Oriental Blends With Mostly Latakia Are Hard To Keep Lit!!

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  1. Dunhill93

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    I think that oriental blends that have predominately latakia in them are a bit harder to keep lit than normal english blends. I have some Frog Morton On The Town and it is much harder to keep lit than some of my other blends. I have to go through about 4 or 5 charring lights just to get the blend going while at the same time scorching my tongue just to have the ember die on me in like 15 seconds. I have dried this blend for quite a long time and it still gives me issues in the pipe. Does anyone else have any of these issues with latakia heavy blends?
     
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    I haven't had trouble with the lat blends I've tried. Dunhill London Mixtuee, SG Skiff Mixture and dunhill 965 all stayed lit very well for me. I have more trouble with some of the flakes.
     
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    oh ok, what flakes did you have issues with?
     
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    Having issues with SG Chocolate Flake as we type :p
     
  5. Dunhill93

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    that sounds like a picky baccy. especially since it has a casing in it. do you get any bite with that blend?
     
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    No bite and very nice flavour, despite having to relight it a half dozen times or more. This is after drying it for a long time, too.
     
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    Either try a little more drying time, or it might be a body chemistry thing Dunhill. One of the reasons I love my Orientals and Lats is that they smoke so cool that I can't get them to bite me if I try, so I puff right away, and they hardly ever go out on me. (I know that's not good technique guys, I promise I don't char the flavor out of the blend by over-puffing, but I don't have to sip as carefully with them to keep them from biting.)
     
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    Just a suspicion that you might need to tamp just a little more firmly and evenly after the charring light. If you are scorching your tongue then it's likely that you are packing a bit too loosely. Little changes can make a big difference.
     
  9. Dunhill93

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    your right, orientals and lats do smoke cooler especially compared to the dreaded virginias lol.
     
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    i will try tamping harder, i think i may pack a little too lose because i use the 3 step method when it comes to packing but I do it a little soft due to the cut of the frog morton on the town and im afraid of clogging the air way on my pipe
     
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    There's all kind of methods of getting tobacco in to a pipe. I just put the pipe in my pouch or tin and use my finger to pull the tobacco in to the bowl. Gently at first and a little more firmly as the bowl fills. Sometimes it looks like it's overfilled when it comes out of the pouch but a charring light and a quick tamp levels everything out. Whatever works for you is right for you.
     
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