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GLP Odyssey and Cumberland

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Benton

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I've got a tin each of Odyssey and Cumberland open now, they are the blends that I'm "studying" most carefully these days. I haven't tried all of the blends in the GLP lineup, but it is hard to imagine two of them that are more different.

Odyssey is a real surprise. Given the tin description and the potent aroma, I didn't expect such a mellow, sweet smoke. To look at all that black mess in the tin, you would expect it to taste like chopped tires, but it's more like devil's food cake. I was in love from the first match.

I need some pointers on Cumberland, though. It seems to have a tendency to turn harsh and acrid with little provocation. Do you all dry it out? I tried it in a larger, thick-walled pipe last night and had some hints of very good flavor during the first third and last third of the bowl. There was a middle third, though, that was a little acrid, irritated my throat, and gave me a bit of tongue bite.

Anyone out there get over their love/hate relationship with Cumberland?
 

Carlos

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Burley oft times needs to be carefully sipped. Just barely smouldering. Usually it's my packing technique that has faltered when I get a bitter bowl.
 

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Odyssey and Westminster are blends that I smoke often due to their mellowness an sweetness. I can smoke one pipe after the other without ill effects to the mouth. They are great bleds for those with a sweet tooth for Latakia. :D

I like to use Cumberland to break in new pipes. It goes well with the flavor of raw briar :lol!:
 

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My experience with Cumberland is the difference when aged. Like two totally different blends. They don't even look at all the same appearance wise. The aged (3+ years) is out of this world! I have a similar experience as you described with brand new Cumberland unless sipped as Carlos pointed out.
 

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Odyssey is one of my favorites. Love that latakia kick. And it doesn't end there...

Lou, NY
 

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Cumberland is one of my very favorite tobaccos. All of what I have is aged, and thus I would like to add this caveat to the following: Cumberland has always been a great smoke, but I have also I smoked it young and never found it harsh.
 
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