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badbriar

Part of the Furniture Now
Oct 17, 2012
718
1,309
Suncoast Florida by the Beach
Every 3-4 months it seems! There are so many good blends out there!
I simply don't see why so many hunt for the unicorns when there are pipe tobaccos that are likely as good, if not better to easily be found.
 
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keith929

Lifer
Nov 23, 2010
1,820
7,891
My favorite changes every time I crack a tin of a blend I haven't tried.
Sutliff 507C remains my favorite every day smoke.
 
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JRW11b

Starting to Get Obsessed
Mar 18, 2023
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543
Every 3-4 months it seems! There are so many good blends out there!
I simply don't see why so many hunt for the unicorns when there are pipe tobaccos that are likely as good, if not better to easily be found.
Exactly this. I'm a lover of bourbon and in that community its the same thing. People hunting these elusive rare and allocated bottles when there is PLENTY of good stuff on the shelf at any given time.
 
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rmbittner

Lifer
Dec 12, 2012
2,759
2,014
How often does your favorite tobacco change for you?
Almost never.

I smoke a wide range of styles/genres, but for the last 17 years, Penzance has been my favorite blend. And it remains my favorite, even though the current challenge of acquiring it has made it near-impossible to buy fresh tins (and I very much prefer it when fresh). So I’ve kinda decided I probably won’t be smoking it any more.

Maybe we’re defining “favorite” differently. To me, a favorite stands head-and-shoulders above all of the other blends I enjoy, captures my imagination, satisfies me with every bowl, and continues to surprise with what it reveals over months and years of smoking.

For most of my pipesmoking life—and I’m 61, having begun with the pipe at 18—I can’t say I had a “favorite,” per se, just many blends I really enjoyed. Then I discovered the tragically short-lived Bohemian Scandal in 2004. Then Penzance in 2006, which hooked me like no other blend since. (The closest contenders might have been Yenidje Highlander and Frog Morton Cellar.) So maybe I don’t need a “favorite” among the dozens of blends that I love.
 
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coys

Can't Leave
Feb 15, 2022
337
786
Missouri
When I started with the pipe I picked up some of everything, restocking what I liked best with more tins of the same.

Presently, tins of Carolina Red Flake, Peterson Flake, Sutliff Crumble Kake Red Virginia, SPC Hogshead, Squadron Leader, and Full Virginia Flake comprise about 90% of my store.

I suppose that list can tell you exactly where my tastes lie!
 

FLDRD

Lifer
Oct 13, 2021
1,836
6,968
Arkansas
Title edited for capitals. Rule 9.

I'm sitting here, with a bowl of aged HH ODF, socks get blown off.
Then light up a bowl of PPSR, and once again socks blown off.
Then I light up a bowl of aged Orliks DSK, socks blown off.


How often does your favorite tobacco change for you?
About every other new tin, bag, or sample that I open. And it will last for a short time. I'm working my way through trying a couple hundred different blends and am finding that I simply think there is a lot of good pipe tobacco out there, a bit that is great, and some that is not for me. But I sure love the expectation of opening a new-to-me blend and seeing how it tastes. Sometimes I simply think that I'm hooked on "new", or that I'm pleased by the variety of contrasting flavors more than the idea of having the same thing day after day.
 
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captpat

Lifer
Dec 16, 2014
2,327
12,278
North Carolina
I don't have a favorite blend, more like a favorite genre, which right now is VA or VA/PER. At one time it was latakia blends, now I rarely smoke them. I like variety so I skip around, sometimes 3 different blends in a day. I can't imagine picking a single blend and smoking that exclusively or even predominantly.
 

mbmoehl

Can't Leave
Jun 15, 2022
354
3,751
Metro Detroit
I'm still to new to the hobby that I haven't smoked more than one tin of anything yet. My favorite so far has been Whimsical, but since that's just a limited product I'm ok with having had the experience. Capstan Blue I will buy more of, but I'll still trying out all sorts of stuff. To early for me to comfortably settle on anything just yet.
 
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makhorkasmoker

Part of the Furniture Now
Aug 17, 2021
599
1,470
Central Florida
So far, never. My favorite blend is not really a blend but a blender: c&d dark burley. Sometimes I will spice it with a little Izmir and perique. With few exceptions the commercial blends I try only show me that I prefer dark burley
 
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