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    john218

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    I have been on the forum since last May and don't recall much, if any, mention of their blends.

    I was sent a sample of one of their Three Star Blends, which I didn't like at all, to say the least.

    Who has smoked their blends and what did you think of them? Any recommendations?

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    I have several tins of their Gourmet English cellared. I like it. It's not in my regular rotation, but I probably smoke 4-5 bowls a month. Definitely worth a try.

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    Been quite a while but IRC Flake, made by Orlik was quite good. Quality virginia leaf similar to the old Dunhill Light Flake. I don't know if they even make it anymore though.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    roth - yes to the IRC Flake. I just got another pound. The VA Slices is quite good too - a bit of perique.

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    Posted 6 years ago #
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    I've tried their Three Star Blue that is manufactured by Sutliff. It's billed on the box
    as "The only aromatic with no sweet, non-tobacco taste." It's pleasant, a little dry,
    but less interesting than other aromatic blends. Lanes 1Q, the old favorite, or
    their LL-7, for example. Three Star Blue doesn't draw me into trying other of their
    many blends, and they have quite an array. My favorite product line at Iwan Ries
    are their house pipes sold under Iwan Ries Exclusives at economical prices, that
    are just good smoking durable pipes, and handsome in a high tradition. Great for
    a new pipe smoker to develop a rotation of pipes without breaking the household
    budget.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Yeah Three Star Blue is one of the few tobaccos that went to the bin. Didnt like it. They have one of the most neat pipe stores I have ever seen for sure thought.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    What I'm seeing so far, unless I'm misinterpreting, is a lukewarm response to their blends, nothing like the high praise that, for example, so many of Peretti's blends get.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    John...No misintepreting. Iwan Ries tobaccos are no where near what they use to be when blended in house, but that was years ago. Not all hope is lost though. The IRC Flake is an outstanding alternative to Dunhill Flake.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    The IRC Flake is an outstanding alternative to Dunhill Flake

    Sounds like something I should try.

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    Posted 6 years ago #
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    My wife got me some of the 3 star blue, their most famous blend, I don't like it...reminds me of pencil shavings...but If i mix it with a tasty aro, it comes out pretty good

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    ive been liking three star blue lately. I love the way of kings oriental smells but it'st unsmokable, just air. three star blue seems to have more body and the flavor strongly comes through in the smoke. I've smoked the IRC black cav and it's not bad. I'm just looking for some aromatic blends I can smoke inside. i'm planning an order, whats the cordial cherry like? Is it very light like king oriental? What about the other 3 stars, Gourmet Aromatic, what's that like? what is china black whiskey? is it just a sutliff whiskey blend renamed? what about three star dutch? how about koko mixture?

    Posted 1 year ago #
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    Three star blue isn't my cup o' tea, but then again, most aromatics aren't. Their Gourmet English is one of my favorites.

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    Tastes change. My earlier posting four years ago (above) was thoroughly dismissive, though Iwan Ries is the source of several of my pipes and others gifted to me, so I consider myself a fan. Since my post four years ago, I tried Three Star Blue again and developed an appreciation of its tobacco-forward mild but flavorful zing. Since then, I have also come to appreciate their mild but flavorful Spilman's Mixture. I'd like to try their Dr. Bradley and various other blends. IR has a good feel for burley blended with other leaf. If you get to know and enjoy them, their blends are long-standing and likely to be around into the future, despite the new FDA regs. Also contributing to my reconsideration of Three Star Blue was a fine review by jiminks who knows what he's about.

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    craig, well what's it like? Is it old?

    mso, is spillman's connected to irc?

    Posted 1 year ago #
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    The Spilman Mixture 7 oz. tub is labeled E. Hoffman Company Chicago, but other text on the tin says they're in Richmond, Va., but I think it may be IR connected, or a longstanding source. I've never seen it offered elsewhere.

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    You can get some historical info at http://www.ehoffmanco.com

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    Oh you made it sound like E. Hoffman was a IRC blend. They sell E. Hoffman at SP and other sites

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    so since irc blends are all made by sutliff, its hard for me to believe irc 3 star cordial buttered rum isn't sutliff buttered rum. Has anyone smoked both and can compare?

    Posted 1 year ago #
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    I have tried King's Oriental and Dr Bradley. Both are cross over blends and I liked both. I am not convinced that all their blends are Sutliff made

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    Posted 1 year ago #

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