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Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

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Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby ewlewis » Fri Sep 02, 2011 1:19 am

So today is the first day of the blend. I have been anticipating this for a long time and am currently smoking my first bowl out of my Ser Jacopo bent bulldog. So far so good. I know this is a highly discussed blend as it is, but make sure to chime in with good notes here as well.
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby cakeanddottle » Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:01 am

the thing that makes this tobacco for me is that it has both backbone and nuance. I like FVF and McClelland Va's, but I've never had to put any thought into which I liked best. It's always been HOTW. Delicious and substantial=win in my book.
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby KevLa » Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:11 am

cakeanddottle wrote:...backbone and nuance...Delicious and substantial...

I concur :)
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby calipuffer » Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:21 am

This is the first "tinned" blend I have tried. This is also what I would consider my first Kentucky, Virginia, Perique mix without any aromatic.
I very much enjoy this tobacco. It really works for me... great flavor, easy to relax with and has a decent nicotine hit.
Delicious would be apt for me, but I'm not sure how to classify substantial in my experience. Compared to Boswell Berry Cobbler, it is much bolder/bigger, and I would expect that to be true.
From a "noob" perspective (for lack of comparison) it is an easy to get into tobacco with a lot of character, burns cool, and I can easily get all the way to ash. I find myself eager to get home and get a bowl going. I purchased another 100g and put in the corner of my cellar to enjoy after the many new tobaccos I've lined up to try.
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby cakeanddottle » Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:26 am

calipuffer wrote:Delicious would be apt for me, but I'm not sure how to classify substantial in my experience. Compared to Boswell Berry Cobbler, it is much bolder/bigger, and I would expect that to be true.


substantial=nicotine content, which is much appreciated after you smoke some tobaccos lacking in vitamin N
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby TigerJack » Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:35 am

I'm not much on reviews, but I can say this is one fine tobacco,at the top of the list , I much prefer it to FVF & to me that says a lot.
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby GTPowers » Fri Sep 02, 2011 4:49 am

How do you lads prefer to take you HoTW? Small pipe, big pipe, rubbed out, stuffed? I have a Bass jar of HoTW sitting around for when the moment strikes me but I can't figure a way to take it that I enjoy.

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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby NCDuke » Fri Sep 02, 2011 5:04 am

Extremely liking this blend. I don't taste the perique... But the nuttiness, and full Vitamin N are a perfect combo in this one.. This is an all-day smoke for me.
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby Hermit » Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:17 am

NCDuke wrote:Extremely liking this blend. I don't taste the perique... But the nuttiness, and full Vitamin N are a perfect combo in this one.. This is an all-day smoke for me.



One of my favorites
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I have seventeen pounds of this stuff. :twisted:
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby bearded1 » Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:00 pm

GTPowers wrote:How do you lads prefer to take you HoTW? Small pipe, big pipe, rubbed out, stuffed? I have a Bass jar of HoTW sitting around for when the moment strikes me but I can't figure a way to take it that I enjoy.

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Smallish pipes, fully rubbed out. I believe I taste perique, but what's important is this stuff is an amazing tobacco whatever it contains! Worthy of cellaring and always having at the ready. I don't smoke it too often, but when the mood strikes, nothing else seems to satisfy.
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby Taff » Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:07 pm

I love this tobacco. If I was allowed only one tobacco ever again this would be it. Ok, my experience is limited, but even so it's divine! I do get a hint of the perique (now I know what to look for) it generally pops it's head up about halfway down, but on other days I get a whiff of it straight away. Frankly though, I don't care what is in it, whatever the combination actually is, it works!!
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby ScotsJim » Fri Sep 02, 2011 4:46 pm

I can't recommend this tobacco enough. It was love at first puff. Nuff said.
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby cakeanddottle » Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:39 pm

I have smoked this in 1.75-2" depth bowls, but I like it best in a 1.5" depth bowl.
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby ewlewis » Sat Sep 03, 2011 12:39 am

Currently am smoking my second bowl and I must say it does not disappoint. I have to laugh because there are 10 highly recommends and recommend. This is clearly a lopsided baccy that everyone loves. Now if I just get enough bowls in my recommend should turn into a highly recommend quite quickly.
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby aquaholic » Sat Sep 03, 2011 1:50 am

Definitely my go to virginia, its cousins arn't to bad either but HOTW has the perfect mixture of flavor and Nic for me :D
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby Markw4mms » Sat Sep 03, 2011 2:41 am

ScotsJim wrote:I can't recommend this tobacco enough. It was love at first puff. Nuff said.


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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby GTPowers » Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:59 am

I've been having some bite issues with this months tobacco. I'm smoking a month old tin that has been sitting on my shelf in a sealed glass jar. The jar is air tight and left the HoTW with plenty of moisture. After about 5 bowls since I opened the tin I came to the conclusion that this stuff bites me despite how slow I smoke. It also gave me the sneezes and set my sinuses a-flare.
I thought maybe it was due to the moisture level so I rubbed out a bowl's full, put it on a plate and toasted (read; stoved) it with my evening toast and jam, about 4-5 minutes at pretty high temps. Think toaster.

Currently I am about half way through this bowl and it is 100% smoother. Pushing the smoke out my nose has no sting and there isn't a tinge of pain in the mouth. So I figure I'll leave my Bass jar open over the night before sealing it back up and the moister level should be at a more tolerable level. The sweetness doesn't really pop in my large Chacom but I don't have anything that isn't ghosted with Latakia or Orientals so I think I'm stuck smoking it out of a larger pipe. The burn is now much more even and manageable, so far no relights.

HoTW is a bit difficult to get a hold of in-store here in Chicago so I may be limited to this single 100g jar. It will defiantly be something I pick up when money and opportunity arise. Otherwise, I'll stick with my normal Orlik flake, which, I believe, is an admirable stand in.

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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby vaburp » Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:00 am

One of my favorites. Has a lot more backbone and flavor than some, but still offers subtle flavors. Tastes different to me in a size 3 pipe, sweeter. Stuffed in a large meerschaum the flavor is bolder and I pick up some spice. I cellar a pound every year and should start cellaring two.
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby StormCrow » Wed Sep 07, 2011 4:59 pm

I voted recommended. I've had VAs (more a VA to me than a VaPer) that I enjoyed more, but overall this fell into the upper echelon. It also had a bit more nic than I typically go for. Based on TR rating system I'm more of a medium to mild or medium strength blend kinda guy. I tend to be very easily affected by any sort of substance including liquor or persciption narcotics...ie, I'm a cheap date. :lol:

A magnum sized bowl of Blackwood Flake (medium strength) would have me feeling bad at around 3/4 of a bowl.
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby Legend » Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:00 pm

I got a tin 2 weeks ago and have blown through it already! I can't say that for anything else I've ever smoked...period. that and I am normally a burley guy!
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