Not sure if it's the best tobacco EVER, but Boswells Northwoods is very tasty! It has a sweet aftertaste on the tounge that I like to compare to eating artichoke hearts and then drinking a tall glass of water. Sounds wierd if you don't know what I am talking about, but then you might just go try some artichoke hearts and water and see where I am coming from! Don't order too much Northwoods though as I don't really know how much Boswells carries and would be disappointed if they ran out due to my comments here!
I'll second the nomination for Boswell's. They have some amazing flavors. My favorite is the aptly named Boswell's Best. Additionally, they are very focused on customer satisfaction and are a pleasure to deal with.
My best tobacco ever changes daily and sometimes several times a day. Variety is one of the things that I love about pipe tobaccos. Generally, I tend to favor a Burley tobacco in the morning. They go great with morning coffee. Tobaccos tend to be a seasonal thing for me as well. I smoke more English and Balkan blends in the winter months and Virginias in the summer.
I know I posted it on the group's main page but I went to G. Smith & Sons on Charing Cross Road yesterday to buy my first pipe tobacco (they have been there as tobacconists since 1869) and after smelling a selection I thought it would be best to start with their Charing Mixture. It seems fairly nice and mild, with that smokey Lapsang Suchong fragrance, and I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected... So until I try anything else, that's my recommendation...
I want to put in a plug for the "codger burlies". I enjoy a wide variety of pipe tobacco, Penzance and Haddo's are two favorites but more often than not my pipe will be loaded with Prince Albert, Half & Half, Carter Hall, or Sir Walter Raleigh. When I found out that Edgeworth Ready Rubbed was going extinct I bought every tub I could lay my mits on. Some pipe smokers tend to look down on these tobaccos but there is a reason they have been with us for so long.
My favorite is called Almost Heaven from a local tobacconist. It's a special blend he has made and is a vanilla cavendish. Very nice.
Personally, I've only tried a few types, but I will not be getting the mass produced types any more. I tried a mass produced cherry cavendish from a chain store and it's not what I expected. It burns too hot, it lets off smoke when I'm not puffing on it (sort of like cigarettes do, which my other tobaccos did not), and the smell isn't very pleasant.
I'm going back to my local tobacco shop to get his brand of cherry cavendish to see if I like it. Good thing is that he'll let me sample before I buy whereas the chain store did not. His quality is much better, he's got great customer services, and you can sit in his store and smoke and talk with the guys. Awesome atmosphere for guys.
Plus, it's always good to support a local small business when you can.
Hey Jake - This is one of the "big boys" on the net and I think they are located in your neighborhood. http://www.cupojoes.com/ I have ordered from them several times and always found them to be very useful. I'm not much help on the flavored tobacco as i always go for the "english" blends. It sounds to me that you just need to give it a little time. Relax, smoke as slowly as you can for a while (kind of train yourself to it). There are actually slow smoking competitions! Don't worry about relighting if it goes out; we all do that (its part of the game). Pipes are about quiet, reflecting, enjoying the moment.
Cup-o-Joes is located in Glens Falls, NY about 200 miles North of New York City. Try Barclay-Rex. They have three locations, all in Manhattan, one on E.42nd St. near Grand Central, one on Lexington Avenue near 53St. and one Downtown on Maiden Lane I believe.
I have not been smoking a pipe for too long but here you go:
I only tamp after the first lighting. It is kind of like toasting the end of a cigar. I pack the bowl, light the top, and then repack the bowl with the tamping tool. After the first light the tobacco expands, or sort of fluffs up, thus it needs to be repacked. You will have to relight the bowl after you tamp it.
As for ash, I don't remove any ash until the I've finished the bowl. With the new Frog Morton I'm smoking I've noticed a the ash falls out in a nice tight plug when I'm done, something I had not noticed with my usual Captains Black.
Okay, here we go. Pipe Tobacco 101. There are three very broad, very nebulous categories of "tastes": American, English, Danish. US law allows additives up to 15%, usually this comes into play at the point of manufacture called saucing. As a result of all this, the American "taste" (which is not limited to US tobaccos by any means) tends to be sweet and light. British law only allows 2% additives. As a result the English "taste" tends to be fairly robust because they have had to depend on the tobacco itself for the flavors and layering different (sometimes very strong or exotic) tobaccos together. The Dutch "taste" is noted for its aromatics. They tend to be soft and, of course, kind of fruity. Now, having said all that anyone who has had much experience with pipe tobacco will be able to give you at least twenty exceptions to everything I just said. Still, all these terms are terms you will hear now and again. Is that clear as mud?
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