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  1. AcesAndEights

    Blind Tasting: Red Virginia

    Last but not least, sample 6. Not getting anything earth-shattering from the tin note. Pretty basic VA aromas. Little sweet, little bread, little fruit. Some earthiness, but no fermented or vinegar funk. Smoking through, and I’m liking this one as well. I know, I’ve liked them all. I’m not a...
  2. AcesAndEights

    Fun Things To Do With Empty Tobacco Tins

    I take this on camping trips
  3. AcesAndEights

    Blind Tasting: Red Virginia

    Sample 5 this afternoon. Tin note was nice, like a sweet bread with a bit of a fruity note as well. Smoking through this sample, the word that keeps coming to mind is ‘balanced’. Nice, mellow, smooth smoke, but not so mellow that it’s boring. Nice level of sweetness, a bit of sweet bread...
  4. AcesAndEights

    Hello from Colorado

    Welcome from Fort Collins!
  5. AcesAndEights

    Blind Tasting: Red Virginia

    It’s 100 degrees with 18% humidity today, so I’m just a bit stuffy, but I’m on to sample 4 regardless. Tin note seems mild, but I’m getting raisins, maybe some bread and hay, and a touch of that fermented/vinegar zing. With basically no moisture in the air, this one fired right up. Another...
  6. AcesAndEights

    Not TAD. Not PAD. It's BAD!

    Secret Santa isn’t too far off…
  7. AcesAndEights

    Blind Tasting: Red Virginia

    Sample 3 this evening. The tin note is dark fruit/raisins. Much more mellow aroma than the other samples thus far About halfway through it, and it is indeed a much more mild smoke. Nice subtle sweetness with a bit of a Raisin Bran thing going. Nice light smoke, but right now, I’ve got this one...
  8. AcesAndEights

    Blind Tasting: Red Virginia

    About half way through sample 2. The tin note on this one was much more vinegar/ketchup than the dark fruit bouquet that I got from sample one. Smoking through the bowl, I’m getting a subtle sweetness, like a rich, dark BBQ sauce almost. There’s a “mustiness’ to the smoke, perhaps what is...
  9. AcesAndEights

    Blind Tasting: Red Virginia

    Still on sample one. I’m having an iced coffee with it. I know, probably not the best choice for this exercise, but I keep getting a slight chocolate or caramel note. It could be the coffee.
  10. AcesAndEights

    Blind Tasting: Red Virginia

    I jumped right in. About half way through sample one. First off, the tin (baggie?) note was EXCELLENT. Lots of sweet dark fruit aromas. My sample had a bit of sparkle, so there must be a bit of age on it. Took me a few tries to get it going, but once I got it lit, it smoked just fine. The...
  11. AcesAndEights

    Blind Tasting: Red Virginia

    Let the games begin
  12. AcesAndEights

    Water Plus Pipes Equals?

    I do smoke cheap pipes, and I also water flush from time to time. They all still look nice and pretty.
  13. AcesAndEights

    Tobacco in Negative

    Totally should have made this a “Is This Mold” post.
  14. AcesAndEights

    The (Becoming) Popular Ice Bath/Cold Shower Trend

    I’ve been getting back into shape and really focusing in on my nutrition the last six months or so. I heard about the cold showers, and I’ve tried it a few times. Can’t say I noticed more than an invigorating feeling right afterward that lasted about 10 min. Maybe if I could get consistent with...
  15. AcesAndEights

    Blind Tasting: Red Virginia

    When I participated in the Latakia challenge, I hadn’t really smoked much Latakia prior. Same thing here. I have yet to venture into the world of Reds. Looking forward to this!
  16. AcesAndEights

    What's Your Funniest Misunderstood Song Lyric?

    CCR “There’s a bathroom on the right”
  17. AcesAndEights

    What's Your 4th of July, 2024 Food Lineup?

    Firing up the Weber kettle for some burgers. Corn on the cob, hand cut fries, watermelon, and a few bags of chips for sides. ‘Merica!
  18. AcesAndEights

    Trade Away Your Cellar

    I have yet to smoke a second tin of any blend yet. I’m going to be “trying” things for a decade! I think my favorite so far has been SG Best Brown. It’d be tough to give up the variety tho. I think it’s my favorite part of this sport.
  19. AcesAndEights

    What I Dislike About Smoking a Pipe

    The little burn holes in my tshirts.
  20. AcesAndEights

    First Shipment of Tobaccos Have Arrived

    There was a tin of Nightcap in my first ever online order as well! There have been many more orders placed since and several more tins of Nightcap have accumulated as well. Enjoy!