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Your Most Versatile Blend

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  1. haparnold

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    I know, I know, we get these kinds of posts all the time. "If you were on a desert island and could only take one blend, which one would it be??" This is sort of like that, but not exactly.

    Over time, I've come to realize that some of my favorite blends are really only right for certain moods/tastes/weathers/etc, while other blends just seem to always fit whatever situation I smoke them in. What are your most versatile blends? The unsung heroes of your cellar that always seem to hit the spot, no matter where the planets are aligned.

    Obviously I would never choose to only have one blend, but among the 'old reliables' which always satisfy are:

    -Presbyterian
    -Three Friars
    -HH Burley Flake
    -Sir Walter Raleigh

    It's a short list for me, but that's because most tobaccos don't clear the bar. And it's not about which blend I consider the best or my favorite. It's about blends that always satisfy. In any pipe, in any weather, in any mood, these blends hit the spot for me.

    De Gustibus Non Est Disputandum
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  2. kylef

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    MacBaren 7 Seas Regular is one that I can enjoy any time, in any place.

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    Presbyterian and MB Navy Flake come to mind.

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  4. jaytex969

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    C&D Pegasus or, if time is not an issue, MacBaren HH Old Dark Fired.

    Gunner, Black Frigate. Say "Hello" to my little friend!
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  5. haparnold

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    Jay, Pegasus and ODF both made my short list before I narrowed it down a little further. Good taste

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  6. hugodrax

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    Best Brown Flake. Other tobacco is frankly superfluous. I dally with perky young vapers from time to time, and consider leaving for good, but I always come home. I don't know why I roam.

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  7. workman

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    I can't think of a situation where a bowl of St Bruno Flake would be inappropriate.

    Smoking is one of the leading causes of all statistics.
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    +1 workman. Either St Bruno for me or Granger.

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  9. hoosierpipeguy

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    F&T CVP, SG FVf and BBF.

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    Now that I have 20 lbs (98 jars) of it set aside, I can disclose that C&D Virginia Flake in bulk is my absolute favorite these days. It comes a little dry, but it is a cool mellow Virginia that suits my needs. However, I always have a couple of jars or tins of another Virginia open, just to keep life interesting.

    Michael
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    Mac Baren Navy Flake. Always satisfies, but rarely dazzles.

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    Carter Hall
    Sir Walter Raleigh Aromatic
    Erik Stokkebye 4th Generation 1882 Founders Blend
    Dunhill Standard Mixture

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  13. mso489

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    I often start out picking out a pipe from the rack with Tabac-Manil Semois under consideration, though I have many blends in rotation or available as a change of pace. Others that come around easily are Old Joe Krantz original, PC HH Chestnut, and currently Haddo's Delight. The list is longer, but I'll focus on those.

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  14. 3rdguy

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    Old Joe Krantz always starts my day.

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    Pegasus is always great for me.

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    Never a bad time for Esoterica Dunbar. But while the blend may be reliable, the supply is not

    "We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that death will tremble to take us." ---Hank

    "Yeah, well, you know that's just like, uh, your opinion, man..." --- The Dude
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  17. hawky454

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    Mine are the usual suspects that I would normally put here because to reach my favorite status one must have the criteria you pointed out above.

    Condor
    St. Bruno
    1792 Flake
    Skiff Mix

    Could throw in Erinmore Flake & Kendal Cream as well but I’m trying to make it a short list.

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    Amphora Brown original & Burley blend and St Bruno

    Paul The Scandinavian'
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  19. shanez

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    Most versatile? Probably something like Sutliff Sweet Virginia or Spiced Rum.

    As much as I love blends like SPC Plum Pudding SR and GH&C Dark Flake Unscented (damn they're good) they really are "in the mood for it" blends. The Sutliffs mentioned, on the other hand, taste great and require no special attention to enjoy. They may not be the most complex things on the planet but they're good anytime and never disappoint.

    Read the reviews on the Sweet Virginia. You'll notice it's hard to find negative comments other than lack of complexity (sometimes it's what is left out of a review that provides more information about a blend rather than what's included). I think it's this lack of complexity that makes it versatile. It'll never win any awards but it'll also never let you down.

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    No matter my current tastes or mood, if I just want something that I know I'm going to enjoy, that'll have to be my GL Pease Quiet Nights. That stuff is dynamo. A great taste that changes and evolves in the course of the bowl. Great stuff.

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  21. pepesdad1

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    Butternut burley is an every day smoke with blackberry brandy coming in 2nd place for the same reason.

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  22. mikefu

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    Sutliff Burley J4
    Edgeworth Match
    Skiff Mixture
    Anniversary Kake

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    Hal o' The Wynd! Didn't even have to think about it. Like a white belt or green shoes, it's suitable for every occasion.

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  24. newportpipe

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    A big bowl or two of SG Black XX Twist to take the edge off at the end of the day

    Back to the pipe after 5+ years.
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  25. crawdad

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    Granger, Old Dark Fired, and Tabac Manil Semois...and Father Dempsey. I’m going to stop right here.

    “Well, it keeps my hands busy, and my mouth shut."
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  26. alexnc

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    The most versatile - least dependent on mood or a variable palette day (maybe that’s just me). Craig might have said it best. Which one “Always satisfies, but rarely dazzles.” Those seem to be the ones we’re looking for. With no mood - when I don't really know what I want, and with no particular craving (sometimes I crave burley, or Perique, or sweet or knock you down strength - on none of those days)

    GLPease Cumberland
    GLPease Temple Bar
    Capstan original blue
    Warhorse Ready Rubbed

    Goo Goo g’joob
    Posted 6 days ago #
  27. mothernaturewilleatusallforbreakfast

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    FVF & Escudo for me. They are both like a warm dry quilt.

    Posted 6 days ago #
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    HH Old Dark Fired for me. It's not my favorite at any given moment, But it's so unique in it's classification, it fits in just about anywhere. It's not an English, but kind of is, it's not a VaPer, but certainly has VA taste.

    If I have a hankering for any particular type of smoke, I don't pick ODF. If I can't decide what I want, I pick ODF.

    Posted 6 days ago #

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