Re. Burley, a request and a question. What's a good smoking plain Burley available in bulk?
And how does plain Burley without dressing compare in taste and smoking characteristics
with some of the old OTC Burley-based tobaccos. I'm thinking of Granger, which I have in
supply, that is entirely Kentucky Burley, with a proprietary dressing referred to as "the Wellman
Process." Are these two different experiences, or is Granger a typical Burley with a minor
flavor twist? Granger is a legacy smoke, my dad's and (I think) his dad's. Both pipe smokers,
not sure when Granger arrived. Also, if anyone has bulk Burley blends to suggest, with
Virginias and/or anything else, that might be of interest. I have plenty of variety in the
tobacco locker, but am always exploring, like everyone in Forums.
MSO: I love C&D's burleys. As far as I'm concerned, C&D has a lock on fine burley leaf. You will find one page dedicated to the burley leaf here: http://www.cornellanddiehl.com/Burley_blends.html
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McBs Burley London Blend
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H&H's LJ Heart Burley. Nutty, and with a delicate salinity that makes it the perfect after dinner luxury smoke.
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Burley London is a good one. Good quality blend.
Granger is one of those stick-it-in-your-pipe-and-pay-no-attention-to-it-smoke-it-all-day blends - it's a codger burley,and that's what those are.
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I'm working on a few oz of C&D's Crooner... the jury is still out.
For whereas men of an older school, like myself, smoke for the pleasure of smoking...
Lots of good ideas here, and the floor is still open, but I definitely plan to try one of these
better Burley's, perhaps C&D first. I like to buy in bulk when I can. You're right about
Granger, Jud. I like it, but I don't want to have that be "my" Burley.
The Edgeworth Ready Rubbed at Pipes and Cigars is a bulk and is quite good in my very limited experience. I have 8oz of it jarred currently.
how does plain Burley without dressing compare in taste and smoking characteristics
Plain burley tastes like ... well, nothing. Burley has little actual flavor of it's own.
All the suggestions are good ones here, IMO. And none are heavily cased or topped, unlike too many "burley blends" which are often aromatics. Be aware, though, that some of these are blends -- the Mac Baren ones, for example, in my view have quite a bit of virginias (I like that, you may not).
If you're on a burley journey, C&D makes some excellent ones. You can call them directly, ask questions, even order some samples based on your preferences once you know exactly what they offer.
I agree that C&D offer many great burley blends. My top pics would have to be Haunted Bookshop and Big & Burley. Lane Limited also makes a mild bulk burley called Burley Light without a Bite. I often use it for blending.
My local independent pipe shop has the Lane burley so I may try with 2 oz. of that. I have some
blending tobaccos if it needs livening up. I am enjoying some McClelland red Virginia cake
without any added blending tobacco, but that's a different animal, and I might try that with the
Lane burley too. Possibilities. Buy local ... it's good not to have to pay shipping, and support
the local team, where possible.
I get my Lane BLWB at my local B&M as well. I try to support my B&M as much as possible. They are few and far between.
Just bought and tried the Lanes Ltd. Burley and find it an excellent smoke all by itself, with
great potential to blend with Virginia, and maybe Lat, Perique, Turkish, etc. But for me it stands on
its own, not flavorless the way it strikes some. Nice room note here. You get most of the
smoke, not much doddle. Thanks for the suggestions; I'll likely try others. Wouldn't want to
smoke just Burley, but it's a good one.
But for me it stands on its own, not flavorless the way it strikes some.
That's because certain flavor enhancers have been added to your burley. Plain burley, processed without them, is flat and flavorless.
Friends, any advice on what is best to blend with burley, and in what proportions?
I have a pound of Golden Burley that I purchased from Smokers' Haven a year ago. While the aroma is nice (cocoa), I find I cannot smoke this straight because it bites and burns like hell.
Does anyone have experience and recommendations on how to get the most out of burley? Mix with a Virginia? What type, how much, etc.?
Thanks in advance,
Sugar Barrel is a very good Burly for a cob especially, I'll send ya a sample if you would like.
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I have always recommended pipe smokers to try unadulterated tobaccos to really know what they taste like before they are blended with anything else. We have done this several times at our pipe club so that newer members/smokers can really appreciate a blend of tobaccos and see how they taste.
Straight Burley, Virginia vaieties, Perique and Latakia are easily obtainable from a good blending house.
Granger as a blend it is more than just a flavor twist as you described, it's an old time blend that has been cased with proprietary flavorings like many of the other Burley tobaccos, Half & Half, Prince Albert, Carter Hall would be other good examples. As for some fine Burley mixtures I would recommend any from L. j. Peretti in Boston, or Uhle's in Wisconsin which ate some of my personal favorites.
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Granger is a good smoke. I buy that by the can. But I also like Prince Albert. Lane's BLWB is a great one too to buy in bulk. If I had to rate the three, PA, BLWB, Granger. What is nice about Burleys are you can vary each a little with a sprinkle of any tobacco you like, Cavendish, Latakia, etc. As said above the old Codger Burleys are the best, no nonsense tobaccos. I have tried the London Burley and it isn't bad either. But again, to each his own, and that is why this hobby is so great, variety.
I havn't tried many burleys and I like them though not nearly as much as Virginia or English. My favorite I've tried so far is macbarens golden extra. It doesn't have the cocoa flavoring like the london burley. Which to me is too close to an aromatic for my tastes.
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