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  1. deathmetal

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    The following are blends I create for myself, friends, internet buddies and other interested parties. Sometimes, I swap them for in-kind goodies.

    Aiwass. This is created in tribute to C&D's excellent The Beast, but not intended to emulate it. More than half rum-soaked Perique, this mixture is then shored up with strong Virginias and Burleys, then crested with a pinch of Bright Virginia. The mixture is married through a proprietary process and then given a top-note of rum for more Crowleyian kick. Medium to strong, medium flavor, and moderate room note.

    Massacra. My personal blend designed for all-day smoking, Massacra was inspired by the UK plugs including the venerable Velvan Plug, but given a death metal twist. Dark Burley melds with Dark Fired Kentucky Burley and Bright Virginia, supported by creamy cigar leaf and married through a proprietary process. The result has a fiery caramel flavor with an inner depth. Strong, medium to full flavor, and tolerable room note.

    "My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey." -- William Faulkner

    The Metal Mixtures
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    Massacra sounds really good ... Mmmmm Dark Fired.

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    Aiwass sounds better.

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    Aiwass sounds better.

    Because of the high Perique content or because you like Rum?

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    I spent this past weekend smoking Aiwass. An exceptional blend. I love the molasses notes that jump up out of nowhere. You would think this blend would bite the hell out of you, because of the topping, but tongue bite never happens.

    Massacra is a definitely a creamy blend. I need to spend more time with it, Aiwass captivated me the whole damn time.

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    Aiwassa is WAY better that The Beast. I have been enjoying the crap out of it, and I may not return to smoke any of that Small Batch crap.

    At first, when you told me the leafs involved, I was a little reluctant to try it, but it is smooth and sweet as hell, and without that rum burn that The Beast has. I can taste the influence of rum, but without leaving a coating that feels like I actually put rum in my mouth. It is a moderate nic hit, not overwhelming at all, but satisfying. Out of all of the Crowley inspired blends, Haddos included (which is a favorite of mine) this one wins my vote for Best in Show.

    I would buy more.

    Massacra... hmmm, I had an opinion formed, until I read the part about Velvan. I'm not sure you got it in the ballpark of Velvan. To me, Velvan has a floral, fruity flavor. But, that aside, what I did think of it was that it was good, but it taxed my whole mouth after a while. Maybe, it is the cigar leaf or the burley. But, it just overloaded my taste buds fairly quickly. Not bitey, just overwhelming flavor... not strength of nicotine either. To be fair, I've only had three bowls of this, so maybe I just need to spend more time with it. It does have a good flavor in the very beginning, maybe I just need to try it at different times of day. It has all of the things that I like in a blend, I probably just need to smoke it for a few more days and come back to it.

    BTW, if you want to send me more samples of these two, I would most definitely smoke them I think that if I keep smoking Massacra, that eventually I will learn to appreciate it more. Oh, and, if I had more of Aiwassa, I would definitely learn to appreciate Massacra more also. Ha ha.

    Thanks for the samples. I'm honored to have been included.

    Michael
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    Interesting ideas. Massacra sounds really nice.

    I've got a load of burleys and some ropes coming in -- might have to try my hand at my own "deathmetal" blends. I love the British and Irish plugs, but none of them are quite potent enough for what I'm looking for sometimes. That's one of the reasons I'm really excited to try the new War Horse plug/bar.

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    I too was honored by the inclusion - not much of an opinion formed regarding Massacra yet, have been busy savoring Aiwass too often! Very much appreciated and enjoyed!

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    Cool beans.

    Great reading the reviews here.

    I'll post my impressions in a couple of days.

    Thank you DM!

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    What percentage of the mix is pube?

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    I hope it's very small.

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    They both sound great! How does one become part of this inner circle?

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    What percentage of the mix is pube?

    No pube. That's a separate blend, "Bath House Burley."

    But an interesting idea nonetheless.

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    My mixtures rarely dip below a good 10% St Bernard Fur threshold. And you know, I'm ok with that.

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    Everything I make is 12% cat hair. Actually, I am 12% cat hair.

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    both sound good to me.

