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  1. flintlockjohn

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    I threw a pouch of this in with my recent tobacco sampler order, and I am very glad that I did. I wasn't too sure about it when I smelled the nuttiness of the pouch aroma. I was worried that like some other tobaccos I have tried, the flavor would be lacking. Still, nothing ventured, nothing gained, so last night after work I loaded some CH in a cob and fired it up. What a pleasant surprise! After the charring light the tobacco burned evenly, produced satisfying clouds of smoke without overheating either my mouth or the pipe, and had a very pleasant taste. It smoked all the way down to the bottom of the bowl with only one relight. The taste was good all the way through, and there was no unpleasant aftertaste this morning when I woke up. Carter Hall is definitely one I will add to my cellar; now all I need is to try get some Walnut to mix with it.

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    Its good mixed with Northwoods too

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    If you like aros its good mixed with 1Q or CBR

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    I have not had any Carter Hall in twenty years, I am travelling and just stopped at, of all places, a Piggely Wiggely, to get a newspaper. Behind the counter I noticed Carter Hall, Middeltons Cherry and Sir Walter Raleigh Aromatic. Only $3.47 each. I got one of each. Took me right back to my days in the Army, when I first started smoking a pipe just to drive the musquetoes away in Alaska. I have not actually lit up the CH yet but I am looking forward to it.

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    Wow...piggly wiggly really..I thought those were all gone!!

    ETA:They're just gone from Texas apparently

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    Wow...piggly wiggly really..I thought those were all gone!!

    Hahaha! I have a piggly wiggly t-shirt! They are all over NC and SC around the coast. That's really the only place I have seen them.

    I do recall wearing the shirt out and a small kid noticed it and said, "Oh what's piggly wiggly?" The mom said, "He must be from a small town, those aren't around much anymore." Lol!

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    It won't set the world on fire, but it does what it does and does so quite well.

    I, too, mix Carter Hall 50/50 with Walnut. TBH, I think CH is good straight and it will mix well with just about anything. Got an aromatic that's too sweet? CH it. Got an English that's too pungent? CH it.

    Mild mannered Carter Hall to the rescue

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    Another Carter Hall thread! The duct tape of pipe tobaccos! You can do anything with it! - bp

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    Another Carter Hall thread!

    Well, it's the first Carter Hall thread I've started.

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    Carter Hall deserves all the love it gets! - bp

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    Guess I'm going to have to break down and pick up a pouch next time at the smoke shop. CH, 2 varieties of CB, a handful of Middleton blends (pretty good OTC selection, luckily, right near home) but can't for the life of me find Walnut locally…

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    For those unaware, Walnut, one of the best OTCs out there IMO, is only available in 12 ounce tubs and in my experience, a lot harder to find than, say Carter Hall or Prince Albert.

    4Noggins AFAIK is the only vendor that sells Walnut at "bulk" prices (2 ounces minimum).

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    I believe you are right, rothnh. Walnut is really tough to find - I don't believe I have ever seen it in a shop - you have to get it online, unless you are very fortunate and have a huge b&m. IMO, it is the only OTC worth smoking.

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    I have 2-14 oz tubs of Carter Hall that should be at my door tomorrow

    Kent

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    Carter Hall deserves all the love it gets!
    Yes. Yes it does.

    For whereas men of an older school, like myself, smoke for the pleasure of smoking...
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    +1 wildcat...

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    CH is like the ketchup of the pipe world. Goes good on anything.

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    In every forum, and almost every post on blending, CH is the usual base.

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    I just bought a 1.5 oz box / pouch. Likely will take my maiden voyage with it this afternoon. I've never paid any attention to OTCs really, but there must be something to this one. If nothing else I can use it to blend in with the stronger tobaccos like Irish Flake and 1792 Flake to cut down the harshness a bit.

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    I picked up some CH cherry, didn't care for it too much at the time, but then again I was sick and on alot of meds so everything had an odd taste for me. Now tho opening the jar its kinda of smells like an oatmeal cookie... strange... maybe I will try it for breakfast tomorrow....hmmm maybe I should order some meat candy and have a 2 course breakfast... sorry kids I know its smells like I cooked but here's your cereal

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    I picked up some CH cherry, didn't care for it too much at the time,

    are u sure darjones?
    i never heard of CH Cherry?

