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Streeper541

Lifer
Jun 16, 2021
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19,334
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Spencer, OH
Many new pipe smokers come to this forum seeking advice on blends, etc. While most of us understand that our favored blends are based on individual preference, I thought it would be a neat idea to gather members' top three preferred blends in each family here in this thread as a reference.

As you read through, please keep in mind; YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary)

As you post, please;
1. Stay on topic.
2. Please keep extra discussion to a minimum.
3. Keep to the four primary blend familes; English, Burley, Virginia & Aromatic
 

Streeper541

Lifer
Jun 16, 2021
3,059
19,334
43
Spencer, OH
My top three...

English
1. C&D, Quiet Nights
2. SPC, Plum Pudding
3. Peterson, Standard Mix

Burley
1. C&D, Haunted Bookshop
2. Peterson, Irish Flake
3. MacBaren, HH Old Dark Fired

Virginia
1. Watch City, Rougaroux
2. Peterson, Deluxe Navy Rolls
3. Capstan, Blue Flake

Aromatic
1. MacBaren, Vanilla Roll Cake
2. C&D, Nutty Irishman
3. MM, Great Dane
 

sablebrush52

The Bard Of Barlings
Jun 15, 2013
19,762
45,313
Southern Oregon
jrs457.wixsite.com
I'll play this again - not top three, just what comes to mind today. Tomorrow will be different.

English/Balkan/Oriental:
GL Pease - Renaissance
GL Pease - Bohemian Scandal
Ardath - State Express London Mixture

Burley:
Watch City - Deluxe Crumb Cut
4 Noggins - Bald Headed Teacher or Sutliff - Match Revelation, two competing clones of Revelation.
Watch City Slices

Virginia:
McClelland - any of their red Virginia releases, including the McCrainie's Red Ribbon and Red Flake
Georg Huber - Virginia Golden Flake
Esoterica - Dunbar (when it's a good batch)

Aromatic:
Esoterica Virginia blends - they're basically all aromatics. You like apricot, mango, anise toppings?
HU - Moroccan Bazaar
HU - 5th Anniversary Blend - 2017 or earlier, before the quality took a nosedive.

Yeah, I cheated. I broke the rules. Top 3 just ain't me.
 
Jun 23, 2019
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I guess this is one way to conduct a personality test... I'll play.

In no particular order:

English blends -
Penzance
Frog Morton on the Bayou
Chelsea Morning

Virginia blends -

Cabbie's Mixture
Christmas Cheer (w/ some age)
Elizabethan Mixture

Burley -

Eight State Burley
Best Brown No. 2
??? any Gawith plug really..

Aromatics -

Plum Pudding Bourbon Barrel
Solani Mango Flake
Bob's Chocolate Flake
 

HawkeyeLinus

Lifer
Oct 16, 2020
5,599
41,009
Iowa
I'll enjoy reading these!

Following the rules, but I've tried relatively few and a relative novice so I may not have three for each and there will be recency bias!

English
Wilke Surburg's Crystal Palace
Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader
Presbyterian

Burley
Watch City Deluxe Crumb
(so many blends I like it's the burley I'm finding that's part of them
I like, but they aren't really "Burley" I guess)

Virginia
Wilke Lizzie Blood Red Virginia - just about to enjoy some!
Xmas Cheer (have tried some well aged and really like it)
Dan Tobacco Treasures of Ireland - Limerick

Aromatic
Wilke No. 515
MacBaren Vanilla Roll Cake
Wilke Peanut Butter & Chocolate
 

Jaylotw

Lifer
Mar 13, 2020
1,062
4,063
NE Ohio
English:
Squadron Leader
Quiet Nights
Chelsea Morning

VA:
Yorktown
Full Virginia Flake
HH Pure VA

VA/per:
Old Gowrie
LNF
Sixpence

Burley:
Old Joe Krantz
Pegasus
Carter Hall

Aro:
Ennerdale
Bob's Chocolate (yeah I consider it aro let's fight about it)
Autumn Evening


This is the list of what I would choose if I had to pare down my cellar to three each category.
 

RobNYC

Lifer
Dec 10, 2021
2,351
35,386
55
Queens, N.Y.
Burley
1 - Haunted Bookshop
2 - Pegasus
3 - Tie - Mac Baren HH Old Dark Fired/HH Bold Kentucky.

English
1 - Star of the East
2 - Father Dempsey
3 - Maltese Falcon

Virginia
1 - Bayou Morning
2 - Sutliff Match Victorian (Elizabethan)
3 - P.S. Luxury Navy Flake

Aromatic
1 - N/A
 

Brewfan

Part of the Furniture Now
Jul 5, 2021
905
17,588
Louisville, KY, USA
English
Presbyterian
That's it...

Burley
Haunted Bookshop
Old Dark Fired
Uhle's 00

Vaper
Watch City Old Dominion (alarm already set for the next Rouxgaroux release)
Escudo
Peterson navy rolls

Virginia
Sutliffe slices
Newminster 400
Capstan blue

Aro
House of Uhle
Uhle black stoker
Elf dandruff (could we call that aro? Seems it, to me)
 

STP

Lifer
Sep 8, 2020
4,115
9,575
Northeast USA
Quick list, which I’d probably change tomorrow. Some are both Virginia and Burley blends.

English
C&D’s Crooner
Presbyterian
C&D’s Quiet Nights

Burley
Haunted Bookshop
Peterson’s Irish Flake
Pegasus

Virginia
Capstan’s Blue Flake
Peterson’s Sherlock Holmes
Samuel Gawith’s Full Virginia Flake

Aromatic
Cult Blood Red Moon
Rattray’s Exotic Passion
MacBaren’s Vanilla Roll Cake
Sutliff’s Black Cherry ? (wildcard)