Inspired after opening the P&C catalog, smelling of a tobacco warehouse, an idea rose in my head like a deep cloud of blue smoke. What does "average Joe" man smoke?
Here I am buying up Seattle Pipe Club, Escudo, Presbyterian and GL Pease Westminster (my new favorite), but what does the average Joe stuff in his pipe? What were the brands that even I know from hearing about pipe tobacco before I smoked pipe tobacco? Or what brands does my eye catch in the drugstore checkout line?
I promptly ordered (now wait does Average Joe order his tobacco online? Should I have bought it at the corner drugstore next to the Anthony and Cleopatra or Backwoods cigars?) a package of somewhat samplers. Captain Black (Royal and Regular), Casey Jones, Carter Hall and Peter Stokkebye (English Luxury) and I had some 965 clone in my wishlist.
Getting the package, I opened most of them (oh my were they soft) and smelled just about each one. The scent took me back to those thrilling days of yesteryear when I worked in the French Quarter and Metairie selling cigars. I remember the sweet sweet candy smell of the tobaccos we had for sale and a bell rang in my head as a warning. The same bell I have in my head for drinking- "Be careful of the sweet stuff." I happily ignored it.
My throat wishes I hadn't.
I filled up a cob with Cappy Black Royal and the day after that tried the Carter Hall. I find Captain Black to be candy for men, so very sweet. I like it to caramelize my pipe the same way I like peanut oil for my cast iron. Carter Hall was a bit less sweet but I still had to remind myself not to smoke it hot.
The entire two nights, my throat ached like a child's cold. I coughed like I needed an oxygen tank nearby. I just don't know how "average Joe" smokes all that. Do they smoke it slow, cold, warm, hot? If I felt like this every day, I just would not have this hobby, ever. I would collect toy trains or widdle wood.
For now I just think that the tobacco was way to wet to be smoked. I smoked it like the wonderful dry sausage smelling tobaccos that I love, and got fried. Like the prom-date that has the sweet tasting drink. Tastes great the night before but you're gone the next day. So I have them out drying for a bit, like coffee beans, hoping it gets better.
But my compliments to all those "average Joes" that HAVE to smoke this stuff. Because I think if I HAD to smoke them, I would be looking at stamps or buying little trees to put next to my tracks.
NOTE: the 965 my mixture clone was pretty good. Only the Dunhill original smelled a bit sweeter and smoked more sausagier.