Frog Morton Across the Pond
Peter Stokkebye Proper English
McClelland Blue Mountain
Samuel Gawith Commonwealth
Can you tell I love latakia? :lol: In my opinion you can't go wrong with any of those, but the bold are my favorites.
I also enjoy cigars, usually on the weekend and also on the medium - full side.
The pipe tobacco that most satisfies my cigar side is Fillmore. But I don't mean to imply it is a blend that is cigar-like.
If that makes sense :dunno:
A few months ago, I started on Dunhill 965. I then scored a couple tins of SG Full Virginia. It's gone down hill from there.
I've found I enjoy English blends and Virginia blends. I have at least 3 pounds of tobacco now.
Oh, and 965 is still my go to smoke.
Full Virginia Flake is really good too. Any quality VA, especially with a few years of age, is gonna be awsome. VA's are like good cigars... if they taste good to start with, age just makes 'em better.
I'll back up ChronoB's recommendation of English/Balkans; I'd hold off on trying straight Virginias. For one thing, coming from cigars, you're liable to fry your tongue out of your head if you smoke Virginias at first. For another, maybe it's just me, because they don't taste at all the same, but there's something similar to me in the flavor profile of Orientals (found in Balkans) and maduro wrappers.
One thing I'll throw in as a caution: don't try to compare cigars and pipes, and don't try to find the flavors you find in one in the other. In addition, here's a certain feel to cigar smoke that, frankly, a pipe just can't duplicate. And as far as I'm concerned, your "leather" tastes more leathery than our "leather"... :D
Royal Yacht, with its burley content, burns a little cooler and drier than most English blends and has an adequate nicotine component, so I'll second that for sure. :tu I'd also throw in some Kendal's Kentucky as a good try for a cigar smoker.
Joe - I came from cigars myself.
I know you've gotten a bazillion recommendations already, but I'll throw mine in too:
There's a learning curve to smoking a pipe, much steeper than cigars. I recommend starting with a pouch of Prince Albert. As a smoker of full bodied cigars, PA is going to taste very mild to you....maybe even bland. The point here isn't that PA is the end-all-be-all flavorwise, but that it is one of the newbie friendliest and easiest to smoke pipe tobaccos out there. Easy to pack, easy to light, easy to keep lit, easy to smoke.
Next, something you're more likely to really enjoy:
Dunhill Royal Yacht - a little sweet
Cornell & Diehl Billy Budd - rich and earthy, heavy latakia with a little cigar leaf blended in. This is one of the best "transitional" tobaccos out there for cigar smokers looking into pipes. I've kinda moved beyond this one (I find it a little boring now), but Billy Budd was truly a watershed tobacco for me, the one that really pushed me into pipes.
GL Pease Jackknife Ready Rubbed is one you might enjoy as well. This tobacco also comes as a plug (which would not be particularly newbie friendly), so pay attention when ordering that you get 'ready rub' and not 'plug.'
Of course, be sure to order the Tobacco of the Month, and review it along with everyone else! :thumb: http://www.puff.com/forums/vb/genera...ry-2013-a.html
And there's always the Newbie Sampler Trade!
WOW! I just want to say thank you to each of you for your contributions here. It means a lot to me to find so many helpful BOTL on this side of the fence... Your recommendations are super helpful!
A list of tobacco:
GL Pease: Meridian, Westminster, Charing Cross, Fillmore, Jackknife (Ready Rubbed)
Cornell and Diehl: Rajah's Court, Billy Budd,
McClelland: Oriental No. 14, 3 Oaks Series, Frog Morton, FM Across the Pond, Blue Mountain
Dunhill: Royan Yacht, Nightcap, Standard Mixture Medium, London Mixture, 965
Hearth & Home: Ambassador blend, Armada blend, Day Break
Gawith, Hoggarth, and Co: Bob's Chocolate Flake, Kendal's Kentucky
Peter Stokkebye: Proper English
Samuel Gawith: Commonwealth, Full Virginia Flake
Dan: Hamborger Veermaster
I have ordered some Dunhill Royal Yacht and some London Mixture. I will go pick up some Prince Albert today, and take a trip to my local B&M to see if I can find any of these local in bulk.
Did I forget anything?
Oh... Here's my old pipe! The only mark on it says "italy" on the bottom.
I also have a Cob (MM) that has never been smoked.
The sickness begins. :tsk: Level II TAD. The prognosis is not good. Can PAD be far behind?