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C&D's Cordial and Night Train, good as change of pace ?

Discussion in 'Pipe Tobacco' started by Piperatthegates, Jun 29, 2011.

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  1. Piperatthegates

    Piperatthegates Member

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    Normally I enjoy latakia forward blends that have a decent amount of Vit N such as Nightcap, Commonwealth, Artisans or Old Dublin. During the past few months I've ventured into the world of Stateside bulk blends of which I have Pirate Kake, Star of the East and PS Balkan Supreme all of which are terrific blends and for a while I found it difficult to stay away from, especially the Pirate Kake. But then Nightcap reappeared at my local B&M and, well old habits and all that. But now that its warmed up a little and I spend more time outdoors I feel I could do with something a little lighter without sacrificing the Vit N and as I've so far only good to say about C&D's blends I thought I might look for somethiong a little 'lighter' but still with a bit of a nic kick.

    To be honest I much prefer to hear from guys on here than over at TR as I have found some of the reviews a little, well, over stated shall I say? So, I thought about maybe getting in a few onces of Cordial and Night Train from C&D, they sound good and although Cordial still has latakia in its mix I get the impression it may not be as forward as in S.o.t,E. for example. What do you think? would it make a decent choice as a change of pace for these warmer and brighter days?
     
  2. Old Ted

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    I can recomend Night Train - it's my 'all day' smoke at present, on my second 1lb. brick!....another good buy is 'Virginia Squire'.
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  3. Piperatthegates

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    Thanks Ted. Is Night Train pressed in the same way as Pirate Kake? PK was my first experience of pressed cake and I was totally impressed with smoking qualities, it also seemed to keep fresh with no problem at all. Virginia Squire, well to be honest I was put off slightly on 4Noggins when they said that the John Pattons blends were a bit on the dry side so I tended to stay more with their C&D and PS blends but its good to see people recommending them. Would that be Night Train on your avatar?
     
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    ....yes - on both counts!, I find it works best (NT) to just pull a few lumps off and stuff in the bowl, then use a little finer rubbed stuff as kindling. Yes Virginia Squire is intentionally drier than usual, and with slow smoking is o.k, but after experimentation I put enough for the day in a small 'Tupperware' box, drape a very damp flannel over the top and leave it overnight, seems to be a lot more flavourful and slower burning.
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  5. Piperatthegates

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    O.k. then thanks for that. I like the look of that cake and it seems a pretty good process too for bringing a deeper flavour to the blend, I'll be ordering a half of that later, probably with Cordial although I'm still not sure about that one. Might go for one of the PS flakes instead. I think I'll probably give the Pattons blend, Virginia Squire a miss for now though.
     
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