In Defense of Codger Blends

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Lifer
Oct 6, 2021
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The only codger blend I've tried was Half and Half. That was my first smoke, 15 years ago. Didn't like it.

Although I generally dislike burley, I am curious to try the famous codger blends, just to have tried them.

The two which most intrigue me to try are Mixture 79 and SWRA.
 

mso489

Lifer
Feb 21, 2013
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Can't let this thread slide past without a salute to jiminks who rescued the blend Edward G. Robinson from the dustbin of history. Perhaps it is too special a case to call it a codger blend, but it is associated with the genre though it is distinctive in its own right. I really like it, but I keep saving back my tin. I may have to stop doing that.
 

Chalaw87

Can't Leave
Apr 21, 2021
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Northeast TN
Half and Half.

It's my go to blend.
Half and Half is way underrated at a codger blend in my opinion. However, Im much more of a Virginia fan, so maybe thats why I like Half and Half over the more burley based blends? Id like to know how much burley is in other codger blends. I think Half and Half is about 50% burley, ha.
 
Jun 9, 2015
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Half and Half is way underrated at a codger blend in my opinion. However, Im much more of a Virginia fan, so maybe thats why I like Half and Half over the more burley based blends? Id like to know how much burley is in other codger blends. I think Half and Half is about 50% burley, ha.
Half of Half and Half is BU, half of half and half is VA. 😉
 

makhorkasmoker

Part of the Furniture Now
Aug 17, 2021
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I remember reading somewhere that 5 bro’s used to have a number of competitors in the “strong codger” category. This is to say, there used to be a variety of codger blends that were not tamed into submission. If this were still true, I might be a codger blend smoker. But the codger blends I have smoked, except 5 bros, all seem like white burley with the life toasted out of it, then cased and topped. I taste the flavoring—and the flatness of white burley beneath. I smoke them once in a great while, but it mainly serves as a reminder of how much I like burley alive and wild
 
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