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  1. fuel52

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    Hey Everybody, I'm a new member here and a brand new pipe smoker and want to say hi for the first time! I've been lurking around here for a bit and it seems like an awesome community, congrats!

    I just turned 40 a few weeks ago and after lots of research, I bought a couple of MM corn cobs (Country Gentleman, Legend, Cobbit Dwarf) and also bought 4 different Aromatics to try for my first smokes. Lane 1-Q, Peterson Sunset Breeze, some local shop Black Vanilla Cavendish and Three Cherry.

    As most beginners, I'm a SUCKER for a good sweet aromatic like 1-Q and I'd like to know if anybody has any recommendations for any under the radar aromatics that they love? The kind that doesn't get a lot of publicity.

    Thanks guys! I'm loving my first few weeks of the pipe!

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    Cornell & Diehl Autumn Evening but it’s certainly not under the radar.

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    Hello! You started just right with your variety of aromatics, in my opinion. A little taste of all the big flavors. A nice, sweet aromatic that I really loved in the beginning was 4th Generation 1897. It is pretty goopy, but I really enjoyed the flavor. I hardly smoke it any more as I evolved into desiring a more "natural" taste to my smokes, but it is a fun nostalgic trip every few weeks.

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    I don't smoke many aromatics but I always have Rattray's Bagpiper's Dream in stock. Very high quality leaf with a divine aroma and taste.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
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    Thanks for the suggestions snoopy and lightmybriar. Is there a company that does aromatics better than others in general? Lane, MacBaren, etc?

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    I'm enjoying C&D's Apricot & Cream. That was the first C&D aromatic I ever smoked. For some reason I had an allergic reaction to it back in 2008. Recently decided to try it again and have been enjoying it in a cob without any problems.

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    I prefer Lane when it comes to the "big name" aromatics, although the only aromatic I've had from Mac Baren is Vanilla Creme Flake (which I really enjoyed), so I can't comment on their stuff. I've never had a Lane that I didn't like, though. I would recommend RLP-6 from Lane, its good as well!

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    Is there a company that does aromatics better than others in general?

    McClellend's in my opinion.

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    I guess I march to a different drummer in that I see 1-Q as a crap aromatic for people who haven't really found tobacco yet. It only goes up from there. What are better aromatics? Well, as 90% of the field is aros, I don't think one person can really tell another what to smoke, you need to just keep sampling the field to see what is around and what you like!

    If anything, I would say to listen to the pipeguy in pa above and at least try Bagpiper's Dream. After you tire of the usual BCA and RLP-6, you might also want to explore some of the Lakelands. The only way you learn is to try. If you must go Lane, check out Dark Red.

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    Thanks for the knowledge guys...good stuff.

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    The Country Squire Cherokee and Indian Outlaw are good Cavandish aromatics.

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    fuel52, welcome aboard. It sounds like you are well-launched in your pipe activity. In recent years, I've focused on non-aromatics, but lately I've looped back around to some aromatics in my rotation to set up and freshen my taste for the non-aros as well as to experience some of the good tobacco-forward aromatics offered. There are a number I favor, but two are Edward G. Robinson, that has been actively appreciated by Forum's member jiminks, and Iwan Ries Three Star Blue, another one that he has reviewed that I also discovered, some years ago. A Forums member recently sent me what looks and smells like an especially good aromatic from Boston's Peretti's, a seasonal blend in Krumble Kake cut, Thanksgiving Dinner, which I look forward to trying. Forums members are sometimes teased about aromatics, but as we often remind each other, aromatics make up about 95% of the market, hence support the whole market, aro and non-aro. So smoke aro's proudly.

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    Hey fuel, welcome. All good suggestions, above. I have an aromatic or two on hand and recently discovered Solani 131. It's a lighter aromatic with a whiskey flavor, but you'll get a bit of tobacco taste as well. Enjoy the adventure!

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    Ahhh I'm kind of partial to McClellands bulk aro's like their Creme Caramel.

    Also not everyone considers this an aro but I do as it does have a flavored topping(I think I taste coconut and vanilla). Peter Stokkebye Luxury Twist Flake.
    That would also be a great intro to Virginia's!

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    I have not tried it but Rattray's Buckingham gets some high praise in the review department.

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    Rattray's Exotic Orange is another good one, Sho'nuff.

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    Dude exnay on the organeay

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    Exnay on what?

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    Ha that's where it all went.

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    Peterson's Founder's Choice is another nice one.

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    Bagpiper's dream is excellent, as several have said. I also really enjoy McClelland's Deep Hollow and Sutliff Great Outdoors.

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    "I bought a couple of MM corn cobs (Country Gentleman, Legend, Cobbit Dwarf)"

    And there was me thinking that a couple meant two

    I would suggest looking at what is available from online sellers then reading up on the more interesting blends on Tobaccoreviews.com, that way you should get a rough idea of what may be worth trying.

    Welcome to the forum by the way

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    The Newminster aromatics are top quality, and not moist at all. I have some in my "for sale" thread.

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    Lots to try now...thanks fellas!

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    Sho'nuff, brother!

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    pssst, over he'r, bub. I gots some of that... shhhhhh... peanut butter and blueberry pie tobacco. Quiet, quiet... don be telling anyones. We wanna keep dis on the DL, know what I mean? :::wink wink:::

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    Sho'nuff, brother!

    You know your villains...nice!

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    I just got some Longbottom Leaf and Old Toby from Just for Him. Haven't tried the Toby yet, but the Longbottom is quite good.

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    You know your villains...nice!

    I love The Last Dragon!

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    There are tons of great aromatic blends out there, but a company that I don't see mentioned much anymore who makes very good aromatics is Dan Tobacco.

