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  1. jvnshr

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    Or Blends You Love Before Even Smoking Them

    I am totally sure that it has happened to you as well. You see a blend on the website/at the tobacco shop and love strikes you at the first sight. It might be the name or the tin art or some review of it that attracts you and you say to yourself "I will like that blend". You find some time for yourself and spend an extra effort for the ritual of opening the tin, smelling the tobacco, paying too much attention to the details, etc. Then you pack a bowl and light it. After the very first puff you mumble "That's it". That tobacco tastes exactly what you were expecting it to taste like. Mine was Lane Andullo I managed to smoke yesterday for the first time. It is like nothing else and I am totally in love with it. Did you have any similar experience?

    Javan
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    Gunner, Black Frigate. Say "Hello" to my little friend!
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    Cornell & Diehl: Pirate Kake

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    P&S - Bulls eye flake

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    First real tobacco I bought

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    Two for me:
    1. BriarWorks: Country Lawyer
    2. C&D: Vieux Carre

    Neal
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    Bald Headed Teacher

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    Condor

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    Sorry guys but 10 years ago it was and still is Penzance for me. Just magic. I had never smelled anything out of a tin like that. Smoke and old leather...just beautiful. And the taste...sublime.

    Nate
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    P&S - Bulls eye flake

    Yup, I was also attracted to that one just because of its name. My wife calls it Chicago Bulls Flake

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    Easy....

    John Patton's "STORM FRONT"

    Read through all the reviews, and accolades....and it was love at first sniff and bowlful. Wish I had a long history with this wonderful, mixture....but sadly, I just recently tried it. A perfect (for me) smoke. Sweetly flavorful, pleasantly aromatic, and without all the fake flavors and syrups. It also has a little cigar-leaf mixed into it, but you'd never know it. Not even any "cigarette-ashy" taste when smoking through the second half of the bowl to the bottom. No bite, just pleasure.

    Absolutely recommend this mixture -without any reservations or privisos- for anyone who wants a mild-smoking blend with some rich tobacco flavors. I couldn't find ant demerits, but one.....I wish I knew about this mixture, years ago.

    Frank
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    Next, on my, 'must try" list: John Patton's "Dark and Stormy" = "Storm Front" with a little Latakia mixed into it. I'll try it, but I'm no Lat fan.

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    PS Luxury Twist Flake. Not a complex blend, but man, it hit all the right notes and continues to serve me well.

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    Marlin Flake, Solani 633 and Old Dark Fired. After reading and watching many reviews and opening this tins I knew I would like them. When I smoked them I loved them and have loved them ever since.

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    Quite a few. The one that comes to mind first is Nat Sherman 536, a mild refined English blend with burley. I guess what made it especially memorable was that I bought it and smoked my first bowl at the Nat Sherman shop in Manhattan sitting outside their humidor in a rocker after being sold the blend in bulk by their senior sales associate. It was a memorable experience all around.

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    Klondike Gold. Luckily I have a shit ton in the cellar since it's discontinued. As a back up, I have a shit ton of Dunhill Flake cellared too.

    Ubi Ignis Est?
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    Erinmore. I knew from hearing people complain and bicker about this one that I knew that I would love it. Even the most disgusting aspects of how people described it appealed to me. Also, hearing that CS Lewis loved this one also influenced me. The tin art is mediocre, but it is attractive in a vintage kind of way.

    Then when I finally had the opportunity to pop a tin, it was like meeting a long lost friend.

    Michael
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    My most recent love affairs are Salty Dogs and Curly Block. I read the reviews, got some input from jiminks and didn't hesitate in buying them. Both exceeded my expectations.

    Harris
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    I thought the thread title was Love at First Sight Blonds and was prepared to write a very long post. I would add, that upon opening the tin, many of them did not deliver commensurate to the description. Some smoked hot. Some had a bite. A few smoked wet. Some even had a ketchup vinegar aroma. Many had a casing and were dopey.

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    I've had 2. Mac Baren Latakia Flake, and Dunhill Nightcap.

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    I just knew I was going to love War Horse Bar, simply because of the great thread and all the animosity generated on it. When I tried it, I loved it. It was everything it wasn't supposed to be, a creditable reincarnation and a great smoke!

    It's now my "reward" smoke for when I grab a great photo, remember to put the lid down or, a Ford or Chevy drives past the gate.

