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Experimenting with Xmas Cheer

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Slow Puffs

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Like many, I assume, there is a stockpile of Christmas Cheer in your cellar/shelves.

I just opened '05 and have enjoyed a few bowls so far. '05 comes from a Middle Belt crop of 1997.

One of the thoughts I had in collecting Xmas Cheer is that because it is a single crop, it might be an ideal tobacco to experiment with... For instance, what about making it into a vaper? How much perique?

Has anyone tried some tinkering with this?

I know the obvious... why tinker with a good thing? But out of curiosity, has someone tried this or have suggestions.
 

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Try an 8:1 ratio of CC-to-Perique; unless you really enjoy Perique, then maybe 4:1 is OK. Put it in a Mason jar for at least a month; give it a try. This is a method I use when introducing Turkish, Oriental, or Latakia to an existing blend which doesn't contain them. Seems to work. I'm not "big" on Perique, so for me; I add it in very small ratios (i.e., 1/16th or even 1//32nd). A VaPer person will probably enjoy a higher ratio (as suggested above). My 2 cents worth of knowledge!! FTRPLT
 

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This may be considered heresy by some, but when I was down to a small amount of my tin of '07 Xmas Cheer, I stretched it by cutting it 50/50 with McClelland's Navy Cavendish, both well-rubbed-out. The result tasted like a more complex Navy Cavendish, not a sweeter Xmas Cheer. Not a brilliant blend, but a pleasant smoke.
 

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Some great ideas above and sure do sound good. Just remember to start out lite, you can always add more but you sure can't take it out . Keep us posted about this. It sure does sound good. When things settle down here I am going to try it.
 

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Roger, you gave me a brain wave. I thought about it for a few days now. This morning I was looking at some 2015 and I was reminded of the Marlin Flake/2015 that you enjoy (I do as well). So I decided to do a 50/50 combo of CC '05 and 2015. I don't think I'll go wrong with that :D .

I'll let it sit for a while and let you know some of my impressions.

Part of the challenge is that CC '05 is a broken flake. I pondered over "rubbing it out" and then adding perique. This process didn't appeal to me. So I'm just combining equal amounts (in broken flake form) and letting it sit.
 

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It's been a month so I decided to try a pipeful of the 50/50 combo of 2015 and CC '05. It is a modest mixture of about 3 oz combined. Neither was rubbed out prior, and I can't envision a month in a jar having a great deal of an effect on the tobacco. I used the Stein method, cutting the broken flake into BB's (small cubes).

I am pleased with the result. Pleased especially that the perique made its presence felt, not completely diluted. Stronger in the botton half of the bowl.

For me this will be a "keeper" combo for future tins of CC.

Now what? Been wondering what 5100 and CC might do, but will wait until another tin of CC is popped :!:
 

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Interesting thoughts on blending...my local sells some straight stuff to blend but never thought about trying to do much blending on my own.
 
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