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  1. Mr_houston

    Transition Plan Feedback?

    I think you will find English blends easier to smoke than Virginias. I’d suggest the 965 that has cavendish as a good transition blend.
  2. Mr_houston

    Hello from Houston TX

    Hello from Houston TX back to you. Welcome.
  3. Mr_houston

    Do you Dump Ash Mid-smoke?

    I dump ash most every smoke. It improves the burn and the taste. I consider it one of the basics of pipe smoking, which I have mastered. You do seem to be in the minority here on this subject. Now, possibly, I am just not in tune with British humor.:)
  4. Mr_houston

    Zippo for Pipes

    I use a Zippo with the butane pipe insert from Thunderbird. Works nicely.
  5. Mr_houston

    Howdy

    Howdy! Welcome.
  6. Mr_houston

    ***What Are You Smoking, January 2022?***

    Fillmore in a Chacom Cap Blanc with a wide oval shank and stem. I really like the pinch of Latakia in this blend - it adds a subtle richness and complexity. I do wish the red VAs tasted a little redder, if that makes sense.
  7. Mr_houston

    VaPer Advice Please

    I place Virginia tobacco into generally 2 categories - red VAs and golden VAs. Cringle Flake 2021 is a red VA with perique. You description of sour, plum and other ripe dark fruits typically fits that red VAPer category. VApers based on golden VAs, like Luxury Bullseye Flake, will taste very...
  8. Mr_houston

    ***What Are You Smoking, January 2022?***

    Pease Renaissance in a twin-bore oil cured Radice bulldog.
  9. Mr_houston

    Starting a pipe club, tips?

    Your idea to approach your local pipe shop is a good one. It would be good for their business, so they ought to be helpful. Their customers are your best targets for participants. Maybe they’d post a notice for you. Get everyone’s email address when you start and send reminder emails for...
  10. Mr_houston

    ***What Are You Smoking, December 2021?***

    Escudo in this Ferndown Bark poker with silver band. This is a brand new tin given to me at Christmas. I haven’t smoked Escudo in years. I have some old tins stashed away, but wanted to try the new production after reading the complaints about it. I have to say, I am really enjoying it.
  11. Mr_houston

    Gifting Tobacco

    Plum Pudding seems to be very popular with a wide range of pipers. There is a special reserve blend of it available now in 4 oz and on sale at Smoking Pipes. Link
  12. Mr_houston

    Wilderness Review

    Back when the McClelland Syrian blends were available, I took 5 blends to a pipe club meeting for sampling. The group favorite was Wilderness. Mine was 3 Oaks Syrian.
  13. Mr_houston

    ***What Are You Smoking, December 2021?***

    Wessex Curly Block in a Radice Rind twin-bore. This is such a good blend of tobacco.
  14. Mr_houston

    Show Us Your Radice Pipes

    That’s a great looking pipe!
  15. Mr_houston

    Missed Out On Syrian Latakia

    Syrian is very different than Cyprian. Softer. More incense than smoke. When I was starting out, the guys in the shop were all smoking lat bombs. It smelled like burning tires to me. Then, I got to try Ashton Celebrated Sovereign - a med strength Syrian latakia English blend. That blend...
  16. Mr_houston

    Exploring the essence of C&D pure Cyprian Latakia

    It’s a good way to learn blends. Not too long ago I smoked Sutliff blending oriental TS24 straight - nice pleasant insense-like smoke. Last week my pipe shop let me try their blending DFK. I was certain that DFK is the ingredient that puts me off of many blends. But it was fine straight -...
  17. Mr_houston

    ***What Are You Smoking, December 2021?***

    St. James Flake in my birthyear Dunhill stack billiard.
  18. Mr_houston

    ***What Are You Smoking, December 2021?***

    Laurel Heights in a birth-year Dunhill stacked billiard. The cold front came through and cooled us down to 65 degrees this afternoon. Good smoking weather on the back porch.
  19. Mr_houston

    Hello from Houston Texas

    Hey neighbor! Welcome.
  20. Mr_houston

    ***What Are You Smoking, December 2021?***

    Wessex Curly Block in a Stanwell Rhonda bulldog. It’s a beautiful sunny day in Houston. Mid-70s outside a just right for a smoke on the porch.