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Quality, Quintessential Bulk Blends on a Budget

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    I know that pipe smoking can be a lot more affordable than other hobbies, but nevertheless the bill can run up quickly when buying tins of different premium tobaccos. I was curious if you all had opinions on "representative" or higher-rated tobaccos for some of the major tobacco categories. Rules would be at least a 3-3.5 star rating on tobacco reviews and cost of under 4 dollars an ounce. Id like to think of these as the "table wine" blends that are great to smoke between the rotation of pricier tobaccos. Also for buying in quantities for aging out.

    This was inspired by the sutliff sale at smoking pipes...

    Here are my initial thoughts:

    Straight Virginia
    Sutliff 507C Virginia Slices
    Sutliff 515 RC-1
    Peter Stokkebye PS402 Luxury Twist Flake
    Others?

    Va/Per
    C&D Bayou Morning
    Peter Stokkebye: PS400 Luxury Navy Flake
    Sutliff Elizabethan Match
    Others?

    Burley and Va/Bur
    C&D Pegusus
    HH Old Dark Fired Ready Rubbed (I know it breaks the price rule slightly)

    English
    Kramer's Father Dempsey
    Others?

    Balkan
    ?

    Aromatic
    Lane BCA
    C&D Autumn Evening
    Sutliff Cordial

    Let me know your thoughts!

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    My go to is match 965

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    Great list! I’d add in Stokkebye Luxury Bullseye Flake for a VaPer, Proper English and English Oriental Supreme for English, Arango Balkan Supreme for a great Balkan, and Lane RLP-6 to the Aro selection.

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    Thanks for the input! Got some new ones to try out :). Updated below:

    Straight Virginia
    Sutliff 507C Virginia Slices
    Sutliff 515 RC-1
    Peter Stokkebye PS402 Luxury Twist Flake

    Va/Per
    C&D Bayou Morning
    Peter Stokkebye: PS400 Luxury Navy Flake
    Sutliff Elizabethan Match
    Luxury Bullseye Flake

    Burley and Va/Bur
    C&D Pegusus
    HH Old Dark Fired Ready Rubbed (I know it breaks the price rule slightly)

    English
    Kramer's Father Dempsey
    Proper English
    English Oriental Supreme

    Balkan
    Arango Balkan Supreme
    965 Match

    Aromatic
    Lane BCA
    C&D Autumn Evening
    Sutliff Cordial
    RLP-6

    Keep em coming!

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    For aros I prefer LL7 to RLP. Lane Dark Red is really good - a cherry version of BCA. Sutliff Queen Anne's Revenge is probably my favorite bulk aro (besides Boswell's which don't really fit the "budget" requirement"

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    Aromatic: Angler's Dream and Peter Stokkebye Nougat

    Crooner is very good as well, kind of a special category onto itself.

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    English: Sutliff Medium English
    Balkan: Larry's Blend
    Crossover: Sutliff Aromatic English
    VaPer: Viprati
    Aromatic: too many to choose from

    Others: Distinguished Gentleman, PS Luxury Navy Flake

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    I'd add C&D Yorktown to the list of Virginia bulks. That's one I really enjoy. The rest of your list and the suggestions, all seem pretty solid.

    I didn't know that Viprati was available as a bulk.

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    I like the sound of Yorktown. LL7 looks amazing too.

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    I found Balkan Supreme to be a really good bulk product. I think I bought a pound for about $35 a month or so ago and I find it to be a very good smoke.

    "If you can't send money, send tobacco." - George Washington

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    I jarred 10 pounds of Sutliff 507C based a recommendation from Woodsroad. It currently has 1 1/2 years on it, but I opened the test jar and it is pretty damn good. Glad I pulled that trigger.

    Here's the link to the original article

    http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/topic/virginia-flake-hoarders-this-is-it

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    Tabak aus Kiel, Motzek, has some affordable blends that can be bought in smaller than bulk quantities for about that price. Think I'll enjoy some Herbst 84 (English) this morning in fact. The 100 grams I bought cost €12.50.

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    English:
    Star of the East
    Engine 99

    These two are in my rotation, lat heavy great stuff.

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    Burley - Haunted bookshop
    Vaper - poplar camp

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    Burley: Peter Stokkebye Cube Cut
    English: Peter Stokkebye English Luxury

    Cornell and Diehl's Virginia Gentleman is another good one, though I'm not sure what category it would go in.

    This has the potential to end up being a VERY long list. If you turn your nose up to bulk blends, you're missing out!

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    PS blends in bulk are a great value. So, yes to bullseye flake. Find that C&D is also a good value in bulk. So, for blends containing some latakia, would recommend Red Odessa, Odessa, (if you're a burley fan), and Stratfordshire.

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    Stratfordshire by C&D is a fuller strength English with balance and robust flavor.

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    D&R bulks are pretty attractive for both price and flavor, especially (to my tastes):

      Rimboché S.J. & A.P.
      Two Timer Gold

    N.B., with bulks that are also available in tins, consider the overhead cost and PITA factor involved in jarring all the tobacco. I usually factor-in an extra $0.40 /oz. to decide whether to go with the bulks.

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    For burley, I'd add Lane Ready Rubbed. Even though you specified that you are looking for bulk, I'd add Orlik Golden Sliced for a basic bright Virginia. It only comes in tins, but it's significantly cheaper than most tinned tobacco, and the price per ounce is comparable to a lot of bulks.

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    Love the recs! How could I forget Lane's ready rubbed... its fantastic. OGS qualifies, Ive seen it as low as 5 bucks/2oz before on sale. Updated list below for the ones that meet ratings and price criteria

    Straight Virginia
    Sutliff 507C Virginia Slices
    Sutliff 515 RC-1
    Peter Stokkebye PS402 Luxury Twist Flake
    OGS
    Yorktown

    Va/Per
    C&D Bayou Morning
    Peter Stokkebye: PS400 Luxury Navy Flake
    PS Luxury bullseye flake
    Sutliff Elizabethan Match
    Luxury Bullseye Flake
    Rimboché S.J. & A.P.

    Burley and Va/Bur
    C&D Pegusus
    HH Old Dark Fired Ready Rubbed (I know it breaks the price rule slightly)
    Peter Stokkebye Cube Cut
    Poplar Camp
    Haunted Bookshop
    Lane Ready Rubbed

    English
    Kramer's Father Dempsey
    Proper English
    English Oriental Supreme
    Stratfordshire
    PS English luxury
    Engine 99
    Star of the East

    Balkan/Scottish
    Arango Balkan Supreme
    965 Match

    Aromatic
    LL7
    Lane BCA
    C&D Autumn Evening
    Sutliff Cordial
    RLP-6
    PS Nougat
    Anglers dream

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    I really enjoy this thread.

    Dan

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