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Cheap Alternative

Discussion in 'Pipe Tobacco' started by WVDAVE, Nov 4, 2012.

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  1. WVDAVE

    WVDAVE Active Member

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    OK, I'm at a point in my life where I don't want to be, but the government seems fit to put me there. Any who I don't want to digress from the purpose of this thread so I'll get on with the post. I've been smoking Escudo Navy DeLuxe as of late and I find my tin coming to dreaded point that all tins come to, being "empty". I need to find a cheap alternative to this delightful smoke. I find that I do better with the Escudo Navy DeLuxe if I fully rub it out and smoke it in my Golden Square apple. So the alternative doesn't have to be in coins, it could be a ready rub or flake. So what would you recommend as a cheap alternative?
     
  2. Monkeyshine

    Monkeyshine Active Member

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    Cheap VaPer...LNF comes to mind.
     
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  3. woody

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    +1 for LNF
     
  4. LifeOfRiley

    LifeOfRiley Active Member

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    Bullseye Flake?
     
  5. WyoBob

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    LNF (the poor man's Escudo) is a great value at $1.77/ oz. (when bought by the 24 oz. box). I have around 12-13 pounds of it jarred and, after a couple of years, it tastes pretty darned good. I do like Escudo but, considering the cost, LNF will do just fine.

    WyoBob
     
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  6. JescoWhite

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    LNF does not have that much Perique but Escudo has a solid dose. I'm thinking LNF and buy some bulk Perique to add to it.
     
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  7. KMahoney

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    To my not-so-sharp palate Hal O' the Wynd tastes just like Escudo to me. While it's not cheap it is less expensive than Escudo at $14 for 100 grams. It looks just like rubbed out Escudo as well. You can tell it started out as coins.
     
  8. cigrmaster

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    If you buy 5 tins of Escudo from P&C at 8.47 a tin and you smoke a bowl that contains 3 grams( about a group 5 bowl), it is costing you 50 cents a bowl to smoke Escudo. I don't know how often you smoke it, but if you really love it, 50 cents isn't a lot. The big differences between the Rattray's and Stokkebye's is they use a lot of red virginia's in their blends and if you are susceptible at all to tongue bite, they will get you. I have a body chemistry thing where I cannot tolerate much if any red virginia's so I cannot smoke the rattray or stokkebey flakes. I used to like them but they could never replace Escudo for me, it is one of my favorites and has been for years.
     
  9. James1956

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    I've tried rubbing out LNF and adding some straight perique; but haven' t come up with quite the right proportion yet. I've also tried a mix of LNF, McClelland's Red Cake (#5100, I think), and perique that I like quite a bit, but it doesn't resemble Escudo as much.
     
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