Bengal Slices Moisture Question

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captpat

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I just opened a tin of Bengal Slices that I obtained about a month ago, contents seemed pretty dry to me, crumbles readily no effort at all. The tin seal seemed okay got the "whoosh" when I opened it and it seems to smoke okay. Is this consistent with the experience of others?

 

chasingembers

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It's like War Horse. You're paying for more tobacco weight than water. Load a bowl, blow warm breath through the pipe until you feel heat rising from the bowl, light and enjoy!

 

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prairiedruid

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This seems to be true of all the STP blends. My Bengal Slices smoked fine out of the tin but I wouldn't want it any drier. I jarred all my STP blends right away to keep them at their current moisture. Chasingembers trick to re-hydrate a pipe's worth of tobacco has worked for me many times and I may try it with these blends to see if a bit more moisture enhances the flavor.

 

jpmcwjr

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I think you'll find it does. Another way is to take, say, a half a tin's worth and put it in a thick plastic bag with a shard of pottery (terra cotta) that's soaked in water a few minutes. If you over hydrate it, mix the dry stuff with the damp stuff till just right.
My Smyrna tins come in with a 68% RH at 70º, about 10% drier than I like. But easy enough to adjust.

 

papipeguy

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That's been my experience with Bengal Slices and I'm fine with it. To me it's a crumble cake. Pack it loos and light up. I love this blend.

 

hawky454

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Smoke it, my man... I'ts delicious and the others are correct, Russ' blends come at the correct moisture level and need no drying time before you light up. Such a fantastic blend! Think I'll go ahead and choose this for my morning pipe.

 

danhester

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Yeah, that's my experience with it as well. I haven't tried adjusting the moisture level because it's so perfect to me right out of the tin and into a jar.

 
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