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PostSubject: What kind of blend for Morta?   Tue Oct 20, 2015 12:14 pm

Just ordered a new Morta Poker (Morta is carbon dated at 5500 yrs).

I've not had a Morta before and have heard it's a unique smoking experience. In what way is the experience unique?

Any info re what kind of blends are most compatible with the "unique smoking experience" of Morta would be appreciated.

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PostSubject: Re: What kind of blend for Morta?   Tue Oct 20, 2015 12:44 pm

I have a morta and tend to smoke lat blends & va blends in it. Both perform well in it IMO.
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PostSubject: Re: What kind of blend for Morta?   Tue Oct 20, 2015 1:57 pm

Ah, so you're the lucky dog that bought that poker. Very nice pipe, Blackhorse!
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PostSubject: Re: What kind of blend for Morta?   Tue Oct 20, 2015 2:10 pm

I've been a lucky dog several times recently.

Both the pipe and the price were just right.

Seems like a custom Morta like that should be going for twice what was being asked.

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PostSubject: Re: What kind of blend for Morta?   Tue Oct 20, 2015 6:17 pm

[quote="Blackhorse"]Just ordered a new Morta Poker (Morta is carbon dated at 5500 yrs).

I've not had a Morta before and have heard it's a unique smoking experience. In what way is the experience unique?

Any info re what kind of blends are most compatible with the "unique smoking experience" of Morta would be appreciated.





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PostSubject: Re: What kind of blend for Morta?   Tue Oct 20, 2015 6:19 pm

FM...could you please bend over a bit?

I need to kick your butt.

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PostSubject: Re: What kind of blend for Morta?   Tue Oct 20, 2015 7:10 pm

lol! lol! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: What kind of blend for Morta?   Tue Oct 20, 2015 7:46 pm

My gut feeling says that full flavored 'baccys are best in a Morta. The wood seems to reinforce this. Or so I'm led to believe....

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PostSubject: Re: What kind of blend for Morta?   Tue Oct 20, 2015 8:06 pm

I've got one other Morta. The bowl smells funky. Like rotten Bog sludge or something. Is that common? I can't smoke it cause the odor makes my tummy go "EWE!"

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PostSubject: Re: What kind of blend for Morta?   Tue Oct 20, 2015 11:19 pm

Very distinct differences from which bog the Morta came from and the kind of muck it was living, err dying in which makes some funk and others not so much.

I would do some heavy Lat in the funk and it should settle down in about 3 bowls, Pirate Kake or ODF or a high Vitamin N rope should bring it around. If the new one is biddable I'd give it a maiden voyage with your favorite VA, Morta is nearly the wood equivalent to meerschaum except once it cools, which is quickly, you can repack for another go, don't let it cake, if pushed too hard your fingers will let you know to slow down and it settles rather quickly.

It is very neutral once it evens out any funk and the full flavor of the tobacco shines like no tomorrow. Enjoy your new rack mate.
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PostSubject: Re: What kind of blend for Morta?   Tue Oct 20, 2015 11:23 pm

FB - totally excellent advice...many thanks.

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PostSubject: Re: What kind of blend for Morta?   Wed Oct 21, 2015 5:47 pm

Very nice pipe. Who's the maker?
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PostSubject: Re: What kind of blend for Morta?   Wed Oct 21, 2015 5:50 pm

The Poker is one that Bruno just posted.

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http://www.brothersofbriar.com/t31654-br15-24-morta-poker

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PostSubject: Re: What kind of blend for Morta?   Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:00 am

I find they have the tendency to heat up a little if you're not careful. Try some Dark Flake (I know you're fond of that) and cube it up. It's a little easier for me to keep the temperature down than with folded or rubbed out. FWIW.

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PostSubject: Re: What kind of blend for Morta?   Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:13 am

Let's see...fill up a bowl 0.85" X 2" with Dark Flake. I think I might need to go into training to handle that load! Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: What kind of blend for Morta?   Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:45 am

That is pretty big! Maybe some Virginia flake then. I'd say a nice Lat blend, but I know you don't go there.

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PostSubject: Re: What kind of blend for Morta?   Thu Oct 22, 2015 1:08 pm

Actually I just ordered a trio of Balkan/Oriental blends from Peretti's joint in Beantown...Royal Blend, Tashkent & Oriental #40. I also smoke GLP Samarra on occasion and tolerate it OK.  I think one of the Peretti blends...perhaps Tashkent would be a good bronco buster for the new "Count Mort-ula" Poker.


Count Mort-ula...the name of the new pipe...cause the thing just has Bela Lugosi written all over it.


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PostSubject: Re: What kind of blend for Morta?   Thu Oct 22, 2015 3:17 pm

I have about 5 of them, dated from 4 to 8 thousand years. Each one smokes differently. (but then again, it's the same with briars) All of them are exceptional smokers if not counting the one that's heavily ghosted and the ghost doesn't seem to go away no matter what.

There are few things that can be said about mortas:

1. They heat up very quickly, due to high content of minerals (metal) in the wood. It's more thermal conductor than insulator.
2. They cool as quickly as they heat.
3. They smoke cleaner than briar, not as much as meerschaum, but close.
4. They get ghosted easily. DO NOT EVER smoke Lakelands in morta!!!!! You're gonna have a bad time. (personal experience)
5. They are more heat resistant than briar, you can develop cake, but not necessarily. I don't keep cake on mine, and it's ok.
6. In terms of weight they are lighter than briar, which is a good thing.
7. After the carnauba wax is gone, they retain the shine if polished well.

Aaaand that's about it.
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PostSubject: Re: What kind of blend for Morta?   Thu Oct 22, 2015 4:06 pm

This is so great. Real world experience gained first hand. A couple of these posts are worthy of a Morta Data thread, stuck to the top for all to see. Excellent. Thanks.

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PostSubject: Re: What kind of blend for Morta?   Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:02 pm

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PostSubject: Re: What kind of blend for Morta?   Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:06 pm

Classic.



Any blends out there named 'Skunk Works'?

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PostSubject: Re: What kind of blend for Morta?   Mon Oct 26, 2015 4:30 pm

never knew morta existed until today, so thank you all for adding a bit of knowledge.

but now I seen them I want one.. oh well we didn't "need" a holiday next year really
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