Re-visiting Lane Ltd. HGL.

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agnosticpipe

Lifer
Nov 3, 2013
3,371
3,635
In the sticks in Mississippi
I couldn't find any recent discussions that I could add on to, so I started this one. Let's face it, HGL is not something really rare or in great demand, at least that I can tell. I bought a few oz. of this about 6 years ago, tried it a couple of times and wasn't impressed that much. So a few days ago I'm looking for something to smoke that I haven't had in a while, and I saw this and could hardly remember what it was like. With 6 years of age on it I had no clue it would be better than I originally thought or not. So far I've smoked two bowls of it about a day apart, and was surprised how much I liked it! Maybe it's because these types of blends are what I've been fond of smoking in the last few years that made it better for me, or aging has helped. (somehow I doubt that) Yeah, it reminds me somewhat of the Frog Morton blends a little, also JFH Whiskey Biscuit Gravy and The Country Squire's Hunting Creek. I know, it's an aromatic blend, but not without merit. I guess it's the same as Lane's RPL-6 but with some latakia added. This is really a nice all day smoke, not bitey or harsh with a pleasant taste.
Anyone else been smoking this blend lately?
 

Zeno Marx

Starting to Get Obsessed
Oct 10, 2022
242
1,269
When I managed a shop, I had a customer who owned a single pipe and who smoked 1-2LBs of HGL per month. Customers like this are/were the backbone of tobacco shops. The steady customer by whom you could set your clocks. He never bought anything else from us. Not a tamper. Not pipe cleaners. Not a pipe. Just mountains of HGL. I might have tried it once, but I cannot remember. It was sticky stuff.
 

mso489

Lifer
Feb 21, 2013
41,210
60,522
I feel that way about Sir Walter Raleigh Aromatic. It's burley based, with Virginia as a condiment, flavored with three liqueurs, which is pretty fancy for a classic over-the-counter codger blend. Another aspect of these traditional blends is that they often burn better than many premium blends. The cut is more even than many other blends, and the burn is even and steady, not requiring many relights.

I like the regular SWR too, a standup burley blend. I like the availability of these blends, wide distribution, and moderate price. As the saying goes, you have to know a good thing when you see it, or taste it.
 

KruegerFlap

Might Stick Around
Dec 3, 2021
92
199
Ohio
Lane HGL was the first blend I ever tried with Latakia in it and I got such a bad tongue bite from it I swore I would never smoke it again but I gave it another shot and now it is my favorite crossover blend. I don't smoke it all the time but I enjoy it every time I pack a pipe with it. It has the right amount of smoky flavor that melds perfectly with the slight vanilla sweetness that makes it a dessert blend in my mind. I have a few pounds of it stocked away so I don't have to live without it 👍
 

MikeDub

Starting to Get Obsessed
Sep 26, 2022
259
766
SoCal
I haven‘t found English blends something that I enjoy so far, but HGL is really good and I smoke it frequently. It’s got the right amount of Latakia for my current palette. It’s earned a spot in my rotation for now and once my 1 oz sampler runs out I’ll be buying more for a change of pace from my normal burle, DFK, and aros
 
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gastro

Starting to Get Obsessed
May 3, 2020
162
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Twin Cities, Minnesota
I wholeheartedly concur! HGL is great smoke. I'd been VaPer and Va flaking for so long, I finally pulled my jar of HGL forward and it started me back on the path of latakia blends. I'm not a fan of super heavy latakia blends, HGL is a perfect sweet, smoky tobacco that keeps my interest for the whole bowl. Benchmark tobacco.
 
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While you didn’t give us a reason for not liking it before or now, I can only guess that the topping had time to further seep into the tobacco, or dissipate. If you like it start adding a few pounds a month to the cellar, so that in a few years you can have a continuous supply of it.
Or, maybe, like most of us your palate for tobaccos changed.
Otherwise, take it as an anomaly and keep trying new tobaccos.
 

agnosticpipe

Lifer
Nov 3, 2013
3,371
3,635
In the sticks in Mississippi
While you didn’t give us a reason for not liking it before or now, I can only guess that the topping had time to further seep into the tobacco, or dissipate. If you like it start adding a few pounds a month to the cellar, so that in a few years you can have a continuous supply of it.
Or, maybe, like most of us your palate for tobaccos changed.
Otherwise, take it as an anomaly and keep trying new tobaccos.
If I remember right, I didn't like it before because it seemed rather blah and flavorless. Now I like the flavor I'm tasting, and whether that's due to it's aging or my aging, it's hard to tell...cray
 
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f4phantomdriver

Starting to Get Obsessed
Jun 23, 2019
121
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I keep a quart Mason jar filled with an HGL and RLP-6 mix in it. What I do is get 8 ounces of HGL and 4 ounces of RLP-6 mix them in a huge mixing bowl then jar it up. I let it set for about a month before I touch it. I like it on the sweet side. HGL plain is too much Latakia for me. Cutting it with its base tobacco makes it very enjoyable for me. The aroma is so comfortable.
 

DesertDan

Part of the Furniture Now
Oct 27, 2022
627
3,008
Tucson, AZ
When I first began cellaring several years back, I bought a half dozen Lane blends to sample. The ones I bought in larger amounts were: 1-Q, HGL and BCA. I have not smoked any of them in quite a long time and I have actually been thinking about that recently. I need to pull them to the front of the cabinet and give them a smoke.
 
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