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VaPer Coins [Curlies] - Pictures

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  1. npod

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    Let the discussion begin. Comments, quips, and quotes, for commodious contemplation.

    The oft discussed VaPer Coins (or Curlies). What is your favorite? Why? What do they look like fresh in the tin. Here is a photo repository of the most common blends.

    Bell's - Three Nuns
    Escudo - Navy Deluxe
    Davidoff - Flake Medallions
    Dobie's Four Square - Circles
    Wessex - Sovereign Curly Cut (Brigade)
    Dan Tobacco - Roppers Roundels
    Peter Stokkebye - Luxury Bullseye Flakes
    Peter Heinrich - Curly Block
    Savinelli - Dablone d'Oro

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    That's a great presentation!

    I'd say that my favorites are Motzek Strang, whether cut or not, HU Director's Cut, Savinelli Doblone d'Oro, A & C Peterson Escudo, Stokkebye Luxury Bullseye Flake, and Peter Heinrich's Curly Block.

    Doblone d'Oro is a close match to the old Va/Per Three Nuns.

    PS-LBF is, to me, pretty tasteless when fresh but after 4 years of aging becomes a very enjoyable flavorful smoke, nice balance between the components with a pleasant sweetness. I think it's released too young.

    I really like Escudo, but I like the actual A & C Peterson version better than the STG version. It's richer in flavor and as it ages it develops a wonderfully rich full fruity flavor while losing some of the pepperiness.

    HU Director's Cut offers a nice range of flavors. It's sort of a Strang lite. Complexity, but not in your face.

    Motzek Strang is a very robust blend that also provides a complex variety of flavors, sweet, sour, fruity, but which needs a LONG dry time for all of the complexity to emerge. It's a unique blend unlike any other. I suspect, though I have no way of knowing this, that one or more of the components are not tobacco, but some other form of smokable herb (no, not THAT smokable herb!). Definitely not for everyone and some may find it just too much. Sadly, for those who really like it, it's now extinct.

    Curly Block can be a bit of a challenge to cut. But the balance and richness of flavors is worth the money.

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    Fantastic. Thanks for the time and effort.

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    Jesse, thank you for pointing out Strang and HU Directors Cut. I totally forgot about those blends. But I also don’t have any so no pics. That’s what I was after by posting this topic. Kind of a repository for VaPer coin discussion, with everyone’s thoughts.

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    Good enough to eat. They all look great!

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    I have only tried Dunhill, LBF, and Escudo. I like them in that order when fresh.

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    As far as coins go, I've only smoked PS Luxury Bullseye, which I quite enjoy. I intend to try Curly Block, was sold out when I placed my last tobacco order.

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    Beautimous pics.

    About all of my coin representations, which are in jars, are almost black in colour.

    I've eyed (no pun intended)the roper's roundels. Can you tell me a bit about them?

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    The only 1 I've had is LBF. Funny you should say it was tasteless fresh sablebrush as, though I smoke pretty strong, pungent blends like ODF & Odessa most of the time, I find LBF quite flavorful.

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    @oldtoby, I have been digging Roper's Roundels lately. It is kind of a sleeper blend for me, and lord knows I do not (in any way) need to cellar more tobacco. However, it has become a treat of sorts. I'm not good at reviews, but this blend has something of a sour cream note, in addition to the fig/perique that I enjoy. It is very different than say Escudo or Davidoff and I do not notice the Cavendish. As my Grandpa would say, "it's a Man's smoke."

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    How neat is this thread, fun looking through all those pictures...so beautiful

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    That tobacco is making me hungry. Great photos.

    To consider: Why do all the vendors refer to Escudo as A.C. Peterson? I bought some of the last tins of A.C. Peterson in 2003. It's like 3Nuns tins that still say "Bell's." So obviously untrue. It would seem to me the most obvious identifier would refer to the tobacco, not some blender 20-30 years ago. If the current manufacturer has made every effort to produce a blend close to the name on the tin, this would be understandable as clear.

    Business duplicity.

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    How neat is this thread, fun looking through all those pictures...so beautiful

    Thanks Mary. You will always be a Baroness of pipes and tobacco. I still remember the first Castello Pipe you directed my way. Cheers.

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    I’ve got to say, Curly Block it pretty....and good.

    https://i.imgur.com/TurTle3.jpg

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    Rmpeeps pic link above

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    Thanks npod. Still figuring out this inter-webs thing.

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    Just Option or Right click on the full sized image and paste that URL into the IMG box in your post.

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    + 1 HU Directors Cut, Savinelli Doblone d'Oro is my second favorite.

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    Great pictures, especially this one:

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    Great thread!

    I'll add Newminster No.403 Superior Round Slices to the list.

    Does anybody have an opinion on either of these two Mac Baren coin offerings? Any pix?

    @Jesse, nice commentary/synopses.

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    Cortez, Shhhhhh... don't let the SRS cat out of the bag. Ha ha. It's a delicious smoke, especially for the price. Like LBF, it really needs to a little time out in the jar for a few years to bring out its latent potential. I'm also not the biggest fan of them fresh.

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    Dark twist has been in the rotation for a while. Not often, but it's a sweet and savory that is a nice as an early morning in the same way as PS LTF. Also works great as dip.

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    I've had quite a few of the above tobaccos and really enjoy them. One I'd like to add is SG Cabbie's Mixture. Not big coins but very tasty.

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    @Orley. OMG! how did I forget Cabbies Mixture. Thanks for adding that.

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    Is Cabbie's still contaminated with the Lakeland scent crossover from their production equipment?
    I had a tin from, oh, must be over a year ago, and I could detect the soap flavor; but even so, it was a pretty good blend.

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    My stock of Cabbie's Mixture is about 2 years old. But I've never noticed a Lakeland carryover. Maybe the newer stuff has it. I like Lakeland blends but not necessarily where I don't want it.

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    This is brilliant thread, npod. You are gaining some serious MVP status points lately!

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    The pic with the open tins and their lid is awesome, it would make a great poster.

    Great post!

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    Interesting that Wessex's are rubbed out.

    Not the sweet, new grass with flowers is this harvesting of mine;
    Not the upland clover bloom...
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    ^^^Thanks for the props ^^^

    It's an honor to post here. I was a lurker for a few years and the proverbial lone wolf when I was learning to smoke a pipe. This site was a big source of information and I'm glad to offer nuggets going forward.

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    Well done; very nice thread and excellent pictures.

    I have been really enjoying LBF and Dark Twist Roll Cake lately. I may be biased though because I believe the virginia in LBF are the same as in LNF and LNF is by far my favorite tobacco.

    The Roundels look like a really fun tobacco. The tin art is great too.

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    My morning smoke today was (fresh) LBF. To me it was sufficiently flavorful to stand up to my normal high octane coffee.

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    The only 1 I've had is LBF. Funny you should say it was tasteless fresh sablebrush as, though I smoke pretty strong, pungent blends like ODF & Odessa most of the time, I find LBF quite flavorful.

    Different strokes for different folks. For me, LBF is like smoking cardboard fresh. Bland, boring, grassy. Sorry, it just is. But like a caterpillar metamorphosing into a butterfly, LBF ages into a most enjoyable favored blend. Not everything improves with aging. But for me, this one does. YMMV.

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