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Cornell & Diehl After Hours - Pipe Tobacco Review

    August 3rd, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

after-hours-tin

[Note: This tobacco has been opened for over a year. I do not recall the original tin aroma. I am just describing what I smell now. It could also explain the lack of rum flavor and aroma for me in this review.]

The tin aroma of this blend is of a grassy/hay type smell with some tanginess and a slight sweetness. The moisture content is perfect for smoking right away with no drying time needed. I rubbed out a couple of the flakes and loaded my pipe and proceeded to the charring light.
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Cornell & Diehl Sunday Picnic - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    July 1st, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

 

sunday-picnic-tin

The tin aroma of this blend is a nice sweet and tangy smell with a light hint of spice to it. It smells really nice. The moisture content is perfect for smoking right away with no drying time needed. This tobacco is in flake form. I took a couple of flakes, rubbed them out, loaded my pipe, and proceeded to the charring light.
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Flake Pipe Tobacco Preparation

    September 23rd, 2009

 

By Bob Tate

flakes

Flakes are one of the ways that pipe tobacco is made. Flake tobacco is made by pressing tobacco under extreme pressure for a period of time forming a cube. The cube is then sliced into strips called flakes. When you smoke flake tobacco it has to be packed differently than loose cut pipe tobacco. You can not simply fill the pipe and smoke it; you have to prepare the flakes first. There are many ways that flake tobaccos can be prepared. The way that you prepare a flake will have an effect in the taste of the tobacco and the way that the tobacco burns.

The larger you leave the pieces of flake, the stronger the flavor will be and the harder it will be to get the tobacco burning. Leaving the flakes whole or in large chunks will make the tobacco burn slow. This is a good technique to use when you are going to smoke outside as the wind will have less of an effect on the tobacco. Smaller pieces will make the flavor a little lighter and the tobacco will be easier to burn. It will also burn a little quicker as well. In this article I will describe a few of the different methods on how to prepare flakes for smoking. I have also included short videos of how to do each different method. Now onto the methods! Read the rest of this entry »

Samuel Gawith Bracken Flake - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    June 29th, 2009

 

By Bob Tate

Samuel Gawith Bracken Flake Pipe Tobacco Tin

This is another blend from Samuel Gawith that is offered in both tin and bulk. However, I have not smoked this blend from the tinned version, only the bulk. So I can not comment on the differences in the two. But if it is anything like the other SG offerings, there is probably little or no difference between the two.

The tin aroma is a strong but sweet tobacco smell with a little smokiness mixed in and a tang in the nose. The moisture level is a little on the high side and letting it dry a little wouldn’t hurt. I prepared the flakes (Fig.1) by folding them in half and fully rubbing them out (Fig. 2). I loaded the pipe with a gravity fill and, using very light pressure, pushed the tobacco down in the bowl with my thumb to level it off.
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Samuel Gawith Full Virginia Flake - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    May 24th, 2009

 

By Bob Tate

Samuel Gawith Full Virginia Flake Pipe Tobacco Tin

I have smoked this blend in both tinned and bulk. The tobacco in the tin contains a little more moisture and that is where the differences end. I can detect no difference in flavor, aroma, or any other qualities from either the tinned or bulk. The tin aroma is a straight forward Virginia tobacco aroma. It is accompanied by that tangy Virginia smell that I find really appealing with a very slight sweetness far in the background. Read the rest of this entry »

Peterson Irish Flake - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    May 10th, 2009

 

By Bob Tate

Peterson Irish Flake Pipe TobaccoTin

The tin aroma from this blend is a straight forward strong tobacco with a hint of tanginess. The moisture content is almost perfect for smoking right upon opening the tin. This means that it dries out a little faster than other blends, which does not bother me. I have smoked it fresh from the tin, dried out quite a bit, and have also re-hydrated it a little before smoking with no problems and no noticeable change in flavor. Read the rest of this entry »

Samuel Gawith Fire Dance Flake - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    May 2nd, 2009

 

By Bob Tate

Samuel Gawith Fire Dance Flake Pipe Tobacco Tin

I have smoked this blend from the tin and in bulk. The tin aroma and taste is a little bit stronger in the tin compared to the bulk. I would attribute this to the tins being vacuumed sealed soon after the tobacco is placed into it. The bulk is minimally different and is a very good smoke as well. The moisture in the tin is also higher than in the bulk and may require a bit of drying time before smoking.
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