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Haunted Bookshop Review

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JJPHOTO

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Being a noob I feel competely unqualified to give my opinion on a tobacco, but since I was asked in another thread...

This was one of the best if not THE best smoke I've had since picking up a pipe (which hasn't been long mind you). I tried the Haddo's Delight last night and didn't find the appeal in it at all. It reminded me of the time back when I smoked cigs and I found a half of a pack in a coat from months prior and tried to smoke it. Flavorless, weak, stale - all things I didn't expect from the reviews I've read of Haddo's. I'll give it another try just to be sure, but I may be passing it along to another brother.

I smoked it in a brand new cob that I've set aside as my tester for Burley blends. When lit it produced a massive amount of rich smoke - didn't think I'd have to even relight after the initial light, but after a couple minutes I did. This reminds me a lot of the Puros Indios cigars I used to smoke back in the day. Nice, rich, beautiful full flavor with a subtle little pepper to it, which I assume is perique? Every once in a while there would be just the slightest sweetness come through, but not in an overpowering or dominating way.

I wound up getting it too hot because I couldn't make myself slow down on it because I was enjoying it so much. If you get it too hot, it starts to really kick ya. Not in a tongue bite sort of way, but really changes flavor and gets pretty harsh. I let it cool down for a bit and relit and finished off the bowl completely happy.

Left almost no dottle in the bottom when I finished. Definitely left an aftertaste like I used to get when smoking cigars, but not in a bad way. I smoke non-aromatics outside so I'm not sure on the room note.

Haunted Bookshop is definitely a keeper for me. Next order I place, I'll be getting some extras to stick away in the cellar while I explore more blends.

Keep in mind, I'm still really new so take this all with a grain of salt. Thanks to all who recommended this blend to me.
 

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Thanks for the review! I have been on the fence about trying this blend... I am not a huge burley fan.. I do like vapers... Kinda looking for a new all day smoke... So, I decided to put some Haunted Bookshop on my wish list. I am looking forward to trying this blend -- from what I hear, it is fairly easy to keep lit, which would do well when I am puffing away on some backwater trout stream. Or driving. Or sitting and contemplating the vastness of infinity. Thanks again and enjoy that new Peterson!
 

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I love C&D Bur/VA/Pers!
I believe I like Old Joe Krantz a little bit more than HB. (just added a pound to the cellar)
Three Friars is another great blend.
 

JJPHOTO

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Will make sure to try those other blends as well Hermit.

And Trout - yes it stays lit extremely well which would make it a great choice when working, fishing, etc. Just don't get it too hot. Mouth is a little sore today I think from the HB yesterday.
 
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Just popped a can of HB Tuesday and smoked the first bowl on the drive home last night. I liked it, for some reason I sensed a bit of Walnut (please don't throw anything at me). Now I admit that I'm not that knowledgeable on the different tobaccos but there was a similarity both in aroma when I opened the can and in the smoke to something in Walnut (what do you think JP?). I thought the smoke would be stronger than it was from the aroma of the can, but I found it (pleasently) surprisingly mild. I'm going to have it again tonight in my new Tinsky #4 Author. I think I like it.
:pipe: on Brothers!
 

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For me, HB is an archetype of what Burley blends are all about. I prefer it to OJK - it's just that much smoother. Think I'll light up a bowl right now.

Don't give up on Haddo's - it is a great tobacco. Yours might be very dry or something but HD is NOT bland. It packs a real perique kick.
 

JJPHOTO

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I've tried OJK now and I prefer the HB to it as well - very smooth like you said. I've got my Haddo's aging so I'll revisit it later on... supposed to only get better with age!
 

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Thanks for the great review, JJ, HB is one of my favorites, too. Give that Haddo's some time and I think you'll notice an improvement.

Smokey
 

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For my tastes (and others), Haddos needs at least 2 years of age before its ready to smoke. Cellar some and try again later.
 

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EJinVA":t83rjz4b said:
Just popped a can of HB Tuesday and smoked the first bowl on the drive home last night. I liked it, for some reason I sensed a bit of Walnut (please don't throw anything at me). Now I admit that I'm not that knowledgeable on the different tobaccos but there was a similarity both in aroma when I opened the can and in the smoke to something in Walnut (what do you think JP?). I thought the smoke would be stronger than it was from the aroma of the can, but I found it (pleasently) surprisingly mild. I'm going to have it again tonight in my new Tinsky #4 Author. I think I like it.
:pipe: on Brothers!
I have not tried HB but there is another C&D blend, Barrister that is very similar to Walnut in those respects. Of course what else would you expect from a high grade blender like C&D! :D
 
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I had another bowl of HB last night and it has mellowed some since I opened it two months ago, very nice smoke. JP, I'll bring this tin on the NY trip so you can have a go at it.
 

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EJinVA":z9o0ozhs said:
I had another bowl of HB last night and it has mellowed some since I opened it two months ago, very nice smoke. JP, I'll bring this tin on the NY trip so you can have a go at it.
I will be looking forward to that EJ! I have been wanting to try it.
 
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