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    God Praise Aiwass. Praeter-Tobacciana. 93 Great companion to Eco's The Name of the Rose, which I'm currently devouring. Thanks again DeathMetal.

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    That is a wonderful book.

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    Some of his theoretical writing is nifty too:
    http://faculty.georgetown.edu/irvinem/theory/Eco-TheoryofSigns-BMMLA-1981.pdf

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    If you got back to me before the last 24, your package is enroute. It has taken a long time to mail these last couple weeks.

    New batch of Aiwass is underway.

    Cheers all!

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    .
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    M A S S A C R A

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    Initial impression.
    Of course I chose Massacra first,
    how couldn't I?

    Pouch note: burley & earthy.

    Chosen instrument: John Crosby hummingbird.

    I didn't really know what to expect and upon first light I found that the lightish brown leaf color betrayed my original expectation and delivered a depth of darkness, and that earthiness came through too. I'm in the habit of locomotive smoking when I'm testing out a blend, to gauge how prone it may be for biting, and I may report that even with the most frantic of puffing, Massacra refuse to bite. Flight of the demonwings and no Orcus of the underworld to be seen, but there was another presence, an unknown presence - I can't describe it, but it was there,
    believe me.

    Once stoked and going, Massacra unfolded in a rich density, that cigarish earthiness which added bold backbone for the other notes to crest upon, most notably a toastiness, and a roastiness, and the burley really sang broadly across its big backdrop. It also had great body and a nice level of nicotine, which are traits that I always appreciate.

    In a way it sorta reminded me of John Patton's Storm Front, like a deeper and stouter version though, with that extra something that knocks it up a notch above and beyond.

    Thank you for the sample DM.

    (insert headbanger smiley here)










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    Sounds like you got some wieners! ... I mean... WINNERS! sorry.

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    Best review ever. Made my day!

    And a new batch of Aiwass is on its way.

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    Added:

    Hastings: A classic mixture of Burleys and Virginias, topped with mocha vanilla flavoring of the most natural origin possible, Hastings represents the all-day smoke for pipe-wielders who like Medium to Strong with abundant natural flavor and a confectionery note on top. If you wanted Prince Albert to be stronger, mellower and less processed, Hastings will fill your pipe with joy.

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    I just finished a bowl of Aiwass. I couldn't agree with Cosmic more.

    This blend deserves to be sold and bought!

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    Thanks to all who have tried these!

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    I have posted a review of Aiwass in the 'Tobacco Review' subforum. Outstanding work! I still need to partake of the Massacra that was sent but haven't yet had the time. More to come!

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    DeathMetal, these sound intriguing. The Beast hath grown, yay even multiplied!
    I'd love to try these!

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    Wow, me too. Sounds awesome!

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    The Beast has inspired many of us to see the endless possibilities of tobacco!

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    The Beast has inspired many of us to see the endless possibilities of tobacco!

    I know!! That is so rad!!!

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    The Beast has a life of its own beyond this mortal plane... Beware, mortals!

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    I think I'll raise The Beast after my Nightcap.

    Stan
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    The Plenipotent Key to Cope's Correct Card of the Peerless Pilgrimage to Saint Nicotine of the Holy Herb:
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    Is there anything else on the market similar to the beast right now? Any other blends with a high amount of perique and rum flavoring? I really enjoyed the beast, I just wish there were more of it. If not, I may in the future be giving DeathMetal a significant amount of business for Aiwass.

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    I'm late to the party but wanted to sing the praises of Massacra!

    After returning from a 3 week vacation, I found this sample awaiting my arrival. Right from the first charring light, I knew this was going to be good. Nutty, creamy and even slightly floral at times, this Burley forward blend captured my heart and seemed almost made for the Cob.

    Congrats on a successful blend and thank you for allowing me the opportunity to try it.

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    Thanks all for trying these blends!

    I must add a few to the list:

    Tafkapa. Named after a recently deceased musician and the variety of drugstore tobacco that inspired its flavor profile, this blend uses a mixture of medium Burleys lightly flavored with a top note of vanilla, cocoa, and a mixture of alcohols. If you wanted an all-day smoke similar to the classics of a generation or two ago, this fits the bill. Strength: Mild to Medium. Flavor: Medium. Room note: Acceptable.

