Esoterica: What is Your Favorite?

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Brandybuck

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I have the opportunity to grab a tin of Tilbury and Dunbar at the local cigar shop in Pensacola Fl and, having not yet tried either, was just wondering what everybody's thoughts were on these blends and any experiences with Esoterica in general. I grabbed a tin each of Rattray's Old Gowrie and C&D Haunted Bookshop, both of which I'm currently smoking and absolutely adore! So, what do y'all think?
 

adui

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The only one I've tried is Pembroke, LOVE it! I generally get all my bacy local, and wont order just to try something. Pembroke was introduced to me at one of the AZ pipe club meetings and I loved it so much the guy sold me a tin.
 

Brandybuck

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The only one I've tried is Pembroke, LOVE it! I generally get all my bacy local, and wont order just to try something. Pembroke was introduced to me at one of the AZ pipe club meetings and I loved it so much the guy sold me a tin.
I've been super interested in trying Pembroke and Stonehaven, though I know those aren't the easiest to get ahold of.
 

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adui

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Ive been told its hard to get my Pembroke, but my dealer... errrr suplier / pipe club mate gets enough to help me out.
 

alaskanpiper

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Pembroke and Margate can be found online right now with a little digging. The site TurboTin may be able to help you out if you are looking.

My favorites are Dunbar, Tilbury, and Margate, followed closely by Penzance.
 
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sablebrush52

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My two favorites are Dunbar and Dorchester. After that, Tillbury, and after that Stonehaven. Several of the other blends I've tried have been snoozes. And I have a few that I haven't gotten around tor trying, but have a bag in the cellar.
 
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Brandybuck

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Pembroke and Margate can be found online right now with a little digging. The site TurboTin may be able to help you out if you are looking.

My favorites are Dunbar, Tilbury, and Margate, followed closely by Penzance.
Thanks for the tip on TurboTin; haven't gotten into alot of online sites outside of PipesandCigars or SmokingPipes, but I will definitely check that one out.
 

bluegrassbrian

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Tilbury is by far my favorite. I have about 8 pounds put back and always buy more when I have a chance.
Dunbar is a very good VaPer. I prefer it over Dorchester.

Brighton/Cardiff/Peacehaven/ScarboroughAre all similar Virginia’s with varying degrees of sweetness added. I like all of them fine.
 

danimalia

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I've only had three of them. Penzance, Stonehaven and ASTB. I was a bit surprised by the latter two as they were heavier with added flavoring than I expected. That's not necessarily a bad thing and I enjoy all three. They're just a bit strange based on my fairly limited experience.

I know it's cliche, but so far Penzance is my favorite. Each time I smoke it, I appreciate it a bit more. That said, if I was somehow prevented from ever buying more, I wouldn't feel deprived given all the wonderful Latakia blends out there. Certainly worth getting email alerts set up and buying when possible, but you won't be seeing me pay any real markup on it from the re-sellers.
 
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craiginthecorn

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Many of Esoterica's blends have a topping.
Having tried near every Esoterica blend, I can say that the accusations of a “topping” are much overdone. There‘s not a single one that I’d really call an aromatic. Ramsgate, Blackpool and Kingsbridge are the closest to being aromatics, but have little sweetness and their flavors aren’t strong. All the flavorings are quite restrained.
 

danimalia

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Many of Esoterica's blends have a topping.
That's what I assumed, but I just used the generic flavoring to account for casings as well. ASTB has quite a heavy dose (supposedly ale, but I get fruit too) and from what I can tell Stonehaven has its share (of treacle, supoosedly, whatever that is) as well. Not a problem for me since I have no tobacco puritanism in me. I also wouldn't describe either as an aromatic. Just blends with toppings.
 

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