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BriarWorks, And C&D Change Gears In Packaging

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  1. cortezattic

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    Now this is something I can appreciate: packaging the stuff in 2oz. Mason jars.

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  2. pylorns

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    Yeah I'm a fan of this.

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    Huzza - well done and about time.

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    I agree, it seems like a great way to answer the many times asked question about "storage"

    I think the only downside of this would be for the retailer that needs to pay for the added weight for shipping, but then again, that cost will just be passed along to the consumer.

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    Not a fan at all. SPC's shipping rate is crazy high for low volume, like a few tins, so folks will probably not be bothered by the additional weight of the packaging. If you buy from some place that is more accommodating of a "trial" orders, like P&C, this adds unnecessary costs and concern for shippers. I don't like the redneck hipster factor either. But w/e.

    You guys go 'head and enjoy your beard inspired blend.

    #hipsterfail#

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    There will be lots of 'broken during shipment' claims in UPS's future.

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    Not a fan, if it was in a tin I might try it but doubtful.

    I don't like the redneck hipster factor either.

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    My two jars of Bacon Old Fashioned are out for delivery. Should have them here sometime around noon, and I'll post about how they are packed, and any breakage.

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    Btw, shipping wasn't any higher that I noticed.

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    I generally like glass containers for most everything. This makes sense to me.

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    I love glass jars, and I like the idea of this. But, I just haven't been impressed with some of the small lines of pipe tobacco that C&D have done for folks lately. I am usually the one advocating that tobacco is cheap as hell and that buying some to try it really shouldn't be an issue, but for me to try something like this after trying the Eltang and a few others, is a toss-up between this or just throwing money into the street.

    I guess as a pipemaker, it is a good deal to get your name out there on a tin, or umm, glass jar. Good for them. I am sure that many will buy this out of pure gimmick factor. But, after buying all that GLP Virginia Cream and then turning around and giving the stuff away because I just didn't like it, I can wait on this.

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    There will be lots of 'broken during shipment' claims in UPS's future.

    Yep. Especially with P&C's warehouse operation. If you're lucky you'll get two jars thrown in a box along with a piece of plastic wrap.

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    SPC's shipping is free on orders $50 or more right now.

    I've never understood people that only order two tins in one online order. To me it makes a lot more sense to save up and at least hit the usual $95 free shipping. Add those two tins to try in with restocking of blends you already enjoy.

    I wouldn't worry about the packaging and the mason jars breaking with SPC. They've always packed the boxes perfectly every time I've ordered from them.

    As for the mason jars I think it's a great idea. The VaPer and English are already good to go for aging.

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    If they're marked Fragile-Glass and packed with the usual air bags, breakage should be minimal. You'll get some but you get dented cans too.

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    I really find Mason jars to be very tough to break. They are boro glass that have been heat annealed. They are not very easy to break. My canning room has hundreds upon hundreds that get churned through when I go on the hunt for an odd shaped or sized jar. That said, if the package comes marked "Fragile" my postman sees this a challenge.

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    I just don't see the advantage over a nice, sealed tin. They work. I am getting the impression that a number of forum members transfer tobacco from sealed tins
    to mason jars regardless of the tin's condition etc. To me, this like wearing a belt and suspenders at the same time. For me, tins work very well.
    Mike S.

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    beard inspired blend

    Best cryptic reference to hipsters ever.

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    ^^^ That is a classic post

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    I just don't see the advantage over a nice, sealed tin. They work. I am getting the impression that a number of forum members transfer tobacco from sealed tins
    to mason jars regardless of the tin's condition etc. To me, this like wearing a belt and suspenders at the same time. For me, tins work very well.
    Mike S.

    Selling it in a jar saves you a step, plus it can be reused later. I suppose you could reuse a tin too but I wouldn't want to.

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    Yep. Especially with P&C's warehouse operation. If you're lucky you'll get two jars thrown in a box along with a piece of plastic wrap.

    That is what I envisage, too.


    beard inspired blend

    Best cryptic reference to hipsters ever.

    Hipsters have ruined beards and plaid. What's next? Retail tobacco packaging, apparently.

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    I'm just waiting on Duane to get back, so we can have some firsthand insight... because, honestly, my interest is piqued.

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    I personally think it's a pretty good idea. When I open a tin to smoke I jar it so this cuts out a step for me. Also I've yet to break a jar and if you were to ask anyone I work with they will all say I have butter fingers. ha ha

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    I hope they put Haddo's in jars.
    Thus far I've ordered 2 tins of C&D packaged aromatic and both were dry when I opened them. As an international customer return shipping is a nightmare so now I just avoid C&D aromatics.
    Sutliff is great, McClelland is great, but for C&D the jars are probably an improvement.

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    Corn cob pipes, tobacco in a jelly jar, pipe shops are about to start looking like a gift shop in the Smokeys or a Cracker Barrel Restaurant.

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    I like tins, I buy bulk to put into jars.

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    Terrible blend names aside, kudos for trying to think outside the tin.