    Trafalgar. This blend goes against the idea of innovation and is a classic English with Perique and some dark Burley added. Lighter in Latakia than most English blends, it emphasizes the Virginias for a sweeter smoke into which Orientals, Perique and Latakia meld as condimental flavors. Strength: Mild to Medium. Flavor: Medium to Full. Room Note: Strong.

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    Quick update:


    Part of the journey into appreciation of the pipe as an activity — the familiarity, the rituals, the marking of time, the enjoyment — is to mix your own tobacco from pre-existing components. This can be great fun and a huge challenge. As part of that journey, I uncovered a number of mixtures which are both pleasant to smoke and economical. - The Metal Mixtures

    The Metal Mixtures now have their own page which lists all of the blends, including the new ones.

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    Very cool site ... well done!!

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    Indeed. I love Aiwass!

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    New blend:


    Miasma. Built around a Virginia-Perique core, this blend softens the blow with a small amount of Cavendish and then brings the fire with a mixture of Burleys. The end result is sweet and fragrant like a classic Va/Per, but packs more strength and a bolder, broader flavor.

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    I'm late to the party but wanted to sing the praises of Massacra! [:puffy:]

    Admit it sounds very intruiguing, but one question, why did you name it after women's eye makeup??

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    Easily answered:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9jW-WVrBY8

    Play it LOUD!

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    The new one sounds good!

    This morning, I smoked some Massacra with my coffee before work and still love it.
    However, Hell Hammer may have moved up to the #1 spot ... excellent blend.

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    Thanks to all for trying these homebrew blends, and for the reviews!

    Other threads:

    Aiwass and here

    Massacra and here

    Hellhammer

    I updated the site with more consistent strength/room/flavor estimates and the new blend (Miasma).

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    Man, I missed all of this stuff. Couple of them sound amazing, Death.

    If you do another round of samples, I would certainly be interested in trying.

    "People are not made better by a briar. An idiot before smoking a pipe is still an idiot after smoking a pipe, they're just more likely to speak less drivel with something in their mouth. For that, all society should be grateful."

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    PM sent. Next mailout is this coming week for all of those who are receiving samples.

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    I got my next round. Tell me about this Hastings.

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    Hastings is a Virginia-Burley mix with a light topping designed to evoke the best of the OTCs of the past. That was the last batch of it for awhile, but I think it turned out quite mellow.

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    Well I was finally going to ask what metal mixture was, but got my answer right away. Thanks!

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    The topping on Hastings reminds me of either PA or SWR, I haven't had either in so long that I can't pinpoint it. Very good, moist but good. I am awaiting some more to dry to try it again.

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    I still think Aiwass should be available everywhere.

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    The topping on Hastings reminds me of either PA or SWR

    Closer to PA, IMO, but Prince Ludwig is even closer.

    Both blends are better than their OTC counterparts though!

    I still think Aiwass should be available everywhere.

    Agreed ... very unique to tame that much Perique in one blend.

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    Okay, okay... Aiwass is the WET! Once I figure out how to keep this one lit I will write my impressions here.

    Hellhammer is a great all day blend I could see myself returning to frequently throughout the day, smoked fine all the way down.

    Hastings - I have yet to try this one because it appears to be as wet as Aiwass but I'll muster up the courage soon.

    I love the names of these... especially Aiwass! Thanks again, DM. I really do appreciate your generosity.

    PS - How are you all smoking Aiwass without any dry time?

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    Prince Ludwig is an outright tribute to Prince Albert, where Hastings has a bit more of a nod to Carter Hall and other OTCs from the past.

    Aiwass comes wet because the last batch was dehydrating when shipped long distances, which was disappointing some recipients. To fix this, it was shipped more wet with the idea that if the post office parked it in the hot sun for an afternoon, it would still be flavorful when it arrived. To dehydrate, leave it out in a dark room for a few hours with the air conditioning on, and it should be fine.

    Hope you all have fun!

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    PS - How are you all smoking Aiwass without any dry time?

    I don't smoke anything without some dry time unless it's already crispy ... not a fan of steam.
    For my last smoke, I microwaved it for 15 seconds and then let it rest another 10 minutes.

