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Sugar Barrel

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  1. taerin

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    I'm pretty sure I am going to regret posting this and causing this blend to go out of stock, but here it goes I was traded this stuff and right out of the gate it just tastes so complex, nice robust medium flavor, very natural, not all all like an aromatic, not even a cross-over. It smells great (maple syrup), but all I perceive when smoking is great natural tobacco. Is this an old "codger" blend? It definitely seems just like what I imagined they would be like and one of the reasons I was so interested in trying them out. Anyway, this is my new go-to tobacco for a nice quick smoke due to how well it burns, the nicotine hits me a lot faster and I get zero tongue bite, just love it. I'll still stick to my VA flakes for the nice long relaxing smokes, but this stuff I'm probably dedicating my MM legend to as less than a bowl has just the right amount of nicotine content for me.

    Next time I purchase tobacco, I will have to get an entire tub of it, I was traded it by a forum member for some Black House, what a good trade that was. Heavy lat blends were just not my thing

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  2. papipeguy

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    Another classic OTC. I smoked my share of it back in the 1970's. Glad to see it's still around. So many have gone away over the years.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
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    Thanks Eric for the report, good to know!

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    Is this an old "codger" blend?

    Middleton's Sugar Barrel was not created by John Middleton. I know it's been around since at least 1949, when the "Sugar Barrel Associates," a group of more than 900 B&Ms, banded together to sell the blend in their shops. I'm told (by someone who's smoked it for decades) that the Sugar Barrel recipe has not changed in all that time. While not as old as Prince Albert, Carter Hall and others, IMO, Sugar Barrel has certainly earned it's place as a definitive and distinctive "Old Codger" blend.

    It's sweet, but not overly so, achieving it's distinctive flavor from using "Aged Bourbon Burley" (whatever that is -- pretty sure it's not topped with bourbon though), stored in barrel hogsheads previously used to pack and ship cane sugar.

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    I also like Sugar Barrel, ranking it with Carter Hall on the top of my OTC list. It's got that light, raw sugar flavor that's pretty distinctive. I just can't get past that slightly chemical taste that all OTCs seem to have. But CH and SB seem to have less than the others, and without the heavy toppings. Definitely a good, all-day smoke. Like you, I enjoy these blends in cobs when there isn't time for a more complex, sit-down smoke - just a quick hit of flavor and nicotine.

    I would recommend trying Angler's Dream.

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  6. leacha

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    My tub just arrived from 4noggins today. I find Sugar Barrel a great all day smoke with a little more complexity to it than CH. I need to get a few more blends from Pipes and Cigars and Smokingpipes.com. Then I will go through my cellar and find my goto blend and stock up. If and when the flood gates fully open on Tobacco extremism, I may purchase as much of this as I can find even if it is not my goto baccy.

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    Another classic OTC , and a great one i smoke this blend now and then and love it.

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    I've been wanting to try Sugar Barrel for some time, and finally got a tub last week. I really enjoy it. It's a nice change from my usual SWR regular. Angler's Dream is good too.

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    I'm liking what I'm hearing, I've been wanting to try this one for a long time. Maybe on the next TAD!

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  10. taerin

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    4 bowls in two days, that's a record for me at home lol. I'm always thinking about this blend in the back of my mind...

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    Eric,
    Not bad right? Have you ever smoked Carter Hall? Compared to SB, CH seems to be missing something. Although, after smoking areos for a while and then lighting up CH, its great. Than when you smoke a bowl of SB, CH falls to the back of the pile.

    Sometimes I think, isince these "Codger" blends have been around for a while, even in today's market, than they must be good. Than I smoke a Latakia blend. Yuk! Latakia just hasn't grown on me yet. Well see. I ordered 2oz of Walnut from 4noggins.

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    Never tried CH before, that and PA seem to be pretty much what everyone thinks about when "Codger" is mentioned by the look of it.

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    Sugar Barrel is one of the two Burleys in my current collection of samples. The other is Sir Walter Raleigh, and I gotta say that of those two, Sugar Barrel is a definite favorite. There's a little more to the flavor - SWR is better than I initially thought, but it's still pretty much one note to my palate - and it's likely to be my "go to" codger blend, once I've had a chance to sample a few more for comparison.



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    My next TAD will consist of several samples of "codger" blends, sugar barrel and granger as well as Edward G Robinson blend. CH is my go to blend.

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    SB in a cob while riding the mower for a couple of hours can't be beat. also, whenever I just run to town, etc I always grab the SB. I try to add a tub of SB, CH or PA to every monthly TAD order.. the CH and PA tubs seem to be growing but can't seem to grow the SB as I'm always smoking it.

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    Well, I just got my tub of Sugar Barrel today and I must say, I'm impressed! I'm almost done with my first bowl of it right now, and it has been sweet, but not overly sweet, cool, and dry! No relights so far either! I believe I just found my new favorite OTC! I'm smoking it in a Peterson "313" System Standard by the way. I think I'm gonna order me another tub for the cellar pretty soon! Damn, I need to buy stock in Ball Mason jars, lol!

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    I purchased a tub from P&C about 4 weeks ago. Im really loving this stuff. Nothing fancy, just good basic tobacco. Im also learning I really enjoy a heavy burley blend.

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    Love all things burley. Sugar Barrel is no exception!

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    I'm on my 4th bowl of SB today! This time around, I'm smoking it in an MM cob. Talk about a great combination, man this stuff is good!

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    Eric sent me a sample of Sugar Barrel the other day as I hadn't tried it before and I sent him some CH to try.
    I like the SB better than the CH so I think I got the better half of the deal. I found it to be a very nice natural burley blend that had no bite, tastes great and burns great. I'll definitely order some on my next order.
    Tim

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    Sugar Barrel was the competition tobacco for the July Waco Pipe Club Slow Smoking Contest. We had a dozen competitors. Most did not like the tobacco but a few of the contestants did. It burned cool, according to most, but the flavor presentation was mild and a little sweet. The room note, with a dozen pipes going at once, was heavenly.

    Best,

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    I think if you smoke nothing but "Lat bombs" and then try this baccy, it'll be like drinking water when you're not thirsty.

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    I am going to have to see if I can find some locally.

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    I'm an old codger, and for some reason I am just now trying OTC tobaccos.

    Sugar Barrel just went on my list. When I get it, I'll smoke it straight for a couple of pipes, and then I'm thinking that 1/2 CH and 1/2 SB might be a good smoke.

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