I've mentioned before that I live overseas. Well I just found out I'll be in America for five days around April. I've been overseas for the past several years, and in the last year (when i've really taken up smoking again) I've been buying mostly tins available over here. But this habit is expensive when I don't buy in bulk.
The preferred means would be to buy a bunch of small samples of bulk tobaccos to find out what I like and then buy a massive amount of that to take back, unfortunately I wont be in America long enough to pull that off. So I will be leaning heavily on your suggestions.
I would love to buy 3 pounds or so of two or three things I can bank on liking.
I'm a fan of MacBaren mixture flake, but the tongue bite is a bit much for me. I'm a pansy when it comes to tongue bite (yes, I've tried a bunch of things, and i can manage it a bit, but would prefer things that smoke very cooly).
I've found I like english blends because they tend to bite less than normal, so I may buy something like Boswell's Light or Mid english.
But my absolute favorite flavor is virginia's. Robert' McConnell's Red Virginia tastes great, but is an inferno in my mouth.
The best thing I have ever smoked is Astley's 109. I haven't tried the 44 but plan to soon.
Is there anything comparable to Astley's 109 that I could buy in bulk? Is there a place I could buy Astley's in bulk online? (I go home to Texas so buying online to avoid the crazy taxes is nice).
Anyhow. Whatever suggestions you have I would love. Is there a bulk virginia somewhere that tastes great and is as mild as Asleys 109? That would be my dream... But I'm open to other suggestions, preferring very cool smokes with lots of flavor, and very cool smokes in general. I abhor aromatics (they coat my tongue and make crazy, even though that's all I smoked 10 years ago).
This is my one shot to have stuff ordered and waiting at the house for me to pick up and take back. So your suggestions will be weighted greatly and greatly apprecaited.