    Prince Ludwig is an outright tribute to Prince Albert, where Hastings has a bit more of a nod to Carter Hall and other OTCs from the past.

    Smoked a bowl of each today. Prince Ludwig certainly has more of the cocoa notes like PA but is MUCH better. Hastings has less topping overall and leans towards a light vanilla like an Olde Tyme Pipe Shoppe Blend.

    What I love about all these blends is the "sweet-bread" sort of scent in the bags ... delicious!

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    Thanks deathmetal, I was an honor to try these.

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    Received mine today! When I have some time to sit down with them, I'll post my impressions.

    "We have an unspoken, mutual understanding to ignore the things we hate about each other so we can continue to enjoy the things we love about each other."
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    Holy Hellhammer! I am loving this Hellhammer! Are you selling your blends?

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    That's awesome! Hellhammer and Massacra were designed for my personal tastes.

    By law, I cannot sell these, but I trade them for just about anything except beanie babies. This is my way of working around the mess that the FDA has made of tobacco, and keeping the knowledge/excitement alive.

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    Okay, DM. Once I run out of these samples, I'll hit you up to see if we can work out a deal. I'm interested in trying the Massacra too.

    I could definitely puff on Hellhammer all day long. It's a great, great smoke! Good job!'

    I have the other two dried out to my personal preference and I look forward to trying those as well!

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    The latest batch of Massacra is still undergoing its marriage process, but you definitely should have some!

    Based on your recommendation, a batch of Hellhammer will begin soon...

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    AIWASS is the shit.

    AS far as I'm concerned, its what The Beast wanted to be, and it's what Haddos wants to be.

    And I like Haddos.

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    Smoking some Massacra now! It's my first bowl so I'll form more of an opinion later, but this stuff is great! Fantastic body and taste, the cigar lead is there but in a supporting way and the burley leaf both the dark and fired are so right. There is a spicy note from the dark and a tiny bit of sweetness from the VA. Great job on this blend Deathmetal!

    Procrastinate Later. - I'll say this one day!
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    AIWASS is the shit.

    I concur! I'm smoking it now (took all day to dry out yesterday... worth the wait). I've never had The Beast but it sounds like I got the better blend anyway. I am very impressed with DM's blends!

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    I was a big fan of the HellHammer, but I hate to have Death keep sending me so many samples. That has got to be costing you quite a lot. But, I do appreciate it. If you want anything in trade, let me know. HellHammer was a great blend to kick back with some old movies with. Aiwass is great to. Mine just got dry enough. I will give this batch a try latter this evening as well.

    You're doing some great work with these, DM. You must be doing homework, ha ha.

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    Sounds like you've mixed up some killer blends. I actually enjoy the very occasional Prince Albert pouch. One of these days I'll work out something I can trade with you to try some of these. Thanks for helping keep the "tobacco trade" alive in these dark times.

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    Just got another round of samples (Massacra & Miasma). I am thoroughly impressed with every sample I've tried thus far. Usually when I hear someone is making their own homemade blends and passing them around on forums I think the majority of the time people just say nice things about the blend in support of their fellow members while they dump the rest of it down the toilet. You won't find that here with Metal Mixtures, these are truly damn good blends that most upscale manufacturers would be happy to slap their name on the tin and sell as their own. Bravo to you man and thanks for sharing these with all of us! I'll try to describe my impressions as I get further acquainted with these two new ones I just received.

    Cheers!

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    Just had some Trafalgar and it was a great blend. The latakia is there but truly in the background and plays an almost floral/oriental role in the blend. The perique is at a nice level and brings a tiny bit of spice to the blend. The Burley plays nice and has a little nuttiness to it. This could be an all day English if that's your thing. So far I've loved all of the Deathmetal Blends that I've tried. Brett you are an artist!

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  69. deathmetal

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    Thank you all, and enjoy the blends!

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  70. skraps

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    Just got my samples in today. Thanks again, Brett.

    Decided to load up a bowl of Prince Ludwig right out of the gate. Good stuff. Most definitely similar to PA only with some balls and not made out of floor sweepings. I'll expand a bit on it when I have a few more bowls, but it's good stuff.

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