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Best Ky/Va, Ky/Perique Blend Currently Available?

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  1. diamondback

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    Howdy y’all! Found a second to post, so...

    I know this is subjective, but I’m on a DFK kick and am looking for some great blends to try.

    MacB’s ODF, and GLP’s Jackknife and Cumberland are some blend I know and love. Any others I should put on my radar? Will mention I’m not a big fan of Lakeland.

    Thanks!

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    PS: my thanks in advance! I don’t have much spare time for... probably end of summer (Cigar season). Construction contractors... I love ‘em. Bless their hears.

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    Peterson Irish Flake for a dark KY/burley is pretty great

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    Savinelli Doblone D'oro is a good one.

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    MacBaren HH Bold Kentucky - an amped-up ODF
    Gawith & Hoggarth Dark Flake - I prefer the Unscented
    Gawith & Hoggarth Dark Bird's Eye
    Gawith & Hoggarth Brown Irish X Rope
    GL Pease JackKnife Plug
    Peterson's Perfect Plug aka "3P's"
    Samuel Gawith 1792 Flake

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    C&D Speakeasy

    Really nice red VAs and KY, plus a little bit of rum. Sweet and spicy, a little fruit and a touch of cedar.

    GL Pease Sixpence

    Similar to Speakeasy, but with Perique. Similar flavors, but more plummy, dark fruit here. Inspired by the original Three Nuns.

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    #1 on Dark Birds Eye

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    Love HH Bold Kentucky. It's a real sipper. Strong and good.

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    I’m partial to Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky. Some people think it has an artificial quality about it, and I sort of agree, but that’s actually why I like it so much. For me I get this mix of licorice and sweet baking spice flavors and it’s really damn good.

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    I’m gonna throw C&D 5 O’clock Shadow in the hat as I have been enjoying it lately. Good luck on your quest!

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    I've also been on a big DFK kick lately. +1 on everything Cossack Jack listed (except the 3P, which I haven't tried yet - now on the list). The GH Dark Flake unscented is especially fantastic, good nicotine dose, and I don't get any Lakeland essence from it at all (personally, I really like the stuff, but understand why you wouldn't). +1 also on the Orlik DSK. Like mtwaller, I actually like the DSK licorice; anyway, I don't notice it once it's in the bowl, just lovely spiced sweetness. I just ordered some tins of War Horse Plug and WH Ready Rubbed (on sale now at P&C) - they sound delicious, and judging from the reviews, they're quite DFK-forward.

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    I’m about ready to pull the trigger on War Horse Green for the first time and I’m way too excited about it. Licorice + Plug + Nicotine will make me one happy camper. I hope. Or it could taste dreadful, who knows... but presumably +1 for all War Horse blends.

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    I like ODF. Bold Kentucky is pure burley without the virginia sweetness present in ODF. Too much burley for me, but you might like it.
    PPP is Dark Fired + some empire virginias and a fruity plum like top note.
    Irish Flake is darker and stronger with a subtle top note of anis and something flowery, but it's very subtle. Dark Fired and dark, strong virginias dominate.
    1792 is a must try and Lakeland Dark is its unscented brother. Perhaps even better.

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    Thank you gentlemen!

    I bought some HH DBK, Orlik DSK, and Jackknife plug. I’ve got some 5 O’clock that I’ve yet to try - I’d forgotten about that tin so thanks for mentioning it. I couldn’t find any G&H Dark Flake unscented nor 3P. I need to make a sweep through my local B&M.

    Oh, then I saw today’s thread about potential online sales going away, and put in a massive order of close to 15 lbs of my favorite blends. My wife is going to go through the roof. Reckon what it’ll cost to get my roof fixed?

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    I enjoyed a tin of Russ Oullette's Fire Storm, a Va/Per/DF. If I wasn't such a slow smoker stacked so deep, I'd order more.

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    Thank you, mso489! I’ll try some of that.

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    My recent roof was $12k...

    +1 on the Sixpence

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    D'oblone D'oro from Sav as mentioned, is a really straight-between-the-eyes ky/va for sure, and if it's too rough around the edges, Club Blend from Mac Baren is a sort of sweeter cousin to it. I prefer Club, a friend of mine prefers the D'oblone.

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    Oh and if you can get Scottish Cake from McConnell, it has both as well, I believe.

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    Watch City Flake 558

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    +1 for Dark Birdseye and Orlik DSK. Both staples in my rotation.

    GL Pease Navigator is supposed to be a sleeper KY blend, although I have yet to open my tin of it.

