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What's Your Old Reliable OTC:

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  1. bluesmk

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    Man the search option wasn't turning anything even close to this topic for me , so if this has been hashed out before I appologize.
    Well running low on my all day regulars PS Twist flake,Elizebethan, Peterson's Irish flake. Top it all off my car died, no way I'm walkin 8 miles to CI for storm supplies. Not at a windy 32 degrees.
    Walked to the local grocery store, pick up among other things a pouch of Half and half and Prince Albert just to get through. I think the Half and half is a nicer smoke and will suffice the next day or so till the car is fixed and the storm passes. The cellar is predominately from a time when I favored Red virginas and they don't ring my bell anymore, not a bit.
    Here's my question, what your old reliable OTC that would satisfy you if you couldn't get your regular smokes?
    Dan

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    Hey Dan, good on you for getting your supplies in.

    brdavidson introduced me to Carter Hall and I really enjoyed it, it had a nice light nutty flavour and was super easy to keep burning.

    -- Pat

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    Carter Hall and I really enjoyed it, it had a nice light nutty flavour and was super easy to keep burning.
    +1 CH is a great OTC blend, if you can get it Walnut is also supposed to be really good.
    ~Ron

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    Thanks guys, my first father in law turned me on to Carter Hall many years ago, couldn't finnish the bowl.
    They had it at the store just shyed away, have more experience with the othe two. Maybe I should give it a shot after all it's been some 30+ years....tastes change.
    Dan

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    Prince Albert is an old standby for me. Pretty versitile too. Sometimes I'll roll a cigarette with it, or use it to cut other blends with.

    The pipe eases you into the present moment - savor your pipe & you'll savor this moment.
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    I like Carter Hall, Sugar Barrel, Half & Half and Prince Albert all very much, but if I had to pick just one, it'd be a tough choice between Carter Hall and Sugar Barrel.

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    I think id rather have a good cigarette tobacco than most OTCs unfortunately

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    prince albert never failed as a change of pace.

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    Sugar Barrel, love the stuff.

    Matt.
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    I actually enjoy CBW and their new Dark is also very tasty. However I do have a large tub of CBW, Sugar Barrel and CH in my cellar. They'll last me a while.

    Smoke your pipe and be silent; there's only wind and smoke in the world. - Irish Proverb
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    For me it would have to be Walnut, with Prince Albert following close behind.

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    Carter Hall

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    Prince Albert
    Sir Walter Raleigh
    Captain Black Regular

    Can't go wrong with any of these three! IMHO.

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    I go way back with Granger, my dad's lifetime smoke. I also like Prince Albert and Half and Half from time
    to time. I occasionally enjoy Borkum Riff, especially cut with other tobaccos to liven it up.

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    I enjoy a large range of the OTC offerings. Carter Hall is far and away my favourite, followed by Prince Albert, granger and sugar barrel. Great classics to bolster a cellar in my opinion.

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    Sugar Barrel is always a good change of pace and a good fallback. Carter Hall and PA are in my cellar too and I'll often use them in my Frankenstein jar to add a little consistency to the mix.

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    I ASSuME otc means over the countr. As a newbe 1hour away from a true tobacco shop I have come to like borkum riff original blend. Chocolaty and nutty. Closest to my favorite bulk captains delight.

    I humbly reserve the right to post an intuitive thought here ... When ONE comes to mind.
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    Prince Albert

    Or when I'm really lucky,
    St. Bruno

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    I like Red Virginia's so if you're looking to sell some of it, rather than go to waste, let me know.

    Prince Albert is my favorite OTC, if not one of my favorite smokes, period. Carter Hall and SWR are good also, but PA is the best. More flavor, a bit sweeter than CH. H&H is my last choice, but it's okay.

    My dad smokes nothing but PA. Thinks it's the best stuff ever. Won't even try any of my fancy blends from a tin.

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    Carter Hall, without a doubt. I like it more than most of the tinned blends, in fact.
    If I was in the UK, it would be St. Bruno. In fact, I'd love a St. Bruno hook-up if anyone knows of one ….

    "Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For even the wise cannot see all ends. -- J.R.R. Tolkien
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    It would be a tough choice between Carter Hall or Granger

    Kent

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    SWR
    Walnut
    Carter Hall

    Proud Member of the BlackBlood Society...........
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    I have enjoyed Walnut, but these days it's not something you can find easily.

    I am not, thankfully, in a position where I have to worry about smoking OTCs to get by. There's always plenty of good stuff on hand.

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    I keep a pouch of CBW in my jacket inside pocket now. Smells great

    I like the way it tastes, but would desire something with a little more body to it. Thinking of adding some Granger to it to see if that helps. I wish all these OTC blends were actually OTC. The only ones I can find are CBW and Super Value (which I don't really intend to try).

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    Carter Hall. I also very much like Walnut but it is so rarely, if ever, seen on the shelves of a drug store or convenience mart that I'm not sure it counts as an OTC anymore?

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    Ran out as the snow started just one last time, grabbed a Carter Hall, on my third bowl and you gents just may be right! On my third bowl and it's nothing like I remember. Thanks all!
    Dan

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    Like most I also enjoy carter hall however I have to order this online to get and if I don't have it I just Mac Baren vanilla cream


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    But The Clam After, Is What You Must Master, In Order For Life To Last.
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    I like my codger blends, like any other piper.
    Of course there is CBW, and Half and Half.
    But there will always be a special place for Paladin Black Cherry.


