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Old timers tobacco

Discussion in 'Pipe Tobacco' started by gunnerz, Aug 14, 2013.

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  1. gunnerz

    gunnerz Member

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    I love hearing and reading advice from old timers. It seems like most of the advice concerning pipes is to not spend much money on them replace them once you've beat them to death. However, I'm wondering about old timer tobacco preferences. Any brands that your dad's or grandpa's were particularly loyal to that can still be purchased?
     
  2. whitebriar

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    PA, Granger, Carter Hall and SWR were the big tobaccos for the "geezers"when i was a kid--guess i'm a "geezer now--i have smoked and still do smoke them all-they can still be purchased today--
     
  3. Hofnar

    Hofnar Active Member

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    Here in Sweden the classic pipe tobacco is Greve Gilbert Hamiltons Blandning (Count Gilbert Hamiltons Mixture). It´s been around since 1924 and is still, I believe, the most sold pipe tobacco. Many old timers smoked (smoke) nothing else. It´s a nice blend with no nonsese added. The count really existed. He was colonel of a swedish regiment and, of course, a pipe smoker. He sold his recipe to the ten swedish tobacco monopoly and made himself a small fortune. I smoke it now and then and it´s a fine tobacco.
     
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  4. Mount Mandolin

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    My old timer pipe smoking mentor smoked Sir Walter Raleigh Aromatic all day like it was his job. And he is retired, so it is part of his job these days. Great guy, I miss living up the mountain from him. The smell of that tobacco still reminds me of sitting in his shop around the woodstove with the snow falling outside, listening to him tell stories about flying planes in the war.

    A tobacco that is currently produced that I think has an old timey thing going on is Classic Burley Kake by Hearth & Home. It's a burley in cake form, obviously, and it has this great casing on it that is like a light brown sugar kind of thing. Smells great too.
     
  5. Old Ted

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    Probably well known by now, but the long-time favourites over here were (and are!) St.Bruno, Condor, Gold Block, Erinmore, Whiskey ( tobacco, not drink! ) Three Nuns and one or two more - some have disappeared or are not readilly available now. Probably the biggest influence on my taking up the pipe in later years was the ever-present aroma of Grandpa's Erinmore Flake as this schoolboy listened to his tales, like many blends - it's not quite the same as in olden days, but those mentioned are still going ( reasonably! ) strong.
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  6. Joe Ahearn

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    The oldest pipe smoker I have known, my great-grandfather, smoked Prince Albert.
     
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  7. JRobert

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    http://www.4noggins.com/drug-store-blends.aspx

    All of these "drug store blends" have been around a long time. Dad and Grandpa would have been able to enjoy them. If you don't want to mail order, you might still be able to find most of them at a local drug store or grocery store, depending on where you live.
     
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  8. colorduke

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    Pa,SWR,Granger,Velvet,CH, KY Club are all old timer blends and some of my favorites as well.
     
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  9. MakDragon

    MakDragon Illegitimi non carborundum

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    My Uncle only smoked CB white. My wife's grandfather smoked Granger and London Dock.
     
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  10. Coda

    Coda Well-Known Member

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    My great-grandfather smoked nothing but Half and Half...he smoked a pipe exclusively. My grandfather smoked Middleston's Cherry Blend, Half and Half, and Granger...he doesnt smoke a pipe anymore, though...
     
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  11. furious

    furious Junque collector

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    My Grandfather loved Dunhill tobaccos but couldn't get them year round, especially during the depression, so he usually smoked Edgeworth and saved the Dunhill products for the weekend.
     
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    My father smoked Union Leader mixed with Flying Dutchman. Before he died in 2007, we did share a few pipes of it together. However, he said the flying Dutchman of today is horribly different than it was when he smoked a pipe regularly.

    My Godfather's Dad smoked Cater Hall exclusively.
     
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  13. Malcontent

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    +1. You can also find blends that try to recreate old ones that aren't available any more. Distinguished Gentleman comes to mind.
     
  14. Pschoppy48

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    I remember PA, Half-n-Half, CBW and some older BR blends.
     
  15. RTOdhner

    RTOdhner Well-Known Member

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    +1. Also, add Middleton Cherry Blend, Middleton Kentucky Club, Middleton Walnut, and Lane Half and Half to that list. Of course, you could always go "Up-Scale Codger" and add MacB blends like Burley London Blend, Golden Extra, or Scottish Mixture as well - they've been big sellers since they were first introduced in the 1950's and 1960's.
     
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  16. Rodfather

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    My Dad and Granddad smoked Edgeworth Flake and nothing else.
     
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