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Do You Smoke English Blends All Year?

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  1. aquadoc

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    Or do you switch up to something else in the hot months?

    "If you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and sex, you don't actually live longer; it just seems that way."
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    When the real hot weather rolls around, about 105 or higher, I usually don't smoke a full-on English. I used to prefer Middleton's Walnut, but since it is no longer available, I make my own American-English with Carter Hall as a base and a lat bomb like Nightcap or Ten to Midnight as the spice.

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    Yes. Every day. But I am mixing in a bowl or two of VA.

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    P&C has a Match blend to Walnut they sell as Chestnut.

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    I tried that one, and I didn't find it a great match. It may be because I've gotten used to my "home-brew" version, and my memory of the original is distorted because of it. Although, I didn't find Sweet Cask to be a good match to Sugar Barrel, either. They did a great job with Chatham Manor and Prince Andrew, though.

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    Pretty much all I smoke are English blends though I keep trying to find something I like without Latakia for the hot, humid Iowa summers. As much as I love Yenidje Highlander I've been trying to power thru an old tin of Yenidje Surpreme and while I do appreciate the lack of Latakia I don't enjoy the blend much. An occasional bowl of 5100 is nice and some of the Frog Morton's, Across The Pond & On the Bayou specifically, work well for me in the summer even though they have Latakia...I think it's the added sweetness.

    I also like American/English blends more in the summer. A lot of the strong C&D Burley blends beat me up and take my lunch money but I enjoy Junkyard Dawg and Morley's Best on occasion. Jon's Pipe Shop in Champaign, IL has an unusual blend called Garvey's Balkan and it is a Burley based American/English blend with the smoothest Burley I've ever smoked. I don't know if it's cased or it's just the type of Burley they use but it smells sweet, maybe chocolate or vanilla.....it's probably something obvious but I've never smoked any Burley blend quite like it. It's especially great the summer and can smoke it bowl after bowl in a cob or a briar all day when working outside. Keep trying to create something like it with Carter Hall and a heavy Lat blend like aldecaker mentioned doing but so far no luck. Need to just order more.

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    I smoke English blends in the warm months. Pairs well with lemonade. I do more Virginias and aromatics during the colder months.

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    As much as I love Yenidje Highlander I've been trying to power thru an old tin of Yenidje Surpreme and while I do appreciate the lack of Latakia I don't enjoy the blend much.

    Be gentle with the Highlander as it's no longer in production.

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    Be gentle with the Highlander as it's no longer in production. [:(]

    Yes I know, very, very unfortunate and I think I only a have 2 or 3 2007 tins put away. Not sure why I don't care for the Yenidje Surpreme but I've had this tin in a Ball jar for a long time and keep nipping at it. Lately I've been trying to finish it off so I can justify opening a tin of something else...maybe I should add a little blending Latakia.

    I did pick up a few of the other McClelland Syrian blends last summer but haven't tried them. I have a 2004 tin of FM Across the Pond that been calling my name every time I've looked for a summer evening smoke. On the topic of our of production Syrian blends a good friend just sent me an ounce of GL Pease Bohemian Scandal from a old tin he just opened. I could smell it when I opened my mailbox...the aroma is amazing! Almost tried it this evening but thought I'd wait and smoke it on a fresh palate with my morning coffee.

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    If you ever luck across a tin of Mephisto, grab it. Heavenly, just heavenly.

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    If you ever luck across a tin of Mephisto, grab it. Heavenly, just heavenly.

    Most definitively. I smoked the occasional tin of EMP and London Mixture in mid/late 90's but unfortunately spent too much time searching for the perfect vanilla or raspberry blend. Didn't begin to get serious about English blends until around the time those Pease blends disappeared.:(

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    I found Mephisto and Black Frigate around the same time. Still have my BF, but Mephisto has gone the way of the dinosaur.

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    Never saw much difference in smoking English blends in cold & hot weather. Smokes the same for me regardless of the weather.

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    I just don't enjoy my Lat blends in the warmer months so I usually stay away but as soon as it starts getting cold again outside the cravings come back.

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    I smoke English blends all year long, though in the hotter months, I tend to prefer lighter, more Virginia and Oriental forward English blends like Dunhill's BB1938 & London Mixture. I also tend to smoke more of the American English, Burley forward blends such as L.J. Peretti's D-7485 & D-9575.

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    Yes. Actually been enjoying Father Dempsey as of late. Good stuff.

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    I do, but prefer Virginias and Va/PERS as it warms up. Still, I smoke a good amount of English as well.

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    I smoke Kentucky blends all year. And whatever samples of other stuff I get my hands on.

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    I just smoke whatever the mood directs me to.

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    This part of CO is arid..great for smoking Balkans and English all year. Ooo yeah.

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    I smoke everything all year long. Doesn't matter to me the time of year/weather etc. if I feel like an English I smoke it, and it's my preferable baccy so I smoke a lot of English style belnds daily.

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    I'll sing in the choir on this one. If I have a taste for English, I smoke it. I don't give it a second thought. Same thing with Va and Va/Per in the winter. Or spicy chili in the summer for that matter. My taste cravings aren't seasonal.

