
    why?
    bag or tin?Burley or Virginia or Latakia?
    Aromatics or Non-Aromatics?
    just different shop?cheap?
    or other.
    so what Mac Baren ,Danish Black Vanilla Mixture,Cornell & Diehl,
    Forg Morton ... ,drugstore or not ?

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    It's certainly understandable for anyone not very familiar with it, especially anyone who's culture and markets are quite different from, say American, Canadian, even British, retail locations.

    What we call "drugstore blends," or OTCs (over the Counter) blends are readily available at most pharmacies (drug stores), supermarkets (food stores) and other places, such as quick marts (Cumberland Farms, 7 Eleven,) and gas stations. These tobaccos are all sold in 1.5 to 2 ounce pouches (some brands have pouches inside a box) and, in larger stores, some OTCs are also sold in larger 12 oz.-14 oz. tubs. Most OTCs are often deemed to be a lesser quality tobacco, some are overly cased with humectants to hold moisture so as to have a longer shelf life.

    You named most of the best known drugstore/OTC brands already.

    The other, high quality tobaccos are sold by local tobacconists (we call these "B&Ms," for the "brick and mortar" buildings these shops are in) and by online vendors, such as our PM Forums sponsors here. Those are usually higher quality, more expensive pipe tobacco blends, sold in "tins" (metal cans in sizes from 1.75 ounces to 8 ounces) and some are sold in bulk (loose, by the ounce). Some are sold both ways. Some blends are also sold in 1/4 kilo, 1/2 kilo, or 1 pound sealed mylar bags as well. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of premium tobacco blends. Some online and B&M vendors actually blend their own tobaccos, so those can often be only purchased at one place.

    I hope this helps -- and welcome to PM Forums!

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    Thanks.
    I still do not understand.
    The captain and other tobacco is very common in the United States,
    Dunhill Davidoff unusual,
    so,they are called the "drugstore" .
    If Dunhill common,
    It also called the "drugstore" .
    But Dunhill is hight prices , so not common.
    Right?

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    All the blends besides the drugstore blends you listed (plus a few less popular blends) are very common.

    Many locally hand blended tobaccos, with few exceptions such as Uhle's and Iwan Ries, are usually only sold by the specific B&M shop that makes them, so we have to order those blends from them directly (such as Boswell's, McCranie's and Perretti, to name just a few).

    All the well known and lesser known "premium" tobaccos such as Dunhill, Davidoff, Mac Baren, Wessex, Samuel Gawith, Peterson, A&C Peterson, Esoterica, Dan, Robert McConnell, and the other hundreds, if not thousands, of premium commercially available blends distributed and sold in the United States, are available on line to us. Some of those, made by very small companies such as Samuel Gawith and Esoterica, are only available in limited quantities, so those are often out of stock thus on backorder or not available at all at certain times. Some (Capstan, Player's, Three Nuns and Saint Bruno come to mind) are not distributed or sold in the USA, thus these are hard to get here and most of us just don't bother, since we have such a large number of choices anyway. Most (probably 90%) are available all the time -- we just have to order what we want. And no, these premium tobaccos are not very expensive -- a tad higher than OTCs, but not by much, so if I like Dunhill or Davidoff or whatever, I just buy that online.

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    I used to smoke drugstore brands, twenty years ago, when I was in the Army. It has all but disapeared from store shelves here in central Virginia. I have been reading some posts about them recently and, hearing what y'all had to say "has done flung a craving on me." LOL So I began keeping an eye out. Yesterd[s]ay I was in Danville Virginia, my job requires a bit of travel, around the state, and stopped at the Piggely Wiggely. I found Cap'n Black Gold (one of my old favs), Carter Hall, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Middletons Cherry (another old fav) for about $3.75 a bag.
    I was amazed at how well they lit up and burned all the way through as well as the good smoke. The taste brought back old memories. Frankly, I thought they were on par with the more expensive B&M blends and tinned stuff I have been livving off of for years. I am glad I picked them up and may start adding them to my rotation regular.

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    Sugar barel is under rated. I have to order it on line though. Captain black is OK if it is dried out enough.

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    After Balkan Sobranie was discontinued and before I could get on the internet I subsisted on pouches of MacBarens, any kind at all, that were sold in a now defunct local cigar & cigarette shop called Mom's Cigars or something like that. In the Flatiron district of Manhattan. Mom was a rather vivid senior personage who had wooden cigar store Indians surrounding the store, on the sidewalk. The MacBarens were always a little dried out & cost 50 cents. Sure miss Mom.

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    Sugar Barrel or Granger for me.

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