I put down about 8 X 500 around Jan. 1.
I really like smokingpipes notification system when a tobacco is unavailable. Sign up yourself, it comes in and one alert email. You aren't spammed but ask to be notified. It comes in and just one email. Another thing that smokingpipes does well, among so many others.
Yeah, I ordered some when I got the notification, and I got it yesterday. Man, I like this stuff! Put some in a Peterson 317 and smoked it for about 1 1/4 hours. This is some real tobacco, and I love it! It'll curl your nose hairs for sure. I can't believe this is as good as it is, and it sure has a real nic hit, but what flavor! One of my favorite tobaccos for sure. I haven't had such a thrill since GLP 2005 Cumberland. You definitely have to take it slow, but the flavor is amazing. I get a sense of cigar from it, but it has no cigar leaf in it. Proceed slowly and it's a wonderful smoke.
Oh, I did have some bourbon to drink with it, so that might have had some effect on my perception of the smoke. :mrgreen:
Although SG makes a plug version of many of its tobaccos, nary a one is available in the States, though if you're willing to pay double what it would cost here, Synjeco will sell it to you. I guess plug is smoked in Europe more. There are no more than a half-dozen, if that, plug tobaccos made by US houses, Jackknife, Triple Play and Temple Bar are all that I know. War Horse is a crumble cake though it's called plug on the outside of the tin. Mike @ Mars was the only one who could get Dark Plug for years; not so anymore.
I'm glad that GH has opened distribution to smokingpipes, but I doubt you'll see Grousemoor Plug.
Well, on the contrary, Smoking Pipes has SG Kendal Plug listed on their site, though it is out of stock. So it would seem they intend on restocking at some point, and might also indicate they could have access to the other plugs offered by Samuel Gawith.
Add Gaslight to the US made plugs.
I am not a fan of the Dark Flake (scented), but the unscented is one of my favorites. However, The plug, I find not as offensive as the (scented) flake for some reason. It does have a little of that gag reflexive lakeland, but I get a stronger licorice-like flavor, which appeals to me.
Hmmm... The Dark Plug that I tried definitely had Lakeland contamination. JimInks also detected it in the sample he smoked for his review. Rich, have you smoke the Dark Plug that you carry? Any Lakeland present? Thanks.
You will pick up a hint of the "essence" or flavoring in the initial lighting of either of the unscented versions, but it dissipates quickly. I find that the plug has a little more than the flake, but that may be just evaporation. IMO, none of the GH&co offerings are completely devoid of the lakeland.
GH makes Dark Plug Rose Geranium, but it is not available here; maybe you somehow smoked it? I've smoked both Dark Flake and Plug Unscented for some time and would say that both are natural tobacco..
I believe the revulsion experienced and described by so many to Lakeland scenting amounts to no more than group think to retain group membership. There is very little if any critical reaction described, but instead just something along the lines of "OMG! Lakeland! Yikes!" I may be missing your true reaction, but I tire of the rejection to Lakelands on the basis of a particular style of topping.
Just my thoughts.
I don't hate Lakeland, and I can see where people might actually like it. I'd just prefer to smoke something without it. The tiny bit present in most of the GH "unscented" products is OK, but the Dark Plug that I tried about a year ago was a bit too much.
My aversion to the scent, I can assure you, is not groupthink or born of a need to belong to some odd cabal of aromaphobes. I don't like tobacco that is flavored with anything other than scents that are based on (or strongly resemble) food or beverage products. Or smoke. Fig, apricot, raisin, licorice, anise, rum, whiskey, dark fired, Latakia...you get the idea. Lakeland is not an aroma that I would ever equate with food.
And, as a soap maker, I wouldn't use it in soap, either.