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So THAT'S What Real Tobacco Tastes Like....

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  • Started 3 months ago by didimauw
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  1. didimauw

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    Throughout the years, I have been very faithful to one specific blend as most of you know. Carter Hall. I have gotten many comments regarding this. Some good, some bad.

    "You gotta try some real tobacco"

    I thought for a while that I could only smoke this blend. Tried many other kinds, with only 2 real successes. Old dark fired (a rare treat) and Aged Burley Flake.

    Well then I heard about MacBarens Burley Flake, and had to give it a try.
    The first bowl was amazing. Perfect moisture, stayed lit, packed easily. I didn't want it to end. I haven't smoked anything else in about two weeks now.

    I attempted to smoke one bowl of Carter Hall, since trying this blend, and wow. Now I get it. I was thoroughly disappointed. It burned hot, fast, and tasted like chemicals. Something I had become immune to over the years. I don't even know if I'll ever go back to it...

    Real tobacco.

    So after getting through 3/4 of my first tin of this pure gold, I received this in the mail .

    I feel like a whole new person.

    "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."
    Posted 3 months ago #
  2. upnorth1

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    Oooo that looks good, and it arrived on IPSD!

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  3. mrmachado

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    I just ordered this 12 days ago! Going to be delivered soon!

    Reviews were great and, reading this, I'm even more excited!

    Could you tell us more about what it tastes like?

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    Another soul rescued from the evil clutches of OTCs. Bravo!

    Not the sweet, new grass with flowers is this harvesting of mine;
    Not the upland clover bloom...
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  5. didimauw

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    Oh man...I'm terrible at actual reviews.

    But I suppose if I had to describe it, I would say, like drinking chocolate flavored coffee, while eating salted peanuts.

    But ymmv. I have a terrible sense of smell and taste.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  6. mrmachado

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    I would say, like drinking chocolate flavored coffee, while eating salted peanuts.

    That sounds delicious!

    Irish Flake's taste isn't so different from that description in my opinion. But well, I have a bad sense of smell and taste too, so...

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  7. seanv

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    Sorry to hear about your breakup with carter hall.

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  8. redglow

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    Oh man, that Flake looks amazing.....

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  9. chasingembers

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    Bought two pounds of it when it released, and indeed it is a good one. As good as ABF. My collection is going the other direction. After decades of smoking "boutique" blends, I've often found myself preferring and buying more OTCs over the past couple of years.

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    "One cob, one year, only HH Burley Flake"

    Smoking is one of the leading causes of all statistics.
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    I LOVE the stuff!!! It quickly moved up to top 5 in my cellar. Welcome to the club.

    Neal
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  12. haparnold

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    Agree 100% on Burley Flake. I love everything in the HH line I've tried, but ODF and Burley Flake could easily be my only two smokes.

    De Gustibus Non Est Disputandum
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    Ohhhh look, Didi is growing up. Just look at you, walking on your own and stuff.
    Ha ha, no, that is great. I'm glad you found some real tobacco that you like. Now, we need to get you a real pipe! Ha!!

    Always great to see you post.

    Michael
    Posted 3 months ago #
  14. haparnold

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    After decades of smoking "boutique" blends, I've often found myself preferring and buying more OTCs over the past couple of years.

    I've come to realize that in almost all aspects of my life, I'm a middle-brow guy. Which makes pipe smoking awesome. C&D and GL Pease and Mac Baren really tickle my fancy without having to search for unobtanium.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  15. davet

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    Real tobacco.

    I rarely smoked CH in the past but have been really enjoying it lately. Some blends I can smoke often others only on occasion or I get the same reaction you did, hot / chemical.

    Posted 3 months ago #
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    Congratulations!

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  17. didimauw

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    Yeah for years I just thought that tobacco was supposed to taste like that! Lol

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    Oh man. My mouth is watering now looking at all of those beautiful flakes...

