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C&D Serenity Series - KInda Creepy?

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  1. sablebrush52

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    There's something about this series that just creeps me out. The tin art for Consolation and Repose looks like an escapee from a Victorian funeral while Reverie and Comfort have the sort of artwork one might see on circa 1970's "feminine health" products. The sales pitch doesn't help. Is this a stealth series aimed at women pipers? Has anyone smoked these?

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    They do have a unique character -- atypical of the run of the mill tin art.

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    Inspired by the Frog Morton series?

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    I tried Bridge Mixture and I'm having a hard time keeping it lit

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    I did notice the series' artwork. The first thing that jumped out to me was the tin art for Repose. It just might be impossible to read for people with certain types of color blindness (where reds are indistinguishable from darker blues/purples). Consolation might fall into the color blindness problem category, too.

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    There's something about this series that just creeps me out. The tin art for Consolation and Repose looks like an escapee from a Victorian funeral while Reverie and Comfort have the sort of artwork one might see on circa 1970's "feminine health" products. The sales pitch doesn't help. Is this a stealth series aimed at women pipers? Has anyone smoked these?

    The Serenity Series first came out ages ago (I can't remember; 2004 maybe?) and all are blends created by William Serad, with assistance from Craig Tarler.

    The revamped artwork was done by Calvin Miller, head of marketing for Laudisi (parent company to C&D and Smokingpipes.com etc), with a nod to the late 19th century Arts and Crafts Movement (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arts_and_Crafts_movement). Think William Morris.

    We definitely weren't shooting for creepy when we updated the tin art for these...perhaps seeing the whole label instead of just a front shot makes this more obvious.
    Here's Comfort:
    http://assets.smokingpipes.com/images/CD_Tin_Art/RNON-3122.pdf
    And Consolation:
    http://assets.smokingpipes.com/images/CD_Tin_Art/RNON-3113.pdf

    Anyway, not sure if any of that makes it less creepy, but thought it might be of interest.

    As a side note, Bridge Mixture isn't part of the Serenity series.

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    When I saw the serenity series advertised, I was too busy figuring out how I thought the constituent tobaccos would blend to think about the language, but now that sablebrush mentions it, there is something resonant of the funeral chapel in the names of the blends, even Bridge Mixture, and certainly Solace and Comfort. Would you like to view the aged blend? Sign the guest book?

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    Man, thinking about it in funeral terms, even the names of the blends sound like words in a eulogy.

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    Right up Nate's alley? I bought a tin of Comfort, and Repose, but haven't opened them yet.

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    Spot on Sablebrush. I hate C&D tin art so much it's almost as bad as Mac Baren

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    I know it's way off topic, but has anyone actually tried what's inside the tins?

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    Afraid soylent green may be a component?

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    Generally, I enjoy C&D blends. I think they are the master burley blenders right now. I like Billy Budd, Old Joe Krantz, Dark Burley, Big'n'Burley. Riverboat Gambler is not a big seller, but I have a tin I've aged that I'm thinking will be quite good; we shall see. When someone tries one of the Serenity Series blends, I'd like to hear about it. The macabre tone of the names of the blends probably don't matter.

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    Yo wo

    I'm particularly fond of an original Serenity, Longevity. It is a huge Lat, using Syrian. Then after the fire, C&D created Longevity II, using Cyprian. I have significant stocks of both, so I'm happy. I have puffed most of the other Serenity series, and find them whimsical. Wm. Serad came to last Thursday's Morley's and we chatted about these reissues. He was bemused by C&D's decision to reintroduce these blends. I'm guessing that since they pre-date the FDA's 2007 Deeming date that they are worth trying to re-establish a market for.

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    Les, I find it interesting that C&D is trading on William's name, but didn't bother to tell him about the reissue.

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    I've never tried them, but I look forward to it. I love 70's feminine health products.

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    Got that not so fresh feeling Mayfair?

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    @Chasingembers - Yeah, them pipe cleaners don't help this time of the month.

