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Pirate Kake: cob or briar?

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  1. diamondback

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    Is it just me, or is Pirate Kake most tasty from a cob? Seems my briars mute this blend a bit. I always prefer any burley from a cob pipe, but I love Lats from a briar. I’ve gone back and forth for a while, but I think I’ve safely settled on a cob.

    I know it’s all highly subjective, but I’m curious to get everyone’s input

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  2. rdavid

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    Hmmm... Well, let me try and see. Will report back.

    "May my last breath be drawn through a pipe, and exhaled in a jest." Charles Lamb
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    It's better in a meer.

    Ubi Ignis Est?
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    It's better in a meer.

    Geeezzz... Now I gotta try all three. Poor me!

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    I need to break down and buy a Meer (a real one, not a MM - which I adore, don’t get me wrong. I’ve an army of MM cobs). I’ll admit my TAD is driving the show for me as I’m cellaring like a man possessed! Let’s hope the FDA comes to their senses and leaves our beloved pipe tobaccos alone. And while I’m on a rant, my wife needs to come to her senses and realize how disasterous it will be if I’m unable to buy post 2/2007 blends. Rock and a hard place, always. lol I’m very blessed though, all things considered

    Anyway, thanks for the responses thus far!

    Crossing my fingers, but so far everyone here seems pretty cool

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    smoke it in a wide bowl. briar, meer or cob

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    Pirate Kake: cob or briar?

    Yes.

    Gunner, Black Frigate. Say "Hello" to my little friend!
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    Pirate Kake is one of my favorites. I use a gourd calabash or a wide-bowl briar.

    Find what you love, and let it kill you.
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    Sweet Cask in a Peterson 01s Sandblasted St. Patrick's Day Tri-Color

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    OK. Here goes. Tried all three, half bowls, 30 minute break in between.

    MM Cob: As usual, excellent. Everything was there just like it's supposed to be.

    Briar: Never would have thought of this, but yes, the flavor was slightly muted. I understand exactly what your talking about and would not have noticed had I not tried this comparison. Definitely not bad... just different.

    Meer: Also tasted good but a little too sterile if you will? I do enjoy smoking the meer but usually to try new blends I've just bought to get the pure tobacco experience.

    Overall, I believe I liked the briar the best as it seemed to take a little bit of the edge off. I have a tendency to over-puff lat forward blends as I really like the flavors. Like trying to eat pizza really slow... aint going to happen!

    Anyway, thanks for the challenge as I kinda forgot about Pirate Kake lately and really enjoyed getting re-acquainted. FWIW.

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    Hey Panhandler!

    Thanks for testing I too find it hard to go slow with delicious lat-forward blends.

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    Now let's do it with Black Frigate!

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    I actually just bought my first 2oz tin of Black Frigate a couple weeks ago. I’ve yet to try it.

    Panhandler, you’ve pretty much dictated my smoking schedule tomorrow: Black Frigate and Haunted Bookshop/OJK mix

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    I actually just bought my first 2oz tin of Black Frigate a couple weeks ago. I’ve yet to try it.

    Compared to PK's 70% latakia, BF barely has any at all. You'll mostly notice the Virginias and Orientals.

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    Thanks Embers! I’m looking forward to it.

    I love all pipe tobacco families besides aromatics and plain straight blending baccys. Mostly Lats in cooler weather and burleys in warmer weather, Vas, Va/Pers (& cigars) in the summer.

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    I enjoyed heavy Latakia blends for over a decade but have since suffered from latakia burn out as some do. They all taste exactly the same now. No seasonal choice here and I mainly smoke Virginia Oriental blends with the occasional burley.

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    latakia burn out

    I definitely experience this if I'm hitting the latakias and balkans really hard. Actually kind of ruins it if I switch to, let's say a good Va or Va/Per. I'll even go as far as smoking an OTC, usually Carter Hall for a day or so to reset my tastebuds.

    Unfortunately I wasn't aware of latakia burn-out when I started my cellar so a large percentage is latakia and balkan. Live and learn I guess.

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    I enjoyed heavy Latakia blends for over a decade but have since suffered from latakia burn out as some do. They all taste exactly the same now. No seasonal choice here and I mainly smoke Virginia Oriental blends with the occasional burley.

    You reckon your palate will ‘reset’ if you take a year or so break from any blends with Latakia? I’d hate to find myself in that situation, so a big thank you for the heads-up!

    I’d be very unhappy indeed if I encountered this with any blend component. Most especially Latakia. With that in mind, I should probably pull back on the HH Old Dark Fired Ready Rub. I know it doesn’t have Lat, but given your warning, the thought of burn-out with that particular blend is a risk I don’t want to run. It’s something I never even thought of so I’m glad you said something.

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    I burned out on latakia a few years ago after smoking heavy latakia based blends for a couple of years. I couldn't smoke anything latakia based for a while. Now I xan smoke light latakia blends with no effect, but the bombs only get occasional use and I haven't been able to smoke the whole bowl.

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    HH Old Dark Fired

    If I ever burn out on ODF, I'm quitting!

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    You reckon your palate will ‘reset’ if you take a year or so break from any blends with Latakia?

    It's coming up on 8 years since it happened to me and still no change. Can't say I really miss them now as I prefer Virginia blends to them.

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    If I ever burn out on ODF, I'm quitting!

    Haven't heard of VaBur burnout. I've been smoking that one since 2012 and have many pounds of it. If you love it though, but it now. It's one of those post 2007 blends.

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    post 2007 blends.

    Damn. Didn't think about that. Thanks for the heads up.

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    PK has plenty of that delish latakia. You should enjoy it no matter what the pipe.

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    Damn. Didn't think about that. Thanks for the heads up.

    If you like the other HH blends, they're on the chopping block as well.

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    True on the MB HH ODF. Makes me cry... but, we’ve got a bit yet to stock up on it.

    I’ve a couple home-blends that I enjoy (took me many many iterations to get two where I like them). Point being, I wish I knew how to ‘role my own’, but I think it’s well beyond my reach to make anything like our beloved ODF.

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    It's a Lat.bomb, but, I really like it. I smoke it in just about anything .

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    It's a Lat.bomb, but, I really like it. I smoke it in just about anything .

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