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  1. 6

    Ennerdale Versus Kendall Flake

    I like a lot Ennerdale flake but I never tried Kendall flake. Looking at their composition it looks they have some similarities. So the question is if Kendall flake is different enough to justify to get it and in which way do you feel it is different from Ennerdale.
  2. 6

    GH "Kendal Black Cherry" and "Top Black Cherry" are the Same?

    The title said it all. I am trying to figure it out if GH "Kendal Black Cherry" and "Top Black Cherry" are the same blend (maybe for different markets) or two different blends. Any idea?
  3. 6

    50% GH Rum Twist + 50% SG Kendal Plug: A Winner

    Without great expectations today I tried to mix 50% GH Rum Twist + 50% SG Kendal Plug and WOW! It is incredibly good, the rum twist keeps all its character but gains a lot in complexity, it's like all flavor palette opened up, I can even taste much better the rum undertone. Much smoother...
  4. 6

    GH Top Black Cherry Vs SG Black Cherry

    I noticed both GH Top Black Cherry Vs SG Black Cherry are Cavendish based. Are the same or are any differences between them and in what they differ, if anything?
  5. 6

    Long Term Cigar Storage in Mylar Bag

    First of all I 98% smoke pipe and only occasionally cigars which I buy just in small number for immediate use. I am thinking now to buy 1 or 2 boxes of nice cigars with the plan of aging some of them for 2 or 3 years. I am very well aware the way to go should be with an humidor but I don't...
  6. 6

    Are Cuban Cigars Sold From Switzerland Different?

    I heard that Cuban Cigars sold from Switzerland (and Spain) retailers are of higher quality. I don't know if this is true or just an hurban legend. Maybe cigars sent to these two countries are going to have a more strict quality control? Anybody has an idea if this is true or not?
  7. 6

    Ennerdale Plug

    As I like Ennerdale flake I noticed there is also the plug version. I am wondering how much different is the plug from the flake version and if it is worthwhile to try the plug also. There are only 2 reviews of the plug on tobacco review (one from the legend JimInks) , not enough to clear my...
  8. 6

    In Praise of AlPascia'

    I have to write this note about the amazing service I received from AlPascia' on my first order from them. I knew as many of you they have a great variety of very nice pipes but the buying experience was even better. I selected a Mimmo Provenzano Calabash, the online ordering was super easy...
  9. 6

    Mimmo Provenzano Calabash

    I am very intrigued by Mimmo Provenzano Calabash pipes. What is interesting is that he makes cups with different materials including unique materials such as resin mixed with Tagua nuts and polymerized Chili Pepper and Marigold which look very nice. The question I have is how these...
  10. 6

    Short Video of Italian Pipe Making

    I found this short movie of Italian Pipe Making showing how a pipe is made. I found it very interesting, It is in italian but even if you don't know italian you can still enjoy and grasp most of it.
  11. 6

    Sealing Mylar Bag With Clothing Iron

    When sealing Mylar bag with a clothing iron is there any risk of damaging the clothing iron with the bag? In other words can be used an Iron which is also used at the same time for normal ironing of clothing or should be used a dedicated iron only for mylar bags?
  12. 6

    Synjeco Twists and Ropes

    I am curious about the 4 ropes Synjeco sells under their own label which are actually made by GH just for Synjeco. Two are Twp are Virginia ropes (Oxenfist and Glengir) and two are Va-Per (Holker and Grenodd). I am wondering how they compare to the GH ropes, are they different or just a...
  13. 6

    Quick Question about Cuban Cigars

    I purchased few Cuban cigars to try (3 Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure N. 2 and 3 Montecristo N 2). I know that being current production they need to rest a little bit before being smoked but what is the minimum I should wait, 3, 6, 12 months? Also I sealed them in food saver bags with Boveda packs...
  14. 6

    Any Experience with Coil Lighters?

    I am pretty good in lighting up the pipe using matches with wind finding the right spot using walls and trees. However, there is always a point where at least it gets no more fun. I know in these situations Zippo is considered the best choice but I don't really like to deal with a fluid...
  15. 6

    Advise on Good Pipe Restorer

    Ok, I did today a stupid thing as I had the great idea to drop my pipe on concrete and the result is that, as you can see, the stem transected at the mortise. It's not easy to remove the part remained inside the mortise and I don't want to make an irreparable damage trying to remove by myself...
  16. 6

    Does Current Produced Schürch Onix 128 Still has Sirian Latakia?

    It looks like the Schürch Onix 128 was blended with Sirian latakia but it is unclear if it is still the case today. Given McClelland run out of Sirian before closing business and McBaren also run out of Sirian in 2017 I doubt there is any Sirian left for blends produced today but I would like...
  17. 6

    Easter Gift available of FVF and St. James Flakes

    I am making an Easter Gift of a sample of FVF and St. James flake (around 30 gm combined) to someone who wants to try them. them. I decided to give them to the newest member to the Forum who posted at least once to the forum, as a welcome to a new member. I am planning to send the sample to...
  18. 6

    Dating Escudo and Erinmore tins

    I got yesterday at a B&M a 50% discount at an STG Escudo and an STG Erinmore square (not the most recent round) tin. However I don't see any date on the tins. Any idea if and how it can be found the production dates for these two tins?
  19. 6

    Pipe Tobacco, Cigars and Humidors

    First of all I only smoke pipes and I know very little about cigars. I know however that cigars are meant to be stored/aged in humidors, while on the other side we pipers keep the baccy in airtight tins or jars. I assume the difference in storing between cigars and pipe tobacco is that pipe...
  20. 6

    Cleaning Meerschaum with hot water

    First of all even if not everybody would agree I clean up my briar, morta and clay pipes swiping a soft paper towel in the bowl followed by running under hot water for 30 seconds right after finished smoking. It works very well for me mainly because it avoids any ghosting or residual ashing...