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  1. maxx

    C&D Engine #99

    This is apparently a derivative of C&D Pirate Kake in ribbon cut. It’s a comfortable smoke. Rather simple. I can’t decide whether it’s pleasant or a bit boring. I’ve got some Pirate Kake and have liked that before but I’m not opening that new tin yet. I’m still sampling the new unexperienced...
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    C&D Mountain Camp

    I’ve read that this is similar to Nightcap, which is why I ordered it. I don’t remember NC well enough to compare them, but I think it’s probably not similar. This Mountain Camp is a bit spicy and sharp. It doesn’t seem as heavy in Latakia as Drucquer & Sons Levant and the Burley is evident in...
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    C&D Billy Budd

    I expected this to be stronger. I just finished a bowl of Drucquer & Sons Levant Mixture, and this Billy Budd doesn’t excite me anywhere as much. It’d be a mild cigar with a bit of sharp tang. I’d say the Burley is stronger than the Latakia by far, with the Virginia coming through underneath.
  4. maxx

    Drucquer & Sons Levant Mixture

    My tobacco order arrived and I’ve begun with Drucquer & Sons Levant Mixture. I like this a lot. What’s your experience with it?
  5. maxx

    What’s Your Top Choices For Virginias?

    I’m a Latakia fan and have focused on English blends, so I haven’t explored Virginias. What’s your top personal choices for Virginias?
  6. maxx

    Getting Back To The Good Stuff (Tobacco Order)

    I’ve been smoking PA and CH mixed together for over a year. Tonight I placed an order for the good stuff. New to me are blends marked • Cornell & Diehl: Bow-Legged Bear 2oz Cornell & Diehl: Pirate Kake 2oz Cornell & Diehl: Billy Budd 2oz • Cornell & Diehl: Mountain Camp 2oz • Cornell &...
  7. maxx

    Smoking The Crumbs

    I’d saved my empty tins from when I was smoking something other than PA and CH. I’m missing the good stuff so today I dumped all the crumbs left in those tins and got 1-1/2 pipes worth. Now I remember what I’ve been missing! Components were mostly from heavier Latakia blends.
  8. maxx

    Returning member

    I’ve been gone for quite a while but still smoking. Haven’t had anything but PA and CH mixed together for far too long. Sad to discover the loss of Dunhill blends, especially Nightcap. I love Latakia. Soon I’ll order ten or so tins of some my favorites and try some I haven’t had. I’m also...
  9. maxx

    Bible App

    I'm agnostic, but believe knowledge of the Bible is essential to understanding history. I just got a Bible App for the iPhone that is excellent. It has options for a ton of translations (I use the NAS) and you can also have it read aloud the text. It's done very well. The App is called Bible and...
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    Dan Tobacco Old Ironsides

    I just lit up my first ever bowl of Old Ironsides, and I haven't been this excited about a blend since Nightcap. It's a flake, which I generally haven't liked, but in this case I have no choice. I love this blend. Thanks go to Harris, who mentioned it in a thread a month or so ago. I've been...
  11. maxx

    Being Prepared, Everyday Carry

    On my belt, everyday, everywhere, I carry a multitool, an LED flashlight, and a cheap TracPhone (I have a smartphone but use that mostly for net access and aps, and don't always have it with me). I also carry a knife in my pocket. A few days ago, the power went out at work for three hours, and I...
  12. maxx

    C&D Bulk - What Are You Getting?

    I plan to take advantage of the September sale at smokingpipes on C&D bulk tobacco, but haven't decided yet on the blends except for Byzantium and maybe Epiphany and Latakia. What about you?
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    Rossi vs Savinelli

    Rossi pipes are made by Savinelli, yes? I recently got a Rossi 8616, which is like the Savinelli 616. How is this Rossi lesser quality? Do they use cheaper briar, take less care or time, or what? I love this pipe.
  14. maxx

    McConnell Latakia Flake

    Components: Black Cavendish, Burley, and Latakia, says smokingpipes. Pipe used is Peterson B5 Bent Bulldog. This tastes sweet and not very heavy on Latakia. I need your help describing the flavor. I don't notice nicotine in tobacco, so can't speak to that. This is a flake; and I just folded and...
  15. maxx

    Captain Earle's Nightwatch

    Tin date is 6-01-15. Components: Latakia, Orientals, Perique, and Virginia - as listed at smokingpipes. The tin only mentions Latakia. Crumble Cake. Full on Latakia! Another favorite along with Nightcap and Pirate Kake. This is a monster. If you need me, I'll be up in the crows nest.
  16. maxx

    Captain Earle's Diamond Head

    Tin date is 2-25-15. Components are Latakia, Red Virginia, plus small leaf tobaccos. Crumble cake. Long smoke. This one is a little sharp on my tongue. I might be sensitive to Red Virginia. This is the first tobacco I've tried that listed it in the blend. Everything I've smoked other than OTCs...
  17. maxx

    C&D Pirate Kake

    Tin date is 4-24-15. Components are Latakia (75%), Turkish, and Burley. This is a long burning tobacco. Crumble cake. I haven't needed to dry it. I retrohale through the nose a lot, and it is a bit sharp that way, but not so in the mouth. I've been smoking this in comparison to C&D Byzantium...
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    How To Ruin Your Taste Sense

    I wanted to review another tobacco or two tonight, but I think I ruined my sense of taste for the evening by eating some very spicy, hot peppered food earlier. I'm smoking C&D Byzantium and Pirate Kake, and I can't believe they actually taste as bland as I'm tasting them tonight. The Byzantium...
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    C&D Epiphany

    Tin is dated 2-02-15. Pipe is Peterson Billiard that's had a lot of OTC Carter Hall and Prince Albert through it for a few weeks. Components are Virginia, Burley, Latakia, and Perique. The tin note reminds me of a licorice flavored chewing tobacco I tried 20 years ago. Last night when I opened...
  20. maxx

    Smoked Oysters And Tobacco

    I love smoked oysters and find they compliment English blends. What about you?