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  1. ClenchedBilliard

    New Small Batch Coming...

    I picked up my 2 tin ration and a couple of tins of GL Pease Caravan to round the order out. Plenty of oriental goodness coming my way.
  2. ClenchedBilliard

    ***What Are You Smoking, May 2022?***

    Today was GL Pease Caravan in a Stanwell Knight freehand on the way to the plant, and Caravan in a customized MM Country Gentleman on the way home. I'm reeeeally liking Caravan these days.
  3. ClenchedBilliard

    New Small Batch Coming...

    After the home run they hit with the aged Izmir/Basma combo in From Beyond I'm definitely in on this one.
  4. ClenchedBilliard

    Are Latakia Blends Better on the Moist Side?

    I find Latakia heavy blends taste muddy or murky when “wet”. The taste is a lot cleaner after some drying time.
  5. ClenchedBilliard

    What Underrated Blends in Production do You Now Cellar?

    I’m not a heavy cellarer (?) by any means, but Mountain Camp is the only one I currently have multiple pounds of. That will likely change though, I’m considering investing in a substantial amount of Super Balkan and when From Beyond comes around again I’m going hot n heavy after it.
  6. ClenchedBilliard

    Show Off Your Meerschaum Pipes Here!

    Until yesterday my meerschaum has always been of the Missouri persuasion. I decided it was finally time to give Turkish a go. So far I’m thoroughly enjoying it, light weight and is a cool, dry smoker. I don’t think it will be my last.
  7. ClenchedBilliard

    Try More Blends or Cellar What I Know?

    It’s funny, I see so many people on here talk about how they started out with a love of English blends and Latakia only to lose their taste for it in favor of Va/pers, burley etc. My story is the exact opposite. I started out with Va/pers many years ago, then got really into burley for a few...
  8. ClenchedBilliard

    Is a Basket Pipe Better than a Cob?

    Considering that nothing smokes better than a cob, I’d skip the basket pipe. 😁
  9. ClenchedBilliard

    5 Pieces of Advice

    1. Try small samples of different tobaccos to see what you like, you may be surprised to find an unexpected favorite. 2. Try different drying times, moisture can make a big difference in flavor. 3. Don’t get too wrapped up in chasing limited release FOMO bait. There’s plenty of amazing blends...
  10. ClenchedBilliard

    I Want to Smoke a Campfire

    Shhhhh, we are living the smoky life under the radar! 🤫😄
  11. ClenchedBilliard

    I Want to Smoke a Campfire

    I second that. I smoke a lot of Mountain Camp and it’s been noted that the inside of my car now smells like an old campfire because of it.
  12. ClenchedBilliard

    Plum Pudding!

    I believe SG Full Virginia Flake would like to have a word...
  13. ClenchedBilliard

    Recommended tobacco "rotations"

    The cornerstones of my rotation are C&D Mountain Camp and Watch City’s The Churchwarden. Both are big smoky behemoths and I partake of at least or the other daily. Beyond that is where it gets interesting, because the menagerie of “change of pace” blends is an ever changing lineup. Lately the...
  14. ClenchedBilliard

    Perique Heavy Blend

    C&D Bayou Morning Flake, Bayou Night, Kajun Kake, Old Joe Krantz, Exclusive are all excellent perique powerhouses to try. D&R Rimboche’ SJ and Country Squire LeFleurs Bluff are also very up front with their perique content.