Penzance

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  1. DublinBecker

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    Out of the blue I decided to go to my local B&M today to see what's available. I came across a couple tins of Penzance and took one home. While admiring the tin, the tin cover popped off, revealing quite a bit of rust on the top edge of the tin which most likely compromised the seal. The flakes were still neatly wrapped and packed, so I don't think someone had previously opened the tin and touched the tobacco.

    Does this sound like the typical condition in which Penzance come? or have I stumbled upon an aged tin out of sheer luck?

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  2. phinz

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    Your image is broken.

    Rectangular/Square tins suck. They open up randomly.
     
  3. DublinBecker

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    Sorry... fixed!
     
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    When you say the tin top popped off, did it just fall off as you were observing it, or did it make a sound like air being released; like a suction noise?

    Was the tobacco dried out (Penzanze is very moist)? Do you see mold, or smell anything out of the ordinary?
     
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    I had the same experience lately. Stumbled upon some old, dusty tins of Penzance at a local B&M. I don't know how to date the tins but they obviously have some years on them. My tin has 11074 stamped on the bottom but I don't know what that means.

    I bought one tin just to try the blend and my tin looks a lot like yours. It has the same type of rust spots. I have smoked a couple bowls from the tin and it is good stuff. I had never tried Penzance until I got this tin so I cannot comment on whether or not aging has effected it.
     
  6. Dondi

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    That would not be atypical. No worries, you'll probably still need to dry each flake out separately before smoking.
     
  7. DublinBecker

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    Hi Stonewall - It just popped off without any sound. No swoosh. The tobacco is still moist

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    The other question is naturally, "Why didn't you buy the other tin?" followed by, "Where is this particular B&M?"
     
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    And the same question goes for you. Why? Where?
     
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  10. DublinBecker

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    A new blend for me too... Wanted to see what this thing is all about...
     
  11. phinz

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    Pick up the other tin. I'll trade you a tin of Marlin Flake...
     
  12. DublinBecker

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    Thanks Dondi. Yes the flakes definitely don't look like they have dried out. Looking forward to smoking it...
     
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    The said B&M shall remain unidentified until I have the chance to acquire their remaining stock of Penzance. Oh, and I forgot to mention that I got a tin of Balkan Sobranie as well. :)
     
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    Here's what mine looks like:

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    I bought mine at a local B&M called Epicure's Smoke Shop in Springfield, Illinois. The lid on mine was sealed and didn't pop until I opened it myself.
     
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    Hiya back, DB!

    Well if it doesn't appear to be tainted, I wouldn't worry too much. It could have popped lose during the transition between shop and home as well. If you don't find any issues, I'd take the tin back and show the shop keeper. Maybe they have more in the back. Or perhaps they'll give you a discount. I'd buy the other tin too. Lol
     
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    Perpahs the rust was there before the tin was sealed...a recycled tin maybe?
     
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    Penzance is good stuff, isn't it. Hopefully soon I'll buy one two of those 16oz bags when they're available online. One for now, one for later.
     
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    That tin is defective and its contents compromised to the elements. Terrible loss indeed. However, to soften the blow, I'll trade you 50g of Mixture No. 79 for it. PM if interested!
     
  19. DublinBecker

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    Buckshot - your tin looks even more rusted than mine... I guess it is a fairly common occurrence. enjoy the smoke.
     
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    I knew I shouldn't have been browsing this thread, now look what you've made me do!
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