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  1. stanlaurel

    Haddo's Delight - Anything Similar?

    I really love Haddo's. When I open a tin it is gone in no time. I never seem to want anything else. Are there any similar blends I should try? I want to expand my horizons.
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    10% off Smokingpipes.com

    I picked-up a pound and a half of Haddo's.
  3. stanlaurel

    Strangest "room note" comments

    My teenage kids say that Chatham Manor (Carter Hall) smells like caramel corn or cotton candy.
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    Preben Holm Repair

    In January I purchased this Preben Holm Estate. I was very happy with the choice. I had been looking for a nice freehand for a while and this was it. It was even more beautiful in person when it arrived and it fit perfectly into my hand just like it had been designed for me. I noticed...
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    New Savinelli Bing

    I love the Bing shape and have collected a number of them but I have so far never been greatly tempted to pick up a Savinelli "Bing's Favorite"....until now. Smoking Pipes has offered about a dozen of these over the last month. I grabbed one of them. The color, the rustication, the faux...
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    New nosewarmer Ryan Alden

    Very nice!! Alden pipes are great.
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    Cleaning Cobs?

    Do you clean your cobs? I have 3 favorites that I have smoked 35-40 times each. So far I have only just passed a pipe cleaner through, scraped the bowl and then wiped it out with a paper towel. I have never used any alcohol or done any more rigorous cleaning. Am I supposed to do more...
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    New Preben Holm

    Thanks all. I'm pretty excited about this one. It says "Preben Holm Fancy 300 Hand Made in Denmark"
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    New Preben Holm

    Well...I was getting pretty smug. 6-Months PAD free. The pressure was starting to build, but my will power was still pretty strong so when I started getting worked-up about various freehands, I was able to resist. But then I made the mistake of visiting Briar Blues for the first time in a...
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    2 Years

    Last night I sat down and smoked a bowl of Odyssey exactly 2 years after lighting up my first pipe. It has been a fun journey and I still consider myself a novice. I just wanted to thank this forum for all the great advice I have received. I'm sure I would be very far behind my current...
  11. stanlaurel

    Could Carter Hall be Classified as an Aromatic?

    You should try the H&H Midtown versions of these. They are quite good IMO.
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    Cleaning House

    GLP Kensington - A favorite of mine. GLP Sixpence - never tried before.
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    Cleaning House

    Six months ago, I realized that I had 16 tins open (bulk purchases excluded) and in progress. I decided that this was too much and that I would not allow myself to open any new tins until I brought this number down. As of a few days ago I had reduced this number to 4 open tins. This allowed...
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    The "Last Bowl" Phenomenon

    Why is it that again and again, it is the very last bowl of a tin when the "magic" happens? It seems that that is when a light bulb goes on and I realize what a great blend I have been smoking. Does this happen to anyone else?