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Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Each month we'll have some focused reviews on a particular blend.

In context of recommending to others, how would yourate this blend?

Highly Recommend
22
76%
Recommend
7
24%
Neutral
0
No votes
Discourage
0
No votes
Highly Discourage
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 29

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

Postby jwh891 » Thu Sep 08, 2011 1:17 am

Wish I could grab some but seems that most of the online vendors I normally go to are sold out. :evil:
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby ScotsJim » Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:07 am

jwh891 wrote:Wish I could grab some but seems that most of the online vendors I normally go to are sold out. :evil:


http://www.4noggins.com/rattraysbulkhalothewynd.aspx
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby jwh891 » Thu Sep 08, 2011 1:10 pm

Jim, thanks for the link. Still new at this and it never crossed my mind to check the bulk section! Live and learn.
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby calipuffer » Thu Sep 08, 2011 2:59 pm

jwh891 wrote:Wish I could grab some but seems that most of the online vendors I normally go to are sold out.


A couple bucks more, but great service and they have the tin (versus the larger bulk size):
http://www.cupojoes.com/cgi-bin/dept?dp ... F&tier2=27
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby SmokinFool » Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:14 pm

Sometimes I can taste perique and sometimes not. Either way, this is one of my favorites. I always make sure I have plenty on hand.
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby NCDuke » Sat Sep 10, 2011 1:05 pm

Am buying two more of these...
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Object of my warm desire.
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby jwh891 » Sun Sep 11, 2011 1:07 am

calipuffer wrote:
jwh891 wrote:Wish I could grab some but seems that most of the online vendors I normally go to are sold out.


A couple bucks more, but great service and they have the tin (versus the larger bulk size):
http://www.cupojoes.com/cgi-bin/dept?dp ... F&tier2=27


Know what I am ordering come next paycheck! :D
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby NCDuke » Tue Sep 13, 2011 3:58 am

First bowl in the meer, and it had to be HOTW! I noticed some differences in it than the briar.. Gerry was right.. HOTW actually surprised me this week.. It changed the further I got down the tin..
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby jwh891 » Sat Sep 17, 2011 8:38 pm

Just got my HOW in the mail. Gonna light up a bowl and let you guys know what I think later!
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby jwh891 » Sat Sep 17, 2011 11:58 pm

Ok just finished my first bowl and here are my inital reactions. I'm gonna hold of on the poll at the top until I've smoked it some more.

The tin note is sweet and earthy. It reminded me of Lipton Sweet Ice Tea pouches. It reminded my fiance of raisins. We both loved it.

Char light- Very smooth, I was almost surprised at how subtle the flavor was. I guess that is because I've been smoking English blends a lot. Reminded me of sweet hay, almost alfalfa. Was a bit hard to light but that may have been my packing. After the char light for the first five min I was having serious trouble keeping it lit and I puffed too hard and too fast and the tobacco almost told me "Slow the hell down unless you want to regret it."

After char- That earthy, yet light hay flavor remains. Reminds me of being in my hay barn during an early autumn rain. (Ironically enough I'm going to go feed after this review and thunder is rumblin in the distance.) There is this great nutty sweetness, in the background of the earth tones. Still smoking very smooth. The flavors are becoming deeper.

Halfway - The flavor has really picked up. The light hay flavor has been replaced by a deep, caramel wood. I imagine smoking some rich man's mahogany library might taste like this.

Finished - Very smooth finish, the earthiness has really come to a head. Deep woods, kinda burn. Plus some leathery and dried fruit. Simply amazing.

Room note - Very pleasant, and my smoke hating fiance actually liked it. To the point where she wanted to sit in the room with me.

Smoking this tobacco was a journey and I will be trying it many more times to come. I'm going to try and pack it better next time so it's not such a rough start.
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby bearded1 » Sun Sep 18, 2011 12:23 am

For your first bowl, I'd say your comments are pretty dead on! I pick out the raisin, dried fruit a bit more that I so love from vapers. Your thoughts are much more organized and "on" that I could ever do after just one bowl.

jwh891 wrote:Ok just finished my first bowl and here are my inital reactions. I'm gonna hold of on the poll at the top until I've smoked it some more.

The tin note is sweet and earthy. It reminded me of Lipton Sweet Ice Tea pouches. It reminded my fiance of raisins. We both loved it.

Char light- Very smooth, I was almost surprised at how subtle the flavor was. I guess that is because I've been smoking English blends a lot. Reminded me of sweet hay, almost alfalfa. Was a bit hard to light but that may have been my packing. After the char light for the first five min I was having serious trouble keeping it lit and I puffed too hard and too fast and the tobacco almost told me "Slow the hell down unless you want to regret it."

After char- That earthy, yet light hay flavor remains. Reminds me of being in my hay barn during an early autumn rain. (Ironically enough I'm going to go feed after this review and thunder is rumblin in the distance.) There is this great nutty sweetness, in the background of the earth tones. Still smoking very smooth. The flavors are becoming deeper.

Halfway - The flavor has really picked up. The light hay flavor has been replaced by a deep, caramel wood. I imagine smoking some rich man's mahogany library might taste like this.

Finished - Very smooth finish, the earthiness has really come to a head. Deep woods, kinda burn. Plus some leathery and dried fruit. Simply amazing.

Room note - Very pleasant, and my smoke hating fiance actually liked it. To the point where she wanted to sit in the room with me.

Smoking this tobacco was a journey and I will be trying it many more times to come. I'm going to try and pack it better next time so it's not such a rough start.
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby kats » Sun Sep 18, 2011 12:35 am

jwh891... nice job! You just completely screwed up my post on the "Dream Big Nominations" thread. ;)

Re: Dream Big nominations
Postby kats » 17 Sep 2011, 15:43
How about this? A good tobacco review. Nah, it'll never happen.


I just went to tobaccocellar.com and put HOTW on my wish list.
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby jwh891 » Sun Sep 18, 2011 2:34 am

Thanks bearded and George. Y'all just made my night :D
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby kdj70 » Sun Sep 18, 2011 1:27 pm

There's nothing I can add as far as reviews, only that I keep at least four tins of this stuff on hand at all times and everything I smoke gets compared to HOTW !
Oh yeah, ScotsJim is the culprit behind my HOTW addiction ! :D
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby ScotsJim » Sun Sep 18, 2011 2:22 pm

T&P. It's like a home from home. I get the blame for everything on here too :cry: :lol:
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby aquaholic » Sun Sep 18, 2011 3:07 pm

ScotsJim wrote:T&P. It's like a home from home. I get the blame for everything on here too :cry: :lol:

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

Postby kdj70 » Sun Sep 18, 2011 5:05 pm

ScotsJim wrote:T&P. It's like a home from home. I get the blame for everything on here too :cry: :lol:


All in jest here Jim, unlike home (don't ask me how I know this :ugeek: ).
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby ewlewis » Sat Oct 01, 2011 2:39 pm

Well after a month of smoking I have to say that this is a great blend. I am not a huge fan of VA's and have been searching for one that I really enjoyed. Well here it is. This will continue to be in stock.
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby Markw4mms » Sat Oct 01, 2011 10:52 pm

HOTW is some really good stuff...'nuff said!
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Re: Sept.: Rattray's Hal O the Wynd

Postby NCDuke » Sun Oct 02, 2011 6:18 am

Will continue with this one.. I haven't found presby online anywhere yet though, so I will have to hold out on the TOTM for Oct.
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