Hey all. I'm active on another pipesmoking discussion forum, and have been active on a couple in the past. I've always found it interesting to read what others are smoking.
Feel free to discuss as little or as much about your smoke (i.e., describe the tobacco, time, what you were doing during the smoke, the pipe, etc) as you'd like.
Right now, I'm just an outdoor smoker, and it's been too cold. I've only smoked a couple bowls this year (both within the last couple weeks:
A bowl of "Five Brothers Pipe Tobacco!" in my Brindisi churchwarden. Five Brothers is a shag-cut "codger burley", meaning it's one of those old-timey blends that's short on pomp. Not much extra flavoring. It rolls up well as a cigarette. It's known for a strong nicotine content, and a bowl burns pretty fast, so it's nice if you just want a quick break from your day.
Earlier this week: a bowl of Dunhill "Ready Rubbed", a vintage tin that someone from another pipe forum sent me anonymously. Smoked it in a straight billiard while reading a bit of Gary Taubes' Good Calories, Bad Calories. I really like this RR, and I'll be sad to see the end of the tin in the next few bowls. As soon as I sat down outside and put the light to the leaf, I realized it was too cold to sit there comfortably, but endured in the name of spring. Of course, seeing as how it's about 34 deg. and snowing today, I guess I didn't make much of a stand for the season.
The snow stopped earlier, and the wind died down, so I took the dog out back and had a 1/3 bowl of Stanwell "Melange" in a straight billiard. Good stuff.
A friend from another pipesmoking forum sent me a few samples which arrived yesterday in the mail. After we went for a run, I loaded up a clay pipe with my friend's own blend, he's been working on some "Latakia aromatics" as he calls them. This one was:
60% Rattray Marlin Flake (a Virginia tobacco)
40% Cornell & Diehl Pirate Kake (which is 70% Latakia!)
and he had soaked them with Malibu rums, Pineapple and Coconut.
I enjoy aromatics and English blends, but hadn't tried a combination. This was a pretty nice smoke. Quality leaf, with a bit more sweetness from the rums. I'm eager to try another bowl.
I had a bit of Great Outdoors which I enjoy. It went perfect with the 74 degree afternoon this weekend here.
I am a Gary Taubes fan too. His book 'why we get fat' is excellent.
I burned through Why We Get Fat about a month ago, and the eating habits of my household have changed a good bit. I'm not really watching my weight, but there is a strong history of diabetes on both sides of my family, so I'm hoping to prevent that (and other hormonal/insulin-related issues). My wife does want to lose some weight, so we'll see how effective it is over a few months. I do know that I feel better overall. My digestive system isn't complaining as much (sugar/refined carbs tend to give me heartburn easily).
I've probably rambled enough here. Just got excited that somebody else has read that book! My friends are getting worried about me based on my Facebook statuses about all the meat I'm eating.
I have a Missouri Meerschaum loaded up with some MacBaren Stockton that has been aging since (at least) 1985 (so it's older than me). Going to go give it a light in a minute.
74 degrees? Man. Northern IN here, it might've hit 40 today, but heavy, wet snow off and on.
It's been a beautiful day here in northern IN. It also happens to be my day off, so I've been soaking in the sun and smoking it up.
Peter Stokkebye Cube Cut Burley-found an baggie with a few bowlfuls that a friend sent me to try. Not too bad. A good burley, that's for certain. It was pretty dried out (I forgot about it for...a while), so I'm rehydrating it, and will try another bowl, perhaps tomorrow.
Then had another bowl of the MacBaren Stockton. That stuff is delicious. It's a sliced roll cake, so it comes in these little (~1 cm diameter) birdseye flakelets. Rubs out easily, and smokes like a sweet dream.
Then a bowl of Samuel Gawith Squadron Leader. The stoutest English I have. Tasty smoke, but it always makes me fiddle too much with it, frequent relights, etc. Tastes good enough that I keep going back, but I'll wait to buy another tin when this one runs out, there are plenty of other English blends I haven't tried!
Just finished a bowl of Esoterica Tobacciana's "Blackpool". Pretty tasty. Some kind of sweet topping/casing in there I think. Tastes good, smokes well, and (as far as I can tell while smoking it) has a nice room note.
(editing to add: That casing note was a licorice taste. I like the taste of licorice, and I've enjoyed some anisette-type snuffs, but hadn't tasted it in a pipe tobacco. I couldn't put my finger on it until I set the pipe down, but now I have a moderate licorice aftertaste. Interesting.)
The Blackpool and Stockton are both samples a buddy sent this week. Trying to give them all a couple smokes before we leave on vacation Saturday night after Mass. I'll be hitting up a couple B&Ms on our travels next week, and I want to have a list of tins to snag!
Figured I'd pop in and throw another comment on here. About to finish a couple interrupted pipes from yesterday.
I have a little bit of a bowl of Five Brothers (a shag-cut burley with little-no topping) that I forgot I hadn't finished when I got home from work. That'll go first.
Then, I have about 1/4 bowl of Edgeworth Ready-Rubbed. I was smoking that one while working on the book I'm copyediting. Had to put it down to go for a run with the Mrs., and didn't have a chance later to light it back up.
Today, the sun is out, the wind is slow, and I'm heading out on the back deck.
I'm in Afghanistan and a couple times a week I'm really enjoying McClelland Craftsbury: Frog Morton's Cellar, It's a nice whiskey blend of Latakia, Great aromatics and a smooth smoke, one of my favorites.
I enjoyed some Frog Morton's Cellar a few years ago at the Chicago Pipe Show- a very good smoke. Last night I opened a tin of MacBaren 7 Seas Black Blend and have smoked a couple of bowls in my vintage Nording. I picked this up at the 2012 Chicago Pipe Show and am just getting around to smoking it now- a very pleasant smoke, much lighter and more mellow than I would have expected. The casing is light as well, and not at all overpowering. This would even suffice for a beginner's smoke, dark as it may be.
I'm a total novice to the pipe smoking world. Bought my first pipe back in March, and only recently got around to buying tobacco and a lighter to try it out.
Don't laugh. But I bought my first tobacco blend from the local Renassiance Faire, and honestly, it was pretty good. Not too strong, not too sweet. I enjoy it.
Emboldened by this first foray into tobaccos, I went to a pipe store in Lakeview yesterday afternoon and bought a tin, essentially at random. Something called Eileen's Favorite. I feel like an idiot for not reading the tin more closely - but it's apparently a chocolate truffle-flavored smoke. Huge mistake. Here it is the morning after and I still can't get rid of the sickly sweet, slightly nauseating odor.
I would really apreciate some recommendations about good beginner pipe tobaccos. I'm looking for something "classic" and "woodsy," if that makes any sense. Speaking in confidence to a buddy of mine, we agreed that the perfect pipe tobacco would smell of "Grandpa's workshop," if you know what I mean.
Would anyone have any suggestions?