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Incoming Piper for the '11 Season

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you can skip the BS and cut straight to the ? @ the bottom or read my ramblings. :D

So ever since late last year when I really got myself into Cigars I've been considering pipes. I had a few good cigars previously and cigars seemed easier than buying a pipe and getting into that world. How foolish of me. Both are very easy but complicated hobbies to get acquainted with. Both require patience and practice to smoke properly so that you don't ruin them. Part of my '11 to do list is get my hands on a [bent] pipe and start enjoying some pipe baccy as well. Something about those bent Sherlock Holmes style pipes I like over the straight ones. Definitely found a few estates & expensive pipes I really like. Anyway I've done some light reading on storing, which pipe to start with etc. It would be nice if I could take the consideration and decision making out of it and just have a pipe. :D abrakadabra. Nope didn't work, guess I need to work on my magical skills...

Clay, Corn Cob, Meerschaum or just get an Estate. Everyone has good reasons behind the suggestions I've read. I really agree with each side of each pipe. It seems there's a lot of different options & opinions out there on which pipes to start with, use, and how to store baccy, etc. A previous thread someone had suggested the College Starters kit so I've been considering that. Especially since it is cheap and I'd hate to spend a lot on something I might ruin or not particularly care for. well all things in due time. I'll figure that all out along the way come time...

that thread also pointed a few makers I should be looking into. thing of it is I'm really wondering what baccy to start with & get my mitts on. I often use the "New Posts" feature so I see a few names pop up here and there but I'm really at a loss as to what I should I be trying. It probably doesn't help that I have no idea which kind of blends or flavors I'll like either. A guy comes into the Casino from time to time and he smokes nothing but Captain Black White Pouch and that stuff smells awesome... back on point, Dunhill Nightcap is definitely a top the list. Currently I'm really tempted to purchase a few tins since most places seem to be sold out and Dunhill, most blends are scarce. Seems it wouldn't be a bad idea to buy some now just to have since it's the only thing I know for sure I want to try. And why not buy several tins to start aging for longer down the road. Worse case scenario I'm out a few ten spots and have a few tins to gift out down the road to a fellow BOTL. Also I'd like to try Early Morning but haven't seen that one available anywhere. Thing is I don't have money to be getting into pipes atm having just spent a lot on getting into cigars but it seems like a hot item I might not be able to come across when I do get into pipes. I'm really hoping w/in the next couple months I make the plunge and pull the trigger on a pipe. Or maybe find someone who will take a few cigars for one. :D anyway Even if it is just a cheap pipe I'm really getting to just buy something w/in the next few weeks hopefully. Probably won't be building much a collection anytime soon but I definitely want to start buying a few things I should be trying and get an idea of what the hot, scarce, rare blends I should be looking for are. So I'd like to get a list going in case I find some HTF stuff or just want to order some w/ a few cigars next time I place an order.

-So what blends in bulk and tins should I be looking to try and buy right away?
-also, probably kind of stupid but how many bowls do a tin normally load? Like the 50g Dunhill tins.

of course any info about pipes, etc is also appreciated. I'll continue to read up on the forums and research so hopefully I don't make as many mistakes w/ pipes as I have w/ cigars... thanks!
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I'm still very new also, but like you came over from cigars. You're probably not going to care for aromatics (smell good baccy) at first. You want full flavored unmessed with tobacco. So with that in mind you should be looking at English blends and Virginia blends. English are often advised to the new smoker due to them being more forgiving on lack of packing and smoking technique. But I found that the sweetness of Virginia blends satisfy my sweet tooth that I've gain from loving Maduro cigars.

I can't really offer you a whole lot of options based on what I've tried. But
I can include some that have peeked my interest from the reviews I've read.

Some I have tried and do recommend:
Dunhill Virginia Flake, my mix 965, and standard mix. 965 and standard are good English blends.
McClelland Dominican Glory Maduro

Instead of putting up a list a mile long, I'm going to give you this link, - The largest collection of pipe tobacco reviews on the internet and tell you to py extra attention to the reviews done on Dunhill, McClelland, Samuel Gawith, G L Peace, and Gawith, Hoggarth. After countless hours of research, these manufacturers seem to have blends that look like they fit the flavor profiles a cigar smoker is more accustomed to. There are countless others but theses seem like a good start.

As for your want to find HTF tobaccos, Dunhill was on that list, but recent corporate changes have reintroduced it into the US market. How long and if it will be readily available, I don't know.

Pretty much anything by Samuel Gawith, especially the Full Virginia Flake.

Peterson Irish Flake

Esoterica Penzance, and Stonehaven

There are probably more, but these seem to be among the most talked about, but never in stock.

For pipes, you are definitely going to want more than one pipe. Preferably 3 corncobs to start with, yes they come in a bent shape. One for English blends, one for Virginias, and one for aromatics (if you ever want to give them a try) You want 3 pipes because the 3 main blends genres will impart their flavor on the pipe (ghost), mostly the English and aros do this, But if you smoke English a few times out of a pipe and then try to smoke a Virginia out of the same pipe, you will still taste the English. Cobs are cheap enough that 3 starter pipes won't put you out much. Missouri Corn Cob

With $ being a lil tight you can smoke out of the cobs and buy your more expensive pipes one at a time here and there, spreading it out so it doesn't hurt the bank account as bad.
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maybe im the odd ball, lol. i too came from cigars, obviously. lol, i love a good maduro, and for some reason i love a good aeromatic, but the good ones are in a pile of metocre ones.

that dont mean i prefer them over an english or virginia.... there all equal to me.
I always thought you were an odd bird. :p LOL

I too enjoy the one (house blend) I have. Cheap drug store ones (smoked way back in the day) not so much. I smoke it every now and then for a change of pace, but probably smoke 10-15 bowls of Virginia or English to 1 bowl of aro.

Sarge, check out,,, and Right now cupojoes seems to have the most Dunhill in stock, although it's a lil more expensive. At least their website shows it in stock. As I understand it, they seem to have a hard time keeping an active inventory listed on their site, so you would be better off to call them before placing an order.
Each blend burns different. It just takes a lil trial and error to figure out what works best for what blend. Some burn great right out of the bag, wile others require drying time before being packs. And how much time also varies. It's all part of the fun of smoking a pipe.

If you think that bowl was good, just wait until your palate adjusts to the different kind of smoke. Flavors open up and start to reveille themselves to you. Also your technique will effect the flavors. Usually slow even pulls are preferred. Pull too fast and you overheat the baccy and you can also cause tongue bite which isn't pleasant.
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