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    Cant beat CH My k woods love the stuff[b]

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    I picked up some CH cherry, didn't care for it too much at the time

    The way I see it, blending Carter Hall with an aromatic, whatever the topping -- cherry, berry, don't matter what the topping is, or what the tobacco is cased with -- the whole purpose of doing so is to dilute that forwardness of the aromatic's non-tobacco flavor aspects and the bring forward the taste of actual, real tobacco flavor.

    I suppose there might be some other esoteric, personal reason to mix CH with an aro, but TBH, I can't think of any that would make sense or actually work out.

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    oh sweet jesus im stupid yep your right its not carter hall ive have had such bad TAD recently ive gotten my names mixed up sorry everyone... wait on second look it is middleton and from what I can tell they are the same company?

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    Got some in my last TAD order and tried it a couple days ago. The good part was that it burned cool in a pipe that usually burns unbearably hot. It didn't heat up even when I pushed it. The not so good was that, while it did actually have flavor contradicting what I have read, it tasted just a teensy bit too much like a cheap cigar to be spectacular. I'll probably keep some in stock but it will be my pissed-off or work smoke rather than my pleasure smoke.

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    I lit up my "piggely wiggely CH" and it was good. So was the SWR. The Middletons Cherry was not as good as I had recalled though. I am finishing up a bowl of SWR right now. They shan't replace my nicer 'backy's but I think I shall be keeping them on my shelf from now on.

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    They shan't replace my nicer 'backy's but I think I shall be keeping them on my shelf from now on.

    That's pretty much my take on Carter Hall -- it won't set the world on fire, but I like it -- kinda like a "yard 'gar." Blended 50/50 with Walnut gives it more oomph and the flavors are tasty.

    It's not going to replace my favorites either, but "Wal-Hall" has a solid spot in my rotation.

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    I followed everyone's lead and dropped by a tobacco store and picked up a 1.5 oz pouch of CH today. I couldn't find Walnut so Wal-Hall is for another day. CH itself is quite unremarkable. However if mixed 50/50 with a bitey English blend, this makes a pretty good smoke. I take a lot of vitamin C so my body chemistry is probably more acidic than average. Since Burleys are on the alkaline side, I find mixing them with acidic Virginias greatly reduces tongue bite. Today I have mixed CH with Northwoods, CountrySide and a McC Oriental blend. I quite enjoyed myself and experienced a huge reduction in tongue bite. I think I will try mixing CH with aromatics next.
    I would also like to try a pure Burley blend (CH has some Virginia)for a mixer and see if that removes tongue-bite altogether. Maybe Boswell's Premium Burley? I don't know if it will mix as well as CH but it is worth a try. Any other suggestions out there?

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    Flyguy, be careful with burleys as some (actually many) are aromatics and too often not advertised as such. Burley, compared to other tobacco leaves, has little flavor of its own, so even "all burley" blends usually use some sort topping. The Boswell Premium Burley you mention, for example, has black cavendish and, IIRC, some vanilla in it.

    I not crazy over it, but Solani Aged Burley Flake is loved by many if not most burley lovers; it's absolutely top quality, and if there is a topping, it's so light I couldn't detect it.

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    Im not a big aromatic guy CH is actually pretty tasty! And for 3 bucks a pouch you really cant beat it! I figured since it has been around so long that it must be somewhat decent. It is ony of my favorite "on the go" tobaccos! Its pretty good with some jim beam mixed in as well. I usually add about a shot's worth to the pouch and mix it up well then let it sit for a couple days to dry a bit. I am always trying new things with this blend because its easy and cheap to replace if I screw it up! +1 for CH!

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    The best characteristic of CH is its burning quality. I would not consider CH an aro. It seems to mix well with other blends and burns evenly to the bottom of the bowl. CH produces a nice thick smoke which greatly adds to the enjoyment of the main tobacco without overpowering it. The reduction of bite is the big advantage. I am smoking CH and Autumn Evening (a tobacco that bites the heck out of me), 50/50 with little bite. Does anyone know the percentage of Burley vs Virginia in CH? Roth, your point is well taken as a sugary topping could cause bite also, even in a Burley.

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    Does anyone know the percentage of Burley vs Virginia in CH?

    The only ingredient info that I could find is from Middleton's own description: 'Cross cut Burleys with a sprinkling of Virginia flake'.

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    'Cross cut Burleys with a sprinkling of Virginia flake'.

    I would take that as meaning very little Virginia content (mostly Burley). Thanks coalsmoke.

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    I'm thinking the virginia content in Carter Hall is 15-20%.

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