I have been out of the loop for about a year or more and would like some info please. I just read where Klondike Gold has been discontinued and was wondering what other blends or even brands have also bitten the dust.
cigrmaster, don't know a thing about Klondike Gold but welcome back to the fold. It hasn't been the same without you. We only hear now and then from peck, but he's still makes an appearance. Maybe he'll be more present now that you're back. You two provided a lot of good jive hereabouts. I'm just mumbling around as usual. Welcome back!
Thanks guys, I have missed you all a great deal. I couldn't smoke so hanging out here would have been torture.
jim, so what else besides Klondike Gold has been discontinued? Also have any mfgs bought or sold each others blends?
Harris, it's hard to tell whether some blends have been discontinued. You can't always get an answer to the question, and some, I believe may still be made, but not sold here any more. I know Rotary Navy Cut is no longer made, all Brigham blends are gone, but I dunno what else for sure. I'm not buying tobacco these days, so I'm not much help to you here.
Great to hear you're doing ok, and it's even better to see you getting back into the loop. About the time you started your hiatus, there was a cascade of new blends inspired by trying to get into the market before one of the FDA deadlines. Some of these were tinnings of existing bulks, and others were tweaks of the same. But along with Dunhill's announcement of exiting the business one of these days, Brigham, Drew Estate and Tsuge quit production. Other disruptions involve GQ and HU, and a number of blends also went out of production. The new EU and Brit regs forcing relabelings and renamings seem to have forced repackaging of the survivors.
Welcome back cigrmaster. Anything from Smokershaven is premium or extinct. Pipeswork and Wilke has retired from blending. Kramer's Pipe & Tobacco Shop gone the way of the dodo. Sadly yes, many blends have gone and many more will go.
So some things, like Brigham, have gone poof, goodbye. Dunhill tobaccos will be discontinued in the US, and probably the planet, within the next 12 months. But new blends have come on the market, Pease has reissued some of his old blends, including some Drucquer & Son blends and Stonehenge flake. Also, while Dunhill branded tobaccos are still available, they reissued a few of their discontinued blends. Esoterica blends continue to be elusive and Germain's deliveries continue to be erratic and unpredictable.
The timeframe for the FDA guillotine has been delayed from 2018 to 2021 so many endangered blends will be around longer.