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I'll give it a whirl with either Penzance or SL.

So for the pipe has rejected:
grey havens
ogs
reiner lgs
aj's vaper
sjf
sunday picnic
escudo
kajun kake
opening night
hv
fvf
last, but not least, kcf

All these tobacco's smoke wonderfully cool out of their designated pipes, but taste like you-know-what out of this one Auto #4. Maybe an english will be the answer. Thanks.
 

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Vito":3296olmp said:
fishnrust":3296olmp said:
...I use it for a Virginia pipe, and everything is hot and nasty out of this pipe...
fishnrust:

I have made the same classic mistake, which is how I learned to recognize it. Smoker makes arbitrary decision—"This shall be a Virginia pipe!"—despite pipe's persistent message, "No I'm not!"

I would respectfully suggest that you might do well to generalize from the previous content of this thread. If all you've ever smoked in the pipe is Virginia, you can hardly say that everything is hot and nasty when burned therein.

I see that you list Penzance among your favored tobaccos. You might try burning some of that in your Savinelli. Pack it loosely, and smoke it sloooowwwly. You might find that after a couple of bowls of that, the pipe behaves very differently.

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The couple of Tinder Box Veronas I spoke about on this thread when I tried something like Frog Morton in them they were excellent!

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Vito":o36fzv8r said:
Yak's Caminetto Bulldog took quite a shine to Robusto.
It's a sign....... Yak, put the Caminetto away until you relent and open that fat tub of Robusto you've squirreled away. Apparently the baccy gods have allowed a pipeweed fellowship to wander into your life and they aren't about to let you break it up over some stubborn ginnyweed notion.

Ya know that Peaseweed works in mysterious ways, and it should be no surprise that certain Italian briars swear allegiance to it. Can't fight these things man ;)
 

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And get this—I still had some Robusto in the bottom 1/4 bowl of the Caminetto Bulldog, left over from that first smoke. Now, in the past, I've found that Robusto doesn't DGT very well...prolly onna counta the 'gar weed therein.

Or so I thought...

But this time it was different. That last 1/4 bowl, left over from two or three days ago, smoked like a dream...by which I mean it was one of the best Robusto smokes I've ever had in any pipe. Go figure.

I couldn't have predicted that...which is to say that, after 46+ years of pipe smoking, it's just a flat-out gas that I still find surprises.

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Yak":vpzsphnu said:
More than a little flat-out gas in your avatar pic :lol: :lol: :lol:

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:lol!: Well, this is Californicaty, after all, where the bean burritos grow on trees (effectively).

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It was inevitable that I would get around to trying HH Vintage Syrian in the Caminetto Bulldog (former residence: 666 Chez Le Diable). Here's the report.

Evidently, this pipe wasn't a denizen of hell after all...only purgatory. I'm not up on current afterlife doctrine, so I might have this wrong, but it used to be the case that, like diamonds, Hell Is Forever<img class="emojione" alt="™️" title=":tm:" title=":tm:" src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/emojione/assets/png/2122.png?v=2.2.7"/>, but purgatory is provisional. At least, that's what Sister Mary Chocolate and her penguinistic sistren tried to brainwash me into believing back at St. Patrick's Penitentiary For Good Little Catholic Boyz & Girlz. Evidently, I was anything but "good"; it didn't stick. (I've heard that they've adjusted some of their dogma onna counta they were losing market share; but here again, I'm no expert on that subject.) ;)

Anyhow, it would seem that this pipe has served its sentence in purgatory, and has now ascended into heaven, smoke-wise. I'm sitting here smitten by the smoke from a bowl of HHVS as I'm writing this. It's enough to...well, if not give a man religion, then at least give him a grateful heart that "Bob" (the universe) could concoct such things as Tabacum nicotiana and Erica arborea, and then — in a spasm of creativity on which the jury is still out — along came Homo sapiens, who put them both together in such a way as to eventually engender Caminetto Bulldoggies and HHVS. It's a natch'l high!

So, is this beast tamed at last? Unfortunately, no—at least not universally, for all tobaccos. The general tone and timbre of this smoke is consistent with that of the earlier burnage of blends containing Ginnyweed...by which I mean, there's a bit of heat and zing on the tongue.

While I don't know the exact proportion of Virginia that HHVS contains, it's probably something on the order of ~35% to 40%, with ~45% (reportedly) being Syrian Latweed, and the remainder being Turkweed, with a bit of Kentucky added for balls...er, sorry—I mean oomph. So that's a hefty hunk o' Ginnyweed, and it probably explains why there's a tad o' tongue tingle in this bowl of HHVS. It's not unpleasant, by any means, but it's certainly enough to encourage the patient piper to slow the heck down on the puffage. Greedy puffing on this tobacco would surely yield a case of ZorchMouth to the inexperienced or impatient smokist.

As usual, I used a modified Franck method for the pack, which provides just a bit of resistance, so the draw is effortless and the smoke can be sipped. Such slow smokage is definitely a necessity for this pipe, as I've confirmed with everything I've smoked in it. But then, it has such a large bore diameter that it's not necessary to suck lustily. It delivers plenty of smoke with the gentlest puffing.

Wow! HHVS has never tasted quite like this in any other pipe. No doubt some of the cornucopia of flavors is attributable to ghosting of all the other weedages I've burned in it, the majority of which has been straight Cyprian Latweed. But that's a delightfully sweet and smokily seasoned altar upon which to burn any tobacco, with the possible exception of certain aromatic concoctions—none of which I intend to burn herein.

Well...maybe a few bowls of Mixture 79, but that's all.

:shock:

Just kidding, Yak. :lol:

A few more bowls of HHVS should encourage this Bullpuppy to acclimate itself to the matured Ginnyweed therein. Bit by bit, I'm working my way toward its tolerance of Virginias. :mrgreen:

 

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Will this little doggy break, or will it buck and throw Vito into the stinging Zorch nettles? :bball:
 

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I guess you'll just have to stay tuned to find out, PD. Don't miss the next exciting, thrill-packed episode of Dr. Vito – Pipe Tamer From Hell! :mrgreen:

 

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Well, I find that a lot of Virginia tobaccos will smoke hot for me if I'm not careful, and slow my puffing down a bit. I am a puffer, and have to consciously watch myself when I am smoking a Va. belnd.
The pipe doesn't really make a difference with me. My technique does.
I have many Italian pipes, quite a few being Camunetto's and Savinelli's. I have never found them to smoke hot. They all smoke extremely well for me.
 

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maxpeters":7obfdd3d said:
...The pipe doesn't really make a difference with me...
maxpeters:

Yak's original post in this thread asks whether anyone else ever has the kinds of problems he reported. Apparently, you don't. You are indeed fortunate.

While I never have owned a pipe made of "bad briar" (defined as wood that consistently provides smokes from hell, no matter what tobacco you burn in it), I very definitely have (and still do) own pipes that smoke better with some tobaccos than with others. In that sense, I have found that the pipe makes a difference.

In the end, all we can do is report our own experiences. Yours and mine don't match. If this were the first time such a thing had happened in the world of pipes and weed, I might be surprised. But as it is, I've been a smokist long enough to recognize that the real surprise would be a condition wherein everyone's experiences were the same. :mrgreen:

 
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