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Vaper for Summer, English for Winter?

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  1. blackadderlxx

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    Hey all, I've heard several folks mentioning that they don't smoke English blends in the summer but switch to VaPers or Va blends for the hot months. Is that really a thing with most people? How many of you do that? And if so why?

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  2. mso489

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    I don't stick to the script, but with summer here (and my a.c. out of order, replacement on the way, loaner window unit in place...) I do plan to try more of my Va/Pers on hand. I think they are lighter in taste and milder to most people. After a heavy meal, I will usually want something heavier like C&D Night Bayou for example. But warm weather on the porch or after errands in the heat, Va/Per definitely has appeal.

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    I smoke whatever when the mood hits. Primarily a Virginia/Oriental smoker, but no limits on when and what I smoke. I had some Presbyterian with a glass of lemonade on the back porch earlier, but am smoking Deep Hollow with a cup of iced coffee now.

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    We all like to think that we are unique individuals. Much to my surprise, after 57 years of pipe smoking, I find on these forums that I fit the patterns of pipe smoking described.

    I cannot taste the smoke of the "English" blends during hot weather. The Virginia blends have more flavor then and not as much in the winter. That is why.

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    Not with me, I smoke for enjoyment and too much structure sucks the enjoyment from the pipe. But, some members do like rules, structure and order in their world. I prefer a bit chaos. I've been know to smoke a cob now and then.

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    Not a cob....
    I smoke whatever whenever. No real pattern for me.

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    Mostly English year around.

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    Mostly English year around.

    This^^

    Although, I do enjoy a VaPer or a VA occasionally, my staple is English mixes. In really hot weather, I tend to go to less Latakia in my mixes, but I do love Englishes.


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    Hot weather makes me dig out some of my Virginia blends. Not so much VaPers, but straight Virginias. I like the grassy flavors more in the hot weather. I re-discovered some 4 year old Erinmore flake and lit it up. Very nice and relaxing.

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    I smoke whatever when the mood hits.
    I'm with you embers. What ever strikes my fancy at the time...

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    Whatever takes my fancy at the time.

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    I'm one of those that smokes an assortment of blends and an assortment of blend types. The changes of the seasons haven't played much role in what I smoke or when I smoke it. However, I do find a good Balkan blend accompanies a good severe Texas thunderstorm beautifully. There's nothing quite like ginormous balls of icy hail crashing to the ground under the strobe of near constant lightning and the deafening booms of the war drums of the gods being accompanied by the distant trumpeting of the tornado warnings barely heard over the shrieking winds, while sipping contentedly from a favorite pipe full of a supreme Balkan blend.

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    Smoke what you like. I smoke Latbombs in the A/c during the summer.

    Make aromatics great again.
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    . There's nothing quite like ginormous balls of icy hail crashing to the ground under the strobe of near constant lightning and the deafening booms of the war drums of the gods being accompanied by the distant trumpeting of the tornado warnings barely heard over the shrieking winds, while sipping contentedly from a favorite pipe full of a supreme Balkan blend.
    I'll...have to try that

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    I'm one of those that smokes an assortment of blends and an assortment of blend types. The changes of the seasons haven't played much role in what I smoke or when I smoke it. However, I do find a good Balkan blend accompanies a good severe Texas thunderstorm beautifully. There's nothing quite like ginormous balls of icy hail crashing to the ground under the strobe of near constant lightning and the deafening booms of the war drums of the gods being accompanied by the distant trumpeting of the tornado warnings barely heard over the shrieking winds, while sipping contentedly from a favorite pipe full of a supreme Balkan blend.

    As a former severe storms researcher (yes that means tornado chaser), and current severe storms junkie (yes, it still means storm chaser), I've never tried that. Of course, I've only been smoking a pipe for a bit over a week....

    Now I have something ELSE to rig up in the chase vehicle.............

    CW

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    It's often puzzled me how some folks associate different blends according to the current season. Associating blends with certain drinks, yes I can understand that to a point but not the season/weather.

    But of course, what a sad world it would be if we all thought the same.

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    I've never noticed a difference. I smoke anything year round. Then again I smoke mostly inside. If I smoke outside it's usually a cigar.

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    I smoke way fewer English and Orientals in hot weather, and more VA, VaPers, burleys and even a few aros in the summer. But as soon as it cools down I bring the Latakia back.

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    And I only smoke outside or in the garage, so ambient temperature is definitely felt.

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    It's often puzzled me how some folks associate different blends according to the current season.

    I don't get it either.

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    I love all genres in any weather. I’ve really been digging smoking English’s in the warm weather.

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    I probably smoke Va and VaPer blends 90 % of the time regardless of the season. But I must say I find myself smoking Lat blends much less in hot weather. The only exception is that I almost always smoke a light English blend on Saturday mornings. I have no idea why.

