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Sir Walter v Prince Albert

Discussion in 'The Smoking Lounge' started by Tyler Lad, Nov 5, 2012.

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  1. Tyler Lad

    Tyler Lad Member

    Jul 10, 2012
    I am trying to be able to detect a difference between Sir Walter Raleigh and Prince Albert! They taste nearly indistinguishable to me, and I am wondering if you gentlemen with more refined tastes can detect differences that I do not.

    I've been smoking both alternatively for a month now.
    Here's the few differences that I can taste/see:

    -Sir Walter seems to dry up more quickly, perhaps the pouch difference is the only reason, and this makes it slightly harder to pack.
    -I have more luck keeping SW lit, but I usually have an easier time smoking PA until it is all a fine, white ash (I love dumping the ash to find no unsmoked tobacco left :) )

    But now I stop babbling and let you answer my question.

  2. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

    Feb 7, 2011
    I find them quite different from one another. SWR is my preference. I find it more of a nutty, typical burley smoke. One of the main diffs is towards the end of the bowl. SWR goes bitter and PA gets ashy-tasting. It's been awhile since I've smoked PA, though, and my memory is pretty hazy. I just found it to be more cigarette-like and SWR to be more traditional in taste.
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  3. gentimmy

    gentimmy Active Member

    Aug 5, 2011
    Haven't had SWR, may stop by the discount smoke shop today and grab some...as it stands I won't be able to have a smoke until after 2 pm

    there is an OTC section by the way in Pipe Tobaccos
  4. JimInks

    JimInks Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2012
    PA has a little more of a chocolate taste (and certainly, it smells that way, according to the wife) and more casing, which took getting used to, for me, at least. It 's more cigarette-like, as Dmkerr noted. SWR seems to have less casing and a more burley taste, and doesn't stick a lasting flavor on your tongue like PA does. I prefer SWR, but could smoke PA if the occasion arose.
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  5. Preacher1611

    Preacher1611 Active Member

    Dec 21, 2011
    I find that the only differences I notice is that, to me, SWR is a little sweeter and not as flavorful as PA. and the PA feels quite a bit softer to the fingers than the SWR. I smoke PA on a fairly regular basis where as I have only smoked 1 pouch of SWR, I enjoyed the SWR so I will be smoking more of it to get a better comparison.
  6. RTOdhner

    RTOdhner Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2011
    PA and my mouth chemistry don't agree with one another, because to me it's flavorless. I'm not blaming this on the good Prince because too many people have loved it for too long for it to be just a crappy product. It just doesn't work for me. Now SWR, that's my favorite OTC. It's got a mildly sweet and wonderful burley nuttiness to it.
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  7. Raffxr7

    Raffxr7 Active Member

    Jul 4, 2012
    Definitely a fan of SWR, and not a fan of PA. It seems to be far too easy to burn my mouth with it, and I don't notice any flavors that I enjoy. I am even leary to blend it into other tobacco, in case I destroy the other! When I was fresh into the OTC varieties I couldn't tell a difference between many of them, but as I tried other things I started to realize how dissimilar they really are. Start smoking SWR more and try going back to PA. I bet you will notice a difference then, but you may not want to smoke any more of it!
  8. 5H4N3

    5H4N3 Active Member

    Sep 18, 2012
    I agree.
    No need for me to type out my opinion, dmkerr said it perfectly.
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