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  1. jcsoldit


    I received a Zippo a few years back as a gift, and like some of you wanted to buy a pipe insert. Not finding one for sale anywhere I called Zippo customer service to see if they would sell me one and they sent me one for free. I'm guessing they would rather sell lighters and lighter fluid...
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    Best Country Squire Blends

    I hadn't found an aromatic that I cared to smoke regularly in over 25 years until sampling a few blends from Country Squire. I absolutely love Old Toby, and was pleasantly surprised by White Rose. I highly recommend you give both a try.
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    Top Shelf VA Flakes?

    My favorites would be SG FVF, GL Union Square, Astley's #44, GH CR Bright, and out of production, but still in my cellar McClelland 40th Anniversary and Blackwoods Flake.
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    What Did You Make For Dinner?

    Sunday dinner was NY Strip Steaks on the grill with butternut squash from the garden. Tonight will be grilled Salmon, green beans and sliced tomatoes from the garden along with a some type of rice dish.
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    Charatan Make

    I have 3 or 4 Lane era Charatans, and they all smoke great. Now we all have our own opinion, and I prefer the smoking quality of my Charatans over my older Dunhills.
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    What is the best holiday blend?

    For me that would be Peretti's Thanksgiving Day, and the before and often mentioned McClelland's Christmas Cheer,
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    Cellaring my wet Sam Gawith FVF and mold concern

    I've have both, bulk and tins of FVF stashed away for just over 10 years without an issue. None of the bulk was dried before jarring.
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    What are Your Favorite Straight Virginia Tobaccos?

    This is my current top four... SG Full Virginia Flake G. L. Pease Union Square Gawith Hoggarth Bright CR Flake Astley's #44
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    G.L. Pease Blends

    Stonehenge Flake, Union Square are in my current rotation. I just opened a tin of Regents Flake, and I need a few more bowls before I can decide if it's a keeper for me. I haven't smoked 965 or Night Cap in quite sometime, but you may want to try some of the blends offered by Drucquer & Sons.
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    From Larrysson Pipes

    I've got to agree with Pipestud and Harris regarding the pipes Paul creates. I have one that I purchased as an estate that hadn't been smoked, and it smokes like a dream. I hope to buy another, just maybe when he releases the 60 pipes mentioned earlier.
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    Best Bulk Virginias?

    Gawith Hoggarth's Bright CR Flake if and when you can find it is also very nice.
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    Difference Between Vodka/Rubbing Alcohol/Everclear?

    I mix Everclear with lemonade, which I drink over ice while cleaning my pipes with Isopropyl alcohol. Works great every time! :puffy:
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    GLP Stonehenge Vs. SG St. James Flake

    Stonehenge is one of my new favorites, and St.James Flake is a long time friend. They both have a place in my cellar. :puffy:
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    What are your top five favorite non-aromatic?

    In no particular order and open to change without notice. Rattray's - Marlin Flake Samuel Gawith - Full Virginia Flake Samuel Gawith - St. James Flake Esoterica - Stonehaven Flake McClelland - Blackwoods Flake G. L. Pease - Stonehenge Flake Peter Heinrichs - Dark Strong Flake
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    The NPod Castello Opera 44 Collection

    Absolutely beautiful collection. :puffy: