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PegLegEd

PegLegEd

Age : 65
Location : Dublin, Ga
Registration date : 2010-01-31

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PostSubject: SHPC VR Blend   SHPC VR Blend EmptyTue May 18, 2010 11:34 am

Help!!!! Much needed, and Will Be much appreciated.

I just received a shock. I received some SHPC VR Blend from a Brother a while back, it was somewhat course, a little moist, crumbly, kinda like what you get with normal pipe tobacco. It tasted good, smoked good, smelled good. So I ordered some from
http://search.store.yahoo.net/cgi-bin/nsearch?catalog=pipes-cigars-tobacco&query=SHPC&.autodone=nsearch.html

Here is where I got into trouble. It came in a 8oz can. In this can is about 12 thick logs of tobacco sticks. I have no idea how you are supposed to smoke these things. I don't have a Pipe large enough to get one of those things in it.

If anybody has any suggestions what to do. Please let me know.
Thanks,
Ed


Last edited by PegLegEd on Tue May 18, 2010 11:35 am; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : forgot the r in brother)
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scottbtdmb

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Age : 38
Location : Bel Air, MD
Registration date : 2010-02-19

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PostSubject: Re: SHPC VR Blend   SHPC VR Blend EmptyTue May 18, 2010 11:42 am

Ed,
I just break off a small chunk, rub it out, and load my pipe. You will really enjoy this stuff btw. It is definitely one of my faves! Let us know how it works out for you.

-Scott
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Dock
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Location : @ The Gym
Registration date : 2007-12-15

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PostSubject: Re: SHPC VR Blend   SHPC VR Blend EmptyTue May 18, 2010 6:40 pm

Scott's dead on correct. Crumble and load loosely......Then try SHPC's "Great Hiatus" while you're at it Laughing Laughing Laughing That one was thought up by myself and was made to somewhat resemble original Dunhill's #965 cheers
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PegLegEd

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Age : 65
Location : Dublin, Ga
Registration date : 2010-01-31

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PostSubject: Re: SHPC VR Blend   SHPC VR Blend EmptyTue May 18, 2010 7:37 pm

Thanks for the replies. The pack loosely will probably work, tight does not. I have lots of great hiatus love it. tastes like great hiatus to me. never had #965 but that is good to know.
thanks,
Ed Smile
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scottbtdmb

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Age : 38
Location : Bel Air, MD
Registration date : 2010-02-19

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PostSubject: Re: SHPC VR Blend   SHPC VR Blend EmptyTue May 18, 2010 10:55 pm

Danish_Pipe_Guy wrote:
Scott's dead on correct. Crumble and load loosely......Then try SHPC's "Great Hiatus" while you're at it Laughing Laughing Laughing That one was thought up by myself and was made to somewhat resemble original Dunhill's #965 cheers

Dock I have never had Great Hiatus, but you guys sure did a wonderful job on VR Blend. Was VR based loosely on any tobaccos of long past by the way? Either way, it stands on its own and I have about 4 oz in the cellar, with about 2 lbs in the cellar of my mind (hehe). Anyhow, next time I put an order in at pipesandcigars.com, Great Hiatus will definitely be on my purchased list!

-Scott
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abbacab

abbacab

Location : Houston, TX
Registration date : 2010-04-29

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PostSubject: Re: SHPC VR Blend   SHPC VR Blend EmptySat May 22, 2010 12:05 pm

Got several tins in from Pipes and Cigars last week, including my first 8 0z. Thought it was odd the way the tobacco seemed to rattle around in there...Mystery solved. (Somehow oddly appropriate).

Thanks to you and your other SHP Culbbers, Dock. VR quickly became my "break in blend". The BEST cake building blend ever; and a heck of a nice smoke... cheers
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alfredo_buscatti

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Age : 64
Location : Piedmont, North Carolina
Registration date : 2007-12-17

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PostSubject: Re: SHPC VR Blend   SHPC VR Blend EmptySun May 23, 2010 12:22 pm

You might try steaming the sticks to extract leaves. That's what the folks from Tambolaka suggest for their stick version.

