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  • Started 9 years ago by jcosmoasp
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  1. jcosmoasp

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    Smoked my latest pipe for the second time tonight...a large freehand Ben Wade off eBay. For the second pipe, I loaded the bottom half with Bracken Flake, and the top half with Balkan Flake. Anyone else tried this? It was heavenly...

    Bruce.

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    Posted 9 years ago #
  2. cortezattic

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    Bruce,
    I think you're the first guy I ever heard of having success with a tobacco parfait. God knows I've tried; but my mixes have never improved the smokes.

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    as if I could kill time without injuring eternity. -- Thoreau
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    Bruce, I have tried this several times with only one moderate success. Other than a few tobaccos I mix ahead of time (PA and 5100 is a great 50/50 mix, I will stick with one tobacco at a time.

    Posted 9 years ago #
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    I want to try it but IMa scared!

    I love Bracken Flake and just got a new tin of Balken Flake.

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    Posted 9 years ago #
  5. jcosmoasp

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    I've been loading my Gawith Flakes (Bracken, Balkan) and the S.G. Kendal Brown #4 Finest Kendal Twist with more of a fold and twist, and topping them with Plum cake as tinder. It helps me get a quick, even toast and seems to light those "heavier" flakes. I've also done a Navy Flake topped with Balkan Sasieni, also with a good result. No real method to the combos here, just intuition.

    Posted 9 years ago #
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    I've found this is a great way to smoke blends I'm not fond of.

    I fill the top quarter pipe full of some blend like a sour english, and the last 3/4 with a fine Va flake.

    By fighting my way through the first small part of the smoke, I find I enjoy the last part through delayed satisfaction.

    Posted 4 years ago #
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    I would rather wait 15 minutes, then smoke just the Virginia.

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    I've found this is a great way to smoke blends I'm not fond of.

    Life is too short to smoke tobacco that I know I don't like.

    "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
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    I always just mix the two or three tobaccos and smoke it as a mix. In the past, several Forums members have mentioned smoking good parfaits and said they did shift in the middle and deliver a separate taste. Don't remember who they were, but maybe they'll speak up. The review of the new blend Firestorm mentioned that it has a distinct shift as the bowl develops, without layering tobacco. Virginia, Perique and dark fired in there, and it develops toward the spicy.

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    I've had success with diluting Nightcap with 965 and I've played around with the parfiat method with some flakes with so-so results. I will say that I was doing this during the summer months when I was smoking outdoors and smoking more often. In the cold weather I stock to a bowlful of one single blend.

    De gustibus et cloribus non disputandum.
    'There is no arguing about tastes and colours.'
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    Bruce,

    I certainly respect your choice and I am pleased that it was so enjoyable for you! Call me a purist if you must, but I dedicate pipes to specific tobacco blends and/or Mixtures so as not to ghost my pipes or cause a confusing outcome of my choice smoke. On the other hand, I do allow some pipes for similar tobacco blends if not specific dedicated blends. I am careful with this, however. One thing that is helpful is that I have forty pipes and I do allow significant drying time between re-use. That is very helpful if experimenting. I also recommend that a pipe cleaner be used after every smoke. And, I always remove the pipe cleaner to allow the pipe to air dry. I have never been disappointed with this process. Thank you for your post. It is encouraging. Experiment and enjoy the discovery that awaits you!
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