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Your own strange mixtures. "Toaster Leavin's"

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  1. blackbeard

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    Recently, I have designated a cob to....my own little experiment. Just throwing in a pinch or two from each tin I try until I find the perfect daily routine. Fairly new to this, so not much in it...but the flavor...actually has not been too bad! I was pleasantly surprised when I threw together Villiger 1888 Late Night, Out of Office - Gone Fishin', and Admirals Choice Vanilla Cavendish. It was a heavy smoke, tasted sweet and bold. I tasted honey, caramel, and vanilla both together, and in layers. My grandfather said it had two smells; sweet, strong, and it's good but I can't explain it. So, from now on, my leftover crumbs, and a little of each will go in and keep changing.

    So, I want to know, if any others have been messing with this idea, and what you've come up with. The Toaster Leavin's is a reference to a T.V. show where they are starving and empty out the toaster to eat the crumbs. Looking forward to hearing about yours!

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    I've called my left overs "Toaster Leavin's" for years. It aptly describes what is in the jar. Actually, it's not half bad but I rarely smoke it so thanks for the reminder. I need to visit that jar to see what's cooking in there.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
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  3. blackbeard

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    Have you kept track of the types in it? Also, I didn't miss a thread did I? ANOTHER question is, when I start trying non-aromatic/english blends if throwing them in will be good or bad.

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    Mine is called my workshop blend, a lot of folks here call it their pensioners blend, i dip into mine most weeks, and play a game of guess the leaf, I can usually tell at least what blending house certain leaf/clump cames from, partly because the distinctions are noticeable when smoking them in that way, I dump in lakelands, dried out aros, latakia heavy leftovers, basically everything and give it a shake.

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    Man, There must be 30 different blends in there. Everything from SG1792 to Gentleman Caller and between. Mostly non-aros but it has a very nice aroma considering the amount of lat blends I've tossed in there. I wish I had kept records but laziness prevailed.

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    Currently smoking a "working blend" of homebrew ingredients. So far, it has lived up to expectations and exceeded them, but not many of my mashups have. I like the Villiger "After Dinner" for mixing however. It's great with some Gawith brown sliced. A sweet, powerful mixture.

    "My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey." -- William Faulkner

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  7. blackbeard

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    Bjarne Viking Erik the Red, Ole Shenandoah 76 and Bootlegged added. Cherry is just too overwhelming. I added more admirals choice and Villiger to the mix to balance it a little, even the strong caramel has been overtaken....last time I add much cherry!

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    I thought I had a great idea once. I threw a bunch of leftovers into a pension blend. Then for some unknown reason I felt creative and stated throwing a pinch of this half of that and some of that other stuff I didn't like went in also....

    It was horrible and to this day it is on display in a mason jar and I expect it to remain there for a good while.

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    I'm typically a non aro smoker and I keep Burley, Virginia and Latakia blends on hand. It's hard to come up with a mix I don't find serviceable using any combination of these.
    I don't usually dilute 'the good stuff', unless it's remnants of a tin involved. Most of my tobacco is bulk or otc.
    I only have 13 tins of unopened blends. I am a pensioner.

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    When I started smoking I had a few OTC's available here in India and 90% of them were unbearable. Hence The Zombie Blend was born. Consisted of Erinmore Mixture, Borkum Riff Whiskey, Captain Black White and Royal.

    Zombie Blend II has Captain Black White and GQ Tobaccos 2014 Christmas Blend. I still have 2oz of it if anyone wants to go at it. It has been soaked in cheap vodka 3 times in the last one year.

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    Albert Einstein was once quoted as saying, “I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs.” One of the reasons behind this statement is that pipe smoking is meant to be a slow leisurely activity. It takes patience to smoke a pipe. Unlike cigarettes and cigars, there is a certain amount of technique to smoking a pipe. Where cigars and cigarettes can just be picked up, lit and puffed on, pipes require the development of a technique in order to get the best smoking experience.
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    I found that when something gets over bearing I find ways to sort of mellow it out. I like the experiment, but prefer not to have a whole batch of tobacco I can't smoke. Certain things over take, so it needs to be balanced. Like adding an extra dash of salt when cooking. Tonight, I decided to change it up a bit. I had another cigar "Java by Drew Estate." Because of it's sweetness, and strength...and the fact that I couldn't much handle smoking a full one (not a big cigar smoker) I took about a fourth off the cigar, unwrapped it, cut the binder in ribbons, and threw it in the mix. Gave it a more robust smell, can't wait to try it hope I didn't make a mistake tonight! Go Mania!

