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Pipe or Tobacco Hound?

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  • Started 2 years ago by texmexpipe
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  1. texmexpipe

    texmexpipe

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    I love my pipes for sure, but when I go window shopping online it is usually the tobacco that o spend the most time looking at. I have a modest rotation of pipes and could be ok with not buying to many more, but tobacco blends... I wish I could try them all!

    So which are you? Some may say why choose and I get that. For me a $20-$30 expenditure is much easier for me to justify then a few hundred or even just one hundred.

    Procrastinate Later. - I'll say this one day!
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  2. warren

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    Neither really. I certainly have a sufficient number of smoking tools and I'm fairly satisfied with my choices of blends. Pretty dull, right?

    A man without a shillelagh is a man without an expedient.
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  3. didimauw

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    I'm right there with you Warren, I prefer it simple. Just a couple decent pipes, (that get smoked hard and often) and two tobacco blends.

    "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
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  4. judcole

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    I have about 20 blends open at any one time. I couldn't smoke the same blend all the time any more than I could eat the same food all the time.

    Thought in the early morning, solace in time of woes,
    Peace in the hush of the twilight, balm ere my eyelids close
    Rudyard Kipling
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    Having only been piping for just over a year now I'm pretty confident about my likes and dislikes regarding tobacco blends.

    I currently have about 35 different blends 'open', but I envisage narrowing that down to about 15 favoured blends on permanent rotation once I have got through what I have.

    In no particular order...

    Condor (Flake & Plug)

    Erinmore (Flake & Plug)

    G&H Dark Flake

    G&H Westmorland Slices

    Sam Gawith St. James Plug

    Sam Gawith Golden Glow

    Sam Gawith Brown Sugar Flake

    B&H Mellow Virginia

    Solani Aged Burley Flake

    Mac Baren's Bold Kentucky

    Sam Gawith FVF (Flake & Plug)

    G&H Kendal Plug

    Dunghill Royal Yacht

    Rattray's Marlin Flake

    Peterson's Irish Flake

    ...and possibly a couple of others

    Regards,

    Jay.

    ...take up thy stethoscope and walk...
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    I'd have to say now I'm more of a tobacco hound. I still look at pipes, but I'm usually looking for something specific and I don't mind waiting to find it.

    "The value of tobacco is best understood when it is the last you possess, and there is no chance of getting more."
    Bismark
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    The short answer is:

    Yes. I look at both.

    I am glad we have a good admin and responsible moderators.

    Heave to you dark colored ship under sail! Prepare to be boarded!
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    Yes, both for me.

    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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    I am more of a pipe looker and a tobacco buyer. I figure with things the way they are I want the opportunity to try what I may not have a shot at later,
    But I love looking at pipes.

    Posted 2 years ago #
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    "Pipe or Tobacco Hound?"

    That's like asking me if I prefer blondes or red-heads!

    I like both pipes AND tobaccos, and will probably never have enough of either. Besides, as a hobby, they are much less expensive that either blondes or red-heads!

    Love Me, Love My Pipe
    Posted 2 years ago #
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    Yo hu

    Not only that - PAD and TAD are cheaper than therapy!

    My answer usually is "all of the above." However, with pipes, I'm in general not actively looking, but if a particularly delectable one pops up in front of me, ... On the other hand, I'm still filling out my spreadsheet tabulating my blends. When I find a new one or one I've been hunting, the Free Shipping feature sucks me right in. So I end up padding my TAD.

    hp
    les

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    Pipes! I have good stock of the handful of the light to medium English/Balkan mixtures I enjoy but I'm passionate about building my collection.

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    I am in the "Why Choose" camp. 109 pipes, 136 blends, 165 containers (tins, jars, bags). Sold 4 pipes this year, purchased 2 pipes, won a pipe, and got two pipes as gifts. I have acquired 35 different tobaccos this year, and sampled many more at the NOLA pipe club meetings. I don't know if it's cheaper than therapy, but I am happy.

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    Im a pipe glutton, cant help it

    Nowhere in the world will such a brotherly feeling of confidence be experienced as amongst those who sit together smoking their pipes
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    Im all about the tobacco. I dont care what my pipe looks like, what its name is or what it mades from for that matter. Just that it smokes good and fits the baccy of my choosing at that time

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    I don't buy online, I will be a B/M guy as long as I can.

    But I am always looking for many of the blends I see people mention.

    And I am always looking for a pipe that looks good to me.
    I hope to pass my pipes down one day, I don't know that my tobacco will mean much to them...

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    "Just that it smokes good and fits the baccy of my choosing at that time."

    There's some logic in that Rod

    Regards,

    Jay.

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    Arrrrr, shiver me timbers! International Talk Like a Pirate Day is September the 19th!!!
    Brothers Of The Black Frigate
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    I agree with the previous pipe hound! ... quite the dashing coat.

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    Pipes all the way, though I still love trying new blends as my tastes keep evolving. A few weeks ago I swore I wouldn't buy any more pipes and only ask for one a year for Christmas. Since then I have purchased three more pipes!!! I can't help myself and am thinking therapy might be worth the cost!

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    I try not to spend lavishly on either, but I enjoy both pipes and tobaccos. I think I'm more sensible and thoughtful about tobacco. I smoke moderately, so I have a modest "cellar," but I have zeroed in on what I enjoy, and have managed to be adventurous along those lines. I'm not so attracted to "wonderful" blends that aren't available. I'd rather get to like those that are established and stay accessible. I'll try a "rare" blend now and then, by chance, but I'm probably not going to search for it nor pay inflationary prices. I have more of a weakness for pipes, but I can become obsessed with a sixty dollar Ben Wade, and would be reluctant to nurture a longing for something that matches my monthly bills in price. I guess since I'm imaginative enough to find things fascinating about a sixty dollar pipe, I don't feel the need to develop deep needs for Castellos and Bangs. We each have our own way to enjoy this process. In tobacco, I find mixing blends and blending tobacco from time to time really expands the horizons. It's nice to be off the grid. Often, if not every time, what I put together is anywhere from pleasant to outstanding.

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    Tobacco junkie to the max. There are a few pipes that I enjoy, and have a decent rotation, but without the tobacco they're useless to me.

    There are 10 types of people in this world, those who understand binary, and those who don't.
    Posted 2 years ago #

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