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Favorite Old School Drug Store Blends

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  1. slowwideturns

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    Whats your favorite old drug store blends?

    j.k. livin'... the j's for just the k's for keep
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  2. ray47

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    Carter Hall does it for me.

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    I still like Velvet as well as Captain Black White & CB Royal.

    "So it goes." - K.V.
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    Its been a long time but Amphora was it for me.

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    I'm a Prince Albert type of guy.

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    Amphora Original, Edward G. Robinson's Pipe Blend, and Sir Walter Raleigh Aromatic.

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    Granger, Sir Walter Raleigh, Carter Hall, and Prince Albert in that order...

    "the weez"...
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    No school beats old school. I have all of these on hand at all times, in quantity:

    Sir Walter Raleigh, Match Holiday, Match Revelation, Match Briggs Mixture, Match Barking Dog, Match Edgeworth Ready Rubbed, Lane Ready Rubbed, Match Walnut, H&H Midtown Chestnut, Match Bourbon Street(It's odd, I know, but there something about it that I really like), Amphora Full Aroma, Edward G Robinson, E. Hoffman Distinguished Gentleman, Half & Half, Velvet, and the wrongly maligned Mixture 79.

    I am a sucker for old school burley blends. I am too young to be a codger, but, I am practicing now so when I come of age I'll be ready...

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    I always favoured the old Hayward Mixture. I have about ten ounces jarred up that I dip into from time to time.

    Sad that Hayward is long gone.

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    Codger blends get a bad rap sometimes, but we forget that our dads and granddads smoked them just fine. There is a reason they have been around so long!

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    Carter Hall
    SWRA
    Sugar Barrel
    Middleton Apple
    Mixture 79
    Prince Albert Soft Vanilla
    Most of the Captain Black blends

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    Amphora Brown & St Brunos if we can call this latter as being OTC, SWRA and Carter hall are always pleasant experience for me

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    +1 for SWRA. Delivers every time. And surprisingly doesn't ghost my pipes...

    I have yet to try Half & Half or Velvet, those are on their way as we speak.

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    Walnut is all gone right? Or is someone producing a copy?

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    Captain Black White is probably my favorite. It is a great vanilla aromatic that is easy to enjoy and reminds me of the flavors of first getting into pipes. But, I like quite a few other OTC blends from time to time.

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    Carter Hall and Walnut. The Sutliff Walnut Match and the H&H Chestnut are both very good. Can't decide yet which one I like better.

    Also, Lane's "Edgeworth" Ready Rubbed. I first tried it several months ago and now it is an indispensable part of my rotation.

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    Walnut is all gone right? Or is someone producing a copy?
    H&H Chestnut is very similar and meant to be a reproduction but of better quality. Forgetting all of that, it is a very nice blend either way. I have been diving hard into Burley blends in general, and "codger" blends in the process. It is an essential part of the tobacco rotation. I am currently on a search for one that I like enough to buy a tub. I love popping tins and having open jars, but there is something comforting about having a big old tub of a favorite old school blend.

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    Captain Black Gold and Walnut.

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    Sir Walter Raleigh Aromatic, Five Brothers, and PC Chestnut (a Walnut match). Along these lines, although not exactly drugstore brands, Iwan Ries Three Star Blue, D&R Two Timer, and Edward G. Robinson.

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    Velvet.

    CW

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    Amphora Regular and Lane Ready Rubbed.

    Thought in the early morning, solace in time of woes,
    Peace in the hush of the twilight, balm ere my eyelids close
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    "Old drugstore," of course, is enormously relative to both the smoker's age *&* when a blend came on the market. Where & when I started CB wasn't available as a drugstore blend, at least not where/when I was, so for me it was SWR, Amphora, & Granger (southwest GA in the late '60s).

    (79 & Middleton's cherry were available, but I didn't care for them.)

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    I'm about to sit down with Prince Albert, Carter hall, sir Walter Raleigh, and half and half to compare and see what I think of each of them. Hopefully soon I'll get to my b&m and find some granger and walnut. I'll post my thoughts when I get done

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    Carter Hall, I love it. I can smoke it all day and not get tired of it. I have a smoked many a big tub of it crashthegrey and not one has gone dry on me! Nothing wrong with PA either.

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    Well last night I sat and smoked prince Albert, sir Walter Raleigh, and Carter hall. So far I like prince albert the best but time will tell.