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    The first cigar did well, though it has dominated the cob I smoke it from. Not sure of the exact details as I got these when I took ownership of my fathers humidor with the few left in it....but it was hand made in ybor city...all I know is it was big, strong smelling, about 5-10 years in the humidor and had dried out completely and cracked with no hope of coming back to case. I figured, no sense in letting it go to waste...broke it up, added about half of it into my mix...packed a bowl added a little wild turkey to bring up the humidity of the jar as it's pretty dry and headed to the porch for a 1 in the morning smoke. I feel the need to keep up with this and document the changes in this. It actually....was probably the best smoke I've had so far. Nicotine content was high, it was complex, strong and easy smoking. Though the first light did ignite a large flame due to the dryness, it mellowed as the aromatics began to kick in. I tasted the cigar for most of the smoke with a hint of ole shenandoah 76 peeking through periodically for the first half with a nutty flavor. Then, as I made it down toward the bottom I got the faintest sweet taste I cant describe, then followed cherry. I don't have the words to describe the bottom of the bowl, but, for me to make it to the bottom of the bowl in a cob says a lot because I usually can't do it. After a few days as the tobaccos get to know one another I plan to revisit.
    A night to remember. Pleased to share my ramblings on this. Hope there are others who enjoy reading about it.

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    My first blended "plug tobacco" was made from the left over jar and was flavoured with sugar and Calvados. It came out quite nice tastewise but can´t be reproduced of course. It also tended to crumble apart as pressing time was too short (I use a six ton work shop press).

    The second blend I did was my idea of a Balkan tobacco:

    21g Mac Baren Latakia Flake
    11g Mac Baren Old Dark Fired
    25g Erinmore Balkan Mixture
    11g G.L. Pease Robusto
    15g Anden Gold Whiskey flavoured

    No further topping but a bit of sugar water and two weeks under six tons made it a proper plug and it has a great taste too.

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    You took it the extra mile!

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    ...and it´s fun!

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    Holy smokes, that's quite a brick.

    I have a few jars of floor sweepings currently. I had one large jar that I broke down into 2 jars for long term aging since the mixture was spot on. The open jar is still evolving and has become a bit VA heavy but should move into a more English realm by the end of the year.

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    I have a small press I could use.....but right now learning restoration technique and experimenting. I have to give you applause here because I'm sure it's more difficult than it seems. Thanks for the pictures too!

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    I'm sure it's more difficult than it seems.

    Not at all! I worked purely by instinct and the blendings came out very well. First try was to press over a period of one week which proved to be too short. The "plug" came out brittle which didn´t impare the taste of the tobacco. The main reason for pressing is to blend together the different aromas.

    Second try involved pressing over a period of two weeks and the plug came out much better. Next time I should try to apply more heat to the form as well.

    Give it a try - it´s fun!

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    My grandfather has a 50 ton press in his shop....wonder if that's too much

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    The tobacco manufacturers use 50 ton presses and steam. A problem with a 50 ton press might me the stability of your pressing form.

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    50 ton press in his shop can be dangerous. I don't like to be around it after he broke a piece of metal. The only time he has done it I had to be there.

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    I suppose you have to put some real engineering into your pressing form if you would like to use the 50 ton press. I use a simple stainless steel tube with two substantial brass plungers which cope very well with the 6 tons. I wouldn´t dare to go over 20 tons with this.

    After all the main goal is to blend the different aromas not to turn the tobacco into a solid brick.

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    But I want to turn it into a diamond...or at least try lol.

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    Not a problem is your press can come up with 60.000 bars and 1.500°C.!

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    Maybe I can press in some of this and become stronger then? This thread has taken an interesting turn.

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    Having smoked only cigars a year ago I will try a blend with cigars. The idea is to cut a cigar into coins and put those in layers into the press. I may even slaughter one of the Havannas I still have....

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    Cigars are good into a blend....though I must mention. A high quality cigar can be quite stout in the mix. It seems like they almost overpower others. I would probably use sparingly at first...but that's just blending not pressing. They also (if they have been in your humidor) are higher in RH and it will change things up. I added a little whiskey to my jar for that reason. Noticing it's tricky. Is there any info you can give me on this/correct me?

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    To really mend the different tobaccos together I´ve got my blend very moist before pressing. The press will squeeze the most of it out again but I found that I could go with a lot less of my sugar water or sugar water/Calvados topping. After pressing the plug needs to be dryed out a bit. I just let it sit for a few days before I tin it.

    Cigar tobacco might be a bit stout so I would mix it with Latakia to mellow it down (and because I am a Latakia nut).

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