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This month's rotation.

PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:30 am
by DarrenSnowflake
As said in introduction thread, I can now smoke indoors. I enjoy the outdoors though, just, British weather can be harsh.

I used to buy between 4-8 50g sizes per month, and reorder my faves along the way.

Currently relaxing with a bowl of uni flake :)

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Re: This month's rotation.

PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:49 am
by KevLa
Some fine choices there, but what's the one in the pouch? Can't make it out.

Re: This month's rotation.

PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 12:09 am
by FlakedOut
KevLa wrote:Some fine choices there, but what's the one in the pouch? Can't make it out.


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Re: This month's rotation.

PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 6:30 am
by KevLa
Thanks for that, dude. I haven't tried that one yet, but I've never smoked a navy flake I didn't love, so I think you've done well there :)

Re: This month's rotation.

PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 7:00 am
by Geo3rge
Best Brown is good and I like the University Flake too. Haven't tried the Navy ones here, so enjoy them. Have you had Germain's Brown Flake? Very nice, tasty blend; lots of moistness to it so it may need a little drying time.
Steve

Re: This month's rotation.

PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 1:58 am
by ratatosk
To my tastes, every Navy Flake is good and the Mac Baren version would probably win if I had to choose one blend above all others to smoke forever. I think that it includes a measure of burley while the Sam Gawith version is 15% latakia (which is also quite good). I have tons of both around, just haven't been smoking them because I am too lazy to retrieve the jars.

Also quite good, maybe even better, was Mac Baren Navy Mixture. I bought 20 of the 100g tins when it was taken off of the product list a couple of years ago. Wonderful stuff.

Re: This month's rotation.

PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 12:43 pm
by PipeStoke
That's a nice selection, Darren.

Best Brown is in my current circulation and University Flake used to be. The only reason it isn't now, is that I can only get the 50gr. tins and it's a bit pricey that way.

I've been meaning to try Mac Baren's Navy flake for years. It's just that I keep buying their Scottish Mixture and Mixture Flake whenever I'm looking. Haha.

Re: This month's rotation.

PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 6:38 am
by DarrenSnowflake
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Peterson's Irish flake after a nice breakfast :)

Re: This month's rotation.

PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 12:24 pm
by Geo3rge
I like Irish Flake; a touch strong but very good taste indeed. Probably an evening smoke for me; I prefer a lighter blend at breakfast time! Enjoy it!
Steve

Re: This month's rotation.

PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 1:34 pm
by KevLa
I favour a fairly strong smoke, generally, but likewise prefer something mild, first thing, and something potent before bed :)

Re: This month's rotation.

PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 4:21 pm
by DarrenSnowflake
Irish flake is a fave.

It usually isnt one for first thing, but i was up several hours before traditional uk breakfast time :)

Re: This month's rotation.

PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 2:54 am
by DarrenSnowflake
Geo3rge wrote:Best Brown is good and I like the University Flake too. Haven't tried the Navy ones here, so enjoy them. Have you had Germain's Brown Flake? Very nice, tasty blend; lots of moistness to it so it may need a little drying time.
Steve


Hi Steve, I haven't tried that, but, by the power granted by God! I will taste as many blends as possible :)

That was actually my first time of buying Mac barens navy flake. It's quite sweet, I've enjoyed it so far.

Just about to have a st bruno before bed.

I need to read more here, such a wealth of knowledge....

I remember enjoying Dunhill nightcap a lot, but, some dunhills were too floral for me.

It's good to have the old pipe back :)

Thank you too to all the kind regards given in this thread.
My computer is down and one of the two mobile devices I am using isn't brilliant for reading or typing.

Wishing anybody that reads this a lovely week ahead :)

I'm in the UK, I generally use uk shops now, online and b and m.
I think I read 4noggins here, rich? Such a nice guy, I bought Baccy from across the pond from there which was probably 2 decades ago!

Re: This month's rotation.

PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 11:03 am
by Geo3rge
Darren,
If you fancy a sample of Germain's, then you are welcome to pm me with your contact details and I can send some to you. Not worth buying a large amount then finding it isn't for you.
St. Bruno is a staple of mine. Lately, it's been St. B only throughout the day and I've no complaints! I tend to have other tobaccos as an occasional treat or a change, rather than rotate a lot. Each to his or her own.
Enjoy your smokes.
Steve

Re: This month's rotation.

PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 5:16 pm
by DarrenSnowflake
Thank you, Steve, very kind. I'll pm you my address :)

I've smoked a lot of uni flake since the start of this week....

Thank you....pm incoming :)

Re: This month's rotation.

PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 11:11 am
by DarrenSnowflake
The SG navy flake is very tasty...

It doesn't look particularly moist in the tin and the flakes aren't stuck together...

With my experience with this now, I dry it out and rub it out...now it's lovely :)

Re: This month's rotation.

PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 11:15 am
by DarrenSnowflake
I say that as my first pipe with it, seemed dry enough, but it isnt/wasnt.

Just had a glorious bowl :)

Re: This month's rotation.

PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 3:47 am
by DarrenSnowflake
Steve, I read your gurgle thread on the Peterson harp...
This is my first ever Peterson that has underperformed.....

I know this pipe holds a lot of moisture too....from pipe cleaning....

I read about boring the pipe, I never had even heard of this....

I used my pipe tool that has a thin blade and widened the hole, sorry..I forget correct terms.

Not only does it smoke better, it has opened up the flavours of tobacco...

Irish flake gave me a beautiful dimension, it was always a favourite, but...I think thanks to your thread it has helped.

It's the only pipe I have right now...

Re: This month's rotation.

PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 9:22 am
by Geo3rge
Widening the hole will help, though I'm not experienced enough in this to say it will help on every occasion! I have a few Peterson system pipes and none of these gurgles and I do like them. The only drawback is the moisture and goo that collect in the inner reservoir, and I forget sometimes as I tip out the ashes and find the goo running out...but I do like the shape and overall look of these pipes.
Getting down today to packaging those samples for you, Darren. Will post Monday.
Steve

Re: This month's rotation.

PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 11:01 am
by DarrenSnowflake
Thank you again Steve for your kindness shown to a new member.

It's been a university flake kind of morning :)

The harp I have, and I love the designs like you have mentioned, the big silver band is attractive, it's the only pipe I've ever had where the pipe cleaner struggles to go through into the bowl...

I'm not a massive expert or anything and have only just about owned into double figures of pipes in my lifetime this far....but since widening the hole, the cleaner just slides through as normal...

Also...thank you again, I spent several hours over a few pipes on the estate pipes uk shop you mentioned in another thread....just wow at the range of pipes they have and very very good prices.

Wishing you and a lovely weekend and the same to anyone that reads this.

Hoping to buy some rattrays Stirling flake next week...