Mississippi River Vs Rum Barrel Aged vs Special Reserve

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Which blend do you prefer?


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Tommy Boy

Part of the Furniture Now
Mar 28, 2020
810
1,233
Michigan
As the title says which blend do you favor of the 3 and why? I have been smoking these 3 blends for a few weeks now exclusively. One tin is gone, 1 is almost gone and 1 is in a distant 3rd place. For me the sweet, Tangy and rum combination is spot on. The regular Mississippi river is a very close 2nd. The reserve seems to lack the sweet and tangy combo almost completely and has a more pronounced latikia smell and taste. Seems almost like a completely different blend to me. I generally avoid most blends with a noticeable latikia smell, so the special reserve will be a pass for me in the future.
 

JOHN72

Lifer
Sep 12, 2020
3,356
34,781
49
SPAIN
I like these tobaccos. They are a change of pace in my smoking routine. Maybe in a few years I will end up smoking what I least imagined. I really do not know. However in cigars, my tastes have not changed. I like the real taste of tobacco............? Really real
 
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Jwebb90

Lifer
Feb 17, 2020
1,393
19,944
Sofia, Bulgaria
I gave my nod to the original since it is the only one I have tried. I started smoking a pipe in the early 2010’s when this blend was all the rage. It was also available in bulk during that time. However, several years back I remember some rumblings about it not tasting the same anymore. I cannot attest to this because I had moved away from Latakia prior to the supposed change.
 
Jun 23, 2019
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As the title says which blend do you favor of the 3 and why? I have been smoking these 3 blends for a few weeks now exclusively. One tin is gone, 1 is almost gone and 1 is in a distant 3rd place. For me the sweet, Tangy and rum combination is spot on. The regular Mississippi river is a very close 2nd. The reserve seems to lack the sweet and tangy combo almost completely and has a more pronounced latikia smell and taste. Seems almost like a completely different blend to me. I generally avoid most blends with a noticeable latikia smell, so the special reserve will be a pass for me in the future.

Prefer the alcohol topped ones with SPC (this and Plum Pudding Bourbon), only because the regular and the "reserve" both vaguely remind me of the Frog without actually tasting like it - call it the Uncanny Valley if you will.
 

Tommy Boy

Part of the Furniture Now
Mar 28, 2020
810
1,233
Michigan
Hard for me to believe there is so little love out there for Seattle pipe club blends. I know some of you guys smoke them be because you post it in the what are you smoking threads.
 
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Kal

Starting to Get Obsessed
Jul 1, 2021
215
1,618
61
Misplaced Texan, in Ohio
I can't yote, due to never trying any from the company. It's nothing against Seattle pipe club, but the price keeps me away.
It's the same as plum pudding, I hear it's everything I'm looking for. But realistically I couldn't add it to my every day smoke.

Only that reason none of above. ?
 
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Tommy Boy

Part of the Furniture Now
Mar 28, 2020
810
1,233
Michigan
I was starting to wonder if i missed something like Joe Lankford was a flat earther or came out in support of kicking puppies or something. Its hard to keep track of ALL the stupid stuff going on now a days.The few blends I have sampled have been good.
 

eljimmy

Part of the Furniture Now
Jan 3, 2021
967
3,511
Los Angeles, California
I can't yote, due to never trying any from the company. It's nothing against Seattle pipe club, but the price keeps me away.
It's the same as plum pudding, I hear it's everything I'm looking for. But realistically I couldn't add it to my every day smoke.

Only that reason none of above. ?
Message me your address, I'll send you some plum pudding.
 
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captpat

Lifer
Dec 16, 2014
1,012
3,891
North Carolina
I can't yote, due to never trying any from the company. It's nothing against Seattle pipe club, but the price keeps me away.
It's the same as plum pudding, I hear it's everything I'm looking for. But realistically I couldn't add it to my every day smoke.

Only that reason none of above. ?
I have several tins of SR from years past—went to look at restocking the cellar and was astounded at the current price. Too many good and reasonably priced blends available.
 
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anotherbob

Lifer
Mar 30, 2019
11,080
21,016
43
In the semi-rural NorthEastern USA
I gave my nod to the original since it is the only one I have tried. I started smoking a pipe in the early 2010’s when this blend was all the rage. It was also available in bulk during that time. However, several years back I remember some rumblings about it not tasting the same anymore. I cannot attest to this because I had moved away from Latakia prior to the supposed change.
nothing tastes the same as it used to.
 
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badbriar

Can't Leave
Oct 17, 2012
455
824
Central Florida
I quite ike the original Missippi River - light on the Latakia and big on the Virginias. The Va's & Perique come through on every sip as a light tangy-sour note in the background, but definitely noticeable. Slight sweetness to start, then the tang come in with an overall light smokiness. This one surprised me, as I mostly prefer big & bold English tobaccos. MR is an excellent blend. Goes great with a coffee stout or Porter!
 
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