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If You Were Stranded on a Deserted Island with Only One Tobacco...

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  1. docrameous

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    Which one would you would hope it would be? Imagine a big wooden barrel of it to last your lifetime!

    I am a new piper exploring aromatics, burleys and English blends. I am hoping your answers made under the extreme focus of being on a island will give me more tobaccos to consider trying out!

    Thanks in advance for humoring me!

    Edited by jvnshr: Title capitalization (please check Rule #9)

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    I myself am I new pipe smoker (1+ year) and am still finding blends that I really enjoy enough to cellar.

    This question has been asked numerous times but it's always fun to start a fresh thread to see how peoples answers change.

    My top choices would be:

    #1 GL Pease Jack Knife Plug
    #2 Seattle Pipe Club Plum Pudding
    #3 MacBaren HH Old Dark Fired
    #4 GL Pease Stratford
    #5 C&D Black Frigate

    Hard to choose just one.

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    My usual answer to threads like this is C&D's Pegasus, but after thinking about it I'd have to say 5 Brothers. My reasons are as follows:
    1. Has plenty of nicotine to keep me alert.
    2. I could roll it in palm leaves found on the island.
    3. I could smoke it in a pipe carved from wood found on the island.
    4. If I'm desperate I could even chew it.

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    FVF or Lakeland Dark.

    Smoking is one of the leading causes of all statistics.
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    Condor long cut (flake)

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    @ray47 Oooooh, I was so close! I just bought a tin of Pegasus to try!

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    @ray47 Oooooh, I was so close! I just bought a tin of Pegasus to try!

    @docrameous
    If you like OTC blends like Carter Hall or Prince Albert you'll enjoy Pegasus. It's an all day smoke that won't wear you out after repeated bowls. I've bought pounds of it over the years and always buy it in bulk. I'm tempted to try the tinned version. I bought Haunted Bookshop in the 8oz tin and found it a lot better then the bulk. Sorry about going off thread.

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    Presbyterian

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    Some great tobaccos here for me to research and get samples. Thanks everyone!

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    Escudo

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    Up untill a few months ago, I would have said Carter Hall. But after about a year of trying some real tobacco, I'm going to go with C&D Briar fox. It gives me a good nic buzz that Carter Hall can't do.

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    Although I like Scott's choice too,

    big wooden barrel of it to last your lifetime

    There's only one.

    Black Frigate. And it'll take at least TWO barrels!!

    Bill

    Head Black Frigate keelhauler, boss powder monkey, & troublemaker 1st class.
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    Skiff Mixture

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    C&D Dreams of Kadath

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    ^^^^^A good choice there too!

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    Luxury Bullseye Flake.

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    Honestly, none. There isn’t a single blend that doesn’t wear out its welcome after a while.

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    "Condor long cut (flake)" only if it was Irish!....if not then it would have to be Butternut Burley, I can smoke that all day long...every day....I like it that much.

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    Sable, that's not how the game is played!!!

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    Peretti’s Omega

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    With this crew (Forums members) the one tobacco thesis is probably the wrong way to phrase the question. There is a large group of pipe smokers who not only know which blend they'd choose but only smoke the one. A lot of over-the-counter smokers do this. My dad smoked only Granger, from age 15 until he quit cold turkey at 65. Most of us are on Forums because we graze the verdant luxury and vast variety of of blends. So it is as if you are asking, if you could not have a pipe which blends would you buy? A question that might work with this group is: "I'm a relatively new pipe smoker. Which newer blends or old favorites might you recommend to me?" Also, see sable's post above.

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    Like most I've got several favorites, but the last few days the sun has been shining so I've been smoking Virgina blends and I've been enjoying the heck out of a tin of Rattray's Marlin flake so today I'm going to pick Marlin flake.

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    didi, you should put jesse in a time out for not playing the game.

    I would choose Capstan Blue Flake as it is readily available and it tastes really good.

    Harris
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    EA Carey’s ‘Desert Island Mix’ of course. There’s no other!

    A pipe is the fountain of contemplation, the source of pleasure, the companion of the wise ☪️
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    If I had only the one blend in a barrel, I might only smoke on holidays. Something burley dependable.

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    mso, no no no. Pick a damned blend or you're going into time out with Jesse.

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    If it has to go in a barrel then why not Frog Morton Cellar? A barrel of that should only run about a billion dollars. In all seriousness though I'm torn between SPC Plum Pudding and Esoterica Dunbar. If you put a gun to my head I'd probably choose Plum Pudding. Although now that I think about it I'll choose Plum Pudding Reserve since it's a plug. If we've only got a barrel to deal with here, might as well make sure it goes as far as possible.

    I'd probably smoke it out of my Coconut Cob with bamboo stem and conch spigot. Chamber diameter 5.5 inches baby.

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    FVF - although a very hyped blend and perhaps a bit over-hyped, it'd be the one.

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    Orlik Golden Sliced, but the answer will change week to week.

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    I seem to be able to hang with Capstan (blue) longer than I can hang with any other blend.

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    And the hunter home from the hill.
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    Love some of the answers here, including hearing how hard it is to choose. I did not appreciate when I first got into this hobby that rotation was such a big part of some pipe smokers. My uncle pretty much just smoked one thing, so this is all new to me. Many thanks for helping the noob explore some seriously good tobaccos to be even stranded with and also how to build my own personal rotations!