BTW there's a group buy for this Indonesian tobacco (Tambolaka) going on at Puff.com. Smoking some now, extremely strong, maybe 50% greater nicotine than GH Brown Rope, a velvety feeling in the smoke which I put down to its high-order strength; otherwise cigar notes and definitely the deepest tastes of any tobacco I've ever smoked.
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Zeno Marx

Zeno Marx

Registration date : 2010-06-26

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PostSubject: Re: SHPC VR Blend   SHPC VR Blend EmptyWed Nov 23, 2011 12:50 am

I find this all very interesting. I just received a couple ounces for a small sampling. It looks nothing like the photos I've seen of it. It's all in ribbons with a few cake chunks here and there. Worst of all, it is bone dry. I have to ask: is it supposed to be really dry? Should it be similar in moisture to say McClelland 2015 or a little drier like the Stokkebye cakes?

So weird and really rather disappointing. I had no intentions of trying to get a new sample back into smoking shape.
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Cadfael



Registration date : 2011-11-07

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PostSubject: Re: SHPC VR Blend   SHPC VR Blend EmptyWed Nov 30, 2011 12:44 am

I enjoy this blend very much!
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SailorJack

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Age : 64
Location : Exit 109 New Jersey
Registration date : 2008-10-14

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PostSubject: Re: SHPC VR Blend   SHPC VR Blend EmptyWed Nov 30, 2011 7:50 pm

Who cares what it looks like? I bought some of it in bulk and the flakes were somewhat broken up. Just rub it out, the tobacco I mean, and enjoy. VR is a great blend that any lover of Va/Pers should try ASAP. That reminds me, I need to order some more.
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MisterE

Location : Mexico City
Registration date : 2009-08-24

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PostSubject: Re: SHPC VR Blend   SHPC VR Blend EmptyWed Nov 30, 2011 8:27 pm

I like this blend. I got a little sample from Natch (he's the birthday boy today BTW) last year. I just crumbled it up and it was fine. If I remember it was a little tastier wet than dried out. Seems like most crumble cakes (Kakes as they call them) are friendlier a little moist IMHO.
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Zeno Marx

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Registration date : 2010-06-26

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PostSubject: Re: SHPC VR Blend   SHPC VR Blend EmptyWed Nov 30, 2011 9:03 pm

SailorJack wrote:
Who cares what it looks like?
because its form makes a difference in both flavor and how it smokes.
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gandalfpc

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Age : 52
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PostSubject: Re: SHPC VR Blend   SHPC VR Blend EmptyThu Dec 01, 2011 3:04 am

It's not to be steamed like Tambolaka - that stuff is unique.

VR is just a firmly pressed cake, break off, rub out, pack loose and enjoy. I prefer it in a large bowl...
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Natch

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Age : 68
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Registration date : 2007-12-21

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PostSubject: Re: SHPC VR Blend   SHPC VR Blend EmptyThu Dec 01, 2011 3:07 pm

Bought several larger tins when it first came out and wasn't too impressed with it. But it seemed to have a quiet little background voice that said, "check me out again in a few years, big-boy!", so I'm waiting to see how she ages.

Natch
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Zeno Marx

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PostSubject: Re: SHPC VR Blend   SHPC VR Blend EmptyMon Feb 15, 2016 2:03 pm

http://www.pipesandcigars.com/pipe-tobacco/88935/scottys-bulk-blends-vr-blend

just been renamed?
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docwatson

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Location : Central Massachusetts and midcoast Maine
Registration date : 2008-03-21

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PostSubject: Re: SHPC VR Blend   SHPC VR Blend EmptyWed Feb 17, 2016 12:12 pm

Zeno Marx wrote:
http://www.pipesandcigars.com/pipe-tobacco/88935/scottys-bulk-blends-vr-blend

just been renamed?

I believe that is correct. They have dropped the SHPC (Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club) designation and just renamed it VR blend.


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Location : Arid-zona
Registration date : 2011-05-04

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PostSubject: Re: SHPC VR Blend   SHPC VR Blend EmptyThu Feb 18, 2016 8:32 pm

I was a huge fan of the VR blend and have long exhausted my meagre stash of it. Great to learn it's back in production under a different name.

Has anyone tried this resurrected version? The pic in the link shows the 'baccy in a kind of coarse shag and I remember the square logs that one had to break apart and rub out to the desired consistency. But even then they never did look like the pic in the link. Much darker too.

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