Which Pipe Should I use to try AK for the First Time(PICS)
Peterson "Wicklow" Shape 69.
Medico Varsity Brown Blast
Height Pipe Head: 1.85"
Dia. Chamber: .87"
Hilson Grandluxe 506 Bent
LENGTH: 5 1/16"
BOWL height: 1 9/16"
BOWL width max: 1 11/16"
BOWL opening: 3/4"
MM Country Gentlemen Corn Cob
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Please note that all the pics above are of my actual pipes except the country gentlemen i just took that from the net.
On looks alone, I choose the Hilson.
Ya she's a beauty I'm still waiting on her in the mail but she looks like she'd be a fine smoker.
Reasons I'm asking however is that I read that AK has the tendency to ghost your pipe therefore I would like to try it in one pipe and if I like it I will dedicate that pipe to AK. I was wondering if anyone knew what characteristics in a pipe would bring out the best experience with this blend.
I haven't had my coffee yet.
"Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put." Winston Churchill
Sorry I thought it was a known abbreviation Anniversary Kate from pipes and cigars
Just smoked the cob for the first time with chocolate mint in it not a bad smokers at all and the blend was great also.
rothnh where the heck are you, your expertise is needed here. your usually quick with this.
Hey Andrew, for what my opinion's worth, I'd go with the Country Gentleman. If you happen to not like the blend and it seriously ghosts the pipe then you don't have to worry about it as you can always order another cob for $8 or so. For the record, I love my Country Gent, smokes great everytime I pull it out.
brdavidson Brilliant suggestion my good man, i never considered not liking the blend it just smells so dam good lol
but i think you have a very valid point.
Another question did you remove the filter from your gent because after my first bowl it was clogged up until i realized there was a medico filter in there.
Ya I took it out. In all seriousness, my favourite briar and the country gent are 1a and 1b in terms of smokeability. I also love the feel of the Gent. I smoke my Edgeworth out of it and it's just great. I have another one in transit and I'll have to try some aro's in it as I haven't done that yet.
Nice pipe collection. I second the motion to try it first in your Country Gentleman. I pull the filters from all of my cobs, and I find them to be very easy and forgiving smokers, so that would allow you to concentrate on the blend. Just my two bits.
@brdavidson- I myself im loving the Gent it feels nice in hand and smokes cool.
@flintlockjohn- Thank you this is my whole collection and my rotation so far im very happy with all of them minus the hilson since i haven't tried it yet its on route still. and ill be sure to try without the filter in the cob im sure it will smoke better.
rothnh where the heck are you, your expertise is needed here. your usually quick with this
Smokey, I'd go with the Medico Varsity, only because it's shape is ideal for Va/Pers.
The Country Gentleman would be OK too, but since you've been smoking at least one heavy aromatic in that recently, I'd pass on that one.
Another thing to mention -- my pound of AK was very moist (some say their AK bulk was not) -- so I'd do the "pinch test" to ensure proper moisture before you load some up to smoke.
Lastly, I don't find that AK ghosts a pipe. OK, the flavor may remain in the bowl a bit for the next blend you pack up in it, but those AK residual flavors disappear after some puffs.
Let us know what you think of the AK (I love it BTW)
There he is lol
Will do ill let you know i already jarred up most of it and i kept a little bag to try it now if i like it ill get more and go back to the jarred portion in the future.
AK is awesome, enjoying it in a Medico. Have two dedicated to it. The important thing is to really let it dry out, and don’t rub it out too much. Being wet you'll end up with a bunch of dust. Some days it will take 5 or more hours to dry out. If you smoke it wet, it's going to finish to moist and you miss that great finish.
Stocking this bad boy up, have a few pounds in 1 and 5 year jars and will be adding two pounds to them on March first. Will probably start some masons up for the 10 year old ageing.
I think it's time that AK gets an official title. No more H&H AK.
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Craig it was you who got me all curious on the AK I ordered it after reading one of your posts haha I hope it treats me as well as it treats you bud. Can't wait to try it tonight
Ok so I ended up smoking the AK in the Country gent only because my medico was dirty and needed a good cleaning. So I pipe cleaned the cob and loaded it up with AK for my evening stroll with the wife.
First impressions wow this stuff is very mild and I like that especially because I was walking lol. I barely taste the spice from the perique it's there but in a good way. The Virginia is sweet and its not over powering smoke. Very cool the whole time and burned to a nice ash. I can't wait to try this with age on it.
AK is quite unique, no other Va/Per like it IMO. I'm pleased you enjoyed it, Smokey!
I only have a few VaPers in the cellar, and this is one of them. I really like it
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Ya I see now why most people have this stuff jarred up its not what I expected was quite an interesting smoke I will be getting more once I have the funds to pay the crazy shipping fees from P&C but its worth it.
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