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Who is your favorite blender?

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    Who is your favorite pipe tobacco blender? In the past mine would have been Bob "Morleysson" Runowski but unfortunately Bob left us last year. Right now I would nominate Russ Ouellette first with J.M. and Dan Boswell right behind. Craig Tarler and Carole Burns also deserve honorable mention. What are some of your favorites?

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    Russ O. and GL Pease

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    Russ O. and GL Pease

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    +1 on the Russ!

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    Whoever is doing the blending for Mac Baren. I'm loving a lot of Mac Baren blends right now.

    "The thinking man always smokes a Peterson." -Peterson of Dublin
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    McClelland, Samuel Gawith.

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    GL Pease and Russ O. for me as well

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    I have only tried a few brands but I love Petersons so far, their Connoisseurs choice is fantastic. I am waiting on some McClelland Tudor Castle and that could be even better.

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    Oh, that's tough, in no particular order

    GL Pease, Boswell, Jack (Sterling Tobacco), John Patton (4noggins...makes several, but Storm Front is the one mentioned most) and Russ.

    This is probably the wrong word, but the mass produce (or perhaps I should say the bigger operators?) Mac Baren.

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    I've only had one blend from Steven Books "For Meerschaums Only Reserve" I don't know if it was the 40+ year aged tobaccos in the blend or what but it was simply amazing. If his other blends are half as good, I'd say he's my favorite. I'm very curious about his "Ancient Imperial" blend but at 65 dollars an ounce I doubt I'll be trying any of it any time soon.

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    Other than myself, since I'm retired, Mac Baren and John Middleton.

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    Samuel G. I hate the way they pack there flakes, paying for water etc, but i cant stop buying them.

    Then probably Orlik, covers quite a large spectrum.

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    Boswell and Mac Baren. I've yet to try Pease or Russ, but based on the raves I plan to in the future.

    Since you have to die anyway, you might as well die from something you like.
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    I really like a lot of Russ's blends, McClellands has some Grand Orientals I keep in stock and for the big company, I have lots of MacBarens Vintage Syrian in the cellar.

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    Whom ever is blending C&D's stuff is my favorite at the moment.

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    C&D for me as well. So many choices from them. Only gone through 4 so far, and like them. I may never catch up with the variations, as more cleverly-named products keep appearing. Have to hope they won't later drop any newly-found favorites.

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    Craig Tarler @ C&D and Russ O.

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    Gawith, Hoggarth & Co.

    Snus, snuff and briar.
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    C and D and McCllands have the key to my taste. Blue Mountain is a masterpiece and so is Canal Boat

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    Based on what I smoke most, McClelland and Samuel Gawieth.

    But I am DEEPLY grateful for Russ O and GLP and their commitment to the community.

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    C&D, G.L. Pease, and McClelland continually top what I have to restock in my cellar!

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    My recent discovery of Greg's stuff puts him atop my list...Key Largo is an AMAZING blend as is, I've recently found out, Jack Knife Plug...

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    I like blends from just about everyone named so far in this thread, but my all time #1 favorite is without a doubt the inimitable GLP.

    I would also like to track down whoever came up with St. Bruno Flake and give them two snaps up and a high five.

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    GL Pease is great!
    Only the vintage Dunhill EMP, Dunhill Nightcap, Three Nuns, Sobranie, Escudo and some Samuel Gawith's are at the same league for me. I'm sad that I know about his tobacco too late and have not tried his "high end" latakia tobaccos like Bohemian Scandal, Raven's Wings etc.. They are now all discontinued.

    Something is worth a particular amount of money if owning it makes me feel happier.
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    McClelland and G.L. Pease

    “When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself”
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    Shame on all of you.

    That's like picking your favorite child!

    A plague on your tobacco cellar!

    "I was born to lose. So I'll die to win." -Breaking Benjamin
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    C&D

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    I;m with John--Middletons and Mac B.

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    Rattray's, McClelland, G.L. Pease.

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    My top 3 are Jack Peterson of Sterling/1776 Tobaccos, Russ Oulette of Hearth and Home, and Steven Books of House of Meerschaum. While Russ and Steven are excellent blenders - Jack Peterson, a Senior Citizen, continues to amaze me with his imagination and generosity.

    As a 4th - and last but not least - Whoever blends for LJ Peretti's is also a Master - my hat is off to you Sir.

    And let us not forget Mr. Prolific himself - the man with imagination and skill - Craig Tartler.

    I would also list the above in the following manner:

    Best English Blender - LJ Peretti Blender
    Best Perique Blender - Russ Oulette
    Best All Round Blender - Tie: Jack Peterson & Steven Books
    Best Burley Blender - Tie: Russ Oulette & LJ Peretti Blender
    Best Imagination in Blending - Tie: Craig Tartler & Jack Peterson
    Best in the Creation of Pipe Tobacco Blends - Craig Tartler

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    the L.J. Peretti blends are tops for me.

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    Hands down winner is Esoterica/JF Germain and Sons

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    tslex wrote, "But I am DEEPLY grateful for Russ O and GLP and their commitment to the community."

    Thank you for saying so! It's very much my pleasure, sir.

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    The Boswells and the Tartlers

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    Mac Baren

    "There are no great men, only great challenges that ordinary men are forced by circumstances to meet."
    -FADM William "Bull" Halsey Jr.
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    Whomever is working the bar at the time.


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    Nice one Lawrence!

    I think my favorite blender is Orlick I believe they make the Peterson blends I enjoy so much.

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    Mike McNiel (McClelland)

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    Whoever is doing the blending for Mac Baren. I'm loving a lot of Mac Baren blends right now.

    That would be Frank Blues, who was Lane's #1 pipe guy for many, many years.

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    Rudiger L. Will ...Solani Tobaccos: limited selection, but each one achieving perfection.

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    as if I could kill time without injuring eternity. -- Thoreau
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    Up untill recently my tobacco was very narrow in blenders Jack Peterson from Sterling tobacco and Steven Books
    House of Calabashe. I used more of Jacks blends because hes not too far from me I email in the morning and have it the next day even did a pick up when when I was up his way instead of shipping 3 lbs lol.
    Recently I had some Gl pease sent to me and the little sample I had I liked but it wasnt really enough to tell as it wasnt a full bowl but I will be giving some of his stuff a try.

    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.
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    Wish I lived close enough to pay Jack Peterson a personal visit. He is my go to tobacco man.

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    Jack Peterson

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    Sam Gawith

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