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Dmoore13

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PostSubject: Hello from Kent, Ohio   Sat Jun 26, 2010 5:54 pm

Hey everyone,

My name is Dave and I am somewhat of a new pipe smoker, having started about a month ago. I am the ripe age of 22 and a student at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, and a soon to be student at Stetson University College of Law in Tampa, Florida. Hobbies of mine other than pipe and cigar smoking are competitive bodybuilding and powerlifting as well as being a Alumni Brother in The Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity here at KSU.

As for the topic of pipe smoking, I have been lucky to find several pipe smoking websites that helped me to get started as well as to give me the knowledge to have the most enjoyable smoking experience possible. My first pipe was an Italian H.I.S. (Hugo International Series) half-bent billiard by Gardesana. Not many people know about H.I.S. and it took me some time find out who made this brand and what it stood for. From the research that I have done, I found that the majority of people thoroughly enjoy this brand and recommend it to not only the beginning smoker, but also the seasoned smoker. In fact, I like this pipe so much I just went out today and picked up another. This time I got a H.I.S. black, sand-blasted, straight Dublin. I haven't started to break it in yet because I've been focusing on the salt and alcohol treatment I put on my billiard, but I will get the pleasure to enjoy it tonight for the first time. For those of you that aren't familiar with H.I.S., I found that the only problem, or rather, negative aspect is the pipe cleaner test. Both of my Hugo Series pipes (especially my billiard) have trouble passing a pipe cleaner without a little fines, but all I have to do is twist it one or two times and it goes right in. To me, this is not a problem at all, and from what I have learned, this isn't considered a big problem to many smokers.

Although I have done a lot of pipe smoking research online, the most knowledge that I have received is from my local tobacconists. I am fortunate enough to live very close to my favorite tobacconist, The Pipe Rack in Akron, Ohio. The employees here are nothing shy of human pipe and cigar databases and they have helped me greatly. I would, and still do spend about 3 hours a week (give or take) in the shop racking the brains of a few employees. I have had the opportunity to go to most of the local tobacconists in my area and The Pipe Rack is the best. All of their tobaccos are hand blended (I know the guy that does all the blending), and they have the best pipe selection I have seen thus far, covering an entire wall of the shop. Another great thing about this shop is the amount of pipe tobacco, having about 12 or so different blends ranging from sweet Virginia's and mellow Burley's, to strong Latakia's and Perique's. They also have a decent selection of tin brands, including the ever-so-popular Mac Baren Navy Flake and a personal favorite of mine, Blue Note. If you are in the area and have a chance to stop in to the shop, ask for Jim or Dave, they can explain all of their blends and answer any questions you might have about them. A close second to The Pipe Rack is the Briarpatch in North Canton, Ohio, having a great Virginia and Cavendish blend called Alsatian (apparently a best seller in several states). Another tobacconist that I have found to be good is the Village Tobacconist in Montrose, Ohio. Here, they have a great cherry blend that I enjoy frequently.

Most, if not all of my personal tobacco selection consists of aromatics. Though I still enjoy a good aromatic, I seem to have had a taste shift that wants to focus more on non-aromatic tobaccos, in fact the same taste shift that I have recently experienced with cigars. I did like the mild to medium category including the Oliva Connecticut Reserve Toro and Drew Estate's Isla Del Sol Toro, but I find more enjoyment out of the medium to full-body category including Oliva Serie G Maduro (Perfecto) and my new favorite, the Cain 660 Habano (6x60) also made by Oliva.

If you spent the time to sit and read this post, thank you and hopefully I'll see you on the forums soon.

Dave
Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono
`Onipa`a



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Ol'Dawg

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Kent, Ohio   Sat Jun 26, 2010 6:47 pm

Hello and welcome to BoB!

Jim...a UGA Sig Ep alum
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Kent, Ohio   Sat Jun 26, 2010 7:17 pm

Dave, welcome and a great first post...the only thing missing is pics of the pipe shop you love to go to.