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    I smoke what I want, when I want it. Never been one to subscribe to the seasonal theory of blend choice.

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    I smoke what I want, when I want it. Never been one to subscribe to the seasonal theory of blend choice.

    I don't really either but I definitely have seasonal cravings...like American English Burley blends in the summer (especially while doing yard work) and the occsassional (nostalgic) aromatic around Christmas. I have no problem smoking heavy Latakia blends flavor-wise in the summer but there something about the feeling hot, humid and covered in campfire essence that is less appealing on hot summer nights.... though it does keep the knats at bay!

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    I crave aromatics and milder blends like EMP when it is hot outside.
    But I also smoke English blends at night when hot weather cools down.
    I wish I could smoke inside my room with A/C. Then I could smoke anything anytime!

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    My taste cravings aren't seasonal
    Sums it up for me...

    "the weez"...
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    Sometimes I crave Virginias and Lat/orientals at the same time. I usually load multiple pipes and go back and forth between blends. I love my Englishes but lean toward VAs during the warmer months.

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    I guess I fall into the I smoke whatever suits my fancy at a given moment. I go outside with 2 pipes ready to smoke on the chance that the first one I light up does not hit the right notes. If not, I let it cool off, put a trimmed cork in it (this is only to let me know that it's packed and ready to go and with what (red cork = lat, green = VaPer, plain = Virginia, green = Aro) and fire up the other.

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    I plan to ... since pretty much only English Blends are what I like so far - Latakia, Perique, Orientals.

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    Yup, smoke lat blends all year round. I may be less apt to reach for one in the middle of the day, but I still do.

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    All English all the time.

    If ain't got Lat, I ain't smokin' that.

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    If ain't got Lat, I ain't smokin' that.

    Isn't that a line from a Sir Mix A Lot tune?

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    I was reading it in the voice of Sweet Brown for some reason.

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    I'm less of a lat guy these days, preferring Va/Per's, Va/Bur's and Va/Bur/Per's.
    I do still load up the occasional tasty Dunhill English blend now and then, regardless of season.

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    We didn't even HAVE a winter this year.

    Too new to know what I like when.

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    We didn't even HAVE a winter this year.

    Yeah, I'm in Austin and I feel like we haven't had a proper winter for almost 3 years now. Ridiculous!

    I need to move back to Flagstaff.

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    Isn't that a line from a Sir Mix A Lot tune? 

    Yeah, it's from "Baby got Lat."

    my anaconda don't want that unless it's got lat, Nat.

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    I'm certainly a seasonal guy. I love the transitions from one to the next and having a litany of things to look forward to. I'll often have certain foods, drinks, and etc. that I ONLY enjoy during that particular season. It is just the ebb and flow I love experiencing with each year. It gives you more appreciation for something you've saved for that time.

    Having said that, latakia heavy blends are my fall/winter smokes.

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    Amen to that WooPigPiper!

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    I usually select a blend based strictly on the quality of the artwork on the tin, the penmanship of label for bags, and sometimes, when feeling particularly whimsical, whichever tin is third from the bottom in the stack. Temperature, ambient or otherwise, dew point, relative humidity, barometric pressure, etc. are never considered.

    Or... as sable so eloquently stated, what and when I want.

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    Warren, I now find myself wondering just how often you feel whimsical.

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    My wife, rest her soul, dug deep and found a wee pocket of whimsy in me. She nurtured it. For that I am forever grateful to her. Life became much more enjoyable with whimsy.

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    My wife, rest her soul, dug deep and found a wee pocket of whimsy in me. She nurtured it. For that I am forever grateful to her. Life became much more enjoyable with whimsy.

    I am sorry for your loss, Warren. Wives do have a way of helping us embrace whimsy.

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    DH Nightcap as the sun rises to when I finally trot of to bed - month in, month out.

    Still, "(red cork = lat, green = VaPer, plain = Virginia, green = Aro)" is brilliant, Charles. I do admire a process and a procedure and yours nails it.

    Whimsically,

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    I really only smoke lat blends and va/per blends, so yes i smoke them no matter the season.

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    Yes

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    Yes.


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    I am sorry for your loss, Warren. Wives do have a way of helping us embrace whimsy.

    I am sorry to learn that, Warren; May she rest in peace. And thanks for your whimsy, all whimsy here from all those who bring it.

    It also made me think of Ian Carmichael playing Lord Peter Wimsey, which I find whimsical.

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    I smoke english blend all year round but i think lighter stuff do taste better in the summer like Frog Morton to name one.
    Pirate kake for an example is something i enjoy more in the winter time.

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    No No No!

    I get much more flavor from English blends in the fall and winter. I don't mind a very light English in the summer evenings, something like Purple Cow.

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    I find that some blends are very much impacted by the seasons. Example is Nightcap and Early Morning, I love them in the colder months but come summer they stop doing it for me. I will admit that it is very possible that it has more to do with my own bodies reaction to different temps that affects how they taste to me.

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