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I am a little bummed. I kept meaning to buy some fresh tobacco and enjoy my pipe out on the patio over my break but never got around to it. Now I'm swamped in January and cannot see having the time for a peaceful pipe until February.
post #138 of 146
Have been smoking through some house blends that I tried and enjoyed. Trying to figure out if I will go back to stuff I really love (squadron Leader, Dunhill's Morning Blend and London Mixture) or if I'll keep branching out. Probably get one new and one favorite, but I just don't have a pipe often enough. Perhaps a pipe and a walk at halftime of the game tonight.
post #139 of 146
I have been smoking Squadron Leader as my English blend of late. I like it and have thought about stocking up, but there are many English blends that I like (Wildernes, Odyssey, Sword of Avalon and others). I usually have one English and one Virginia going at any given time. Most of my smoking is done walking from my kids' school to the office; office to the gym; or walking home at night. As long as the weather is above freezing, that works fine.
post #140 of 146
Sad to report that Grant's in SanFo has closed. Tried stopping in on my last trip and it was boarded up. A few online inquiries confirmed the worst.

Not sure if there are other Bay area suggestions - I recall a good one being in San Jose.

I haven't been to Vendetta yet, so can't comment on them, but Humidor is pretty good for a pipe shop and very good as a cigar shop.
post #141 of 146
I originally posted this in the CE forum in a thread about the situation in Syria, but, obviously, it belongs here:
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Originally Posted by dopey View Post

An important fact:

Latakia is the name of a city in Syria. It is also the name of a variety of tobacco, made in Latakia, that is a key ingredient in pipe tobacco mixtures - specifically the kinds called English and Balkan blends. The tobacco itself is not necessarily grown in Latakia (I don't think it is), but is processed there by curing over smoke from a characteristic blend of woods and plants. Real Syrian Latakia has been out of production before the recent crisis, reportedly because of deforestation of the woods used for the curing, and is now almost certain not to return. One of the major tobacco blenders, in Germany, has just announced that it has depleted its stocks, which leaves only one major blender in the U.S. and one in Denmark with any left (as far as I know). Some smaller blenders might still have a little left (tragically, there was a warehouse fire that destroyed the stock of another U.S. blender about five years ago). The tobacco wholesalers who supply the blenders have themselves long been out of stock. There is also Cyprian Latakia (which makes no sense if you recall that Latakia is the name of a place, really, not a tobacco), which is made in a similar way but from a different tobacco and tastes similar to but also noticeably different from the Syrian kind. Cyprian Latakia is not really inferior to the Syrian, but it is not a replacement as it tastes different and is used differently in blending.

Now you know

Since posting it, I did a little mini stock-up on Three Oaks Syrian, Wilderness and HH Syrian Reserve. The first two I know and like. The latter was just an experiment.
post #142 of 146
Visited Peterson's shop in Dublin. Nice place, very reasonable pipe prices.
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post #144 of 146
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It's getting to be that time of year for me again. This weekend we're driving up north to some serious mountains and staying at the vacation home of some friends. I plan to bring a nice Peterson and a Savinelli, both bents, plus a tin of Drew Estate "7th Avenue Blonde" (tried it already, vanilla and apricot notes) and a tin of Dunhill I have yet to try, Early Morning blend.
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It's getting to be that time of year for me again. This weekend we're driving up north to some serious mountains and staying at the vacation home of some friends. I plan to bring a nice Peterson and a Savinelli, both bents, plus a tin of Drew Estate "7th Avenue Blonde" (tried it already, vanilla and apricot notes) and a tin of Dunhill I have yet to try, Early Morning blend.

Sounds like a nice trip how did the selection work out for you?

I need to dust off the pipe I still suspect my problems with smoke flavour are due to packing problems which is why I've been sticking to cigars all summer. This cold crisp weather screams for a pipe though.
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It's getting to be that time of year for me again. This weekend we're driving up north to some serious mountains and staying at the vacation home of some friends. I plan to bring a nice Peterson and a Savinelli, both bents, plus a tin of Drew Estate "7th Avenue Blonde" (tried it already, vanilla and apricot notes) and a tin of Dunhill I have yet to try, Early Morning blend.

Had a few bowls up there while sitting outside by the fire. It was excellent and everyone enjoyed the scent of the Drew Estate. I'm looking forward to the long weekend coming up and having a few bowls outside.
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