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  1. londonbriar

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    Hello everyone, a short introduction.

    My name is Steve, and I am a pipe smoker living in the East of England. In many regards, I am quite like a Hobbit. I like working with wood, taking country walks, making Elderberry wine, a pie and a pint in the local pub, and of course, smoking a pipe. I am fond of all kinds of music - British Isles folk music, Jazz, Rock, Classical, Electronic - you name it. I am a big fan of Gilles Peterson's Saturday show on BBC 6 Music, if anyone is familiar.

    I have been smoking a pipe for about 20 years now and collecting tobacco since 2008. Many of my tins are approaching, or have reached, their 10th Birthday, so I have decided it was time to dig through my cellar and do some side-by-side comparisons of old and new. I have signed up here mainly to get involved in the conversation and share my findings and reviews.

    So, what do I smoke? My current top five are:
    - Samuel Gawith's Skiff Mixture
    - Rattray's Red Rapparee
    - Dunhill Aperitif (recently departed, but there are alternatives!)
    - Samuel Gawith's Best Brown Flake
    - Samuel Gawith's St James Flake

    But there is just so much good tobacco around that I have a LOT of Honourable Mentions, including:
    - Samuel Gawith's - Squadron Leader, Full Virginia, Golden Glow, Sam's Flake, Cabbies...
    - JF Germain - Special Latakia Flake, Rich Dark Flake, King Charles Mixture, Virginia Goldleaf, Royal Jersey Latakia
    - GL Pease - Westminster, Maltese Falcon, Samarra
    - McClelland - Legends, Wilderness, Celebrated Sovereign
    - Smoker's Haven - Exotique, Our Best Blend, 20th Anniversary

    Pipe-wise, I have a few 'name' pipes (a Dunhill, an Askwith, a nice Stanwell Hans Christian Andersen with the two stems), but my day-to-day favourite smokers are all 'London Briars' - those sub-brands all stamped London-made, that I usually pick up for less than a tenner on the flea-bay or in bric-a-brac shops. Hence the name.

    Anyway, I have rambled a LOT there. I will stop. Hope to see you on the forums

    Steve
    Oh, one quick question. What is the etiquette in posting reviews here for discussion that are also posted on tobaccoreviews.com? TR is so great, but it is also nice to have some discussion occasionally, instead of just broadcasting

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  2. cachimbero

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    Welcome Londonbriar. Very interested in those new vs old tobacco blends comparisons. There is a tobacco review sub-forum. You can post your reviews there and they will be open for discussion.

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    Welcome from across the pond Steve.

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  4. mikethompson

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    Welcome!

    If you've got 20 years of pipe smoking under your belt I'm sure you have lots of insights to share.

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    Welcome from another new member and expat Yorkshire man.
    I too enjoy Squadron Leader.

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    Hello and welcome from Wales.

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    You ought to share pics of your London Briars!

    Dunhill will return.
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    Welcome from Arizona, USA.

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    You are much in tune with the Forums membership. Welcome aboard. I'm in central North Carolina between the U.S. eastern seaboard and the mountains. I've been to U.K. twice, an England/Lake District/Scotland trip mostly on our own, and later a London trip.

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    Hello and welcome, from Dereham, Norfolk.

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    G'Day from Aus

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    Welcome aboard LB from Detroit, Michigan. I just acquired 3 tins of Squadron Leader. Looking forward to cracking one open here in the near future!

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    Welcome aboard!

    Pierre
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    Welcome Aboard

    Life's most valuable treasure is..Love
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    Welcome! I very much look forward to learning the results of your side-by-side comparisons of aged blends. I just put up my first jars of a couple of your favored blends and would love to know if it will be worth the wait when I already like them just fine. I'm the proud owner of a fine pipe stamped "London Briar," which I unfortunately broke soon after buying it. (It failed the old "Can you drop it in -8 F weather?" test.) It still smokes great and has become one of my Lakeland-dedicated pipes.

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    Fine intro, and look forward to your side x side smoking reviews.

    England seemed so much closer when I live in NYC, and traveling was less of a hassle when I was younger. So, now in CA and a Sr. citizen, I don't get to London as much.

    I know that you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
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    Howdy, Steve, & welcome! Glad to have you, from the the upstate (Piedmont) of South Carolina!

    Bill

    Head Black Frigate keelhauler, boss powder monkey, & troublemaker 1st class.
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    Greetings from Cornwall

    "England seemed so much closer when I live[d] in NYC"

    John, that's likely because England is closer to New York than it is to California!

    Regards,

    Jay.

    ...take up thy stethoscope and walk...
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    BeWelcome sir and greets from Finland,

    Paul The Scandinavian'
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    Welcome from Colorado!

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    Welcome to the site from Florida. I am a big fan of the SG Best Brown, Full Virginia and St James flakes. All of my batches are from 2004-2012. It ages very nicely for my tastes.

    Harris
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    Hi Steve and welcome from the East of England also (your not my old mate the Piano Tuner are you?)

    I am new here also guys and happy to meet you all.

    I purchased my first pipe around 20 years ago also but have had a sort of on and off relationship with it however I am crackers about pipes. I have a Dunhill, Stanwell, London, Vauen, Falcon etc however I have made a discovery that was a shock to me. Nothing that I have smokes like an American Cob. And that was a pleasant surprise. Not only does the cob add sweetness it removes harshness.

    I am enjoying reading through the forums and hope to get to know you all much better.

    Regards,

    Kit

    Posted 2 months ago #
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    Welcome from Texas!

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