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    Stranded on a desert island with only one blend? Hmmmmm...island...tropical delights...blue water...beaches...

    There is only one blend for the job. Holiday Mixture. Accept no substitute.

    Cheers,

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    Bullseye!

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    Sir Walter Raleigh. Not because it is my very favourite, but more in line with Sable's logic that everything loses its luster if overdone. SWR, I find has such a mild and inoffensive flavour profile that it would be my desert island choice. I could also cut out all the little Walter's from the pouch and set up something of a social life in the Tom Hanks/Wilson kind of fashion.

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    Condor Plug of course, cause I’d have my plug cutter with me on this island... right?

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    I’d have my plug cutter with me on this island... right?

    These desert island threads are pure anarchy without Sherm around to enforce the rules.

    “Bipartisan usually means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.” – George Carlin
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    HH Old Dark Fired.

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    Well then, I’ll just bring my entire cellar with me. Lol. I’ll keep it buried underground so it doesn’t spoil. Ahhhh life is good on this desert island! Who needs a woman when you’ve got your favorite pipe and tobacco? And now I’ve got a new favorite desert island!

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    Orlik Golden Sliced, but the answer will change week to week.

    I very much agree with darthcider. This week my answer would be Black Mallory.

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    Sillem’s Commodore Flake. Full stop.

    Runner up if available: Capstan Blue or Old Dark Fired.

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    Gawith Best Brown.

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    Anything. I like everything.

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    I’d have to pick an easy going VA. Maybe F&T cut VA plug

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    3P's, didn't even have to think about it

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    Sillem’s Commodore Flake. Full stop.

    I’ve just recently tried this one... good choice! Reminds me a lot of my beloved McConnell’s Latakia Flake.

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    Germain's Brown Flake as it is great in warm weather. Second runner up would be McConnells Folded Flake.

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    I’d have to say Sutliff Burley J4. It’s my favorite to smoke mindlessly and repeatedly.

    What happened to Sherm, by the way?? I never recall that he got offended or said he was leaving.

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    What happened to Sherm, by the way?? I never recall that he got offended or said he was leaving.v

    Not that I'm an old-timer by any stretch, but he only joined in January of this year. Easy come, easy go.

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    I'm about three years or so into pipe smoking, and I've tried quite a wide range of stuff--and I've liked most of it.

    I do seem to get the most enjoyment from aromatics, though, and my favorite so far is MacBaren's 7 Seas Regular.

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    Mixture 79

    Damnation seize my soul if I give you quarters, or take any from you.
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    Granger

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    These desert island threads are pure anarchy without Sherm around to enforce the rules.

    Sherm Natman?

    Would he comment on those who gave multiple answers to a question which specifies one tobacco?? I thought of that, but decided that to point that out was boorish, so I didn't......

    /odd emoji here/

    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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    for last couple of weeks, glp meridian.

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    Yeah Meridian is up there.

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    Carter Hall

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    I'm leaning Hal O' the Wynd

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    Some guys aren't playing the damn game correctly. You best start now, or doc's guna take his ball and go home!

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    The next game will be if you were accidentally locked up in a premier tobacco shop for the night after they closed and you knew the owners would not hold it against you to pass time until morning by smoking anything you want, what would you help yourself to?!?

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    Up untill a few months ago, I would have said Carter Hall. But after about a year of trying some real tobacco

    It's weird seeing you write that, as I know you were a CH nut.

    I'd pick Dunhill Standard Mixture


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    The answer would be the same from most. " All of it" "Most of it" "I couldn't choose one!'"

    Lol

    And I would choose Carter Hall.

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    Sherm Natman? He had a lot to say while he was here, I’m pretty sure he got the boot. I could be wrong that was just my impression.

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    No question...965

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    Now far ahead the Road has gone, I must follow if I can
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    Sherm Natman?

    Would he comment on those who gave multiple answers to a question which specifies one tobacco?? I thought of that, but decided that to point that out was boorish, so I didn't......

    Sherm Natman? He had a lot to say while he was here, I’m pretty sure he got the boot. I could be wrong that was just my impression.

    I was just joking of course...based on the desert island thread that Sherm started a while back. He was "enforcing the rules" with good humor (people are always trying to sneak extra stuff onto the island).

    As for Sherm himself, I have no idea what happened to him...but I do seem to recall some sort of minor dust-up involving him a while back (don't remember what it was about). Most of us have had one or two of those from time to time...if everyone left or got banned on those occasions there would be few of us left.

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    Peterson Old Dublin.

    My soul has had enough chicken soup, it needs more TESD podcast.
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    SG Full Virginia Flake

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    Nightcap

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    Realistically, there are plenty of blends out there which are good enough that I'd keep smoking even if I only had the one.

    One of my criteria for cellaring a blend is if it's good enough to me that I could handle it being my only tobacco. Among those blends is HH Burley Flake, so I guess I'll pick that one today.

    De Gustibus Non Est Disputandum
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    Esoterica Penzance

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    Since it has been five days since my last response, let me regale you with another favorite.

    How about 2012 Wessex Brigade Campaign Dark Flake, mighty tasty.

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    Have been a fan of Dunhill Navy ROlls, so smooth

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