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Nov: DUNHILL Nightcap

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

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

Strongly Encourage
11
35%
Encourage
13
42%
Neutral
7
23%
Discourage
0
No votes
Strongly Discourage
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Nov: DUNHILL Nightcap

Postby ewlewis » Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:06 pm

SO we are in November and as such we are going with NIghtcap. I smoked this blend last month because I could not wait. It was not to bad, but overall somewhat forgettable.
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Re: Nov: DUNHILL Nightcap

Postby HowlinWolf » Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:44 pm

In the world of Latbomb tobaccos that taste and smell like wood smoke, Nightcap will always be a legend. I like it.

I think Latakia is like hops...
Once upon a time, blenders and brewers spent a lot of time tinkering to get just the right amount of Lat to put in tobacco and just the right amount of hops to put in beer. Nightcap is a product of this school of thought; Latbomb though it is.

These days...
we'll put Latakia in this blend like never before!
we'll put a truckload of hops in this beer!

OK - whatever. By which I mean that there are lots of Latbombs out there that will be more dramatic, but IMO the drama comes at the expense of a balanced flavor.
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Re: Nov: DUNHILL Nightcap

Postby chaissac1 » Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:01 pm

ewlewis wrote: It was not to bad, but overall somewhat forgettable.


Agreed. I voted nuetral. I think I llike EMP mo' better.


HowlinWolf wrote:These days...
we'll put Latakia in this blend like never before!
we'll put a truckload of hops in this beer!


Lol! Exactly! Everybody's so avantgarde nowadays...
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Re: Nov: DUNHILL Nightcap

Postby ChuckMac » Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:22 pm

I give Nightcap top marks and always try to keep it on hand. I've still got three tins of the Murray vintage socked away. The new stuff is great too.
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Re: Nov: DUNHILL Nightcap

Postby bearded1 » Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:40 pm

debating whether or not to crack one of my two tins. I'm really wanting to pop a few different tins, but I enjoy playing along with you fellers too. Decisions!
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Re: Nov: DUNHILL Nightcap

Postby Markw4mms » Thu Nov 03, 2011 5:17 am

I had to vote neutral on this one since I haven't smoked any of the new stuff, but the old Murray's version was very good.
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Re: Nov: DUNHILL Nightcap

Postby StormCrow » Fri Nov 04, 2011 5:23 pm

HowlinWolf wrote:we'll put Latakia in this blend like never before!
we'll put a truckload of hops in this beer


I don't care for IPAs either :P
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Re: Nov: DUNHILL Nightcap

Postby KevLa » Fri Nov 04, 2011 7:28 pm

Markw4mms wrote:I had to vote neutral on this one since I haven't smoked any of the new stuff...

Huh? Surely you shouldn't have voted at all...? :?
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Re: Nov: DUNHILL Nightcap

Postby barredbenny » Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:39 pm

I like this blend (the Orlik version), but I find the latakia a bit much and often think it buries some of the other flavours. Nevertheless, a very enjoyable tobacco that I will keep on smoking as my palate is still very much developing. Given its reputation, I think it is worth returning to.

I voted 'encourage'. :)
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Re: Nov: DUNHILL Nightcap

Postby ScotsJim » Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:10 pm

Yet another blend I need to give a whirl.

Sigh...so much tobacco, so little money and time :cry:
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Re: Nov: DUNHILL Nightcap

Postby Wez » Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:44 pm

ScotsJim wrote:Yet another blend I need to give a whirl.

Sigh...so much tobacco, so little time :cry:


I know what you mean jim, every time I read the monthly puffing thread I notice a new pipe and new tobacco!

I looked on 4 noggins last night, endless amounts, great stuff!
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Re: Nov: DUNHILL Nightcap

Postby BrCuthbert » Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:09 am

Let me start by saying that I generally smoke aromatics, but I remembered from previous experience that Latiakia sits better with me when the weather is cold.

November 1, Denver Co, 38F and snowing.
The Latakia in this blend is just right for this kind of weather. It brings to mind wood stoves and fireplaces. I feel about 10 degrees warmer just smelling the smoke.

November 2, Morning, 18F, Nightcap and my fav Aromatic
I woke up this morning and reached for my regular Aromatic; the aroma and taste that I like so much were completely nonexistent then I remembered the Nightcap. Once again the Latakia powered through the chill air and gave me an excellent morning smoke.

November 3, Nightcap goes to College, 48F and most of the snow gone.
I did not enjoy this blend as much at this warmer temp, but as I sat on the smoking porch at school a 23 year old girl came up and ask to sit next to me to smell the pipe smoke. She said it smelled just like her granddad's pipe, which she had not smelled in the 10 years since he had passed away. She spent the next 25 minutes telling me about her granddad. Nightcap made a new friend!

We have had a couple more cold mornings since the 3rd and I have pulled out the Nightcap with great results. None of my aromatics can hold a candle (or a match) to it for smoking in the chill air.

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Re: Nov: DUNHILL Nightcap

Postby ScotsJim » Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:50 am

Nice story Br. Cuthbert. Thanks for sharing :)
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Re: Nov: DUNHILL Nightcap

Postby Smitty » Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:20 pm

Yup. I love hearing stories like that. Thanks for sharing Br. Cuthbert. I too am finding myself drawn to lat blends now that the weather is changing.
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Re: Nov: DUNHILL Nightcap

Postby arkomega » Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:37 pm

i smoke Lat blends in spurts, and Nightcap is generally not the first one i reach for. It's not certainly not bad, and every now and again it really hits the spot, but i generally prefer other blends like Margate, Germain's special latakia flake or Plum pudding. Neutral
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Re: Nov: DUNHILL Nightcap

Postby RobS » Tue Nov 15, 2011 5:23 pm

I used to love Murray's Nightcap or Velvet Hammer as some call it. 8-) Nowadays, I don't think it has quite the Nic Kick it used to have, but it still is a pleasant enough smoke. I would liken today's offering rather more towards McClelland's 5110. Both are probably my staple smoke these days, so I can only comment favourably.
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Re: Nov: DUNHILL Nightcap

Postby jpberg » Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:26 pm

I had some really good Nightcap the other morning, it was called P&W 400.

I know, I know, lots of people don't see the similarities, but to me, 400 is THE replacement for Murrays Nightcap.
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Re: Nov: DUNHILL Nightcap

Postby HowlinWolf » Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:11 pm

jpberg wrote:P&W 400.



What is that?

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Re: Nov: DUNHILL Nightcap

Postby calipuffer » Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:42 pm

HowlinWolf wrote:
jpberg wrote:P&W 400.

What is that?


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WILKE No. 400
A full English blend for those who prefer something with greater body or as an after dinner smoke. A base of the finest Latakia to which is added Turkish Yenidje, Kentucky Burley, Perique and Virginia in medium, long, and granulated large cuts. Not for the timid!
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Re: Nov: DUNHILL Nightcap

Postby HowlinWolf » Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:57 pm

calipuffer wrote:
HowlinWolf wrote:
jpberg wrote:P&W 400.

What is that?


http://www.vtpipes.com/tobacco.html
WILKE No. 400
A full English blend for those who prefer something with greater body or as an after dinner smoke. A base of the finest Latakia to which is added Turkish Yenidje, Kentucky Burley, Perique and Virginia in medium, long, and granulated large cuts. Not for the timid!


Sounds pretty oomphy.

Thanks.
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