Think you could get a complete list of all their blends posted up sometime for us? I think I'm going to end up putting together a spreadsheet of every blend/tobacco I can find out there.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Kent, Ohio   Sat Jun 26, 2010 7:39 pm

Ol'Dawg wrote:
Hello and welcome to BoB!

Jim...a UGA Sig Ep alum

HFF brother
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Dmoore13

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Kent, Ohio   Sat Jun 26, 2010 7:45 pm

hobie1dog wrote:
Dave, welcome and a great first post...the only thing missing is pics of the pipe shop you love to go to.

Think you could get a complete list of all their blends posted up sometime for us? I think I'm going to end up putting together a spreadsheet of every blend/tobacco I can find out there.

I can definitely get some pictures of the shop, I'll talk to the employees and make sure it is alright and I'll do it the next time I stop in. Also, I can get a list of the blends that they have. Luckily, on each jar they have the tobaccos and casings used for each blend so I'll be able to jot them down quickly. I forgot to put this in my last post, but apparently not all of their blends are hand blended. I know of one called "Aristocrat" that I was told was taken directly from the supplier and put in a jar. Regardless, it is a fantastic blend and was the first pipe tobacco I ever tried. There aren't any others that I can think of that aren't hand blended, but I can also find that out.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Kent, Ohio   Sat Jun 26, 2010 9:09 pm

Welcome aboard Dave!
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Kent, Ohio   Sat Jun 26, 2010 10:37 pm

Dave, welcome to BoB!
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PostSubject: Welcome!   Sun Jun 27, 2010 1:55 am

Welcome to the BoB. And thanks for the shop information, it sounds like a pleasant road trip from here.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Kent, Ohio   Sun Jun 27, 2010 8:18 am

Wow, that was some intro! Come back often.

Buddy
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Kent, Ohio   Sun Jun 27, 2010 8:39 am

Welcome to the group, Dave!
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PostSubject: Thanks   Sun Jun 27, 2010 2:17 pm

Thanks everyone,

Hopefully I'll be able to get some pictures of the shop up as well as all of their blends. I'm currently in the process of trying all of the blends that they have. Unfortunately I have only tried about 7 or so of their blends which puts me only about a third of the way finished. If anyone does make it out the The Pipe Rack the best blends (aromatics) that I have tried are; Aristocrat, Black Beauty, Burley Brite, Captain Kidd (ready rubbed flake), Buckeye, and Rum & Maple. Most of these are Virginia/Burley/Cavendish blends. Burley Brite is a pure burley blend, and Black Beauty is a pure black cavendish blend. I'm not sure if they use the same casing process as, for example, Mac Baren (boiling pure ingredients), but whichever way they do it makes for a great tasting and enjoyable smoke every time.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Kent, Ohio   Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:48 pm

I used to hang with the Sig Eps at Mother Alpha, U. of Richmond. I decided to transfer just when I was going to rush. They were a good group of guys.

Welcome to the BoB! cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Kent, Ohio   Sun Jun 27, 2010 10:25 pm

Welcome to the party my friend! Thanks for the info on Akron area B&M's! I'm in the Akron/Aurora area three days a week and will definitely check them out. cheers bounce
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PostSubject: Re:Hello from Kent, Ohio   Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:15 pm

Greeting and welcome!

cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Kent, Ohio   Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:17 pm

Welcome!

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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Kent, Ohio   Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:58 pm

Welcome!
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Kent, Ohio   Mon Jun 28, 2010 5:08 pm

TallSmoke wrote:
I used to hang with the Sig Eps at Mother Alpha, U. of Richmond. I decided to transfer just when I was going to rush. They were a good group of guys.

