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  • #16
    About 12 years ago I meandered into the Dunhill store and the gentleman in the humidor recommended I try something he called simply 22,000. It's a aromatic that smells like a cake in the oven. Probably one of my favorites ever since; if I feel like smoking aromatic it has to be this one.

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    • #17
      Frog Morton over the pond
      Carter Hall
      P.s.luxury English
      PS navy flake (my alltime favorite )
      latikia blend mixed by a old friend .

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      • #18
        Originally posted by rickcharles606 View Post
        Escudo
        Stokkebye premium twist flake
        McClelland's Fragrant matured Cake (2000 blend)
        Dunhill Flake
        McClelland's Dark English
        Ennerdale Flake -for those, I just need a soapy taste in my mouth moments ;-)
        Samuel Gawith's Grousemoor-a new addition for me, it grows on you
        It's funny to look back on this and see how my tastes have changed, and some remain the same. I don't smoke English blend or aromatics anymore, I mainly smoke Virginia flakes, or broken flakes. One I've recently tried that I like is McClelland's 5100, man it's pretty good.

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        • #19
          Old Joe Krantz
          Night Train
          Black House
          St. James Flake
          Dark Birdseye/Dark Flake Unscented/Brown Bogie

          Honorable Mention: Old Joe Krantz with added Turkish, Tudor Castle, Bayou Night, Escudo, Riverboat Gambler, Pride of Loch Lomond, Orient Express, Samovar, Picayune

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          • #20
            Originally posted by R.B. Kazenzakis View Post
            Old Joe Krantz
            Night Train
            Black House
            St. James Flake
            Dark Birdseye/Dark Flake Unscented/Brown Bogie

            Honorable Mention: Old Joe Krantz with added Turkish, Tudor Castle, Bayou Night, Escudo, Riverboat Gambler, Pride of Loch Lomond, Orient Express, Samovar, Picayune
            Never heard of Old Joe Krantz, tell me about it...who makes it, is it a Virginia blend?

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            • #21
              Hi Rick,

              OJK (as all the hep cats like me call it) is a strong burley-Virginia-perique blend made by Cornell and Diehl. The main component is a mix of cube cut burley and dark burley, with a huge chunk of perique - the blend's creator, Bob Runowski, confirmed that it has around 25% perique. That may sound excessive, but it really works in the blend. The blend is rounded out with red Virginia, which gives it some good backbone and offers some flavor change down the bowl. It burns like a champ, kicks pretty hard, and tastes great to me (a bit peppery at times, bitter but balanced by the Virginia). It is a particularly good one for people who also like cigars, as it offers a similar experience to a strong cigar, if not the same type of flavor. It's around $30 a pound in bulk at some of the online vendors, and worth jarring up. It's a bit rough when fresh, but really improves after 6-12 months.

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              • #22
                Well crap, I don't care for perique, but your description makes me want to try it. I'll see if Cornell and Diehl are at the show in Vegas this month. They normally have a small booth somewhere...I'll see if I can try some. Thanks for the info :-)

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                • #23
                  It's definitely worth a try - the perique meshes very well with the burley and Virginia, even at that high concentration. Two other variants they make are Night Train (less perique, pressed, and with a sweeter Virginia base, and plenty of kick) and Three Friars (much less perique and little burley). If you do like codger-ish burlies, some people swear by Haunted Bookshop (OJK with the perique dialled way down), but I haven't tried it. Riverboat Gambler has more Virginia, less perique and includes a good dose of Turkish (and lots of Vitamin N); a great descriptor I heard of for that one is hot and sour soup - it is a spicy and tangy blend. In any case, I am a huge fan of C&D's work, so they would certainly be worth looking into. Their new 5 O'Clock blend is a red virginia base with some perique and Kentucky, and I look forward to trying that one, too.

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                  • #24
                    I've not really tried many of their tobaccos and to be honest, can't remember what I did try when I met the guy at the C&D booth. I'll check all of these out, I've been getting bored lately with my tobacco choices..need to mix it up a bit. Thanks for the info!

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                    • #25
                      Dunhill My Mixture 965
                      Hearth & Home Black House
                      Dunhill Nightcap
                      Escudo Deluxe Navy Rolls
                      G.L. Pease's Gaslight

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                      • #26
                        MacBaren Old Dark Fired
                        Comoy's Cask #2
                        Capstan Blue
                        Dunhill Nightcap
                        Frog Morton On The Bayou
                        Orlik Golden Slices
                        Samuel Gawith Firedance Flake

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                        • #27
                          Recently dove into the pipe smoking ocean.

                          Dunhill London Mixture
                          Hearth & Home White Horse
                          Dunhill Nightcap
                          Frog Morton's Cellar
                          Seattle Pipe Club's Mississippi River

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                          • #28
                            I agree (I own some dunhill pipe tobacco but I haven't smoked the pipe in over 2 years!) - Early Morning Pipe was my favourite ... really nice latakia - but also a light blend. Not the mental nicotine monster that is nightcap!
                            Squeezyjohn

                            Sometimes wrong and sometimes right .... but ALWAYS certain!!!

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                            • #29
                              I like Old Lodge. It is a house blend by Pipe and Cigar (part of their Adirondack Series I think). It is a good strong Latakia (English) Blend but not the Nicotine bomb that say a Night Cap is. It is Virginia light oriental and Latakia....no burly or Perique

                              Not only that it is a great price

                              Worth a try if you like a heavy Latakia blend
                              When it's my time to go, I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my uncle did....... Not screaming in terror like his passengers

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                              • #30
                                Anyone know of good blends available in the uk' so far mainly tried condor which I quite liked and my current blend of mac Mc Barron classic. Is Presbyterian any good, what about Irish flake.

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