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Old_Newby

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Title edited. Please read rule 9! -jpm

I know I don’t like cigarette flavors, ashtray flavors, etc. Please don’t laugh but I like sweet. Swisher sweet cigars taste good to me but I know they are cheap flavor. I do want to eventually learn to not just taste base flavor, but to pick up nuisances and sub notes. For now to start I just don’t want to be turned off by a tobacco best appreciated by a seasoned smoker.

I have learned some basics (YouTube) about tobacco types such as Cavendish, Virginia, Latakia, Perique, etc. I know there are also flavors added and unlimited blends. It’s too overwhelming with too many choices. I want to start simple, mild, low bite, some sweet flavor, etc. basically a sissy wimp starter.


Any suggestions for a first try costing $15 or less that won’t turn me off. I can always work my way towards less sweet tobacco over time.
 
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condorlover1

Lifer
Dec 22, 2013
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Try one of Captain Black blends like Grape or Cherry or anything with Cavendish in it like that one that comes in the yellow pouch with a pine apple as part of the artwork - getting old sucks! I am probably the wrong person to ask as I would have sent you a sample of Tambolaka just for the amusement value!
 

halfdan

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Try one of Captain Black blends like Grape or Cherry or anything with Cavendish in it like that one that comes in the yellow pouch with a pine apple as part of the artwork - getting old sucks! I am probably the wrong person to ask as I would have sent you a sample of Tambolaka just for the amusement value!
@condorlover1 Happy New Year ????????????
 

cigrmaster

Lifer
May 26, 2012
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I would jump into the pool with both feet and get a tin of Capstan Blue Flake. Read up on how smoke flake tobacco and you will be amazed at the flavors you can get from a straight Virginia. No it won't burn your tongue like really bad aromatics.

I never smoked an aromatic until 2012 and I began on the pipe in 1998 or so. Learn to smoke that Capstan and the world is your oyster.
 

Old_Newby

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Jan 1, 2022
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Try one of Captain Black blends like Grape or Cherry or anything with Cavendish in it like that one that comes in the yellow pouch with a pine apple as part of the artwork - getting old sucks! I am probably the wrong person to ask as I would have sent you a sample of Tambolaka just for the amusement value!
I looked up Tambolaka. LOL - no way!!!
 

Ryan

Starting to Get Obsessed
Sep 30, 2021
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I am a novice smoker, and I wasn’t sure where to start either. I think it is important to find something that is easy to pack, easy to light, and easy to smoke.

The reason I say that is a lot of us beginners struggle with proper packing, lighting and smoking techniques. I know I have. A more forgiving smoke will allow you to enjoy whatever you choose a bit more. I was trying to keep the pipe from going out and over puffing, etc which really seems to prevent tasting all of the flavors. Personally I found the English blends to be pretty easy to deal with.

I don’t know where to tell you to start, I don’t have enough experience with enough tobacco, but I definitely think it is most important to find something easy to pack and smoke. That way you can enjoy the flavors while you hone your skills.
 
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Try one of Captain Black blends like Grape or Cherry or anything with Cavendish in it like that one that comes in the yellow pouch with a pine apple as part of the artwork - getting old sucks! I am probably the wrong person to ask as I would have sent you a sample of Tambolaka just for the amusement value!
Yeah Simon! That would have been a generous dick play. ?☕️
 

Old_Newby

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Oh forgot I did buy Captain Black Cherry and a Sir Walter Aromatic at a local store. But have not smoked yet. My wife is good with it as both her grandfathers smoked, but my sons are against it. Fear.
So I am waiting for them to return to college in a couple weeks.
 
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Ahi Ka

Lifer
Feb 25, 2020
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I’d ask your dad what he used to smoke - assuming a codger OTC blend - and grab that. While often burley based, they are light and sweet and easy burning. It would be a special memory for him if you turned up and he caught the room note of what you were smoking. I had a similar experience with st Bruno and my dad, except instead of him being a smoker it took him back to being a child and hanging out with his grandfather
 
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kschatey

Part of the Furniture Now
Oct 16, 2019
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The easiest starting tobacco from packing and burn perspective is Carter Hall, if you can find a pouch of it to try. It's also a bit on the sweeter side. Then go from there... I would also suggest St. Bruno Ready Rubbed as another good one to start.
 

jpberg

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Aug 30, 2011
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Too many varieties bought at once can be confusing - there’s lot of little things - packing, lighting, cadence, that need attention first. If you’re not doing those correctly you really won’t know how any of those tobaccos truly taste.
Get a burley - say Prince Albert - and learn to smoke it inside and out. It’ll save you lots of frustration.
And what pipe do you have? That’s kinda important as well.
Welcome.