    Milonga is very good
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    Sweet Vanilla Honeydew is one of the best vanilla aro's that I have ever smoked.

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    C&D Corn Cob Pipe and A Button Nose.

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    "I bought a couple of MM corn cobs (Country Gentleman, Legend, Cobbit Dwarf)"

    And there was me thinking that a couple meant two

    It does when talking about people. With beer, brownies, bowlfuls, scoops of ice cream, etc., a "couple" is anywhere from two to two dozen. That's here in the land you chaps lost long ago!

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    peanut butter and blueberry pie tobacco

    Now we know what is in Mixture 79...

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    The McClelland Holiday Spirit blends are really great.

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    Boswell's makes great aromatics, and the few I've tried were not goopy and smoked cool. If you've got a sweet tooth, give their Chocolate Cream a try

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    Now we know what is in Mixture 79...

    Funny, from the sample I got, I would have thought it made of faintly smelly wood chips and cardboard.

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    Check out Pipeworks & Wilke No.191

    If confining oneself to the major on-line retailers, try:

    MacBaren Vanilla Cream Flake
    Savinelli Cavendish
    Two Friends English Chocolate

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    I guess I march to a different drummer in that I see 1-Q as a crap aromatic for people who haven't really found tobacco yet.

    People love it because it smells like marshmallows and vanilla when you smoke it. So it's a real money saver, because you get both a tobacco and an air freshener in one.

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    I guess I failed there as well, DM, when smoking it, I never noticed that either. I still have some put away to use eventually for something, but I guess when I smoke, I need something more than marshmallows and vanilla. A little of it is not a bad thing but behind it all I need some hard tobacco taste in my mouth as well.

    But damn it all, I guess thanks to JimInks and some others, one of these days I might try a tin of MB Vanillas Creme or one of its kin! I'm still looking for a "vanilla" that alone really satisfies me.

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    Boswell makes a nice one, Boswell's No Bite Delite


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    I guess when I smoke, I need something more than marshmallows and vanilla. A little of it is not a bad thing but behind it all I need some hard tobacco taste in my mouth as well.

    Me as well. I like the flavor of tobacco, at least as we know it after processing. The aromatics that appeal most are the ones that highlight that flavor instead of obliterating it. Otherwise, I'd just smoke a marshmallow.

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    I got gifted a tin of Tinder Box Reserve 1928. Its blended by McClelland for Tinder Box. Kind of pricey, and I haven't made the jump to purchase it on my own...but its very good. It isn't a heavy aro, some good tobacco flavor with a nice light topping.

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    There are tons of great aromatic blends out there, but a company that I don't see mentioned much anymore who makes very good aromatics is Dan Tobacco.

    +1

    Devil's Holiday is one of my favorite aros.

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    Ive to resurrect this and add Pipeworks and Wilke #191 and Gramercy park. Very good with some dry time. Also the ever overlooked Esoterica Blackpool. Easy smoking blend with a great anise flavor.

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    Another one I like is Lane Limited Black Raspberry. Don't hear too much about that one.
    http://www.tobaccoreviews.com/blend/640/lane-limited-black-raspberry

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    C&D Very Berry

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    I enjoy and recommend Casey Jones Last Ride, Cult Blood Red Moon and Peterson's Founder's Choice.

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    Comoy's Cask No.2 is very nice and different. Not your typical aromatic. Also, Toob points out his disdain for aromatics in general because of the heavy flavoring masking the underlying tobacco (I think that is his beef). Let them dry a bit and cut in a little of a medium English blend. For example, Autumn Evening and a bit of Sutliff medium English or Dunhill EMP is a great smoke.

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    Newminster No. 3 Very Cherry is a perfect aromatic. Light on the flavoring and quality Virginias that are nice and dry.

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    If you want to go way under the radar, then I can recommend two from Paul Olsen's My Own Blend:


    75th Anniversary
    is a rubbed out Virginia, topped very lightly with what they say is creme de cassis, but to me it is quite subtle. Just enough to compliment the exceptional leaf selection.


    Den Kongelige Livgarde is a Black Cavendish/Burley Virginia with a topping similar to Comoy's Cask #2. Less subtle than the 75th Anniversary blend, but still on the quiet side, compared to American aros. I love this blend, and have dedicated a Mr. Brog pipe to it.

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    In my limited experience everything I try from Lane Limited is tasteless. Smells great but no taste. There are two that I like so far Sutliff spiced rum and Mark Twain. I mix the two. I've got founding fathers coming in and have heard it's good.

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    Smells great but no taste.

    It's why they are called aromatic!

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    It's why they are called aromatic

    But there are aromatics that taste like they smell, then those that smell great and taste like...well, nothing

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    If you want something off the beaten path, try "Holy Smoke" from Oxmore Smoke Shop in Louisville, KY. They have a web page but this tobacco is not listed, so I just call it in. 502-426-4706. There are very few reviews at http://www.tobaccoreviews.com however, what is there scores it a 3. It's not overly cased, burns well, has a great room note and the flavor lasts to the bottom of the bowl. I ordered 8 oz's yesterday. Black Stoker from Uhles is another great aromatic. You can order that one (as well as many other great tobaccos) online. Celebration from Mission Pipe Shope in San Jose, CA is worth the effort as well. They have a website but this one doesn't show up. Good luck and great smokes.

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    Very nice and obscure selections, briarbuda!

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    Most aromatics under the radar are there for a good reason. Most aromatics above the radar deserve to be put back under it.

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    Thank you Woodsroad.

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    This is not under the radar, but I suggest you try Lane Limited Black Raspberry. Lots of good things I heard about it, and now that I've tried it myself I seem to like it quite a bit. I think it also grows on you, and you enjoy it more after every smoke. Worth a try! (:

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