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Cigar Leaf Blends

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  1. blackadderlxx

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    Hey all. So I just tried Habana Daydream. It was the first time I've ever had a cigar leaf blend. I really enjoyed it. When I switched to pipes from cigars I found that I liked the versatility of all the tobacco blend types better than cigars, but this was a nice return to where I came from. I can imagine some kind of cigar blend making it into my rotation.

    Do any of you like cigar leaf blends? What is your favorite?

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    Here's my favorite, although Peases' Key Largo is my number two. The Wilke blend adds a bit of sweetness with the Black Cavendish, but it is a bit expensive at $73 per pound. Key Largo is a FULL tobacco with a more reasonable price tag.

    Wilke Churchill

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    Never even heard of Wilke. Thanks.

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    Hearth and Home’s Virginia Spice is a VaPer with an added cigar leaf to give it a heavier smoke feel, plus a little spice. It’s a very creative use of the leaf in a blend. Key Largo is my beach or poolside favorite in the summer. But, sometimes I will add some sliced madura cigars to an aromatic to buff it up a little.

    Michael
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    1. McClelland Dominican Glory Maduro (my all time favorite cigar leaf blend, I have 2 unopened tins left)
    2. G.L. Pease Key Largo (deeply cellared)
    3. G.L. Pease Robusto
    4. BriarWorks International Country Lawyer (good blend, this one approaches a real cigar flavor)
    5. PGC Hajenius Cigar Malt (Germany, rare, if ever in Germany grab some)

    Neal
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    I smoke C&D's Billy Budd, but only rarely. It's a great blend, but it can wear out my pallet if smoked on a regular basis.

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    D&R Don Giovanni Sigaro is a very good cigar blend.
    It is shipped a bit dry, just add a little moisture and you are good to go.
    jiminks gave it 4 stars that says a lot.

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    I’ll have to second Billy Budd as a favorite cigar leaf blend.

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    C&D's Billy Budd
    You can NOT have to much of this in your cellar, Great stuff...

    "the weez"...
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    I smoke C&D's Billy Budd, but only rarely. It's a great blend, but it can wear out my pallet if smoked on a regular basis.

    Agree 100%. I love the stuff, but I find it's best as an occasional treat.

    De Gustibus Non Est Disputandum
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    C&D Purple Cow

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    Robert McConnell's Pure Havana.

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    C&Ds Mad Fiddler Flake has Kasturi, I believe it's an Indonesian filler cigar leaf, in it and I really liked that blend.

    "The thinking man always smokes a Peterson." -Peterson of Dublin
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    Robert Lewis 123 Mixture would be my #1 pick.

    Also, I agree with Pipestud. Rob McConnell Pure Havana (the older tins) is great for using in home blending and tweeking Virginias and Latakia mixtures.

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    I like Billy Budd. Since I have many blends available, my choices are more than a rotation, but I always look forward to Billy Budd. Also, you can order condimental cigar leaf from various blenders (from C&D when you order Billy Budd for example) and use the cigar leaf as a supplement to other blends, especially when finishing off a jar, tin, tub or pouch, to see how it harmonizes. I always remind people this has nothing to do with duplicating a cigar smoking experience. A good cigar is a beautiful thing and can't be duplicated in a pipe, yet I prefer the pipe experience over all. I'd like to try some other good cigar leaf blends; Key Largo seems generally well-liked.

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    Oriental Dusk, which is a John Patton blend from 4noggins is a blend that I really enjoy. I’d never heard of it until Saltedplug made me aware of it. Very deep, rich, chocolatey oriental forward cigar leaf blend.

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    It's not very heavy on cigar leaf but I like HU Nyala a lot. The cigar is there but doesn't overwhelm.

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    Strangely I haven't had many cigar leaf blends and I've created more than I've smoked, but I did also enjoy Mad Fiddler Flake and I think it will age beautifully.

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    Lane's Andullo is reviewed well on tobaccoreviews.com, though I have not tried it yet.

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    What’s the counter foil , opposite end of the spectrum , to the acidic cigar / Virginia taste ?

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    Actually Bluto, red Virginias are color treated/fermented using the same process as cigar leaf. It is the heightened acidity that give the cigar its cigary-ness. I am not sure there are opposites in tobacco flavors.

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    Hmmm ... opposite is the wrong word

    How about counter to .. for example a light blended whisky vs sms , or dry vs sweet..

    Acidic vs ?

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    Maybe acidic verses base? But really the difference between a really base tobacco and an acidic one is maybe a one PH unit. A heavy burley would be more base. Or, maybe look at it like Chinese foods, a balance between sweet, sour, spicy hot, and refreshingly cooling.

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    John Patton's:

    'Storm Front'....mild, sweet, easy to smoke....really nice aroma and flavor.
    'Dark and Stormy'....sam as above but with the addition of a small amount of Latakia leaf. i found it slightly harsh.

    4 Noggins sells mixtures that contain cigar-leaf. Try buying a few ounces of mild cigar trimmings- from a cigar hand roller- and add some cigar-leaf to your favorite blend(s).... for a little more interest and complexity.

    Frank
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    One more cigar blend that doesn't receive much mention is Planta's Full English.

    The original recipe used Syrian Latakia, but now uses Cyprian, Virginia and Java cigar leaf. Good stuff when it can be found.

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    C&D’s chopped cigar leaf is tasty all on its own. I also use it as a mixer when trying to add some volume to the smoke.

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    For future searches, I want to add a blend that I tried. 4noggins bread loaf. It's very tasty. The cigar is not overwhelming. And there is a bread kind of note every once and a while which I love.

    Posted 9 months ago #
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    thefishguy, I agree. C&D cigar leaf is a pleasant pipe tobacco on its own, mild but flavorful, to me.

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    I recently found a jar of C&D Seersucker that got pushed to the back. Had about 18mo. on it and I was very impressed. It's from their cellar series but I couldn't see waiting 10-15 years. Very cigar leaf based, I think I like it better than my old favorite, Key Largo.

    The pipe smoker formerly know as agnostic pipe
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    Several guys already mentioned Billy Budd, which has Latakia. For VaPer lovers who would rather not smoke Latakia, I recommend Billy Budd Blonde: "A blend of bright Virginia flake, white Burley, chopped cigar leaf, and a touch of Perique". To me it has an almost Oriental character -- the cigar-ishness being held to a whisper.

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    Posted 9 months ago #
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    Cortez,That sound appealing,thanks for mentioning.

    Paul The Scandinavian'
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