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Burley For The Evening Only Smoker

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  1. charf

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    I’m finding in this modern world I only have time for an evening smoke and I want it it to be fore filling. For me that means a decent Nic hit. I am finding more and more that means a good burley blend. I have watched a few of Matches360 blogs on YouTube and in one of those he says he is a “burley guy”. I am find that I am starting lean this way as well. Plenty of smoke and a nice relaxing pipe experience. Any of you found this too?

    Posted 3 months ago #
  2. brooklynpiper

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    I'm a big fan of haunted bookshop. I have one of those horn-stemmed Ropps that I always smoke it in. The pair found each other early into the pipe's life and now are monogamous. Something about the small bowl - not so much for the length of the smoke or the nic hit - but to me that sharpness of the flavor, absolutely lovely. Reminds me I have one bowl left of my current tin . . . must be going now...

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  3. chasingembers

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    I like the taste of burley but with all my tobacco I produce very little smoke. My nic tolerance is through the roof and I've never gotten a nic hit from smoking a pipe.

    I like coffee exceedingly.
    - H. P. Lovecraft
    Posted 3 months ago #
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    I think Burley has been underrated for quite some time now, and I'm a hardcore Burley guy. My main smoke is Cornell & Diehl's Three Friars.

    Much like Duane, a misspent youth chewing tobacco has left me impervious to nicotine, so I can't say about the nic-hit of various Burley blends, but the flavor is fantastic.

    De Gustibus Non Est Disputandum
    Posted 3 months ago #
  5. ray47

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    I'm a Burley smoker and at night I usually switch to a low nicotine blend because strong blends tend to keep me up at bedtime. I reserve the strong blends for morning when the strong blend and some black coffee get my heart started.

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    Burley is the true faith of piping! Latakia blends and Virginias have their merits and are worthy of consideration, but, there is no substitute for burley.

    Cheers,

    Chili

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    Posted 3 months ago #
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    C&D Burley Flake #1 is a great bedtime smoke for me. It has such a strong burley aroma that it is almost like a cigar. Love it.

    Michael
    Posted 3 months ago #
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    I'm a devoted burley smoker. I like other base tobaccos and blends and enjoy them a lot, but burley is central to me in my rotation. Interestingly, I don't seem to be that nicotine dependent. I enjoy a nicotine buzz when it arrives but almost never choose a blend for that purpose. Likewise, when I have to lay off pipe smoking for a cold or some other healing process, I don't have nicotine withdrawal at all. So burley has its charms with and without its nicotine dose. I love C&D and its special way with burley as a base tobacco and as a condiment and in various blends. C&D played a major role in rediscovering burley as a leaf for premium blends and not just a codger leaf.

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    I am not a fan of straight burley blends but do enjoy a number of vaburs. I would recommend trying Peterson Irish Flake and Mac Baren Old Dark Fired. Both of these have a good nicotine level with the IF being the stronger of the 2.

    Harris
    Posted 3 months ago #
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    I have gone through the typical evolution of Latakia then Virginia then VaPer. I prefer the later. But I had to eventually be honest with myself. I was "trying" to be a Virginia smoker. I felt that was the pinnacle of pipe smoking and what a refined guy should like. Eventually I realized that my favorites blends, my honest blends, then ones I truly want to smoke, are Burley based, either Burley flake or VaBurs. Then one day it hit, "damnit, I'm a Burley guy." I still enjoy and smoke all categories, but Burly is what my palate prefers.

    Neal
    Posted 3 months ago #
  11. homeatsea

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    This has been a very informative thread. I've tended to shy away from burleys and only smoked Va's and VaPers. This has made me think my next order should include a few VaBurs at least to see how I feel about them.

    -Home At Sea
    Posted 3 months ago #
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    I don't like categorizing myself or pigeonholing... I just like what is good. I think that once you open up to what burley can offer, and the many different types of burleys, you can come to appreciate many of the blends by C&D. Most of my favorites by them aren't straight burley or Virginia, but a mix. Virginia can bring a natural sweetness, and burley can bring a range of flavors, making for an oatmealy or nutty or even woodsy flavors, making a great balanced all natural range of flavors.

    Of course, Burley Flake #1 is the outlier.
    It brings da Funk to the party, ain't no funk like a burley funk, for when ya wants to get funked up. Let me hear ya now...

    All natural habit forming... straight from the mothership. all natural funk!!

    Posted 3 months ago #
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    It's no universal summary, but there's some truth in the saying that some like/love burley; some dislike it; and some can't taste it. I'm mostly in the group that likes it a lot.

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    I would have to agree. I find myself trying to appreciate English and Vaper blends and do enjoy them. Then I go back to Scotty's Butternut Burley and remember why I smoke a pipe.

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    For Burley I enjoy:


    C&D Old Joe Krantz/Haunted Bookshop
    Wessex Burley Slices
    HU Dockworker

    I see a lot of people mention 3P’s as a Burley blend and while it does have Burley in it, it tastes much more VA forward to me. Granted I would choose 3P’s above the ones mentioned any day of the week but I’m just a Plug happy sunnuva gun.

    Posted 3 months ago #
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    Great post, Neal. Exactly my experiences... I still smoke and quite enjoy everything... but on my desert island, I'm stocked up with Solani Silver Flake and ABF!

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    I love a burley blend. Haunted Bookshop is a favorite for sure.

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    I’m probably a Virginia guy if I had to categorize myself, but GLP Barbary Coast and Mac Baren HH Burley Flake were love at first smoke for me

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    Haha Cosmic has the ‘bama B-Funk going! Funkadelic. Cosmic Funklore!!

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  20. snoopy311

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    Knock yourself out with a large bowl of Five Brothers.

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  21. charf

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    Some interesting feedback above. I have just cracked my first tin of CD Haunted Bookshop and am loving that. Quite a dry ribbon from the tin. Hopefully some OJK should arrive soon and am looking forward to trying that as well.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  22. dntrose

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    I've found that old dark fired is very satisfying and I get one heckuva nic hit from it. After smoking ODK and English blend I find I'm losing all taste from my aromatics, is that a normal occurrence?

    Posted 3 months ago #

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