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  19. lawdawg

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    I like Carter Hall in the same way that I like Budweiser - cheap, readily available, and hits the spot if you want something simple and straight forward. It's not an aged Virginia, a complex English, a top shelf scotch, or a fine wine, all of which should be enjoyed with some degree of contemplation. However, when I'm busy engaged in some other activity other than specifically enjoying my pipe and my beverage, Carter Hall and a Budweiser can provide plenty of enjoyment.

    OP, you might want to try some of the various popular Virginia tobaccos. Virginias are not dissimilar from burley in that they simply taste like tobacco, though the flavor profile is different than burley.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  20. didimauw

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    That's the problem, I can't do Virginia's. Tried many different kinds, and my mouth just won't let me.

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  21. acidpox

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    Looks amazing, I need to get a tin, the only HH line I have is the Bold Kentucky, and I love it, my go to when I want an easy load and light nic bomb tobacco after a few drinks.

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  22. lawdawg

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    That's the problem, I can't do Virginia's. Tried many different kinds, and my mouth just won't let me.

    That's too bad! Seems to be a relatively common issue. Anyhow, I agree with you and everyone else in here that HH Burley Flake is a great tobacco.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  23. mrmachado

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    This tobacco is amazing! It's like those 80% chocolates with cocoa ground beans and a coffee flavor.

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    didi, have you ever tried Capstan Blue Flake? To my tastes it has zero bite and has some great flavors. I smoke it right out of the tin with no drying time.

    Harris
    Posted 3 months ago #
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    There's something both glorious and vaguely sad about this thread.

    -Congrats on the epiphany.

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    Yeah man, in a sense you would have been better off financially just sticking with Carter Hall. It’s amazing to see you change your mind about Carter Hall as you were such an advocate of the stuff, though, once you start smoking better quality tobacco it’s very hard to go back to the cheap otc stuff. I have tried to revisit CH over the years and I just can’t get past the weird chemical taste that I get from it, however, I really do enjoy Lane Limited’s Ready Rubbed, the flavor reminds me of a RR Wessex Burley Flake. Anyway, I’ve got nothing against otc blends, if that’s your thing than more power to ya. I happen to love a lot of the British otc blends but they taste of much higher quality than the American otc blends to me and stuff like Condor and St. Bruno are up there with any of the other “luxury” blends in my opinion, in fact, I think they are better but I’m biased as those are some of my favorite blends.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  27. pipebaum81

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    Terrific pipe journey story and told quite well. Thank you for it!

    "I am a firm believer in the idea that who we are today is strongly influenced by the sum total of all of the individuals whom we have had the privilege of knowing."
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    Posted 3 months ago #
  28. bluegrasspipe

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    I am going to have to give this one a shot, now should I go straight for the whole box without trying it first?

    For tho' at my simile many may joke,
    Man is but a pipe—and his life but smoke.
    Posted 3 months ago #
  29. hoosierpipeguy

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    Yeah, you can save a ton smoking Carter Hall. $28 for 14 ounces which means it is around $31 per pound. You can buy a pound of Mac Baren HH Burley Flake for $64 and if you watch for sales, can get it as low as $50 or so. So if you smoke 1 lb per month, you save a whopping $20 per month, $240 per year.

    Carter Hall is okay. If that's all I had to smoke, I wouldn't quit, I would smoke Carter Hall and I'm sure, would enjoy it. If I was starving or even very hungry, I'd wolf down a Spam or bologna sandwich as well. I don't think I've eaten Spam or bologna for over 40 years, I hope that string continues until the day I die. Kind of feel the same way about Carter Hall.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  30. jaytex969

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    Good stuff! HERE'S my very detailed review from a few months ago.

    I smoke it right out of the tin...

    Harris, it's even better in a pipe!

    For the record, I DO enjoy the occasional CH in the cob, mainly due to you, didimauw.

    Gunner, Black Frigate. Say "Hello" to my little friend!
    Posted 3 months ago #

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