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Pirate Kake Not What I Remember

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  • Started 6 years ago by piperl12
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    Well, I decided to rehydrate a chunk of decade old Pirate Kake today and smoke it in my Meer, what a mistake. It tasted like I stuck a ground up peice of charcoal in my pipe. I really like Latakia but it was truly awful. The problem is it's been so long since I smoked the stuff I can't remember if it's worse now or maybe my tastes have just gotten better. Anyway else have this type of experiance with a tobacco you used to like? I can still remember my first latakia blend experiance and it was one of those wow moments that you only get once. This was definatly not one of them.

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    It's been my experience that my experience will change smoking a bowl of something I haven't puffed on in a number of years. I think two main reasons play in to this.

    The first is expectation. We tend to "build up" what we had five years ago and how smart we are having jarred that precious stuff all this time. So we set ourselves up for disappointment, even if that precious stuff is still pretty damn tasty.

    The second is the good but sometimes unexpected results of aging itself. Tobaccos have a microbiotic propensity to change in the jar or sealed tin. Just the way it is. Poop happens. If you age tobacco long enough, latakia mellows to the "where the hell is it?" stage eventually, Perique isn't so peppery plum perky, virginia much sweeter -- all or none of which may be a good thing.

    Which reminds me -- I probably should flake out that Wessex Gold brick -- it will age better that way.

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    Those are good points, one of the reasons I enjoy my time here so much. Everyone's answers seem to be so well thought out and measured. It's almost as if each one of you are pipe smokers......hmmmmm food for thought!

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    I have a question. I have some 5 year-old Pirate Kake and it nis dry. How did you re-hydrate it? My thought is to break it up but I'd like nto know how you handeled it.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
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    @papipeguy I put my tobacco in a throwaway ziplock tupperware container with a cigar humidor ring. It has that green stuff in it they use for plants. I usually soak it for an hour in distilled water. If the container is sealed it takes about 24 hrs for a bone dry chunk of tobacco to reach 40% humidity which seems to be ideal for keeping it lit. One of these days when I see a cigar humidor I will buy one just for this purpose but the wife is watching my purchases

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    Thanks for the advice. I'll give it a shot with one of my Xikar humidifiers.

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