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What was your worst tasting tobacco?

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  1. chopz

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    half and half i always thought was ok. mixture 79 i could do without. step (or more) below either of those is middleton apple. might be the only one i ever threw out.

    as a long time cigarette smoker i can actually deal ok with borkum riff. not as a steady diet but on occasion. it's kinda like smoking a cig.

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    War Horse Green - At first it seemed okay with that marshmallow thing going on but by day three it was a disgusting almost cheap fragrance waste of excellent leaf. The dark fired in their is choice, it's a shame because it was eventually disposed of. Others have mentioned the same thing.
    What I wanted to know is if it is indeed like a tobacco of Europe? as the description claims. Which one?

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    It was 50 years ago, but Middleton's Cherry Blend stands out as one that didn't agree with me.

    I know that you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
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    Skandinavik mixture yesterday. Not worst tasting tobacco because it had no taste but definitely a bad tobacco.

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    Clan, Royal Yuck, Mellow Virginia are a few that spring to mind!

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    Condor thats the one War Horse Green is supposed to be condor; i've never tried condor.

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    My first ever pipe tobacco was Captain Black which I tossed out only because I didn't get any flavor from it. I was a big cigarette/cigar smoker way back then. So, I'm sure my sense of taste was out of whack.

    Other than that, I've never met a pipe tobacco that I didn't like. Some more than others. But, I tend to enjoy everything I smoke nowadays.

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    Flying (Frying) Dutchman. It torched my mouth, it was the closest thing I could imagine to eating red hot charcoal briquettes.

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    Top 3 : 1792, Condor and Royal Yacht.

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    Germain's Balkan Sobranie - It resembles the original about as much as I resemble a speedo model. I've tried on more than one occasion to smoke it but can't get past the first couple of puffs without feeling the need to barf. Calling it crap would be an insult to crap.

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    Without a doubt the absolute worst tobacco I've ever smoked was SG Fire Dance. It is without a doubt absolute garbage. It takes like puke that was shit out of a rabies infected raccoon as it was dying by the side of the road after being drown in a port-a-potty.

    Ubi Ignis Est?
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    Hmmm. I actually like a number of these worst-tasting blends including 965, Iwan Ries Three Star Blue, Borkum Riff (Bourbon), Five Brothers, Royal Yacht, among others. I find Half&Half a little harsh for a good old OTC blend, but not awful. I tried Mixture No. 79 on Embers' advice, and it's kind of a good old aro, not first prize but not bad. My worst experience was with a Mac Barens Mixture of about six or seven tobaccos that was all bite and no taste. I tried to like it, but didn't. Over months. Finally discarded.

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    Yeh, someone's favorite is always going to be someone's worst experience ever. Someone's worst pipe is going to be a pipe that someone else is in love with.

    Tastes are not universal, and it's why I think ranking blends or paying attention to rankings is worthless. It is like looking to see what is on the Top 40 to see what music they should like, when there are so many songs and bands than never make the list that are awesome, but just never got the commercial exposure, so many great artists that never got into a gallery, or great foods that never make the 5 star rankings.

    Even people with the same tastes as me will occasionally surprise me and like something that I detest, like the Sutliff Vinegar blends. I have actually been amazed that so many people weren't as disgusted by it as me. But, it just goes to show that tastes are very individualistic.

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    I love these 'time machine' threads that come bouncing back from the dead after seven years!

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    I'd guess so far it was various Borkum Riff and Scandinavik offerings,

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    Evening Rise.........yuck.

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    Safe Harbor Flake from C&D.
    It was only on the market for a short while and reading the reports from TobbaccoReivews, you will understand why.

    http://www.tobaccoreviews.com/blend/2767/cornell-diehl-safe-harbor-flake

    Don

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    Dunhill - Baby's Bottom (My Mixture BB1938)
    Lane Limited - Captain Black Regular (white)

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    Ashdigger, sounds like your trying to keep others away from your favorite blend....

    "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
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    Didi, shhhhh

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    LOL, Ash. Priceless.

    Crooner. Horrible. Yuck.

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    I don't tolerate the blends with "kitchen spices" very well.

    That deduction is based on the very small sample group of blends I've had to give away.

    Two, so far. Angler's Dream (cinnamon) and Maltese Falcon (ginger).

    Gunner, Black Frigate. Say "Hello" to my little friend!
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    Lane BS-005. Hands down horrific. I assume it’s literal bull shit that has been burned 4 times then mixed with fresh buffalo shit and bagged once it stopped steaming. It got 000 on my 1-5 scale. And full disclosure I am a fan of many Lane blends.
    As said though, there are some others I found to be tasty that caused physical illness for other folks.
    Different strokes. I’m glad we currently have so many options!

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    This is a tough question. I don't really think this is bad tobacco, but The Artful Codger made it sound so good that I HAD to try Velvet. To me, it smells like the paste we used in kindergarten.

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    Stonehaven. It reminds me of this nasty black treacle cough medicine we were given as kids.

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    I would like the name of the treacle flavored cough medicine. For over a week, I have been sucking down grape, honey, and orange flavored blech... but treacle, that sounds delicious. Or, maybe just Stonehaven flavored cough medicine.

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    I think it was called Veno's. Horrid black tar.

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    Is this it?

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    Non-drowsy, ahhhh, nevermind.

    Maybe most Americans hate grape and berry flavored pipe tobaccos because of mainstream cough medicine, and Embers hates the really good tasting pipe tobacco because his mother gave him obscure cough medicine. JK

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    I' with Craig -- I tried Velvet once. Actually, *half* of once. I left what was left of the stuff on a bench in the park. No idea what ever happened to it. And like John (jpm), that was 50 years agoi. If you remember something as bad for that long, it was really really badddd indeed.

