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  1. coys

    Is this mold?

    Well, I went back to the pouch and am reasonably certain the St Bruno did not have mold on it, although the plume seems a bit odd since the pouch said 2021 on it. In any case, the St Bruno smoked well and I liked the fact that it won’t bite and hardly required any relights, but the flavor...
  2. coys

    English “problems”

    For me, I think of English as being anything where Latakia is the most prominent component, just to recall a recent discussion here. There is enough variation to be interesting to me between blends like EMP or Squadron Leader, those like Nightcap or Quiet Nights, and those like Father Dempsey...
  3. coys

    New (err, kinda) guy from KC.

    Welcome back, there are a few of us from KC here.
  4. coys

    Why did Cloth Sacked Tobacco Disappear?

    Seems like the tobacco would be dry as dust when you got it
  5. coys

    Scientific approach to tobacco choice?

    Yes, the ‘gold standard blends’ are on a list that can be googled up. They are mostly tinned and would cost more money if one were to try them all. The list I posted seemed like a list of economical, bulk tobaccos that are still highly reviewed and which could all be sampled for very little...
  6. coys

    newbie pipe addiction

    I had to take a few tries at finding a pipe I like, and I found I just like billiards and bent billiards that are on the smaller end of chamber size. Luckily these serve me well and I avoid looking at pipe adverts as much as I can!
  7. coys

    Scientific approach to tobacco choice?

    On the advice of some folks here I googled up a list of “gold standard blends” that are among the classics. Buy one of each and by the end of those tins you’ll know which categories might be to your liking, and then you can explore that genre further. If you want to get more scientific about...
  8. coys

    Is this mold?

    Ok, thanks. It seems like most feel this is plume and not mold. According to the pouch this was bagged in 2021, so it’s not exceptionally old, but I will give it a shot and see how it smokes.
  9. coys

    Is this mold?

    By contrast, I found a photo online of a similar pouch and it just looks all dark.
  10. coys

    Is this mold?

    I opened a new pouch of St. Bruno tonight, the ready rubbed version that comes in the OTC pouch. I've never had St. Bruno before, but I noticed right away that some of the tobacco has a whitish coating on the outside of it. See the photos: Since I've never had this blend before I don't know if...
  11. coys

    FS/FT: 3 Lots, 12 Tins Total (11/8/22)

    Lot 2 - now $100 shipped. :)
  12. coys

    Jim's GLP Bankside Review.

    Jim, I would also share my thanks with you for your quality reviews. They have been invaluable to me in narrowing down what to choose out of broad categories, or determining what the differences between similar sounding products might be. I’ve mainly stuck with popular blends that you have given...
  13. coys

    The Lost Pipe Shops of London (video)

    Well, I’m a millennial but I’m not exactly sure what caused me to consider picking up a pipe. The draw for me is just the same as what might draw a person my age to wines, or cigars, or fancy coffee or being a “foodie”. Unfortunately there’s some societal bias against tobacco because of...
  14. coys

    The Lost Pipe Shops of London (video)

    Thanks! I suppose the only way to keep the hobby alive is to share it with those younger.
  15. coys

    Cornell & Diehl Carolina Red Flake 2022 at P&C

    Glad to hear you got yours! I was afraid it was some kind of glitch but I was willing to chance it.
  16. coys

    Cornell & Diehl Carolina Red Flake 2022 at P&C

    Thank you! This is my favorite and I thought it had been sold out for the year.
  17. coys

    Peterson's Elizabethan Blend?

    Some of the reviewers think the quality of Elizabethan is not what it was, but that the Sutliff match (Victorian) is still good.
  18. coys

    Who Buys Tins to Age Ten Years or More?

    I totally agree, and I’ve had experiences where I loved a blend at the first light and still do, and some where a blend that had me ordering more after one bowl was no longer holding my interest after that first tin. I think I’ll perhaps buy two tins of something and if I finish both and still...
  19. coys

    Who Buys Tins to Age Ten Years or More?

    I haven’t aimed to build a cellar until recently, but as I’ve found a few core Virginias are my favorites and as I’ve seen them go in and out of stock at times, I wanted to maintain a little inventory. At my current pace I think many of those tins of favorites like Carolina Red Flake, Union...
  20. coys

    FS/FT: 3 Lots, 12 Tins Total (11/8/22)

    Still available: Lot 2 - 4 tins of Plum Pudding Special Reserve, - $125 shipped. Could split up the lot if desired. Trade interest continues to be C&D Carolina Red Flake, G.L. Pease Union Square, Peterson Flake (or maybe the other Flake varieties like university, dark), G.L. Pease Telegraph...