Anybody Else Chew Their Tobacco Occasionally? Solani 656 Kicked My Butt...

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orthodoxpiper

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Once in a while, especially in the colder months when going outside for a pipe doesn't sound so appealing, I'll take a bit of rope or plug, lop off a piece and chew it to get a dose of Vitamin N. As of late, I've been doing this with G&H Brown Bogie Twist, because I like a good kick in the pants in the nic department.
Yesterday, I cracked open my first tin of Solani's Aged Burley Flake and was amazed at how good it smelled. It was pretty warm out yesterday, so I smoked a bowl, but the temps dipped again today and that tin note has been in the back of my mind the last 24 hours, so I thought it might be a good idea to chew what was leftover from the flake I rubbed out. I have never experienced such a nic kick from chewing before! I don't know what happened, but within minutes my head was swimming and I had to spit it out! I didn't find the nic level to be all that high when smoking, especially compared smoking Brown Bogie Twist or Jackknife Plug (which I smoke and chew fairly regularly).
It was pretty tasty, but I'll have to exercise some caution next time I decide to go down that road. No idea why it hits me so hard compared to other blends that are pretty universally regarded to be much heavier hitters, but I guess it's good for when I want a buzz but don't have much time!

 

papawhisky

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Jan 29, 2019
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Burleys are generally higher in nicotine than Virginias, and they are also more alkaline, which promotes nicotine absorption. So, you basically got a double whammy when you chose to taste test this blend. When smoking the nicotine only has a short time in your mouth in which to be absorbed before it is exhaled out. When you chew it, you expose a large quantity of nicotine for an extended period of time to a large surface area allowing a significant amount of absorption to take place.

 

haparnold

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Aug 9, 2018
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I occasionally masticate a small piece of tobacco I'm preparing to smoke, not for nicotine, but because it helps me 'preview' the flavors I'll experience once I start smoking. I find it helps me prime my palate for the smoke.

 

mechanic

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Dec 1, 2018
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I tried this with some black Irish rope i recently got wasn't bad but i just prefer smoking to chewing

 

ernieq

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Aug 9, 2018
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You can actually make a respectable chew out of Fire Cured leaf. It's fairly heavy but has a nice flavor reminiscent of some of the old twist chews.

 

shermnatman

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Jan 25, 2019
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Philadelphia Suburbs, Pennsylvania
I do this with new (to me) mixtures purely as a way to experience a particular mixture from another angle. This, in addition to taking in the Tin/Pouch note through smelling, allows me to imagine I am understanding - and somehow bonding with - the tabak on a deeper level prior to the smoking. Does this ritual have any real value, like sniffing the cork on a wine bottle? I am not sure; but I do know that enjoy doing it, and that's good enough for me. - Sherm Natman



 

condorlover1

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Dec 22, 2013
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I chew all sorts of twists and occasionally some unscented plugs and find them excellent for those times when you cannot smoke your pipe!

 

briarbuck

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Nov 24, 2015
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I chew stuff all the time. Very quickly you can taste what leaf is higher in sugar. McCrannies is the sweetest I have found.

 

ray47

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Jul 10, 2015
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Friend of mine came for a visit and he left his dip at home. I offered him a pipe and he declined, but did ask if pipe tobacco could be used as a dip. I told him that some old timers used to chew/dip 5 Brothers pipe tobacco. I handed him the pouch of 5 Brothers I had and he put a hefty amount in his lip. 10 minutes later he was running to the bathroom. Stayed in there a good 10 minutes and looked like a ghost when he came out. Next time he'll smoke a pipe instead.

 
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