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  1. beastinview

    Smoking Tobacco (More) Dry?

    So, I unfortunately had a bit of Sam Gawith Brown No. 4 Kendal Twist in a bag, and forgot to jar it. Fortunately, it was a small amount, and I opened the bag to find it was quite dry--crunchy, but not crumbly. I was going to rehydrate it and thought--what the heck, why don't I give it a smoke...
  2. beastinview

    Info on this pipe - Some sort of Savinelli second?

    My friend had one of his clients give him a bag of about 10 pipes, saying he'd quit pipe smoking for cigarettes. He passed them around during my weekend smoke / hang out on the back patio, offering everyone to take one. I grabbed this one, and I was just curious about it. I thought it was some...
  3. beastinview

    Article: FL Senators Rubio (R) and Nelson (D) propose FDA ruling bill for cigars

    Hopefully since this bill receives bipartisan support this would not be politically controversial. I just saw this article today. Anyone know if this applies to pipe tobacco, or just cigars? http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/marco-rubio-highlights-problems-with-new-fda-cigar-rules/article/2605137
  4. beastinview

    HH Old Dark Fired

    I recently received this lovely flake from a generous forum member--and better yet, with a few years age on it. Preparation/Tin Note: The bag note is a lovely, leathery, spicy aroma, almost like beef jerky. I just rubbed the flake out--I generally prefer this to cube cut or folding, but I don't...
  5. beastinview

    C & D - Burley Flake No. 1

    I am working my way through some samples generously donated by forum members, and Burley Flake No. 1 has been particularly enjoyable. In the past I have been less interested in Burley leaf, but a few recent acquisitions have deepened my appreciation for this leaf. Tin Note / Preparation Most...
  6. beastinview

    Tabac Manil - Semois (La Brumeuse)

    I've been quite busy and behind on reviews, but a cobguy was nice enough to send me a sample of Semois--something I'd wanted to try for a while. Bag Note / Preparation: As soon as I opened the bag, I knew I'd enjoy this. It had an interesting aroma: like a Burley, but with a twist. I know it's...
  7. beastinview

    Exploring N. Rustica: Sacred Cornplanter & 3 kinds of Mapacho

    As a means of introduction, I recently became interesting in the Nicotiana rustica leaf. Apparently, the various strains of tobacco we generally smoke (cigar leaf, VA, Burley, etc.) all come from the Nicotiana tabacum species. Nicotiana rustica is remarkable in that its "leaves have a nicotine...
  8. beastinview

    This Genre Which is Not One - African-Grown VA Leaf? RY, Gawith Twists, &c

    I’ve noticed that we in the internet pipe tobacco community like our genres—one finds scores of threads comparing various blends in their respective genres: Pure VAs, Va/Pers, English blends, Balkan, Burleys, and so on. Yet I’ve discovered that what seems to be my favorite kind of leaf/blend has...
  9. beastinview

    Sutliff - 504C "Aromatic English"

    I have a local B&M that has a house blend called “Aromatic English,” and it’s one of the most pleasing aromatics I’ve ever smoked. I was assuming it was a repackaged Sutliff, as two of the B&M aromatic offerings are “Aromatic English” and “Sweet Virginia”, and Sutliff offers two bulk blends by...
  10. beastinview

    Kendal Dark Vanilla - Gawith, Hoggarth & Co.

    I recently reviewed GH’s shag cut Kendal Kentucky and Dark Birdseye, and hawky recommended I give Kendal Dark a go as well. I ended up ordering the vanilla version just to spice things up a bit. I figured it’d be interesting to see what 1-Q would have been like if old Gawith and Hoggarth blended...
  11. beastinview

    H. Sutliff - Mixture #79

    A while back I mentioned that any time I see members drama-queening over how bad a blend is, I immediately have to try it. The reason is that I love variety, so anything that's a bit out there is fun for a change of pace. The boring blends don't inspire hate; they inspire apathy. Anytime you see...
  12. beastinview

    Dark Birdseye and Kendal Kentucky - Gawith, Hoggarth, & Co.

    These two Gawith, Hoggarth, & Co. blends are somewhat similar, so I thought it’d be best to review them in tandem. I’m a fan of anything full-bodied with “Gawith” in the name, so it wasn’t long before I got around to trying these blends. Tin Note, Preparation: In the tin (or rather the bag, as...
  13. beastinview

    C&D Big and Burley; D&R Picayune

    I've realized that my rotation is quite lacking in Burley--really, Five Brothers is the only blend that in my rotation that's really burley-based, so I gave two others a try in my last order: Cornell and Diehl's Big & Burley No. 103 and Daughters and Ryan's Picayune. Tin Note and Preparation...
  14. beastinview

    Samuel Gawith Black XX Twist

    I'm a big fan of the Gawith brown twists, so I was excited to give the renowned Black XX a try. I'd heard quite a bit about it, and as is usually the case, it was the polarizing nature of this blend that piqued my interest. Those who like it say it's like eating a steak. Those who don't say it's...
  15. beastinview

    McClelland Blending Perique, smoked straight

    I have toyed with the idea of smoking straight perique for a while. Initially I thought I’d go the rum-soaked route, but I decided to just smoke it straight from the tin for the first time to develop the palate. I’ll preface this by saying that my go-to blends are all very high nicotine, bracing...
  16. beastinview

    Draw too tight, even after opening... solution?

    I bought a Stanwell pipe off eBay a while ago, and it's fine except the draw is way tighter than I like, and I just can't get it to smoke well. I know some like a tight draw, but I just can't keep anything lit in it, and I don't have this problem in any of my other pipes. I read articles about...
  17. beastinview

    Classic Aromas?

    I find that a lot of the fond associations with pipe smoking are driven by nostalgia for many. Since smell is the sense most closely linked to memory, this makes sense. After smoking, my father will apply some of this aftershave--the Classic Clubman, presumably a similar scent to that used 200...
  18. beastinview

    "Over"-Lighting Wet Blends for Better Flavor (As Opposed to Drying) ?

    Most of the ribbon-cut tobacco I have burns beautifully and easily. Royal Yacht hardly needs the first false light: I just dump it in, one match, and could smoke it to the bottom. Many of my favorite blends--flakes and ropes with "Gawith" in the name--are more difficult. I experimented with Rum...
  19. beastinview

    Well, at Least the FDA Approved This.

    Assisted bulimia. http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/fda-approves-weight-loss-stomach-pump-aspireassist-combat-obesity-n592141 Meanwhile, it's a matter of time before all pipes are meerschaums with the words "SMOKING KILLS" carved into them.
  20. beastinview

    Trying Perique blends: PS Luxury Bullseye Flake & Savinelli Doblone d’Oro

    I decided to give the classic Virginia / Perique combination a while ago. I’ll review two blends I tried in this category: Peter Stokkebye’s Luxury Bullseye Flake & Savinelli Doblone d’Oro. The Bullseye Flake I’ve been smoking for a while, but the Doblone d’Oro was a free sample received with a...