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cramptholomew

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PostSubject: Unique Blends   Unique Blends EmptyMon Apr 30, 2018 9:41 pm

Hi all, I'm new here, and just picked my pipes back up after tabbling in the sport a few years back. I've bought a plethora of different 'baccies in the last few months, most of which I've enjoyed. What I'm after are some singularly unique, and even weird blends. I enjoy one of a kind flavors - just like my tastes in music (if a singer/musician doesn't stand out as having their own truly unique flair, I don't generally revisit their music). Anyone here have any suggestions of currently available serious odd-balls, good or bad? I recently bought some GH Black Irish X rope, strictly BECAUSE of the extreme reviews. I haven't tried it yet, because I'm waiting for a special occasion. I'll try anything once.

Thanks in advance, and nice to be here!
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PostSubject: Re: Unique Blends   Unique Blends EmptyMon Apr 30, 2018 10:20 pm

Welcome cramp, and please get thyself to the Welcome Wagon and introduce yourself.


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DrT999

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PostSubject: Re: Unique Blends   Unique Blends EmptyMon Apr 30, 2018 10:39 pm

cramptholomew wrote:
Hi all, I'm new here, and just picked my pipes back up after tabbling in the sport a few years back. I've bought a plethora of different 'baccies in the last few months, most of which I've enjoyed. What I'm after are some singularly unique, and even weird blends. I enjoy one of a kind flavors - just like my tastes in music (if a singer/musician doesn't stand out as having their own truly unique flair, I don't generally revisit their music). Anyone here have any suggestions of currently available serious odd-balls, good or bad? I recently bought some GH Black Irish X rope, strictly BECAUSE of the extreme reviews. I haven't tried it yet, because I'm waiting for a special occasion. I'll try anything once.

Thanks in advance, and nice to be here!

I rather enjoy the GH version myself; the Sam Gawith version is sometimes a bit much. Best of luck with it! You might also look into Tambolaka.
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PostSubject: Re: Unique Blends   Unique Blends EmptyMon Apr 30, 2018 11:10 pm

I have just looked into Tambolaka, and it seems a fool's errand. With a half hour of Google-Fu, I only found reviews, and notices of it's availability up until 2016. It sounds right up my alley, so I'm notably disheartened that it's currently unavailable.
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DrT999

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PostSubject: Re: Unique Blends   Unique Blends EmptyTue May 01, 2018 9:27 am

cramptholomew wrote:
I have just looked into Tambolaka, and it seems a fool's errand. With a half hour of Google-Fu, I only found reviews, and notices of it's availability up until 2016. It sounds right up my alley, so I'm notably disheartened that it's currently unavailable.

Sorry, I hadn't realized it was now hard to get again. Of course, when I tried it, I had to order it from Indonesia. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Unique Blends   Unique Blends EmptyTue May 01, 2018 11:35 am

Funds used for blends other than Tambolaka represent money well spent.  IMHO

If you want something unique but wonderful...try some “Dark Horse” a John Patton bulk blend available at 4 Noggins online. It is a singular and succulent blending of Burley, Cigar Leaf, Turkish, Perique and Virginia. There’s not really anything else equivalent out there.

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PostSubject: Re: Unique Blends   Unique Blends EmptyTue May 01, 2018 11:51 am

Some other 'unique' blends: Sam Gawith's Grousemoor (if you like Luden's cough drops) & (if you can find it) RB Plug
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PostSubject: Re: Unique Blends   Unique Blends EmptyTue May 01, 2018 12:18 pm

Anyone tried the Tabac Manil blends? They sound rather interesting...
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PostSubject: Re: Unique Blends   Unique Blends EmptyTue May 01, 2018 12:33 pm

Rattray's Exotic Orange. Vincent Manil's Semois. I consider MacBaren's standard blends to be unique because of what seems to be a distinctive honey-like topping. There's no mistaking them for something else.
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PostSubject: Re: Unique Blends   Unique Blends EmptyTue May 01, 2018 12:37 pm

cramptholomew wrote:
Anyone tried the Tabac Manil blends? They sound rather interesting...

Our posts crossed. Yep, that's a good one to try if you want "unique." You might want to read up on what to expect before purchase. I fell in love with it at first, especially in a cob. Welcome to the club, btw.
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PostSubject: Re: Unique Blends   Unique Blends EmptyTue May 01, 2018 12:43 pm

Thanks for the suggestions! The Manil stuff sounds kind of bizarre, but in a good way. If I get some, the Brumeuse sounds like a good place to start.

Which MacBaren standards do you suggest? I like strong flavors, and not opposed to aromatics. I believe everything has its place.
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PostSubject: Re: Unique Blends   Unique Blends EmptyTue May 01, 2018 12:58 pm

cramptholomew wrote:
Anyone tried the Tabac Manil blends? They sound rather interesting...

Didn't care for them as they burn too fast for me. I do like many of the SG & GH brown ropes (flavored and non), and you can always try the various GH Lakelands.
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PostSubject: Re: Unique Blends   Unique Blends EmptyTue May 01, 2018 1:02 pm

cramptholomew wrote:
...Which MacBaren standards do you suggest? I like strong flavors, and not opposed to aromatics. I believe everything has its place.

I like most, but especially the Acadian Perique--but it doesn't have the distinctive MacBaren perfume referred to above. If you want that, try the Scottish Blend, another favorite of mine.
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PostSubject: Re: Unique Blends   Unique Blends EmptyTue May 01, 2018 1:29 pm

DrT999 wrote:
you can always try the various GH Lakelands.

I got some Bosun Cut Plug to try a lakeland style. I was blown back by the floral topping! The lakeland effect is definitely unique. I'd like to try the Ennerdale Flake and SG Grousemoor.
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PostSubject: Re: Unique Blends   Unique Blends EmptyTue May 01, 2018 1:43 pm

cramptholomew wrote:
DrT999 wrote:
you can always try the various GH Lakelands.

I got some Bosun Cut Plug to try a lakeland style. I was blown back by the floral topping! The lakeland effect is definitely unique. I'd like to try the Ennerdale Flake and SG Grousemoor.

Probably Ennerdale and #7 Broken Flake are the two best intros to GH Lakelands. Grasmere is a bit less scented (although just with Rose/Geranium) with a bit higher N than those or Bosun.
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PostSubject: Re: Unique Blends   Unique Blends EmptyTue May 01, 2018 9:16 pm

+1 for Rattray's Exotic Orange.  Probably the most unique blend I've tried in years.  I never thought I would appreciate an orange-flavored pipe tobacco, but every time I fire up a bowl of this blend I think to myself, "Wow, this stuff is incredible!".
A blend I personally find really unique and probably the most complex blend I have in my humble cellar is Peretti's Cuban Mixture.
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PostSubject: Re: Unique Blends   Unique Blends EmptyTue May 01, 2018 9:29 pm

Seems the Exotic Orange is almost as elusive as the Tambolaka! I *could* order it from Denmark, but...
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