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Prince Albert

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    Pipe Smokin' Piranha DSturg369's Avatar


     

    Prince Albert

    Now before you click the backspace tab on this thread, you really should give it a look-see and then, ultimately decide for yourself about this age-old, time-tested tobacco.

    Prince Albert is a tobacco that your Granddad and Dad probably smoked if they smoked a pipe for any length of time. It's been around since 1907 and is today one of the top selling pipe tobaccos in the United States. Since 1987, it's been produced by John Middleton Company. It is a tobacco I enjoy daily, as do many Pipers.

    A primarily Burly-based blend, it's ribbon-cut and air-cured with a slight added flavor I just can't seem to find a name for. It's pure pleasure for the true Burley lover and is especially good in a corncob pipe. That's not to say your best briars can't get in on the action as well.

    The mild, nutty essence and ease of burning will make this a true gem for the new smoker as well as the more experienced Pipers. It has a pleasant room note and a nice nicotine presence that a smoker should enjoy. The price is cheap while the product you'll receive is not. Many pipe smokers are quick to overlook Prince Albert and write it off as being too inferior for their tastes, but if asked outright, many have never even tried it for themselves.

    It ages extremely well, is one of the most consistent blends on the market, and offers the "budget-minded" smoker (like myself) a good smoke at a great price. It can be found nearly everywhere from the local gas station or convenience store to the super market to department stores as well as at your local and internet vendors.

    For the pipe smoker who hasn't tried Prince Albert, you are missing out. You deserve it to yourself to try it. I'd bet a dollar to doughnuts that you'll find that you'll agree with all of the above. And if the unthinkable does happen and you find it's just not to your liking, I'm positive you won't have a hard time finding someone who does agree.

    Hope this helps... Pleasant Piping!

    Dale

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    Sot-weed Bohemian freestoke's Avatar


     

    Re: Prince Albert

    I think it's time to upgrade him to King, don't you? Glad to see somebody else sing the praises of PA.

    The Humble Prince

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    Lakeland Grognard Jack Straw's Avatar


     

    Re: Prince Albert

    Nice review Dale, and great to see you back!
    The world is a better place when the Buffalo Bills are winning.

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    Evolving Lead Puffer Fish Xodar's Avatar


     

    Re: Prince Albert

    Actually my experience with over the counter tobacco is limited to one pouch of cherry paladin purchased during my first week of pipe smoking. My father ended up smoking it I think, he's kind of like the Mikey of pipe tobacco. This review and Freestoke's comments about it are going to make me grab a pouch to try. Nice review!
    Last edited by Xodar; 03-24-2011 at 05:10 PM. Reason: spelling>Xodar

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    Sot-weed Bohemian freestoke's Avatar


     

    Re: Prince Albert

    Quote Originally Posted by Xodar View Post
    This review and Freestoke's comments about it are going to make me grab a pouch to try. Nice review!
    You'll have some soon enough.
    DSturg369 likes this.

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    Pipe Smokin' Piranha DSturg369's Avatar


     

    Re: Prince Albert

    Nice Jim!
    Dale

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    Puffer Fish with some spikes Benz_one's Avatar


     

    Re: Prince Albert

    Thanks for the review. Reviews like this and reviews like Freestoke's for CH and PA certainly make me want to try an OTC sometime.
    Benz

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    Evolving Lead Puffer Fish Xodar's Avatar


     

    Re: Prince Albert

    Quote Originally Posted by freestoke View Post
    You'll have some soon enough.
    Niiiiiiice! You're the man Jim. That made me call home and get the news I had a package waiting

    I should make the Prince's acquaintance tonight!

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    Puffer Fish with some spikes Terrier's Avatar


     

    Re: Prince Albert

    Quote Originally Posted by DSturg369 View Post
    ... It ages extremely well,...
    I liked your review. Could you please elaborate on the above quote. Thanks.

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    Puffer Fish with some spikes bent-1's Avatar


     

    Re: Prince Albert

    It's a good burley, doesn't ghost a pipe either. I like it best from a tub vs the pouch. I like to fill a bowl, let sit packed for a day then light up. I like it best in a 13/16" or larger bowl. Smoke it slow and it will really shine.

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    Pipe Smokin' Piranha DSturg369's Avatar


     

    Re: Prince Albert

    Quote Originally Posted by Terrier View Post
    I liked your review. Could you please elaborate on the above quote. Thanks.
    Will do... Prince Albert, as well as most predominately Burley based blends, become more balanced and mellow slightly with age. A year is good... Longer, even better. It will age very well in it's original container if it remains unopened, undamaged, and shrink-wrapped (the 14 oz plastic tubs), or you can transfer it to mason-type jars if you like.

    And on a side, unsolicited note... Prince Albert makes a great mixer for those of you that like to create your own blends.
    Dale

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    Puffer With No Spikes shannensmall's Avatar


     

    Re: Prince Albert

    Great review. I know a lot of people like to mix the prince with their Tambo. I've seen it mentioned enough that I plan on giving it a try as soon as the Tambo haul is distributed.
    A lack of preparation on your part, does not constitute an emergency on my part.

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    Puffer Fish with some spikes El Gringo's Avatar


     

    Thumbs up Re: Prince Albert

    Quote Originally Posted by shannensmall View Post
    Great review. I know a lot of people like to mix the prince with their Tambo. I've seen it mentioned enough that I plan on giving it a try as soon as the Tambo haul is distributed.
    I'll have to try that.

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    Puffer Fish with some spikes ruralhipster's Avatar


     

    Re: Prince Albert

    Nice review, there is a certain "rightness" about burley in a cob.

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    Full grown Puffer Fish Blue Raccoon's Avatar


     

    Re: Prince Albert

    I went on an OTC trip the last few weeks.. PA was by far the best and I have stocked up. CH was very close to PA. Kentucky Club (reg, conti bld and areo) all got trashed they smoked hotter then a fire-cracker couldn't even hold the pipe. Middleton Cherry was OK, Granger was OK, CBW was OK. Half & Half I trashed. Still have several diff Sails to try, SWR.. still looking for Walnut & Sugar Barrel. I have all the 'good' stuff.. penzance, stonehavel, PS, boswell, petersons, whatever but my new go to for walking the dog, fishing, mowing, driving around is PA. It's just a low maint smoke.. Usually smoke it in cob freehand, doesn't need constant attention and puts out lots of smoke!

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