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Tobacco Intro

This is a discussion on Tobacco Intro within the The Pipe Hobby How-To Discussion Forum forums, part of the Pipe Smokers Forums category; Got my pipe in the mail today! So, I'm gonna go grab some tobacco from one of the local shops ...

  
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    Puffer Fish with some spikes Fraze's Avatar


     

    Re: Tobacco Intro

    Got my pipe in the mail today!

    So, I'm gonna go grab some tobacco from one of the local shops by me, but they all seem to have the same stuff, mostly prince Albert or SWR.
    What should I get?

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    Puffer Fish with some spikes Fraze's Avatar


     

    Re: Tobacco Intro

    Also, if I'm gonna try aromatics, should I get a separate pipe or can I use the same one?

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    Pipe Smokin' Piranha DSturg369's Avatar


     

    Re: Tobacco Intro

    Quote Originally Posted by Fraze View Post
    Got my pipe in the mail today!

    So, I'm gonna go grab some tobacco from one of the local shops by me, but they all seem to have the same stuff, mostly prince Albert or SWR.
    What should I get?
    Both are good OTC's. What else do they have?
    Dale

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    Pipe Smokin' Piranha DSturg369's Avatar


     

    Re: Tobacco Intro

    Quote Originally Posted by Fraze View Post
    Also, if I'm gonna try aromatics, should I get a separate pipe or can I use the same one?
    As a new Piper, I'd suggest avoiding any Aromatics until you get the basics down. The only one I would possibly suggest is Lane's 1Q. It's a very nice intro into Aro's.
    Dale

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    Puffer Fish with some spikes Fraze's Avatar


     

    Re: Tobacco Intro

    I took my pipe apart, and it has this thing in the stem(?)/mouthpiece(?) that looks like rolled up paper?

    Is that some kind of filter? Do I leave that in there?

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    Puffer Fish with some spikes Fraze's Avatar


     

    Re: Tobacco Intro

    So I came home with a pouch of Prince Albert, and a pouch of Half&Half that says "burley and bright tobacco"

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    Codger In Training gahdzila's Avatar


     

    Re: Tobacco Intro

    Quote Originally Posted by Fraze View Post
    I took my pipe apart, and it has this thing in the stem(?)/mouthpiece(?) that looks like rolled up paper?

    Is that some kind of filter? Do I leave that in there?
    Yes, it is a filter. You certainly can use it if you would like, but most of us don't. Filter pipes smoke just fine with no filter installed. I'd recommend just removing it.

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    Re: Tobacco Intro

    Quote Originally Posted by gahdzila View Post
    Some of the better brands - Cornell & Diehl, GL Pease (these were already mentioned), Samuel Gawith (sometimes hard to find), Gawith & Hoggarth (not to be confused with SG....different brand), Dunhill, Peterson. Anything from any of these brands is going to be well regarded quality stuff. That doesn't necessarily mean everything they make will be your favorite! On the contrary - each of these brands has a couple of blends that are favorites of mine, and each makes some stuff that I don't care much for.

    Quite right. There's really no way to know what you're going to like until you start trying stuff. The newbie sampler trade here is a good place to start getting your feet wet. I'm hesitant to recommend anything specifically to anyone when I really don't have a clue what they might like. In general, as a starting point, I recommend you try an OTC burley (like Prince Albert), a straight Virginia (like GL Pease Union Square, or Orlik Golden Sliced), a VaPer (like Escudo), and something with Latakia (maybe GL Pease Lagonda....or....like....maybe....C&D Billy Budd, which happens to be our tobacco of the month for October! Billy Budd is a little heavy, though, and might not be appropriate for a true tobacco newbie). Those are really rough, really vague recommendations, though. Telling us what you've tried and haven't tried, what you like and don't like so far, etc would help us make more specific recommendations....and might cross a couple of those off the list.
    You guys in the US seem really spoiled for choice! In the UK, we have all the traditional English makers (more often now produced in Europe rather than "at home") and a few imported brands, but the wealth of boutique tobaccos is simply not available. I'm once again, jealous. The dreaded "Excise Man" puts an effective stop to personal import as well - the local version has a logo that includes a Portcullis; not the most friendly greeting. Availability outside of specialist tobacconists is even worse. Most local shops have nothing at all and those that do have only a few. Gold Block (OK at a push), Clan (Blah! Very popular. Why?), Condor Ready Rubbed (OK), Condor Long-Cut (Mmmmmm) and sometimes St Bruno (Very good, but just too much nicotine for me). It's a trip to St James in London or the internet. If any "local" members have any suggestions, I'd be really grateful. I Used to smoke Edgeworth Sliced years ago and when I returned to the pipe I found it gone. Lots of suggestions from the US on alternatives; but none available here. Just Louisiana Flake which is really good and now my staple, but not a replacement for that "Straight Burley".

