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  1. troyniss

    The Future Pipe Smokers Of The Internet

    Like many here, I like to browse eBay for estates just to see what is out there. I am particularly fond of the early 20th century Petersons, but darn if you can find a really pristine pipe, not just Peterson, that's well over 100 years old that is like-new that hasn't changed hands a dozen times...
  2. troyniss

    Oral Healthcare and Tasting Your Tobacco

    Growing up, I knew the importance of oral hygiene. My mother worked as a dental hygienst and later as a co-owner and dental assistant to my stepfather who owned his own practice. Heck, I even won Crest Kid (best smile)--thanks mom!-- my senior year of high school, so I guess you might say I am...
  3. troyniss

    Liking Your Least Favorite Blend Type

    English/Balkan blends are at the bottom of the totem pole for me. I seldomly dive into them. Va/Pers and Va's usually compete for the top and Burleys and other types jump around in between. However, the English/Balkan blends I do like all have one thing in common. They contain perique. Two of...
  4. troyniss

    Sam Gawith Becoming The New Unicorn

    I can't really vouch for any of their blends except Best Brown, Chocolate and Navy Flake. I haven't even tried their flagship FVF or Squadron Leader. Forgive me if I sound pathetic, but I see the not so hushed-talk among the forum here pushing Sam Gawith to the same realm of discussion as...
  5. troyniss

    A Small Win

    It's been raining here in South Korea for the last few days. My wife said to me "It's impossible to smoke outside. It's raining and it's windy!" I told her "Watch me." I did manage to smoke my pipe under the eave of my apartment building but it wasn't pleasant. I came back inside and I...
  6. troyniss

    Different Packages, Different Dates, Same Vendor

    Some packages end up at your doorstep at lightspeed and some at the speed of AOL dial-up Y2K style. I made a purchase from SP on 5/22 with a pipe and 5oz of bulk sample tobaccos and a pipe roll. Still has yet to arrive to my address here in South Korea. Made an additional purchase 5/29 with...
  7. troyniss

    Cake Strength

    Hello, I've recently been having a problem developing a good cake in one of my Peterson pipes. I smoke mainly Prince Albert in it and it has also seen a few other codger blends, but for the last month only PA. I had a decent cake built up with aid of the new Peterson coating used inside the...
  8. troyniss

    New Pipes On The Way and A Rare Shape

    I've been digging Peterson lately. I've come to the liking of the X105 Billiard Shape recently and have purchased quite a few within the last month. I have ordered a Dracula, Short, Aran and for my birthday my wife's cousin bought me a Burren. I'm leaving my 20's finally. 30 Here I COME...
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    Tobaccos from Estervals That Are A Must Try?

    I'm planning on making a purchase from Estervals. I've got some blends that I think I will like and I know they are quality as all the rave from previous posts. What are some blends that are an absolute MUST ORDER to get the full experience? So far I've got Richmond Navy Cut x5 AL Makhuwa x1...
  10. troyniss

    C&D 16oz Packaging

    For those of you that have ordered 16oz block of C&D blends, the ones that come in a clear plastic rather than a tin, how do they hold up to cellaring? I want to make a few purchases and one of them is 16oz of Briar Fox. Are they vacuum sealed? I won't be able to retrieve it for about a year...
  11. troyniss

    My Wife Is Out Of Town.

    Ahhhh, relaxation. Well, she is gone until tomorrow evening and to be quite frank, the smoke will dissipate by then. I lit up a bowl of Sir Walter Raleigh in my Family Era Sasieni and gosh darn, if that room note doesn't make my nose so happy. I NEVER get to smell the room note of a tobacco...
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    Tobacco Tossup #3: Balkan Beauties

    Last weeks winner of TT#2 was MacBaren Pure Virginia. Wow, it is a really good flake. I haven't smoked VA flakes in a while due to the weather, as I usually reserve VA for spring and summer. It has a really great creamy and buttery flavor about half way down. Definitely a great flake. Not sure...
  13. troyniss

    Tobacco Tossup #2: MacBaren's Fidgety Flakes

    It's time for round #2 of the tobacco tossup. If your new to the thread, click HERE for more information. Last weeks winner was GL Pease Telegraph Hill. I'm adding some new rules, based off what I've been experiencing while smoking and also while examining my cellar. 1.) I am going to allow...
  14. troyniss

    Tobacco Tossup #1: Vanquish the VaPers

    Greetings from South Korea. I'm starting a weekly poll where you get to pick the next tobacco I smoke for a week. I'm a pretty indecisive person when it comes to what tobacco to choose, although I'm sure I'm not the only one. Many times I have loaded up a bowl only to pour it out and make my...
  15. troyniss

    GL Pease Fillmore

    Presentation: A flake that is well broken up, but still offers some larger pieces to be separated even further. Similar in regards to Union Square as a broken flake but a tad more thin. Rich dark brown and red colored tobacco layered with a few shiny spots of oily and dark perique. I suspect...
  16. troyniss

    New Estate Sasieni

    Received this wonderful estate Sasieni Windsor Sandblasted Slim Billiard with vulcanite stem (shape 47) for FREE by sheer luck from a pipe maker. From what I researched, it's Family Era (1946-1979), when Alfred took over the business after the passing of his father. I believe Alfred made...
  17. troyniss

    Holiday Package Delivery Gone Missing?

    I placed an order from SP on November 30th. A new pipe, and 5 tins of tobacco along with some accessories. I live in South Korea and one of the options to have it delivered is the Super Saver International. It cost around $10-11 for international orders, but does not contain a tracking number...
  18. troyniss

    SPC Plum Pudding Price Creep

    Has anyone else taken note of the steady price increase of SPC Plum Pudding, specifically the 8oz tins? I think I bought my first 8oz tin back in February of this year at a reasonable price of about $42 dollars. It had then since increased to around $45 mid year and now it sits at a $51, from...
  19. troyniss

    Irish Seconds (Peterson Rejects)

    So I recently received a Irish Second Smooth Bent Billiard. Took about 3 weeks to arrive from Ireland to South Korea. I had actually been eyeing the non-reject full price pipe for a few months and just couldn't bite the bullet for the longest time. Luckily I was subscribed to a newsletter that...
  20. troyniss

    Peterson Shorts Line

    The Peterson Shorts line has just been released. I picked up a Smooth 150 with an awesome birdseye grain as well as an 80s rusticated. Originally wanted to do a 150 set but I have enough straight rusticated bulldogs already. Plus they will look contrasting eachother, shape and finish wise...