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    @Chasingembers - Yeah, them pipe cleaners don't help this time of the month.

    Not even fluffies?

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    I absolutely agree! I was really curious about these blends but the tin art was so off-putting I decided not to. I think creepy is a pretty good descriptor. They needed to flesh out the product description to overcome the oddness of the label, but I recall it being minimal at release.

    Anyway, this may be the first time tin art has served as prophylactic for TAD.

    Sykes, the full band art does indeed look nice but it will be missed entirely by online shoppers. Imo put a pin in Mr Miller and see what the Sillyoldbear can come up with.

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    Les, I find it interesting that C&D is trading on William's name, but didn't bother to tell him about the reissue.

    We asked William for his permission to continue to make these blends and he gave it, for what it's worth.

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    I know it's way off topic, but has anyone actually tried what's inside the tins?

    Kind of curious here myself... they look like fun.

    These strike me as more Victorian in that, despite the rather theocratic names, they are designed to be under-stated, and that always impresses me more than the overblown.

    Yep, back to the shopping cart to find out what is going on here... in-depth investigation is required!

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    I've tried Bridge Mixture. It's a shag cut (Dunhill style) Latakia, red Virginia, bright Virginia, red cavendish, perique, Turkish and dark fired. It's not Lat. Heavy, reminds me of Buffalo Soldier but more complex. I love it. I've smoked a tin and refused to do a review because, a) it changes so much from bowl to bowl b) I don't do reviews anymore c) to keep it from you tobacco hoarders, because I'm hoarding it myself

    I don't know what your into Sable, but if you like a little Latakia in your Kitchen Sink Mixtures, you'll like Bridge Mixture.

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    Is everything in the series based around the black cavendish?

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    I don't know what your into Sable, but if you like a little Latakia in your Kitchen Sink Mixtures, you'll like Bridge Mixture.

    Well, it sounds good. And I've regained my taste for Latakia, so maybe I'll give that one a try. Thanks!

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    I still don't get it... why are these creepy? Do you just creep out really easily? I don't see it.

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    I think I know what he is talking about. Scalloped shapes. They are creepy, like seashells and certain noodles.

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    Do you just creep out really easily?

    Oh hell no.

    But this funereal Victorian tin art, or the "springtime" '70's feminine hygiene product tin art work, with names like "Consolation" and "Repose" for the funeral art and "Reverie" for the hygiene art just strike me as a bit creepy when applied to pipe tobacco. I'm not suggesting that "Sweaty Balls", "Hanging Entrails", or "Demented Gazing Geezer" would be an improvement.

    EDIT: Do I really want to be reminded of funerals when I'm lighting up a pipe?

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    I think I know what he is talking about. Scalloped shapes. They are creepy, like seashells and certain noodles.

    Exactly. It's part of the curse of being visual.

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    I'm not suggesting that "Sweaty Balls", "Hanging Entrails", or "Demented Gazing Geezer" would be an improvement.
    I now have the names for my next three blends! Thanks, Sablebrush!

    Personally, I applaud their choice of tin art for these blends. It's refreshing.

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    Exactly. It's part of the curse of being visual

    Can you say that in semaphore, please?

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    Can you say that in semaphore, please?

    I could, but it would take up the entire server.

    I think I know what he is talking about. Scalloped shapes.

    Actually, I didn't really register the scallops, more the inward facing spikes surrounding "Consolation" and "Repose". Having seen the rest of the tin art helps resolve the intent, but that's not what's facing the viewer. And using a red for repose just doesn't work, but that's just art stuff.

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    To me, nothing says "art" like Times New Roman.

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    At least it's not as bad as a D&R label....

    Now, for the interpretative dance version of that comment... stay tuned.

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    I'm in the "funereal Victorian solemnity" camp. I think what really drove it home was after seeing this thread, seeing the SPC ad showing them stacked vertically. It looks like they'd have a carte de visite of a dead Victorian child inside like trading cards.

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