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Timbo

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PostSubject: Solani Black and White    Mon Feb 09, 2015 4:24 am

Anyone here tried it? I bought a tin from SP a month or so ago but every time I spark a bowl of it my mouth feels like a crocodile has chomped on my tongue. No matter which pipe or how slow I sip it my tongue won't forgive me for days afterwards. I've let it dry out for 24 hours as it was exceptionally moist when I got it, even so the tobacco still feels very wet and still bites like the cheapest aro.

Any suggestions brothers and sisters on where I can improve? I'd love to be able to smoke it as it smells pretty good to my nose.

Thanks

Tim
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PostSubject: Re: Solani Black and White    Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:53 am

Tim, I have bought this on several occasions.

It's best you put it aside until it's not moist anymore. This might take a few weeks for sure, at least. When all the moisture is gone, then you will be able to enjoy it for what it's worth.

As it's Black CA with Latakia and Stoved VA, it's a dark mixture and it burns slowly; smoke it in a medium sized bowl (a Group 4) and i think it should be a very good experience, then.
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PostSubject: Re: Solani Black and White    Mon Feb 09, 2015 6:21 pm

Thanks JD. I think you're on to something there. I've only tried it in my Tinsky, which has a rather capacious bowl.

Any suggestions on drying it in a high humidity area? I think my air drying may have actually made it moister.

Cheers,

Tim
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PostSubject: Re: Solani Black and White    Tue Feb 10, 2015 7:29 am

It's summer right now for you guys, right? So it makes it more challenging but you can't really trick the climate. Wink

Just be patient. Leave the lid on and the tobacco will dry out. Test the tobacco every 4 days or so. When you take a pinch between your fingers, press, then release and the tobacco does not cling together anymore, then it's ready.
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PostSubject: Re: Solani Black and White    Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:17 am

Thanks JD, it most certainly is in the middle of summer for me. The trouble is, I've decanted half the tobacco to a glass jar and given away the other half as well as the tin to another pipe smoking friend. So basically it's hermetically sealed.

Is putting it in the oven on low an option? I'm talking about 200 F or less.

Cheers

Tim
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PostSubject: Re: Solani Black and White    Wed Feb 11, 2015 2:45 am

Timbo - black & white, eh. Ouch. Even Solani, otherwise a fine outfit, makes mistakes.  affraid

Solani (IMHO) does however make two of the best blends in the world...Silver Flake and Aged Burley Flake. You might try those. lol

I would also recommend Esoterica Ramsgate (if you can get it over there) as the world's best aromatic blend. Just sayin'.

To me, beating up your poor 'ol mouth on a blend that's not working is a terrible thing. Life is too short and each bowl should be a pleasure second only to, well, you know.

Best of luck.

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Timbo

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PostSubject: Re: Solani Black and White    Wed Feb 11, 2015 4:18 am

Thanks Blackhorse, it's worse than that, I got two tins of it as it sounded so delicious. I think I'll try one more bowl after air drying for 48 hours, if it still a crocodile, I'll bin it.

Thanks for the tobacco recommendations will have to do some ordering I think.

Cheers all

Tim
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PostSubject: Re: Solani Black and White    Wed Feb 11, 2015 7:05 am

I saw a photo here once of a home made tobacco dryer. A low tin tray with a 1/4" sidewall was placed next to the outlet fan of the guy's laptop. While he worked on this and that the fan would come on to pull heat out of his machine and it blew right across his next bowl full. I think he laid a piece of open grid screen across the top or something. He claimed it provided firm but gentle drying. Clever! Everyone loved it!

Perhaps a little down under DIY project...?   Idea

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PostSubject: Re: Solani Black and White    Thu Feb 12, 2015 12:08 am

That sounds like a plan with the fan. I've done similar with my pipes to dry them out speedily, placing them with the bowl pointing towards my laptop exhaust fan.

Thank heavens I've enough pipes now not to need to do that any more.

Cheers people

Tim
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PostSubject: Re: Solani Black and White    Thu Feb 12, 2015 12:35 am

Blackhorse wrote:

Solani (IMHO) does however make two of the best blends in the world...Silver Flake and Aged Burley Flake. You might try those.

Amen.

I'd add Long Golden Flake to that group. Another brilliant R. L. Will concotion.
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PostSubject: Re: Solani Black and White    Fri Feb 20, 2015 9:06 pm

All,

I've an unopened tin of Solani B&W up for grabs, the first to PM me their snail mail address gets it. Beware, I can't promise it won't bite.

Cheers,

Tim
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PostSubject: Re: Solani Black and White    Fri Feb 20, 2015 9:20 pm

I tell you what.

I'll swap you for some of my stash....

Haven't tried that one yet...
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PostSubject: Re: Solani Black and White    Fri Feb 20, 2015 9:29 pm

OK guys, as per standing guidelines...PLEASE do not makes specific offers in the open forum areas...do yer dickering via PM only.

It's OK to say you're wanting to give something away here - but swaps & sales of something should be done in the Trading Post. Not that big a deal really, but proper practice, etc.

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PostSubject: Re: Solani Black and White    Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:03 pm

Just to clarify my offer, I'm giving away an unopened tin of Solani black & white to whomever PMs me their address first.

Cheers

Tim
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PostSubject: Re: Solani Black and White    Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:57 pm

PMing as we speak!

Nothing specific on open forum....
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