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post #1 of 14 Old 01-28-2012, 04:23 AM Thread Starter
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1st Tobacco Order - Need Help

Quick question for you vets...


I have been reading through reviews and looking for some consensus on some tobaccos to start out with. And the more I read, the more overwhelmed and confused I become.


I have 2 pipes now, and have 3 tobaccos...a black russian blend, Stanwell Melange, and Frog Morton. I have only gone through about 15 total bowls so far since moving over from cigars.


If you had to pick 5-10 tobaccos, what would they be?

I'm looking to place my first order online, and want to buy a range of blends and styles to try out the full spectrum...what would be your "go-to" buys if you could only place one more order?
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post #2 of 14 Old 01-28-2012, 06:33 AM
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I would suggest signing up for the sampler trade. You would buy a tin or two for one of the veteran smokers and in return, they would send you an assortment of samples covering many of the different styles. It OS a great way to get started to see what it is that you like.
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I would suggest signing up for the sampler trade. You would buy a tin or two for one of the veteran smokers and in return, they would send you an assortment of samples covering many of the different styles. It OS a great way to get started to see what it is that you like.
Second this ^

We all have our favorites, and could list tobaccos all day. However, If you sign up for the Newbie Trade, someone will send you a bunch to try before you buy.
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post #4 of 14 Old 01-28-2012, 09:42 AM
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It'll get real confusing for you if we start spouting off tobaccos. If you could try to tell us what you like and don't like about the tobaccos you have smoked, that might help us suggest some stuff for you.

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post #5 of 14 Old 01-28-2012, 11:39 AM
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First, I agree with the suggestions of signing up for the NPS trade, you will get a great exposure to many blends that way.

If you really want to venture out and buy some things on your own I would suggest trying some tried and true blends, things from folks like Samuel Gawith, McClelland, GL Pease, Rattrays etc.

Why? Because if you get something you don;t like odds are pretty good it will be something someone here does like and you can trade or sell and not be at a total loss.

When I first picked up a pipe I tried a wide variety of blends, Straights virginias, VaPers, Latakia, Orientals, Aros etc etc. It turned out I liked everything, which is not the norm. It will be a fun journey for you either way for sure.

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When I first picked up a pipe I tried a wide variety of blends, Straights virginias, VaPers, Latakia, Orientals, Aros etc etc. It turned out I liked everything, which is not the norm. It will be a fun journey for you either way for sure.
I found out that I like everything too, makes buying tobacco a whole lot harder but at least we arent missing out on anything!

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...what would be your "go-to" buys if you could only place one more order?
Well, my go-to buy if I could only place one more order would probably be all the HOTW I could afford, but no way that should be your first order!

Seriously though, the sampler trade is no bum steer; you'll have a lot more data to help decide what to order if you take advantage of it!

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Definitely NPS it up. Ask for some new-guy, classic, omnipresent blends. The stuff we all have had and we've all smoked.

You might decide you really enjoy, say, OGS. You can then go explore and try things that also occupy that niche (Dunhill Flake, Uni Flake, etc). You might realize you enjoyed the Virginia taste of OGS but with the higher amount of burley in Uni, you get better results. Or maybe you want more Virginia taste so you try Dunhill Flake. From there maybe you want a more robust flavor so you try Royal Yacht or FVF. You get what I mean. Start with the classics, explore what you like from there.

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Quick question for you vets...


I have been reading through reviews and looking for some consensus on some tobaccos to start out with. And the more I read, the more overwhelmed and confused I become.


I have 2 pipes now, and have 3 tobaccos...a black russian blend, Stanwell Melange, and Frog Morton. I have only gone through about 15 total bowls so far since moving over from cigars.


If you had to pick 5-10 tobaccos, what would they be?

I'm looking to place my first order online, and want to buy a range of blends and styles to try out the full spectrum...what would be your "go-to" buys if you could only place one more order?
Sterling Tobacco. Jack gives away freebies; I have several ounces of his Tavern blend and I really enjoy it.

I can definitely vouch for the newbie sampler trade as well.
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I found out that I like everything too, makes buying only a little tobacco a whole lot harder but at least we arent missing out on anything!
There, I fixed that for you.

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