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  1. atboth

    C&D releasing a blending kit

    Virginias (ribbon or cake): can be all of a blend. Latakia: anywhere up to fifty percent. Twenty five to forty. Turkish: more than twenty five percent is excessive. Twenty is good. Burley: at twenty percent, it starts to become a Burley blend. Perique: four or five percent is fine. More is...
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    How Does Burley Age?

    Some of the Bob Runowski blends age spectacularly well. Old Joe Krantz, Haunted Bookshop ...... I've got a short piece on his stuff here: http://atthebackofthehill.blogspot.com/2015/09/appreciating-morleysson-blends-by-bob.html
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    How long to break in Pipes

    It usually takes twelve to fifteen smokes for a basic break-in, around thirty for a proper job. In the case of Dunhills considerably more, for Savinellis you will often find that it's nice by around the sixth or seventh. This assumes, of course, that you sanded out the nasty pre-carbon that...
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    This Is Madness

    My favourite warning, on the package for an itch medication: "Do not insert directly in anus". Two things: 1) Thanks for putting that image in my head; it's filled up with toxic sludge already, and that is something I did not need to think about; and 2) What else needs that warning message? I...
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    Trying Perique blends: PS Luxury Bullseye Flake & Savinelli Doblone d’Oro

    Try Germain's Royal Jersey Perique mixture. Most Germain's tobaccos are packed too wet to smoke immediately (which also determines how they age in the tin), but a little bit of drying works wonders. They are delightfully old-fashioned.
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    Esoterica Tobacciana - A History?

    I seriously doubt that anyone buying Germains could ramp up production. It would require a major investment in machinery and equipment, as well as sourcing a larger supply of basic tobaccos. Which, given that these would have to be processed and aged specifically for the blends they produce...
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    What Did You Start With?

    When I was in my early teens I would go to the local bookstore regularly after school to spend several hours reading in the stacks. The tobacconist next door had a pipe in the window with which I eventually become obsessed. A few weeks before my fourteenth birthday (1973), I finally bought it...
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    Tobacco storage question

    If it's wrapped in plastic, jar it. Plastic and tobacco eventually react, and there will always be a gradual loss of moisture. Glass is non-reactive.
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    Ennerdale Flake

    Tried it in 2010. First thing that came to mind was the whiff of urinal cake in a bar bathroom, as well as a suspicion that it was meant to be smoked in strip joints. Underneath that bizarre perfume it's actually decent flake, but the smell is too disturbing for normal usage. Don't bother...
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    Old Joe Krantz

    I popped open a tin of Old Joe Krantz by cornell and Diehl that had been sitting on a shelf since autumn of 2007 recently. It had puffed up to the extent that it was destabilizing a stack of tins, which seems to be the case with many of the C&D tobaccos I purchased that long ago. Pretty darn...
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    Pipe Smoking and My Girlfriend

    My ex didn't like my smoking. We were together for more than twenty years, and we're still very good friends. She still doesn't like my smoking. Don't hide the pipe. It's as much a facet of your personality as those darn handbags probably are of hers.
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    Recent Tobacco Review Observation

    I agree with the objection to the "I don't smoke xxx tobaccos, but..." reviews. But another objectionable habit is the lognwinded gaffer who starts off with "I sat down in my favourite leather armchair with my priceless Dunhill Rootbriar from 1955, wearing a smoking jacket I inherited from my...
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    Kalifornia Suks

    Well, Maduroman, as a resident of San Francisco I have to say it really isn't that bad. I frequently walk around with a lit pipe in my mouth, and so far I've had mostly positive feedback in the neighborhoods where suburbanites and out of towners seldom come. Except, of course, for tofu-snarfing...
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    Ghosting One's Mouth

    Never had that happen with Erinmore or any other tobacco. And I've smoked quite a few tins of EF since I got over my revulsion from the two times I heaved all over the pavement because of Erinmore back in 1974. Underneath the reek of teenage harlot, it's actually a very pleasant flake. And...
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    MacBaren HH Vintage Syrian

    Stockpiled forty tins of it in the year it first came out. But I've been too busy with other blends to smoke any recently.
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    What Are You Smoking? *January 2013*

    Just finished some Haunted Bookshop (Cornell & Diehl) from a 2007 tin, in a no-name. Now I'm loading Old Hollywood (also C&D, recent acquisition) in a pre-Lane Charatan bent blast bulldog.
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    Samuel Gawith 1792 Flake - Try Now or Later?

    Samuel Gawith's 1792 Flake is flavoured with tonquin, which has the peculiar ability to smooth out the smoke and alleviate the sensations of tongue bite. Which may fool the victim smoker into huffing it a bit more than is wise. Almost the same product is available without the tonquin, under the...
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    What are You Reading?

    Currently reading Ranma ½ in the Chinese translation from the early nineties, hand in hand with the Chinese-English Dictionary by Chik Hon-Man and Ng Lam Sim-yuk published the Chinese University Press (Chinese University of Hong Kong). Up to volume seven. The zaniness mounts. [Note: the...
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    How Many Open Tins??

    Eleven open tins at present. It's been more, seldom less. Whatever doesn't get finished within a month or so goes into a glass jar, with a label detailing the what is it and the when was it. I have two dozen of such jars on the shelf with the five volume set of Rashi. Where I also keep most of...
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    What is the Most Unusual Thing You've Used as a Tamper?

    A carrot. Never used a golf tee. Have a smoothed piece of stick in the breast pocket of my coat that will serve in a pinch. Usually have multiple tampers with me, in the jar of pipe cleaners, at my desk, and in the bookshelves. I have a small army of tampers.