    Sorry to be a "whining Brit"...

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    Re: Tobacco Intro

    Quote Originally Posted by DSturg369 View Post
    Thats a great little article, thanks for sharing!

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    Puff's Resident Evil Dr. Dr. Plume's Avatar


     

    Re: Tobacco Intro

    Here are some of my favorite brands and blends in no particular order

    Peterson university flake
    Peterson Sherlock homes
    Samuel Gawith full virgin flake hard to find
    Samuel Gawith st. James flake
    Samuel Gawith squadron leader easy to find and a great blend
    McCelland frog Morton series especially cellar
    McCelland Christmas cheer I hear 5100 red cake is good also but can't tell you from experience
    Hearth and Home anniversary kake. Pipes and cigars has a sampler pack here you can get two oz of each of six blends for 32 bucks Hearth and Home Sampler (2oz. each) Bulk Pipe Tobacco Sampler
    Honestly the hearth and home is where I would start or with newbie trade thread if you haven't already. Here Newbie Sampler Trade for Pipes
    "The pipe gives a wise man time to think, and a fool something to stick in his mouth." My puny cellar http://www.tobaccocellar.com/Dr.%20Plume

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    Puff's Resident Evil Dr. Dr. Plume's Avatar


     

    Re: Tobacco Intro

    Quote Originally Posted by Fraze View Post
    Also, if I'm gonna try aromatics, should I get a separate pipe or can I use the same one?
    Get a cob for aromatics many can ghost a briar. If you smoke a cob already I see not too much of a problem with using same pipe might ghost slightly for a smoke or two. But they are cheap enough to pick one up just for aros.
    "The pipe gives a wise man time to think, and a fool something to stick in his mouth." My puny cellar http://www.tobaccocellar.com/Dr.%20Plume

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    Puff's Resident Evil Dr. Dr. Plume's Avatar


     

    Re: Tobacco Intro

    Quote Originally Posted by steinr1 View Post
    You guys in the US seem really spoiled for choice! In the UK, we have all the traditional English makers (more often now produced in Europe rather than "at home") and a few imported brands, but the wealth of boutique tobaccos is simply not available. I'm once again, jealous. The dreaded "Excise Man" puts an effective stop to personal import as well - the local version has a logo that includes a Portcullis; not the most friendly greeting. Availability outside of specialist tobacconists is even worse. Most local shops have nothing at all and those that do have only a few. Gold Block (OK at a push), Clan (Blah! Very popular. Why?), Condor Ready Rubbed (OK), Condor Long-Cut (Mmmmmm) and sometimes St Bruno (Very good, but just too much nicotine for me). It's a trip to St James in London or the internet. If any "local" members have any suggestions, I'd be really grateful. I Used to smoke Edgeworth Sliced years ago and when I returned to the pipe I found it gone. Lots of suggestions from the US on alternatives; but none available here. Just Louisiana Flake which is really good and now my staple, but not a replacement for that "Straight Burley".

    Sorry to be a "whining Brit"...
    Samuel Gawith I believe is produced in UK shouldn't be too hard to find... Great brand!
    "The pipe gives a wise man time to think, and a fool something to stick in his mouth." My puny cellar http://www.tobaccocellar.com/Dr.%20Plume

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