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Penzance Is There a alternative.

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  1. gwynclan

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    Since this is an illusive blend, are there any good/ close alternatives.

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  2. marmal4de

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    None, sorry! People say that American Patriot by Sterling is similar, they aren't.

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    There is no substitute man. It has to be sampled to be believed. It will be the most incredible experience of your entire life

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  4. buckeye

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    Go out back and dig up a little dirt and smoke it,bet that be close.lol

    smokin my homemade rustic pipe. don`t get any better.
    Posted 7 years ago #
  5. morlader

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    We can't get Penzance here in the UK but according to Germains the closest equivalent is 1820 Mxt or Special Latakia Flake. The SLF is good stuff,not tried the 1820.

    Tom

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  6. marmal4de

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    Go out back and dig up a little dirt and smoke it,bet that be close.lol

    I get a more charred steak flavour than dirt, when I'm craving dirt I light up a bowl of Classic Samsun, which I find is very very earthy.

    @gwynclan - If you've yet to try Lady P, PM me and I'll send a couple flakes your way.

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  7. jameral

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    I agree that American Patriot is not similar. I'll stick my neck out to say that C&D Pirate Kake, though more of Lat Bomb, is a bit close albeit lacking refinement and nuances found in Penzance. I thouroughly enjoy all three of these blends, but Penzance definately reigns supreme to me.

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  8. nsfisher

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    Penzance: I just don't get it. It is supposed to be amongst the top 10 but yet carries only 3 stars.

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  9. marmal4de

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    IMO probably because people go into the experience expecting it to be magical. In doing so they miss out on the actual magic.

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    No majic there for me. I gave er a good whirl but it just wasn't there.

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  11. thesmokindragon

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    Nope, haven't found one yet...go for the original / thrill of the hunt
    continues...when u can score, score at least 2-8oz bags at a time and stock up

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    One of my favorites BECAUSE, to my palate, the taste is unique. For example, lots of English blends are in the same family for me -- Squadron Leader and Presbyterian, for example.

    But Penzance doesn't -- to me -- seem similar to anything.

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  13. rock

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    Penzance up until maybe two weeks ago was available at many internet stores. Some had it in stock for a week, some for nearly two. You have to keep an eye open and grab it quick while it's around. I posted here a few weeks ago that it was available.

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    I think a lot of the reason that Penzance carries the flavor profile that it does is because when you open a tin/bag, the tobacco has already had a long time to mature. I would imagine that any blend with roughly the same leaf components, given the proper time to age and mature, might take on a similar flavor profile to Penzance, but whether or not you can actually match the flavor to a T is something that Im sure is very difficult, if not impossible.

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    I dont see what all the hype of this blend is. I know everyone has different tasts and all but this one did nothing for me.

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  16. judcole

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    If you are looking for lots of latakia, you might want to try C&D Star of the East Flake, or Ten Russians from Hermit Tobacco. Both of them fit that bill. MacBaren HH Vintage Syrian also has a ton of latakia, and is quite different from any of the others.

    I really don't try to compare different blends - I smoke 'em and enjoy 'em - or don't - for what they are, by my standards. Now, I might compare 2 blends by the same blender - for example, I recently smoked both Balkan I & Balkan II by Altadis, and certainly compared them.

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    Pipe Novelist, I disagree with your "time to mature" theory. Penzance, and all other Jersey tobaccos, go in and out of the door very quickly.

    To the OP, try some H&H Ten to Midnight, a close flavor approximation that is readily available. On a sad side note, it wasn't too long ago that you could buy Penzance, Special Latakia Flake, Krumble Kake, SH Anniversary, Exotique, and Our Best Blend very easily. All shared the Germain DNA and spirit.

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    I've tried most all the suggested alternates, and GL Pease- Quiet Nights is in the same family. Ten Russians is a lot stronger, American Patriot is off by a long shot. Plum Pudding is sometimes suggested, but I've tried it repeatedly and it's just not quite right. Penzance mixes very well with alot of blends so if you want to milk it out for all its worth, try it.

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    To me its just missing something or not what I have a tast for. Teb Russians I love. Idk

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    @Hobie1dog

    Quite right mate. I recieved about 1.5-2oz in a trade and I am just finishing it off. I do like it when I layer it with Drum. Matter of fact, I like it alot that way. lol

    Penzance mixes very well with alot of blends so if you want to milk it out for all its worth, try it.

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    Would love to try this and see how it gets all this praise, but its unavailable here in Australia (of course) and have not seen it in stock online.

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    "Larry's Blend" from Hearth & Home has a similar menthol like taste, I call if "Penzance Light" and enjoy it more than Penzance.

    Al

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    Its not a copy but a good alternative is Knightsbridge from Park Lane hits the spot when I am in the mood for something similar to Penzance.

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    @jpberg, do you have any insight as to why the Esoterica blends have become more scarce recently?

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    I find Blue Mountain by MCCL to be much better than Penzance and actually better than anything in the balkan genre. Many 5 stars and the usual
    person who is an expert on how shit taste..

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  26. gwynclan

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    Manytrees/andy worhal.
    I have blue mountain, but have yet to try it. I shall compare the two when I get the gracious gift of penzance from maral4de.

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    Found 4 2oz tins today of the real stuff. Bought 1 if I like it will get the other 3 tomorrow.

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    I've taken the liberty to add 95% of all the mentioned blends to my TAD List...

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    Posted 7 years ago #

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