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erichbaumer

Part of the Furniture Now
Dec 4, 2012
738
4
Illinois
I'm getting to the point where I'm ready to ease back on the sampling and stick with some favorites, at least with latakia blends. Nightcap has already made the list, I order more in almost every shipment. Star of the East and Westminster are also becoming regulars. There are more I want to try, but I'll be doing so gradually to make more room for the "go to" blends. However, I'm about to repeat the whole process with VaPers this summer, if I end up liking them. Long story short, I enjoy having favorites and will probably smoke them the most with something different every once in a while to keep things interesting.

 

rmbittner

Lifer
Dec 12, 2012
2,364
641
I like to try everything but Rattray's Three Noggin's is my favorite .
Great to hear! Not many others here talk about the Rattray's blends, but I've enjoyed almost every one I've tried. 3 Noggins is near the top of that list, as are Black Mallory, Old Gowrie, Accountants Mixture, Marlin Flake, and Hal o' the Wynd (and the last two do get a lot of attention here). But for me the top spot goes to Jocks Mixture. . .
Bob

 

seanlamb63

Starting to Get Obsessed
Feb 20, 2013
114
0
Bethlehem
For me it would be either McClelland’s Deep Hollow or FMOTT; both of these can be smoked any time of the day and have never disappointed me.

 
Apr 26, 2012
2,577
13
Washington State
Since I've only been smoking a pipe for 2 years I don't really have a go to blend, but I do love Mississippi River and my own creation, Metalhead Blend II. I could smoke those two all the time.

 

kenoshakid

Might Stick Around
Feb 27, 2013
59
0
I'm kind of a newb, too, but I'll give you my .02. First, as long as my local B&M stocks Penzance, I'll always keep some open and ready to smoke. Everything else varies, for me. Trucha, I recommend that you visit tobaccoreviews.com and browse around to find something that suits your tastes. There are A LOT of reviews on that site, and with a little serendipity you're bound to find something you like. As for me, I pretty much started with G. L. Pease blends and they have never disappointed me, so you could start there. My favorites that I've tried include Abingdon, Maltese Falcon, Jack Knife, Haddo's Delight, and Fillmore. Also, I've been told that you can't go wrong with McClelland. The only blend of theirs that I've tried is 3 Oaks Syrian but it was fantastic. Good luck on your search!

 

smokedragon

Might Stick Around
Jan 31, 2013
99
0
If you like aros try some of the Boswell blends. My staple is No Bite, but I also like his Bear Blend.

 

nightmarejones

Starting to Get Obsessed
Jan 4, 2012
255
1
I have only had my local B&M blends,more or less,They do have a knock off of Lane's Blue note that I have on hand at all times along with their blend "Mornin' Mist" which is a blend of VA's with a light aromatic. I do have to say that I gravitate to dark Cavendish blends but not anything with Latakia(I learned that lesson early on),It's not terrible but just not for me.

 

juni

Lifer
Mar 9, 2010
1,184
10
Two blends I rely on: Half&Half and Peterson's Irish Oak.

Sometimes blends: Irish Flake and University Flake.

 

trucha

Starting to Get Obsessed
Jan 26, 2013
106
0
Thanks for all the replies. The reason I ask is when I first started smoking a pipe about 5 years ago the person at my BM told me most seasoned pipe smokers just smoke one "go to" blend. He told me not to mix tobaccos in the same pipe. He told me he could save me a lot of trouble in trying different stuff because most people end up smoking 1q. So for 5 years I just smoked that. Until I stumbled onto this forum and now realize there is a whole world that I was missing. So far I've tried about 20 blends and have to say that Orlik, Escudo and EMP are my clear favorites. I can't even smell the 1q anymore.

 

oklansas

Can't Leave
Apr 16, 2013
441
0
DC
I thought 1Q was the be all end all until I put my Peterson Old Dublin in the right pipe...whew!

 

kashmir

Lifer
May 17, 2011
2,709
50
Northern New Jersey
For the first ten years, it was Prince Albert and Captain Black White. The next ten yrs. were spent exploring. The past 10 or fifteen yrs. its been Latakia forward blends. Balkans and English, if you will. I stick with Westminster, Star of the East, Pirate Kake, Dunhill's EMP, London Mixture and Nightcap. Escudo on ocassion. My cellar is knee deep in those.

 
Apr 26, 2012
2,577
13
Washington State
I think some tobacconists do a real dis-service to new pipe smokers by telling the person to just smoke one blend. With all the different blends it would take forever to try and sample them all. No better time then now to start that process. Exploring different tobaccos is one of the best things about the hobby.

 

tbradsim1

Lifer
Jan 14, 2012
8,884
9,435
Southwest Louisiana
After being away from the pipe for 40 yrs I didn"t know where to start, knew I smoked Carter Hall way back when, the reviews and fellows talking about Nitecap made my journey to this tobbaco and I loved it, now I will say something you will think strange but I experimented with tobbacos based on what I had in common with some forum members, worked for me, only didn"t like one Flake a member suggested, not too bad, had never smoked Flakes and Bent Mikes tutorial on cubeing made all the difference, before you knew it I had 5 or 6 blends I loved and went from there. This forum has my, may I say it, love and affection, there I said it. That"s my story and I"m sticking to it. :clap:

 

ffmurray

Starting to Get Obsessed
Apr 14, 2013
107
0
I stick with my favorites but Im always trying new stuff, you never know when your tastes are going to change or you will discover something new!

 

bphilli75

Starting to Get Obsessed
Apr 27, 2013
246
4
I started pipes about three years ago. For almost two years, I stuck pretty much exclusively to two house blends from my local tobacconist. They are mild aromatics. My favorite of the two is called "Closest to Captain Black." Lately though, I have been trying lots of new blends and found I am kind of fickle. I keep hoping I find that blend that just grabs me and won't let go. Yet when I think I have, then after a few days, I have a hankering for something different. I have never tried an OTC blend. No snobbery intended, I just never have. I want to give the Captain Black Dark a go, and I have a sample of Sir Walter Raleigh Aromatic on the way. I also want to try the Lane 1Q.
Lately I've been rotating Dan's Blue Note, Frog Morton's Cellar and Dunhill My Mixture 965.

 

easterntraveler

Part of the Furniture Now
Dec 29, 2012
805
10
Every time I make a large purchase I always throw 2 to 5 tins of something I have not tried into the mix

 

J. Mayo

Starting to Get Obsessed
Jul 18, 2012
234
2
Texas
My most consistent, no BS blend is always Lane's 1Q. Doesn't require hardly any attention and is a real crowd pleaser. That being said, when I have time to sit down, relax, and enjoy my favorite lately has been H&H Anniversary Cake.

 

ciderguy

Can't Leave
May 30, 2013
302
3
I always try new blends just like I always try new ciders or new restaurants. However, I always have an open jar of Red Cake 5100, an open tub of Carter Hall, and an open tin of GLP Cairo. Those three are my go-to tobaccos. When I experiment, I normally try to stay within a category (aro / VA / English / etc.). Lately its been aromatics, and I've tried Dan's Da Vinci & Blue Note as well as a couple from a local shop that hand blends.

 
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