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    I regularly smoke Sixpence, C&D Bluegrass, Jackknife Plug, Old Dark Fired, and sparingly smoke my small stash of Directors Cut. Im really finding these days that I love most blends that contain Dark Fired. Recently got some Dark Birdseye, I cant wait to try it out.

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    KY tobaccos immediately became favorites for me, there is something about that barbeque-ish smell and taste that strike me as real raw old fashioned tobacco. I've smoked Cumberland and Bold Kentucky and look forward to try out Jackknife Plug, War Horse and others. Absolutely awesome.

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    Revor Plug.

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    Hal o’ the Wynd

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    I’m pretty sure I got a bad batch (2oz tin) of GLP Sixpence. Smoked a bowl a couple days ago.

    I didn’t taste anything except some bready Virginia. I detected an extremely slight hint of booze (tin note only), and no real flavor other than what I suspect was from the Va. I’ve been ‘piping’ for a good seven years now, and I’m at least intermediate in sussing out the various flavors in a professional blend. I’m no Jim Inks, but I didn’t switch over from cigars yesterday.

    I’d trade what’s left for a single pouch of Five Brothers. I’m speaking figuratively of course, but my tin of Sixpence is sawdust. Yes I lit it gently. Char light, true light, took slow sips and retrohaled, all that jazz. I’d loaded up a bowl into a MM CG pipe, as I always do with my first trial of a new blend. Smoked it through over the course of about 45 minutes. It burned faster than I’d expected given the thickness of the long strands of it that I teased out from a flake or so that I let dry for ~15 minutes. I’m not sure I would have smoked the entire bowl, but I kept slowing down, wondering how I was so far off the mark from what I read on TR about it. It can’t be so bad that it’s less tasty than my first home blend - lol - so I’ll give it another try from a new tin... someday perhaps.

    Willing to bet it’s just a QC issue. In the interim, I’ll let it sit until next Fall and try it again.

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    testing/Al

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    Long time lurker, motivated to join to comment on this one.

    I’m pretty sure I got a bad batch (2oz tin) of GLP Sixpence. Smoked a bowl a couple days ago.

    I didn’t taste anything except some bready Virginia. I detected an extremely slight hint of booze (tin note only), and no real flavor other than what I suspect was from the Va. I’ve been ‘piping’ for a good seven years now, and I’m at least intermediate in sussing out the various flavors in a professional blend. I’m no Jim Inks, but I didn’t switch over from cigars yesterday.

    I’d trade what’s left for a single pouch of Five Brothers. I’m speaking figuratively of course, but my tin of Sixpence is sawdust. Yes I lit it gently. Char light, true light, took slow sips and retrohaled, all that jazz. I’d loaded up a bowl into a MM CG pipe, as I always do with my first trial of a new blend. Smoked it through over the course of about 45 minutes. It burned faster than I’d expected given the thickness of the long strands of it that I teased out from a flake or so that I let dry for ~15 minutes. I’m not sure I would have smoked the entire bowl, but I kept slowing down, wondering how I was so far off the mark from what I read on TR about it. It can’t be so bad that it’s less tasty than my first home blend - lol - so I’ll give it another try from a new tin... someday perhaps.

    I'm right there with you! I picked up a tin of Sixpence about a month ago after reading so many stellar reviews and it was the biggest letdown I've had to date. Its two ounces of friggin nothing. No taste. No aroma. I've probably tried six or seven bowls various ways and no dice. I actually found it difficult to get going, and then burned hot as hell. Another bowl dried nicely and rubbed out fine. No flavor.

    I thought it was me until I read the comment above. I kind of hope it is just an off batch, means there might be hope for getting a good tin someday.

    Does anyone absolutely LOVE Sixpence and have several tins of experience with it? If so I'd be willing to send them my remaining tin to get their opinion on it.....just for my own peace of mind.

    Alex

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    I thought it was me until I read the comment above. I kind of hope it is just an off batch, means there might be hope for getting a good tin someday.

    Thank you!

    I was half expecting a barrage of “You don’t know what you’re doing!” posts.

    I’m glad I’m not alone, but am sad that we didn’t get to taste a blend that seems very blissful for some. Surely it’s a QC issue. I bought my tin from SPC in March of this year I believe. If not March it was close. NOT a commentary on SPC by any stretch - I’ve spent quite a bit of money there and have always had exemplary service. If I get the chance or the inclination to buy another tin, it will probably be from them. Though to be honest I’m once bit, twice shy on Sixpence.

    Welcome to the forum, Alex!

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    H&H El Nino. I have not had a bad one from the Marquee series yet but as a big fan of ODF this one really struck an accord with me. In fact I am going to load a pipe of it now.

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