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    @ Bill Nichols wasn't Velvet the stuff that was once advertised for both Pipe and RYO cigarettes? I tried it once and it sort of reminded me of sucking the farts out of a Swan taste wise!

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    Is this it?

    Different label than when I was a kid, but that certainly looks like it.

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    Two, so far. Angler's Dream (cinnamon) and Maltese Falcon (ginger).

    Is that what the mysterious spice is in Maltese Falcon? I would have never have guessed that. I love MF but I could never quite put my finger on that mysterious spice... I’ll have to taste it again with ginger in mind.

    Condor thats the one War Horse Green is supposed to be condor; i've never tried condor.

    War Horse Green, tastes nothing like the almighty Condor. Don’t pass Condor up based on your dislike for War Horse. Although rumors are about that the new Polish Condor is not what it used to be, I’ve been gifted some Polish made Condor Plug and Long Cut and they tasted like the real deal to me but I am still happy that %99.99 of my stash was made in Ireland.

    As for my “no-go” tobacco blend (if you can even call it tobacco) is Molto Dolce. That stuff is nasty! If this is your favorite blend than ya may as well just take up vaping.

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    because his mother gave him obscure cough medicine

    That was our grandmother. To her, even groundhog grease was a medicinal miracle. After a while, my siblings and all of the cousins had to be at death's door before we would dare to admit we were sick.

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    craiginthecorn, I always thought that paste smelled, and occasionally tasted, decent. Maybe I need to give velvet a try

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    @Paul,

    I'd guess so far it was various Borkum Riff and Scandinavik offerings,

    I tried to bury Borkum Riff so deep in my memories, but I can still sense some cherry and whiskey aroma in my nose. Horrible

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    So far, I'd have to say BriarWorks Pete's Beard Blend. It just didn't really work for me. Felt like the individual flavors didn't jive really well together. I have it in a jar and will likely let her sit there for a while and see if it's any different in a year or so.

    "If you can't send money, send tobacco." - George Washington

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    Macbaren HH Vintage Syrian.
    Kentucky and latakia together doesn't work for me.
    I appreciate both but not in the same blend.

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  39. krizzose

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    There is only one hated blend for me: 1792 Flake.

    I do not like Latakia, but I could still appreciate plenty about the various English blends I tried. But 1792 Flake was instant and undying hate on my part. But there’s that much more for the people who love it.

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  40. odobenus

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    As autumnfog says,

    Kentucky and latakia together doesn't work for me.

    That was an unfortunate deal-breaker on BlackHouse and 1882 Founder's, both of which I tried very hard to like.

    Also, the latest incarnations of BB1938 and London Mixture had to be gone from my sight, along with F&T Waterloo #2.
    McClelland's Syrian Full Balkan, to my grave disappointment, I found unsmokable.
    And Rainier Levant, Hood Canal and HH Latakia Flake.
    It's all subjective.

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  41. kylef

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    In my fairly short pipe smoking journey, I've only tried two cheaper, OTC blends--Prince Albert and Carter Hall, and I liked them both (actually, I love PA.)

    Of all the others I've tried (25+, which covered a range of aromatics, English, and Virginia blends), some I liked more than others, and a few bothered my throat--but I don't know that I've found any of them objectively bad tasting.

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    The tobacco with strong Lakeland essence is the worst flavor to me. Awful.

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    At the risk of being burned at the stake : Dunhill's EMP .
    It made me feel nauseous and my pipe smelled like sewer for days, even after multiple cleaning.Yuk.

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    Peterson's Irish Whiskey. The shallow whiskeyey sweetness paired with the flavor of burned nuts. Not for me.
    And of course Grousemoor, but that one doesn't count as a tobacco.

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    Cellini Bianco, to me it tastes like vomit

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    Crooner. I wanted to like it badly as I'm a big "Bing" fan. But, it makes me want to hurl. Must be the deer tongue.

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    Yeh, you know, I tried and rejected Grousemoor early on in my piping, but then in hearing Embers and a few others talking about it, I thought that I would give it a try again. I'm pretty sure that it's not tobacco, but some sort of sadistic herbal torturing device.

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    Is Grousemoor the one with the lemongrass flavor? To each their own, but that’s just f$&@ing weird

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    I am with voorhees. Any blend with deer tongue makes me hurl.

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    3rd or 4th for Mixture 79. Had a baggie full in my car on a sunny day and it took weeks to get rid of the lingering odor. Ugh.

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    Sutliff spiced rum. Sounded great, but not for me

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    Off the top of my head of the more well known brands, Middleton cherry, BR cherry (and their other offerings) , and paladen cherry are all tied for worst. Those 3 specially taste like someone took floor scrapings, poured chery cough syrup on them and splashed in a nice perfume /chemicals and called it a day. I dont know how anyone could enjoy them, but they must have a following?

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    Mixture 79. There are plenty of blends I’ve tried that just weren’t my thing but the only one I’ve simply flat out disliked is Mixture 79.

    Fortunately there are other blends available.

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    In the last five years the only thing that was bad enough to throw out was John Bull. I tried several times over a period of of about six months and each attempt was worse than the previous.
    I just couldn’t get over the metallic chemical taste.

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    C&D Poplar Camp. I did not like how spicy it was. However, like others have said, it all comes down to personal taste.

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    War Horse Green. Lots of people love it, and I want to love it, but dear god just no. To me it tastes like a half smoked cigarette that sat in a wet ashtray for a week, with a faint hint of stale bubblegum. Bleh.

    “There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion”.
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    A lifetime ago when I was but an ignorant undergraduate I sampled Clan.

    I thought I had poured perfumed petrol on my tongue and set it alight.

    Hideous.

    And yet it remains one of the best selling blends in Europe. The Germans in particular are most fond of it.

    De gustibus.

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