Peterson (Dunhill) Nightcap, Ready to Go From Tin??

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Seeker81

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Just a few quick questions on Nightcap (Peterson/Dunhill). Do you think it is dry enough to smoke straight out of the tin?
Will the moisture content vary from tin to tin?
I open the tin and put it straight into a storing jar. Do you think I should let it sit out a while?
Thanks everyone.
 

olkofri

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A different take to your question: I immediately jar my blends upon my getting them, however moist or not so moist they might be in the tin. I never let them sit out a while. When I want to smoke them, I take from the jar roughly the amount I need to fill my pipe, spread it onto a coffee filter and let it dry to my preference, then I pack.
 

diamondback

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I have yet to try Nightcap (but will by this weekend), and therefore haven’t handled it. I will say that the more I smoke a pipe, the drier I prefer my tobacco. Chasingembers encouraged me to dry a bit more than I normally do, and my hat is off to him on that one.
 
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Seeker81

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I have yet to try Nightcap (but will by this weekend), and therefore haven’t handled it. I will say that the more I smoke a pipe, the drier I prefer my tobacco. Chasingembers encouraged me to dry a bit more than I normally do, and my hat is off to him on that one.
I like it. My tobacconist recommended it, and I've bought it a second time. According to sites it is strong, but I don't find it to be as strong as HH Old Dark Fired.
 
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prndl

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I've not smoked Nightcap in years.

That said, in those years I did, I smoked it directly from the tin. No drying time needed here.

Ymmv.
 

danimalia

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I haven't had the new Peterson versions, but I recall the final Dunhill-branded STG versions to be OK to smoke fresh from the tin, but would be better with a bit of drying. I do what Olkofri does. Take out a bowl's worth or so and let it dry for a bit before smoking. Nothing wrong with jarring blends straight from the tin, though I frequently just keep them in their original tins until they reach a point where they're just a hair wetter than I prefer to smoke... then jar them. If there's any left.

In terms of Nightcap's strength, I agree. Perhaps the old Dunhill manufactured versions from back in the day were stronger, or maybe people are mixing up flavor strength with nicotine strength. Old Dark Fired is definitely a stouter blend in terms of Vitamin N, in my experience.
 

kcghost

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Nightcap is very good though not as good as royal warrant or Murrays but you can't buy those without paying a real premium. If I intend to consume the tin in two-three weeks I leave it in the tin. I usually either get some out to dry for a half-hour or just put it in the bowl and smoke it.
 

cosmicfolklore

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Do you think it is dry enough to smoke straight out of the tin?
If someone prefers smoking their tobacco on the dry side, they will dry it out more. I can't predict whether you will like it one way better than another. But, I let whole tins dry when I pop them. I don't even believe in this thing some call "stale" unless we are talking years of being in an arid climate. Here in Alabama, I have yet to experience staleness.
But, if you prefer moisture in your tobacco, you might hate trying to smoke your tobacco how I prep it.

Try it in various ways for yourself.

ill the moisture content vary from tin to tin?
Age means that moisture changes as all sorts of magical, alchemical things are happening inside that tin. So, from tin to tins of different ages, yes, most likely. But, I don't think that tins all processed at the same time would be different. They have pretty tight QC there.
 

sablebrush52

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With any new-to-me blend, I experiment with different moisture levels to find one that offers me the strongest clearest flavors. Most of the time, since I mostly smoke Virginias, Va/Pers, or Va/Burs, that means very dry. English, Balkan and Oriental blends are a different animal altogether. But even with these I find that some level of drying out brings out the flavors. Too much moisture masks flavors.
Also keep in mind that different manufacturers tin at varying moisture levels. Samuel Gawith blends are very wet. Hearth and Home blends are generally tinned at or near the ideal smoking moisture.
 

anotherbob

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I only open a few tins at a time. One per style. Frankly I leave them in the tin except for the favorites that go into a jar. And honestly even if it's too moist I'll smoke it that way, if you only have a few tins open they'll quickly get to a good moisture level and then the last bowl will be on the dry side. I like seeing how something smokes under a variety of moisture levels.
 

Peter Peachfuzz

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Most tins i open i will dump on a paper plate and fluff. After a couple of hours I'll repack back in the tin.. Most Dunhill i have opened has been ready to go. Royal Yacht will need a little air time.
 

mso489

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I've smoked Nightcap both ways and prefer it allowed to dry a few hours or overnight. If it dries for a few days, that is not a bad thing to me, but it is a matter of taste.
 
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Seeker81

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Isn’t ODF the shiz-nits? I love that stuff! 🤩
Absolutely!! It has been a pleasure.

I also bought HH Latakia flake and tried it... lovely taste (reminds me of frankincense (as does nightcap)) although I felt it to be a bit on the weak / airy side.

Solution: 1/3 HH Latakia flake + 2/3 HH ODF = aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
 
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diamondback

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Absolutely!! It has been a pleasure.

I also bought HH Latakia flake and tried it... lovely taste (reminds me of frankincense (as does nightcap)) although I felt it to be a bit on the weak / airy side.

Solution: 1/3 HH Latakia flake + 2/3 HH ODF = aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Oh, dude! I’ll have to try that. Thank you!
 
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