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    My dad smoked Granger only for fifty years, age 15 to 65, with a few years off for King Edward Cigars. I still like the blend, surprised to find out it is technically an aromatic, maybe a light flavoring of anise, just guessing. I think it has changed ownership and sourcing over the years, so he might not find it similar today. I smoke it only every few years, not in rotation. It's a little harsh from time to time, but mostly pleasantly full-flavored and tobacco forward. Rough Cut Kentucky.

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    Edgeworth Redy Rubbed
    Granger
    Sir Walter Raleigh

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    Back in the day, I would buy Edward G. Robinson, London Dock and Flying Dutchman. Only EGR is still in my rotation.

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    Sir Walter Raleigh aromatic and Prince Albert.

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    I would have loved to have been a pipe smoker in the 60’s and 70’s. But as for now I enjoy Carter Hall & Granger.

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    I'm not sure how these fit the category, but pouch blends I've enjoyed are John Bull, Erin Go Braugh, and Borkum Riff Whiskey. Not regulars but pleasant. Some have said Capt. Black Grape is much better than it sounds, and Chasing found Mixture 79 pretty good.

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    Lane’s Ready Rubbed
    Amphora
    Carter Hall

    Jason
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    Chasing found Mixture 79 pretty good.

    I'm nuts for black licorice so 79 found a home here.

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    I say kick those drug store blends to the curb and throw some Old Joe Krantz in a cob and sip it like a fine wine.

    Tim
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    Yup, Old Joe Krantz, the orginal, is a natural pleasure. Haven't tried the new OJK's, but they're probably pretty good too.

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    Carter Hall, Sir Walt and Edgeworth RR (Lane Ltd RR just isn't the same)

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    Looks like I'm gonna have to try some Old Joe Krantz.

    Lately, I've been smoking anywhere from 2 to 4 cobs of Carter Hall / Lane Ready Rubbed / Hearth & Home Chatham Manor to every one bowl of English or Virginia in a briar. Getting a great smoke has been hit or miss lately with English blends, and to a lesser extent with Virginias, but the old codger-style burley blends are always a reliable good smoke.

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    PC Midtown makes a good Walnut match, Chestnut, a nice non-aro tub tobacco, now also available in a bag/pouch.

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    Getting a great smoke has been hit or miss lately with English blends, and to a lesser extent with Virginias, but the old codger-style burley blends are always a reliable good smoke.

    Lawdawg- yes I smoke CH, LL Readying Rubbed, Sutliffe’s RR match, and other sweet Burley blends for exactly this reason! If my palate is off, or blends start tasting weird, I reach for these. I also reach for these when I get too bogged down in random parts of the hobby and want to remember the simple enjoyment of a good smoke.

    So, to my drug store blends:
    My go to, and all around favorite, probably my #2 affordable desert island smoke, is PS Cube Cut.

    Other blends, in no particular order:
    CH, PA, LL ready rubbed, Sutliff match ready rubbed, Granger.

    I bought some Half and Half to try this week.
    I also bought a sample of Chatham Manor that I’m excited to try.

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    Looks like I'm gonna have to try some Old Joe Krantz.

    Good choice. Old Joe aint no wimp and it's not what I consider an all day (multi-bowl) blend, at least for me. There's a good amount of perique which a person needs to be able to appreciate, but like I said a few posts above, if you put this in a cob with it's wide open draw, just the tiniest of sips deliver a very satisfying smoke. This has been my morning dog walking choice as of late and I especially like the last half of the bowl with coffee when we get home.

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    Amphora Original, Prince Albert and the much hated Mixture 79.
    If St. Bruno and Condor count, I would throw them in there as well.

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    If St. Bruno and Condor count, I would throw them in there as well.

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    AGED GRANGER!!!

    Ubi Ignis Est?
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    Did you buy that aged Granger?

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    AGED GRANGER!!!

    Ash, you're stran..., er, different.

    Bill

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    Carter Hall, Captain Black.

    “It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest”
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    The older Revelation.

    I treat people the way they treat me. It's that simple.
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    By the way, do you have Prince Albert in a can?....

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    Crash, I did. I actually bought 4 tubs. I purchased a fresh tub from P&C so I'll run a taste test.

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    I wondered where they had gone. Ha. I am very interested in hearing your comparison.

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    If St Bruno qualifies, I'm in.

    Smoking is one of the leading causes of all statistics.
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