    A man without a shillelagh is a man without an expedient.
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    Every time I go on the Motzek site I put a few pounds in my cart, I haven't pulled the trigger yet but man those blends look good to me. My first McClelland was a tin of St. James Woods from 1995 from Pipestud. Loved everything about it, now I'm a McClelland junkie.

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    S.G. St. James Flake

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    Seattle Pipe Club Plum Pudding.

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    Seattle Pipe Club Plum Pudding.

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    I would add, that upon opening the tin, many of them did not deliver commensurate to the description. Some smoked hot. Some had a bite. A few smoked wet. Some even had a ketchup vinegar aroma. Many had a casing and were dopey.

    I think you are talking about Erinmore Mixture

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    PS luxury Bulls Eye Flake.

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    1792 Flake. So unique.

    Smoking is one of the leading causes of all statistics.
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    When I first started, I looked forward to every new blend, and kind of got lost in that quest for new flavors before I really knew my palate, which, I think still develops with each bowl.
    Magical moments were frequent then, and still are, just not met with the same awe and reverence.
    My first bowl of Escudo met my expectations.
    My first Latakia blend arrived in a bag, and its 'aroma' permeating my vicinity made me think that I was crossing a bridge in the tobacco world, and made me laugh out loud at the sheer dominance of its bouquet. (Newminster's Ultimate English)
    The really pleasant surprises came in the form of all and any D&R blends. I was worried they were substandard, ryo tobaccos being sold to cig smokers, and boy, was I wrong!
    (mind you, a few of their blends would work, if you are burning paper with your tobacco)

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    Dunhill MM 965.

    On the Lakeland front: my first Condor moment.

    Smoking can't be bad for you. It cures Salmon.

    -Unknown-
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    Tabac-Manil Semois thick cut burley variant from Belgium. A Forums member sent me a sample, and when I said I liked it, someone who had tried it and didn't like it, sent me their entire foil package, plus an unopened tin of Frog Morton Cellar, and a noble Ferndown pipe! The Ferndown happens to be a perfect Semois pipe.

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    MSO,

    I concur about the Semois. The earthy/nuttiness had me before I put it to match.

    So it is these:> Semois - ODF - JKP - ABF - Wessex's BCDF

    It would be interesting to hear about the blends of which you didn't like the reports or smell, but soon grew to enjoy. For me it would be 3P's. Smelled like manure ... yet a delicious smoke.

    After some time he felt for his pipe. It was not broken, and that was something. Then he felt for his pouch, and there was some tobacco in it, and that was something more. Then he felt for matches and he could not find any at all, and that shattered his hopes completely.

    The Hobbit
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    Salty Dogs, Nightcap, and Westminster to name a few.

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    Tabac-Manil Semois thick cut burley variant from Belgium.

    I have never tried but I think I will love Tabac Manil Bouchons de Semois once I smoke it.

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    Another vote for Semois. Anyone that enjoys Burley should try some. Deep, earthy, nutty, I even get a hint of Candela from it. Priced out of range for me to enjoy more than once a year but worth it, definitely unique. I fear trying Condor for similar reasons.

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    There are several blends that I have not tried yet, that I am sure I am going to like. ODF, Hal o' the Wynd, University Flake, Capstan Blue, etc etc.

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    For me it was Mac Baren HH Vintage Syrian it will be a sad day when this runs out.
    And unfortunately I am sure that day will be very soon.

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    A tin of Regents Flake glistening in the sunlight with an authentic aroma of musty strawberry hay

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    I'll add the following blends to this thread. HH ODF, GH&Co. Dark Birdseye, and Rattray's Stirling Flake all did it for me from the very first light.

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    Ok so now Hal o' the Wynd is a love at first sight for me as well.

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    Old Ironsides

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    STG Escudo for a Va/Per and G.L.Pease Abingdon for a Balkan.

    Germain's Special Latakia Flake far an English and McClelland GKCPC Boston 1776 for a Virginia flake.

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    Grousemoor by Samuel Gawith. I fortunately spent significant time reading reviews before putting a flame to it. Choosing a large chamber pipe and sipping it gently gave me a perfect smoke on the very first bowl. I'm currently smoking 1 bowl per day and it's never let me down.

    Haunted Bookshop will be a sure hit if I ever find some.
    Exotic Orange is another blend I'm itching to try and I'm sure I will be thoroughly pleased.

    Dot
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    @dottiewarden

    SG Grousemoor is a wonderful smoke for sure. The plug version is good as well.

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    @oldtoby

    I'll keep an eye out for the plug.

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