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    The best thing to stick to is to smoke what you want regardless of the season. That's what I do.

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    When I started in on the Latakia it was in Florida,and it was hot.The blend I tried was the equivalent of Dunhill Early Morning Pipe,a light bodied lat mixture.I found it smoked clean and dry;
    Much better in the warm evenings than the sweeter,heavier Virginia tobaccos,like Virginia Woods by McClelland.In fact,I had even put my pipes down for a year,and smoked only cigars prior to my discovering the Latakia mixtures.This was in the mid to late 90’s,however,and now I Smoke va/per and lat blends year round.

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    I associate the Latakia flavor with a bonfire or fire place aroma, so in the summer, the last flavor that appeals to me is one that I associate with keeping warm. I really only smoke rarely on certain situations in the winter. I do smoke Virginias year round, but in the summer heat, a nice cigar brings make me think of tropical heat... smoking my cigar while hunkered down in the sugar cane with gangsters, watching Havana burning.

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    As a former severe storms researcher (yes that means tornado chaser), and current severe storms junkie (yes, it still means storm chaser), I've never tried that. Of course, I've only been smoking a pipe for a bit over a week....

    Now I have something ELSE to rig up in the chase vehicle.............

    I watch The Weather Channel quite regularly around storm seasons and there was a show about storm chasers I enjoyed. What you guys do when the weather gets extreme is great. Lives, in my opinion, are truly saved by the work you all do in helping the warnings get out in the event of tornadoes. Much respect.

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    The rule is:

    There are no rules. Smoke what you like, when you feel like it.

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    in some degree yes, during the summer months (day-time especially)I lean more towards lighter Virginia forward blends ,today it was Orlik Golden, but by the evenings I'll usually switch back to more Burley heavy blends.

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    Get you a big fat country gentleman mm pack that jewel with some crooner then get a glass of cold milk and find you a shade tree.You sit and fire up that pipe and your taste buds will be so happy you won't worry about the heat.

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    The weather has no effect on what I smoke

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    Mostly English/Balkan year round, with a good Burley as the counterpoint as needed. The percentage shifts slightly during Summer, but not that much. Don't care for VA/Pers.

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    Mostly English blends for me. I don't pay attention to the weather. If the English blend of choice isn't working, I switch to, say, a Va/Per. If that fails, I'll go to a straight VA.

    If all that fails, I'll hit the tried and true PA, which usually fills the bills.


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    I smoke what I want when I want because no one tells me how to live my life

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    Hmmm ... I do prefer something less pronounced in my pipe during the summer, but not necessarily because of the hot weather. Since outdoors bars are quite frequent around here, I do like to smoke a cigar when out for a drink or just for coffee in a "piaza". Since my cigar norm is the maduro wrapper, when I get home or whenever I have a chance to smoke a pipe at any given point during the day, I instinctively reach for some opened virginia, burley based, even va/per or aromatic which I am not that big of a fan of. I do keep an English or two open during the summer, and do enjoy that whenever I feel like it. I like rules, but I also like to break rules, so when it comes to pipe ... rules and customs, well I keep them as a general guideline more than anything else.

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    If I smoke during day time in summer I prefer the Va/Pers or light aromatics. Evenings I Need my english blends for a proper finish of the day.
    At wintertime my taste gets darker like the weather here in Germany.

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    Pipe Novelist ^^

    Holy cow. I haven’t seen you on the forum in ages.

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    I have never let the change of seasons dictate what I smoke. I smoke whatever I am in the mood for as I smoke inside almost exclusively now. I don't smoke English blends anymore but when I did, I would smoke them in the heat of the Florida summers if the mood struck, which is did almost daily.

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    I tend to want lighter blends in the summer. I still smoke lat blends, I just don't want as many of them. Likewise, I smoke Virginias in the winter, but I smoke a higher percentage of latakia blends.

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    I hadn't even thought about the seasons' impact on my pipe smoking, but for me it seems like it would fall right in line with my food and drink patterns. In the cold weather I go for "heavier" stuff like meat and taters, stews, etc. usually with a stout. In the summer, sliced tomatoes and onions, tuna salad, cheese and crackers, etc. with lagers or kolsches (sp?).

    Gonna set my beloved MM965 aside for a bit and get out the PS LBF. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    I like to smoke lighter Virginia’s and vapers in the spring and summer just because of the citrusy notes etc. And I for one do Like latskiss more in the winter because the smokiness reminds me of campfires and it just feels right for the cold seasons.. . I also love seasonal blends like sleepy Hollow and others. But of course like most if I’m in the mood for something I’m going to smoke it regardless!

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    Pretty much that last from witch -- I'll smoke whatevs the heck I'm in the mood for, which usually means either BF or my favorite aro, with the occasional Navy Flake or 3 Nuns.

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