Welcome to the BoB! cheers

That would also be the best chapter of SigEp, the fraternity was actually founded in Richmond, Virginia. Good to hear you got along with everyone and that they all hold the cardinal principles of Sigma Phi Epsilon.
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PostSubject: Just Up   Mon Jun 28, 2010 9:02 pm

Pictures of my pipes & tobacco are now up and I have also updated my information. Stop by and take a look sometime.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Kent, Ohio   Tue Jun 29, 2010 3:01 pm

Howdy and Welcome!
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PostSubject: Re: Hello from Kent, Ohio   Sat Jul 03, 2010 9:49 am

Welcome from another Ohio pipe smoker. I have been to The Pipe Rack several times. It is a great B&M to visit and buy pipes and tobacco. The last time I was there I bought a real nice va bulk blend. I always make it a point to stop when I am in the area.
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PostSubject: Blends from The Pipe Rack   Sat Jul 03, 2010 4:59 pm

Hey guys,
I stopped into The Pipe Rack today and got a list of all of their blends. I also picked up 100g of Mac Baren Navy Flake, which I will get a chance to enjoy for the first time later tonight. Here are their blends, and the prices start at $4.85 and go up to $5.95. I haven't had a chance to get any pictures of the shop, but I asked an employee and they have no problem at all with me taking pictures.

790 Highland
Toasted Cavendish
Mountain Latakia
White Burley
Golden Virginia’s

Amaretto
Cavendish flavored with Amaretto
Smooth & cool smoke

Apple Cobbler
Unique blend of Gold Cavendish
A touch of mellow Burley’s
Enhanced with a delicate apple flavor

Aristocrat (New Mix)
Blend of Black Burley’s
Pronounced Vanilla & Walnut taste
Smooth smoking
Easy to keep lit
Pleasurable aroma

Black Beauty
Burley base with toasted Cavendish added
Has an earthy taste & mild aroma

Black Burley
A Black & Burley blend
Vanilla taste & aroma
Smooth & easy to keep lit

Black Cordial
An unusual blend of four new black fire-cured tobacco
It has hi-lights of sweet Virginia’s
Topped with a rich cordial liquor

Buckeye
A blend of Black & Bright Cavendish
Mixed with classic raisin & natural orange flavor
Smooth & flavorful

Burley Brite
A Burley blend without the Burley bite
Cool, pleasing aroma

Capt. Kidd
Golden Virginia & Burley mix with toasted Cavendish
Takes on a zesty dimension

Cherry Rock (New Mix)
Fired-cured Cherry Cavendish
Smooth & flavorful

Coffee Royale
Black Cavendish
Cut Virginia’s & Burley’s
Coffee flavor

Countryside (New Mix)
Golden fire-cured Cavendish
Flavorful aroma

Danish Rum
Mature Virginia’s
Blend of mild Burley’s
Pure rum & vanilla flavors

English Tudor (New Mix)
Traditional English
Distinctive & full-bodied
Skilled blend of pure tobaccos

Hazelnut
Golden Virginia & Burley’s
Full-bodied Cavendish
Roasted hazelnut flavor

Irish Mist
Black Burley blend
Sweet nougat flavor
Excellent aroma

Jim’s Blend
Fired-cured Cavendish blended with vanilla
Smooth & cool smoke

Krupp’s Blend
Fire-cured Cavendish
Blended with honey & peaches
Rich & flavorful

Larry’s Blend
Golden Cavendish
A hint of fire-cured
Pleasing & flavorful taste

Manor House (New Mix)
Black Sea Oriental Latakia
Medium strength
Full-bodied yet mild

Old Portage
Finest matured blends
Golden Virginia tobaccos
Subtle aromatic flavor

Peaches & Cream
Italian peaches
South American honey
Flavorful smoke

Rum & Maple (New Mix)
Vanilla bean & rum flavored
Maple Walnut Cavendish
Mild aromatic

Shamrock
Fire-cured Cavendish
Extremely mild
Slow burning & cool smoke

Super Supreme
A mixture of Black Burley’s
Red & Golden Virginia’s
Blended with a rich walnut & vanilla
A flavorful smoke with a distinctive aroma

Vanilla Velvet
Pure vanilla extract
Rich & flavorful
Mild & cool smoke

Whiskey Cavendish
A natural Cavendish
Flavored with whiskey
Rich & aromatic

Whitehouse (New Mix)
Golden Cavendish
Cherry & vanilla flavor
Mild & great tasting




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