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Must Try US Blends For The UK Buyer

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  1. owen

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    What are your recommendations for US blends for the UK buyer? It will be a 4noggins order English/Balkan and Virginia/ Virginia, perique.

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  2. styler

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    The selection is huge, that's a really tough question.

    All I can do is list some of the best blends that I've tried from across the pond.

    McClelland Beacon Extra - VaPer
    McClelland 5100 Red Cake - Va (bulk)
    McClelland Red and Black - Va
    McClelland Tudor Castle - Va/Oriental (Never see this one talked about much)
    GL Pease Gaslight - English
    GL Pease Quiet Nights - Engligh
    GL Pease Haddo's Delight - VaPer (semi-aro topping)

    I'd go deep on any one of these.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  3. uncleblackie

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    For English/Balkan: McClelland Three Oaks Syrian, Wilderness, Legends, and Samovar.

    I used to be big on some of the G.L. Pease blends (Gaslight, Quiet Nights, Abingdon, Odyssey) but they are now like a baloney sandwich to McClelland's filet mignon.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  4. jackswilling

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    Low Country Cooper
    Tudor Castle

    "Had his shooting been as good as his running, he might have given a better account of himself."
    James. C. Henderson
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  5. cranseiron

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    +1 for Three Oaks and Samovar-- top shelf!

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  6. fitzy

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    Hearth & Home - Blackhouse, Magnum Opus and White Knight

    McClelland - Frog Morton Cellar, Christmas Cheer, All the bulk flakes, Yenidje highlander

    "These are ghosts that are more at home in a girdle-filled drawer than one of my pipes." Quote by Neil Archer Roan on lakeland ghosts
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  7. mikestanley

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    You can't go wrong with any McClelland blend IMHO. Yenidje Highlander, Smyrna #1 and Drama Reserve from the Grand Oriental series are top shelf, if you don't require in your face strength or flavor.Bombay Court...love it. Oriental #8. Gets NO love but is a great example of a middle of the road English.Christmas Cheer, if available too.

    Mike S.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  8. virginialover

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    Bulk

    McClelland: 2015.

    Cornell&Diehl: Pirate Kake and Billy Budd.

    Charles Fairmorn: Lancer's Slices.

    Tins

    Hearth&Home: WhiteKnight.

    McClelland: Aurora, Boston 1776, Drama Reserve.

    G.L.Pease: Abingdon, Chelsea Morning, Gaslight, Quiet Nights, Union Square.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  9. alexnorth

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    C&D bayou morning for a perique heavy VaPer

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  10. simong

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    I've only scratched the surface, of what is available from the states. I order from 4 noggins as well, although I haven't tried their house blends yet. I believe, if you ask them they'll gladly send
    You some samples. On the whole I'm afraid I've been disappointed with a lot of 'must try' blends from the states. Amazes me that the final product, which contain the same tobacco leaves, can taste so very different to what we're used to, here in the u.k. Having said that its great fun trying, & the tins are great!
    My recommendations are, from what I've tried. English- Bengal slices/fusiliers ration/Maltese falcon & Westminster. Va-Per- Escudo/mclellands beacon/5oclock shadow.
    Obviously everyone's taste buds are different, but hope this helps. Simon.

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  11. papipeguy

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    I'll a shameless addition to the list. War Horse Bar and War Horse Green. You had the Bar for generations and now it's back.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
    Posted 2 years ago #
  12. rhoadsie

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    Ignore jackswilling

    Low Country Cooper
    Tudor Castle

    are better left in the States.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  13. mortonbriar

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    GL Pease Westminster for an english that is mild/medium in strength.

    I don't really care if the cup is half full or half empty, I just want something to sip on.
    Posted 2 years ago #
  14. ericusrex

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    Hey Simon, I'd be interested in hearing which blends you didn't care for of the US 'must try's'

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    McClelland St James Woods, or 2015, Gl Pease: Gaslight, Quiet Nights. H&H Blackhouse.

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    I really enjoy Christmas Cheer. Especially this time of year.

    “A pipe in the mouth makes it clear that there has been no mistake–you are undoubtedly a man.”
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  17. owen

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    Thanks for all the replies, I now have an initial long list. Any UK pipers know how the duty works?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  18. sothron

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    From GL Pease:
    -Haddo's Delight
    -Fillmore
    -Cairo

    From McClelland:
    Grand Orientals series:
    - Drama Reserve
    - Yenice Agonya
    - Black Sea Sokhoum
    Oriental Mixture No.8
    Beacon Extra

    From Low Country Pipe & Cigar: Waccamaw

    From C&D:
    Rajah's Court
    Exhausted Rooster

    For American tobaccos, I strongly recommend checking out Pipeworks & Wilke and Peretti, though you will have to go straight to the source on these.

    Edit: if you can get Seattle Pipe Club's Plum Pudding, that would be a gem to try as well.

    Posted 2 years ago #

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