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  1. blendtobac

    Who Buys Brylon? How Bad Is It?

    My first pipe was The Pipe in a red pot shape. It smoked so hot that I was ready to quit but my father saw the pipe and said that if I was going to smoke a pipe I should get a real pipe. He brought me to his tobacconist and got me a bent briar and some Latakia blends. The Pipe was never smoked...
  2. blendtobac

    How is a "Scottish" Blend Different From An English?

    Generally, I find that to be true. Otherwise, it would be hard to detect the Cavendish. That was my guideline for any Scottish-type blends I made. Russ
  3. blendtobac

    How is a "Scottish" Blend Different From An English?

    When I think of Scottish blends, I think of a light-medium Latakia blend with plenty of Orientals and some unflavored black cavendish. I'm guessing the name came from the Rattray's blends of this style (Red Rap, Black Mallory, etc.) I agree with this also and MM965 falls into this category...
  4. blendtobac

    What Defines an "American" Blend?

    I would go along with primarily Burley, possibly with smaller amounts of Virginia, and even less condimental tobaccos (Orientals, Latakia, Perique). Russ
  5. blendtobac

    IM Corona Flame Shrinking

    The thing that most often is the cause of a shrinking flame is Ember's second line. If you don't turn the flame adjustment down before refilling, the flame will gradually get smaller. Russ
  6. blendtobac

    Fans of H&H

    We wholesale the Marquee Series to other retailers but really haven't considered doing it with any of the other H&H tobaccos. I'll mention it to our wholesale division. Russ
  7. blendtobac

    Fans of H&H

    Nope. Still available. Hearth & Home Signature Sunjammer - Pipes and Cigars - Russ
  8. blendtobac

    Fans of H&H

    Viprati is a misunderstood tobacco in some ways. I never said that this is supposed to be like Three Nuns. That was assumed by the mention of fire-cured which a lot of people assumed was Kentucky. It's not. It's a fire-cured mellow Burley to add a bit of body. Some people also assume that it's...
  9. blendtobac

    Fans of H&H

    Yes, he does post here from time to time. Seriously though, thanks for the kind comments and I try to draw from all feedback, good or bad. I haven't been posting as much because I've been working on redesigning our Baraccini, Viking, Roma, Crown, and Forseti pipes, and we'll have three new lines...
  10. blendtobac

    Your First Pipe & Tobacco

    My first pipe came as part of a package. It was a red pot The Pipe that came with two pouches of Borkum Riff. It smoked horribly wet and was impossible to handle once the pipe was lit. I was ready to quit, but my father noticed it and took me to his tobacconist and bought me a bent rusticated...
  11. blendtobac

    Blenders That Use PG And To What Degree

    I find it puzzling that H&H is rated 3 since most people comment on the relative dryness of the blends. The only H&H blends with any PG are the aromatics (and there aren't that many) because the PG is used as a carrier for the flavorings. The rest of the blends contain no PG. Russ
  12. blendtobac

    Blending Tobacco with Cigar Leaf

    A small amount of cigar leaf added to Virginias can help remedy one big issue with Virginias. They tend to have a thin smoke so some people start puffing faster to get more smoke. Cigar leaf produces a lot of smoke, so adding some can solve that "problem". Also, it will add some body to make it...
  13. blendtobac

    Pipes & Cigars Debacle - Part II

    I'm not directly involved in customer service, but I've come on in other threads and posted my email address so I can help to resolve issues. If any of you run into a problem with P&C, please write me at and I will do everything I can to help you. If you send me an email...
  14. blendtobac

    Jim's John Cotton's Double Pressed Blends Reviews.

    Ask and you shall receive. Keep your eyes peeled in the not-too-distant future for an announcement. Russ
  15. blendtobac

    Which Are Your Favorite Coffee Blends

    I drink most of my coffee at work. We bought a machine that grinds the beans just before brewing. It's a blade grinder so the grind isn't perfect but it's miles better than pre-ground coffee. We use good ol' Eight O'Clock and it makes a very nice cup. Hype or not, I really enjoy Blue Mountain...
  16. blendtobac

    Tobacco Advice Request

    You could always add some Five Brothers to the Half and Half. That will kick up the N and give you more smoke, too. Russ
  17. blendtobac

    Dunhill Peterson delivered from GQ

    We just received confirmation that Peterson/Dunhill blends will ship to US retailers sometime next week. Russ
  18. blendtobac

    Your 4 Legged Smoking Companions

    Spike is a red sable Pomeranian. Russ
  19. blendtobac

    Blending Kentucky Recommendations?

    No, it was US, but it was a more lightly-smoked leaf, so it melded really well with the dark air-cured in the blend. Russ
  20. blendtobac

    Your 4 Legged Smoking Companions

    My after-work routine includes feeding and walking this little dude., and a pipe or cigar is my other companion.