Well I was quite pleased to see the five tins of F&T Cut Virginia Plug made it to me from Mars and Cigars, lightning fast!
I photographed the two tins, the 12 y/o is on top and the change in color is remarkable.
Considering how well the 12 y/o performed in all the pot shapes I've smoked them in thus far I figured the best way to minimize any flavor profile that any briar pipe or and ebonite, or vulcanite, stem may add I would smoke the old and new in a Ringling Canted Morta Pot, with horn stem, that comes from a white sand bog in Europe.
While Morta can add its own unique flavor depending on what kind of conditions it was exposed to in the big it generally smokes off by the fifth smoke. The Ringling Morta pipes I have from the white sand bog both smoked neutral right from the first smoke and the horn stem is also neutral adding no additional flavor profile.
I am enjoying a smoke of the 12 y/o while I have some of the new flake drying to be smoked later. Morta can be smoked again as soon as it has cooled but I will allow this to cool and air out while the flake gets to where I feel it is smokable.
The smoke in the Ringling was yet another revelation because rather than the citrusy notes being more forward with the spiciness in the background it seemed to marry the two and allowed them to play and linger on the palate, a very satisfying smoke indeed and definitely keeping it smokey.