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    Okay, just arrived, and I've unpacked and started smoking. The package was a heavy guage cardboard box, and its contents, two jars of Bacon Old Fashioned and an MM Mark Twain were thickly wrapped in multiple turns of bubble wrap. Each parcel was also thickly wrapped in brown shipping paper and the box was over packed with the same brown paper to ensure a snug fit of the parcels and to stop any movement. Very impressed here, and everything arrived in one piece.

    Review Time
    The tin note, or in this case, "jar note" is citrus with heavy bourbon. Makes me think of a well seasoned whiskey barrel. The cavendish really helps fill out the body of the smoke, and I suspect it to be unsweetened as I am getting no vanilla, but a nice bitterness. Retrohaling really lets the bourbon shine through, and the interplay of the Virginia's sweetness with the Dark Fired's smoky-earthiness really simulates an almost smoked pork, or even bacon if you stretch your imagination a bit. No discernable bite, and actually quite enjoyable in a cob, and coming from me about an aro, that's high praise. Probably not for everyone, and I wouldn't call it an all day smoke, but not bad. Four out of five here, and it would probably make a great after dinner smoke.

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    I understand the idea of selling a blend in jars,what I don't understand is the apparent practice of buying tin,opening the tin and doing so for the sole purpose of
    transferring the contents to a jar to further age. I don't mean buying a new blend, trying it and then jarring it. That I get. It sounds like some buy five tins and transfer them all to jars.
    Mike S.

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    For those wandering, they are Kerr Self Sealing Mason jars.

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    As bad as I hate hearing this in reviews, it did burn down to a nice white ash.

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    The majority of tobacco in my "cellar" is in the original tins. I do worry some about the rectangular tins and have those in a secondary container.

    I like this approach and the ability to reuse the jar. I don't have to worry about recycling a tin or finding some other creative use for it.

    If this catches on, I wonder if suppliers, like SPC, will offer the jar as an option for bulk tobacco purchases?

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    like tins, I buy bulk to put into jars.

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    Same here, my tins stay sealed until I'm ready to smoke them, and the unused contents are transferred to a jar in my open rotation.

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    "You guys go 'head and enjoy your beard inspired blend.

    #hipsterfail#"

    bigpond, I've had my beard since 1972. Growing it had nothing to do with being a "hipster" which didn't even exist back then and everything to do with serving on an icebreaker off the coast of Alaska. I personally resent the tarring of all beard wearers with the term "hipster".

    I don't worry about the shipping costs when I buy online because I tend to purchase enough to get the free shipping. On the other hand, I prefer tins of tobacco and I do take tobacco I'm not going to smoke within a month or two and move it into mason jars.

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    On my fourth bowl of BOF, and even after my initial thoughts in the above review, I'm liking this blend more. Will probably add a few more jars to my cellar, and try BriarWorks other offerings.

    As for the hipster nonsense, I wear a long mustache at the request of my daughters, and the jarred tobacco is just a way of BW setting a "maker's mark" for their product. For those thinking these things to be "hipster", just remember that there are alot more people that think that sticking a pipe in your jaw is a hipster move.

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    the jarred tobacco is just a way of BW setting a "maker's mark" for their product.

    I think this is correct, but it's clear what audience in America buys most for the ironic packaging.

    I like tins. I'd be interested to see if putting the blend in a jar keeps it any fresher, but none of these blends really interest me from the description.

    Russ had said here, IIRC, that P&C was working on its packing/shipping issues. I've never known him to lie or tell a convenient partial truth, but I also know how much time packing can eat up. So there's probably a skillful compromise going on there, balancing efficiency against the need to insulate tins and jars against the basketball players of the postal service.

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    See my review post above. SPC packed my box so tight that nothing moved about. Haven't had a whole lot of luck with P&C.

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    Great review. I'm hoping for another test order from P&C one of these days, but I've been impressed with SPC packing in the past.

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    I've had my beard since 1972

    I have not had mine nearly as long, but it predates the arrival of hipsters in my neck of the woods. Actually, I am more often told I look like a Duck Dynasty dude. Except when the commentator is a knows-no-better kid, I get a little annoyed at the comparison. Most of the people who draw the comparison seem to think they are paying me a compliment, and that somehow makes the comments worse.

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    Just grew my beard for the first time in years... IT'S GREY!

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    "There will be lots of 'broken during shipment' claims in UPS's future."

    Uh huh.
    How much does the weight of the jar out weigh the baccy. Is shipping free?

    Smoking Pipes does pack everything up well.

    My baccy in tins or bulk goes into mylar foiled zip pouches so jar expense is wasted for me. Gallons for tins. Pints, and quarts,of bulk orders and little ones for sending samples . No weight no waste

    Hipsters are ok but I would rather have a breaster

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    As for the hipster nonsense, I wear a long mustache at the request of my daughters, and the jarred tobacco is just a way of BW setting a "maker's mark" for their product. For those thinking these things to be "hipster", just remember that there are alot more people that think that sticking a pipe in your jaw is a hipster move.

    I've continually seen the "hipster" term thrown around on here, it seems that many members believe: facial hair=hipster. I live in southern california, land of the hipsters, you'll find many with facial hair, as well as many without. I've had a beard since college (8-9 years now), but never once has anyone said I looked or acted like a hipster... What's next? Should we stop wearing shoes since hipsters wear shoes?

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