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    JRcigar sells Walnut, hate to bring them up because they aren't a contibutor of Kevins retirement account.

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    Mine would have to be Walnut as well.

    As an example to others, and not that I care for moderation myself, it has always been my rule never to smoke when asleep, and never to refrain from smoking when awake.
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    If I HAD to buy an OTC because I needed to stay out of my cellar, I'd go burley: CH or H&H. I am choking down a pouch of CBW every now and then because I bought it after not having smoked CBs for 6 months ... not the same anymore, lol.

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    Prince Albert in the Red Can.

    Captain Black of any color pouch except red.

    Paladin Black Cherry, the very best cherry flavored Burley.

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    Seems it's been a bit since anyone posted in this thread--but here's a go!

    For many years all I smoked were OTC blends. The perennial favorite was Borkum Riff Bourbon Whiskey. Alternate in a little bit of Captain Black, and a pouch or so once in a while of Paladin Black, and you fairly well have my history for 8 years. Then we finally got a tobacconist in the mall and I discovered loose blends. Smoked a can or two of Middletons Cherry, back when it was called #66 or something like that. I think that there was more sentimental value than smoking satisfaction there--as it was my grandfather's staple blend.

    Most of the brands mentioned above in other posts are Middleton products. What's funny is that I have never smoked PA in a pipe. But I sure have twisted up hundreds of cigarettes with glueless OCB papers. And then there was the Bugler/Kite thing...

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    I'm still upset that Sugar Barrel has been discontinued - I got my hands on a tub just after the announcement, and have stashed it in Mason jars for future consumption. I've fallen back to Prince Albert as a current (and currently available) favorite OTC.



    "De gustibus non est disputandum."
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    I absolutely cannot smoke straight burley. I've tried CH, SWR, H&H, PA and I just can't do it. I like burley in a blend, but I can't smoke it straight. Too nutty and one dimensional. My go to OTC if I needed it would be CBW. Just leave the pouch open for awhile to dry it up and it smokes better than usual.

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    @phred. Damn right! I'm still upset about Sugar Barrel as well! I've got about half a tub left, but I wasn't able to grab anymore before it was all gone.
    I really hope they decide to bring it back some day, along with Walnut.

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    CH would be my OTC bug out bag choice simply because (a) I like it well enough and (b) I can walk 6 blocks to get a tub if I see hard times coming. In fact, it's been a while so I'll go get a tub to put away and maybe a pouch for a warm day change of pace. Thanks for this thread, got me motivated to get back to my pipe smoking roots so to speak.

    De gustibus et cloribus non disputandum.
    'There is no arguing about tastes and colours.'
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    Prince Albert is my shop smoke

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    I bought 50g of St Bruno the other night from the local supermarket. I now really resent wasting that £12.
    Allow me to make the most predictable comment ever: It tastes of scented soap, nothing else.
    What more can be said about it?

    A few months ago I was walking through town when a man offered me a free sample of what appeared to be a luxury sweet from outside what appeared to be a luxury sweet shop. Luckily I was a few yards further down the road before I unwrapped it and bit into it...and my mouth started foaming up with what had turned out to be luxury soap (I never said I wasn't an idiot). I couldn't get rid of the taste for hours.
    This is the exact same experience as the one I had trying to smoke St Bruno yesterday.

    I am not going near any otc again. At least not in the UK.

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    Prince Albert in the red can - or a pouch of Five Brothers.

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    Carter Hall

    Are those Tobacco Brownies?
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    In a really bad pinch, Bugler RYO is not that bad. Will take a bowl or two to grt the aftertaste out of the pipe however.

    "Of course you can save money by denying yourself all those little vicious enjoyments for fifty years; but then what can you do with it? What use can you put it to? Money can't save your infinitesimal soul. All the use that money can be put to is to purchase comfort and enjoyment in this life; therefore, as you are an enemy to comfort and enjoyment where is the use of accumulating cash?" -Mark Twain
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    I've been working on the OTC shootout for me. Thus far, I've gone through Carter Hall, and Prince Albert, Sir Walter, and Half & Half. I got some 5 Brothers on the way to try and I'm looking forward to the strength I hear it has. I don't think I'll ever try any Captain Black offerings because they seem too heavily cased.

    I think it's come down to Carter Hall and Prince Albert. I like them well enough to keep them around. I'm also gonna try the PA Choice Blend to see if that fares any better. Sir Walter smells the best in the pouch, but there's a bit too much of a chemical taste in the pipe. Half & Half....I tried 2 bowls of that, couldn't make it 1/2 way through either of them. So I guess I didn't care for either half.

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    Derfargin, 5 Brothers is a love it or hate it for sure. I looove it. One of my favorites right now while I'm waiting for my TAD order. Its pleasantly full, rich, and strong IMO but of course YMMV. Pack it really tight. It's also great for RYO. I think everyone should keep some on hand, its a great mixer. Just a fun baccy to play with, all the way around.

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    Honestly, I have tried many OTCs and find I cannot enjoy, truly, all the ones I have tried. Which is frustrating for me because their prices are very attractive!
    But I would rather buy small cigars to make it through than smoke OTCs.

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