Hell of a find JG. The Owl Shop is in New Haven. I live only 20 mins from there. I wonder if anyone at Yale has any info on it. Don't really know who to call. Maybe there's a historian or someone at the museum there. I've met a person who helped me with the history of Harkness Tower at Yale and Harkness Mansion. But they didn't know about the tobacco.Is there a tobacco store in New Haven?
Any Yalies or residents have anything to share on this? It's interesting to me.
Great sleuthing, JG.
Hell of a find JG. The Owl Shop is in New Haven. I live only 20 mins from there. I wonder if anyone at Yale has any info on it.
But they didn't know about the tobacco.
Perfect resurrection candidate; no one knows how the original tasted, as they are all dead, and no tins extant.
LOL! I stand corrected, sir!@Elric: But somewhere, lurking below the surface in his Mothers basement, surrounded by his pets all preserved in large jars of alcohol will be the one and only expert on this blend. He will have 250 unopened tins of the fecking stuff found walled up in an abandoned Whoopee Cushion Factory in Missouri!
The "it" I referred to was the tobacco not the shop. I've been going to owl shop since 1992. But I can see how I was not specific. My bad. This is really good research. Thank you. I will add it to my collection.As far as the history of the shop is concerned that’s covered by the website. As far as what kind of place it is today, you should definitely check it out for yourself since you’re only a short drive away. B&Ms are a dying breed and deserve our support.
If you mean Handsome Dan I don’t know the original constituent tobaccos, although the cut was obviously granule. Philip Morris, which eventually acquired the brand, described it as very similar to Barking Dog, Wakefield English Mixture, and Country Doctor, which suggests that burley, latakia, and possibly Virginias played a role.
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The name of the blend, by the way, clearly refers to the then-recently adopted Yale bulldog mascot:
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Well, if it means anything, I'm glad that someone helped bring War Horse back. I wasn't around for the original, but I love what is currently available. A top 5 blend for me easily.I was involved in the 'resurrection' business being part of the team that re-animated War Horse, Bengal Slices, John Cotton's 1 and 2, John Cotton's Smyrna, Dobie's Four Square as part of the Standard Tobacco Co of PA. It is not worth it. You think that the world will beat a path to your door to congratulate you on your efforts? Wrong! The world will try and burn your frigging house down, scream abuse at you, all the while your manufacturing partners will tell you what they cannot do. You will be surrounded by arm chair experts, the mentally deranged and one or two people that need locking up in the funny farm. If it is not made today there is a good reason for it and probably commercial. Bringing back something from the dead is the most thankless task you could ever engage in and I can fully understand why our good lord only ever resurrected Lazarus!