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earthbound

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So I cracked open a tin of the H&H Opus Magnum the other day that I had purchased roughly a year ago. I'd heard plenty of good things so I was really looking forward to the smoke. Upon opening it, the contents felt very very dry... Not crumbling quite, but just on the cusp of crumbling. Is this stuff supposed to have that low of a moisture content? I can't help but feel like I didn't get the full experience because while it tasted good while smoking, I needed to frequently relight it, and it burned quite hot. I got the tin from P&C on sale. Has anybody had a similar experience? This stuff smells amazing and I think I might have gotten a poorly sealed tin. In which case, I'd totally get a fresh one to give this tobacco another chance. Thoughts?

 

blendtobac

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Our tobaccos are intentionally on the dry side for two reasons. I feel that overly moist tobacco dilutes the flavor by watering down the smoke with steam. Drier tobaccos need to packed a little firmer to get the best results, but if you prefer your tobacco a bit more moist, you can always rehydrate it using distilled water. The other reason we don't overly hydrate is because we don't feel that you should be paying for water instead of tobacco.
Russ

 

earthbound

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Russ, thanks for the insight! I'll try a firmer pack next time! I think im just used to smoking more moist blends.

 

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tschiraldi

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I never age Magnum Opus or Blackhouse, mainly because I can't stat away from it long enough. yummy!

 

texmexpipe

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It's a great blend! Like Russ said it's better to pack it a little harder than usual. Such a great blend!

 

tmb152

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The other reason we don't overly hydrate is because we don't feel that you should be paying for water instead of tobacco.
Thank you Russ for saying that. On planet Earth water is free. I hate paying dearly for my precious pipe tobacco only then to have to dry it out for two hours to remove all the excess moisture.

 
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kiel

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Had to bust out my stash of 2011 Magnum Opus after reading this. Quite a delicious reminder.

 

jvnshr

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What is better than opening a tin and seeing that the tobacco is ready to smoke? I was also making the same mistake by smoking my tobacco too moist. Had to relight many times and pass a pipe cleaner through the stem every 20 minutes or so, learned it the hard way.

 

bigpond

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A quick and easy method to hydrate your tobacco is to use your hand to completely seal the top of a loaded bowl and gently exhale one full breath through the stem. The tobacco at the top of the bowl should feel slightly springy. You can mop up any remaining moisture with a pipe cleaner.

 

fitzy

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Deliciousness and no waiting to dry it out.
Also in addition to magnum opus and blackhouse also give white knight a shot. mmmm

 
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fitzy

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DK you may want to stock up on all 3. If things don't change with the FDA all 3 could be going the way of the dodo bird.
I've been taking advantage of the 20% off sale at pipesandcigars.com and stocking up on the 3 of them. In fact I need to put in another order before the code expires at the end of the month. (Thanks Russ for the discount and the amazing tobacco's you make!)

 

blendtobac

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It's always nice to hear good things about your work. I'm glad that so many people enjoy my own personal blend (Magnum Opus). Of course I don't want any of the Marquee blends to go away, but we may be able to figure out a way to keep them ongoing.
Russ

 

anthonyrosenthal74

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I've also heard good things about Blackhouse.
Blackhouse was the first Balkan I've tried, and I was hooked at first light. It's still a favorite. Give it a try. For some reason, I've still not tried Magnum Opus, although I've only heard good things about it.

 

fitzy

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Russ seriously I don't know what I would do without those 3. For me they are the pinnacle of pipe tobacco.
My stash of each of those blends will not last me a lifetime so I certainly hope there will be some changes in the near future with the FDA ruling.

 
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deathmetal

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Upon opening it, the contents felt very very dry... Not crumbling quite, but just on the cusp of crumbling.
I prefer tobacco this way. Let it burn like cured dry leaves, and a lot more flavor reveals itself without the steam which causes flavor to sort of "decay" in mid-draw.

 

blendtobac

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I prefer tobacco this way. Let it burn like cured dry leaves, and a lot more flavor reveals itself without the steam which causes flavor to sort of "decay" in mid-draw.

I absolutely concur.
Russ

 
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jvnshr

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@fitzy, if you are talking about ptcom16, it is not working anymore. However the free shipping is still active as well as pcthanks.

 
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